April 21, 2008 - Calling All Oshkosh-Bound Cessna Pilots
Calling All Oshkosh-Bound Cessna Pilots
Cessna Pilots Association, in partnership with Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, is planning a mass arrival of Cessna aircraft at Wittman Field at this year’s EAA AirVenture. At least 75 aircraft are expected to take part in the event on Saturday, July 26, 2008. Upon arrival, the Cessnas will be parked as a group at Cessna Base Camp in the North 40 aircraft parking area.
“The mass arrival is an opportunity for our members to take an active role in AirVenture, to actually be part of the show,” says Cessna Pilots Association Executive Director John Frank. “We’re coordinating all details with EAA to make sure this event is safe and fun.”
Only pilots who have completed a formation flying training program will be allowed to participate in the mass arrival. The training is organized by Cessnas 2 Oshkosh under the direction of Rodney Swanson with the last training clinic held on Friday, July 25, 2008, at Dodge County Airport in Juneau, Wisconsin. This is the same airport from which the formation flight will depart the following day.
Pilots participating in the mass arrival can arrive at Dodge County Airport beginning on the afternoon of Thursday, July 24 and continuing to the morning of Friday, July 25. After a final briefing on the morning of the mass arrival, the airplanes will depart for the 35 nm flight to Wittman Field. The airplanes will form 25 elements arranged in a “ ” shape. Each element will consist of three aircraft of the same model, one in the lead position and one in each of the wing positions with an estimated arrival time in Oshkosh of 2:30 p.m.
Any Cessna owner who has taken part in the formation flying training program may participate in the mass arrival. Membership in Cessna Pilots Association is recommended, but not required. For more information, visit www.cessna.org and www.cessnas2oshkosh.com.
Based in Santa Maria, California, the Cessna Pilots Association has 14,000 active members who rely on the association for technical support about their aircraft, including access to the most extensive technical library on Cessnas outside the fact