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Mooney Summit VIII Oct 16-18, 2020

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The Mooney Summit VIII will be October 16-18,  2020 and will be held at a new Venue! We have simply outgrown the space available at Panama City Beach and we cannot continue to turn away people who want to better the breed and attend the Mooney Summit. Tampa Airport authority sent a delegation to the Mooney Summit this year to put "eyes on" the event and have come up with a package that makes relocating the venue viable to Peter O'Knight airport. The Tampa/Clearwater area is stunningly beautiful and a fantastic place (I guess thats why I chose to live close by) with unlimited choices of activities for the whole family.

Our processes and policies may change as a result, but we will always keep a first class experience as our priority. Stay tuned for more as we develop the program!

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Sounds great mike I missed this year, hopefully all will be ok next year., all you involved in the Summit do a great job. First class.

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Added to calendar. D.V. We attended an AOPA weekend at TPF a few years ago. Good facilities, Uber close to town.

 

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Let’s do it again!

thanks for the early update Mike!

Best regards,

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It's on the calendar, need to work on the vacation scheduling for next year. My wife wants to fly to Key West, this might be a way to work in that trip along with the Summit either coming or going. 

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Sounds great!! never made it to one yet- it is time.

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16 minutes ago, DXB said:

Sounds great!! never made it to one yet- it is time.

It's worth it, this year was my first time. Working on the blog post about it, should have it up by the end of the week. 

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Awesome news Mike, its even easier for me to get to as well, so I might be able to bring some other Brits (if we allowed out of the country post Brexit of course, :)  ). Ive put it in the diary.  I noticed that sarasota avionics is on the field as well so avionics demos could be done as well perhaps.  Am excited (cant you tell).  :)

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We are thrilled to offer the uncapped event.  2020 will be the largest modern Mooney Gathering in the world topping the precious well attended Mooney Summits.

As we finalize plans we’ll disseminate information  as quickly as possible.

-Seth

 

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Beautiful airport with a nice restaurant and great views of the ramp. St Pete is a great town too!!


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Mike:

Great idea.  I have it on my calendar and will be there.  I may be able to get enough time off to fly the Mooney down this time.  But, for those flying commercially, the Tampa area is much more accessible.

The Tampa area is great, wonderful airport and the area offers more supports for the Summit meeting.  

Great problem solving!

John Breda

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And to all who are wondering, yes, we still plan to hold Mooney Summit VIII in Tampa regardless of the factory status.  The meeting is for the owners and operators of our beloved Mooney Aircraft!

See you in Tampa!

-Seth

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As far as I know they have not opened registration, however from Seth's earlier post above it looks like it will not have a limit on attendees.

7 minutes ago, Tony Starke said:

@SethHow many on the waiting list?

 

On 11/5/2019 at 2:02 PM, Seth said:

We are thrilled to offer the uncapped event.  2020 will be the largest modern Mooney Gathering in the world topping the previous well attended Mooney Summits.

As we finalize plans we’ll disseminate information  as quickly as possible.

-Seth

 

 

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At this time we intend to have no waiting list.  If we grow to 1000 people attending. That may change, but we should have enough capacity for the largest Mooney Summits thus far and everyone on the waiting list (plus some more).

The last few years we’ve had about 165 register and 80+ on the wait list.  A good amount cancel. And we backfill from the wait list.  Normally we have 120 or so attendees at the meeting session on Saturday.  

I’m anticipating on 200+ attendees but we should have space for easily 250 and can make 300+ available.

Would love in a few years to be even larger.

We’re just glad we have made the decision to grow as there is indeed demand. More details to follow!

-Seth

 

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Is there actually room to park 150+ Mooneys at KTPF?

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Obviously not at the ramp in front of the FBO but yes the airport will manage and I’m sure the FBO will set up a Mooney parking area. I think Tampa St Pete area will be great for the Mooney gathering.


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7 hours ago, ohdub said:

Is there actually room to park 150+ Mooneys at KTPF?

The airport hosted an AOPA fly-in i few years ago. Plenty of parking space, not all on pavement. 

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The facilities and venue will be considerably upgraded over what was available to us in Panama CIty Beach. I think everyone will be very pleased. Our board has deliberated over the need of having a registration fee, but without the kindness of Ron Dubins' donation of condos, etc, we have concluded we will have to have a small registration fee of $99 per person. This is very close to what it cost per person to put on the event when it was in Panama City beach as it is, and now we will have a much nicer, open venue to boot! With the #1 beach in America close by, the activities of an international tourist destination and close proximity to the finest theme parks, this next Summit should prove to be the best yet for the entire family. Perhaps one of you high rollers can step up and donate 20K and we can eliminate the registration fee once again :) (Seriously, if you know someone that could, contact our donation chair, Rick Junkin, we can work with that!)

The semantics and details of the registration will be available soon. Now, more than ever, the Summit will be an important event not to be missed.

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...and as a teaser just how great the Mooney Summit VIII will be, Gary Reeves, 2019 National CFI of the Year will be one of our SME's.

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As much as I would have loved to continue the Mooney Summit in Panama City Beach next year, the space available to grow the summit was just not there.  I enjoyed donating all my condos and homes in the past and would have next year but Tampa Airport Authority wanted to host the summit in the future and made a very kind donation to the event.  The board was unanimous in its decision to move it to Tampa. I greatly appreciate all the efforts the people at KECP and especially at Sheltair has done for us to make the Mooney Summit the event it is.  

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As with all things in life, as we grow we need to adapt to the changing circumstances around us.  The Mooney Summit has grown from a little dream in someones eye to what it is now with sponsors and talkers lining up to present.  I am excited to see this growth continuing and us moving to a new location in order to accommodate it.  I cant wait to be there with you next year, the moment the flights open im booking our tickets.  May I suggest that the organisers list hotels etc in the area.  The earlier we can book those the cheaper they are, we are all CB Mooney owners after all. :)

Andrew

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As with all things in life, as we grow we need to adapt to the changing circumstances around us.  The Mooney Summit has grown from a little dream in someones eye to what it is now with sponsors and talkers lining up to present.  I am excited to see this growth continuing and us moving to a new location in order to accommodate it.  I cant wait to be there with you next year, the moment the flights open im booking our tickets.  May I suggest that the organisers list hotels etc in the area.  The earlier we can book those the cheaper they are, we are all CB Mooney owners after all.
Andrew
We will be working with Tampa airport authority soon to get the host hotel setup and have more info soon, Andrew. We have interest from you, Australia, Switzerland, Canada and even California! :) This should be the best one yet!

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