A trip for all Mooniacs by Lothar Lucks and David Kromka

On Thursday, Juni 14, there will be our Annual General Meeting of EMPOA at Aschaffenburg / EDFC in Germany. We want to take this date as an opportunity to once again reunite as many Mooniacs as possible and make new discoveries during our classical five-day-trip. It should be a lot of fun!

Lothar and David have joined forces this year and worked out a program that hopefully many of you will find inspiring. The destinations of this year’s trip are Aschaffeburg in beautiful lower Franconia as well as Pilsen in the Czech Republic. The intermediate sector on Saturday is not a long one for our speedmachines but by this we hope that we will be able to do this trip as planned even if weather conditions should not be as favorable as they have been on our past trips. Insiders know: both cities are well known and famous for their “hops juice”, more on this in just a bit.

On Thursday, June 14th, our speedmachines will be touching down on the airfield of Aschaffenburg-Großostheim (EDFC). The well-maintained asphalt runway is homebase for our chief treasurer Lothar Lucks who will be greeting us there. After some happy cheering we will be taking a transfer to our hotels. At 6:00 p.m. we will attend EMPOA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting at „Goldener Ochse“ hotel. We hope to see a large turn-out participants-wise and are looking forward to your ideas and suggestions. Thereafter EMPOA is inviting all attendees of the AGM and their partners to our traditional Mooney dinner.

On Friday, June 15th, we have to get those notepads ready after breakfast. Lothar has organised a seminar on Mooney-specific technical issues. The owner of Aschaffenburg-based maintenance provider Spessart Air Service, Wolfgang Kerkhoff, will be ready to share his in-depth knowledge around Mooneys. Since owning a Mooney goes hand in hand with technical challenges we are already looking forward to a lively discussion and many new insights. For the non-flyers we will have a parallel program: the Schoenbusch park and his English landscape garden is waiting with some nice walks and a creamy Cappuccino. For lunch the two groups will reunite again in the Schoenbusch Inn or the beergarden before we are heading to famous Dirker distillery on the outskirts of Spessart forest. The owner and master distiller himself will teach us the secrets of schnapps destillation and we will be tasting the stuff as well. Those interested may stock up on liquor for their personal bar.

Later that day we will be heading back to Aschaffenburg downtown. During a city walk we will get to know the highlights like Stiftskirche and castle. In the evening we will be enjoying our social program: the bar district awaits and at Hofgut Hoerstein a tasty menu is prepared for us.

On Saturday, June 16th, we will have enough time for a hearty breakfast. Thereafter the shuttle bus takes us to the airfield where we prepare our Mooneys for departure: hopefully with the sun shining. Our destination will be Pilsen-Line (LKLN) airport in the Czech Republic. The flight time will be around one hour only and should not pose a major problem. There are no complicated airspaces in between either. Line is a larger former Soviet Union military airfield and the athmosphere there still breathes the charme of the communist era.

There will be a friendly reception anyway: beer (the famous Pilsener Urquell) will be served directly at our aircraft door and a small buffet will bet he culinary prize for a safe flight.

Since the Czech republic is well known for aerobatic flying, we have made preparations for a special treat: Line is homebase to a YAK-18, a rare four-seater aerobatic airplane. This will be the day for those of you who always wanted to dance in the skies together with partner and/or friends. This will be organised by the local flying school and we therefore ask for your expression of interest as soon as possible (individual booking and not part of the trip).

Thereafter we will head straight to the historic center of Pilsen where we will check into our hotel. Later we will make a short walk to the famous Pilsener Urquell brewery, where Pilsener style beer was invented. We will enjoy an exclusive visit through the production facilities. The evening will be devoted to all Bohemian cuisine and tasting the golden hops juice. It will be an “All you can drink”-Pilsener evening in the brewery’s own restaurant and those of you who always wanted to learn tapping a Pilsener beer in style will have the chance of a respective lesson with a master beer tapper for free.

The ones who are not ready for bed after this will head off for a pub crawl in town later.

On Sunday, June 17th, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast together at our hotel. Thereafter we will make a guided city-tour on foot. Right thereafter we board a chartered bus to Plas in order to visit the well-known baroque monastery. The huge complex has been founded in the 12th century and was permanently enlarged in the times to follow. For lunch we will head to another typical Bohemian restaurant in the area of Plas. The trip will then take us to a truly strange place: the Zruc Air Park Aviation Museum. A Czech family has been collecting dozens and dozens of aircraft, helicopters, battle tanks and other technical machinery on their private land for years. Not all exhibits are in perfect or complete shape but the sheer mass is quite impressive. There will be great opportunities for pictures and moments of awe in any case.

The bus will then bring us to Pilsen where we will have a short break at our hotel: the perfect time to check the weather and/or plan our flight for the next morning. That way we will be all set and ready for the final dinner of this tour: a stylish craft beer brewery or the town’s oldest restaurant “U Salzmannu” await. Lots of new experiences will wet the appetite for some more touring in the not too far future.

On Monday, June 18th, our shuttle will drive us back to Pilsen airfield after breakfast. This will be the end of our trip and all Mooniacs will head back to their homebases once again.

This year we want to offer you three different packages around the trip in order to accomodate those of you who possibly want/can only partake in a certain part of this trip.

Package 1: „All-Inclusive“ includes all four hotel nights in the hotel (mostly 4*, all with breakfast) at EDFC and LKLN as well as all transfers in Aschaffenburg and Pilsen. Equally included are all entry fees for the tours described. Furthermore the described lunch and dinner meals including „All-You-Can-Drink“ in the Pilsener Urquell brewery and two drinks (beer or softs) respectively per person in the Czech Republic as well as the distillery visit and tasting and dinner at Hofgut Hoerstein (Aschaffenburg) without drinks.

Additionally you will get a personalized T-Shirt for the trip as well as special souvenir in Aschaffenburg and Pilsen.

Not included are particularly all drinks in addition to those described, lunch at Schoenbusch and landing fees.

Price for package 1: 600 € per person in double room, 765 € for single room.

Package 2: „Book your Own Aschaffenburg“ inlcuded all benefits from package 1 excluding the hotel accomodation at Aschaffenburg. Those opting for this package should book their accomodation at Aschaffenburg on their own. At the hotels Dalberg and Goldener Ochse we have reserved an allotment of rooms under the name of EMPOA until end of March 2018. Room prices are in the range of 100 to 140 € per person per night in double rooms inclusive breakfast.

Price for package 2: 460 € pro person in double room, 510 € for single room.

Package 3: „Infrastructure Aschaffenburg“ includes only transfers and events at Aschaffenburg as well as the dinner on Friday, June 15th. Hotel booking at Aschaffenburg has to be done independently as in package 3.

Price for package 3: 105 € per person (independent of type of room).

We are looking forward to a numerous participation and we are sure that we will once again have a great trip this year. Due to logistical reason we will have to limit the number of participants to 45 for this trip. Reservations will be made on a “First come First serve”-basis. Closing date for reservations will be March 31st, 2018.

Please make your booking as soon as possible via eMail by stating the desired package together with the names of participants and aircraft registration to David Kromka at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. and copy in Lothar Lucks at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. as well.

The small-print: this journey is formally a Type 3 travel as stated in EMPOA executive decision 2017. With your application you do specifically agree not to receive any detailed or individual cost accounting after the trip. Regarding cancellation you will be entitled to a 50% payback until April 30th, a 33% payback will be granted if you cancel until May 15th. Thereafter there will be no paybacks in case of cancellation or if you can’t make the trip at all.

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