Formation Training Clinics Update
Updated May 14, 2013 09:24 EDT
From the early beginnings of Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, back in 2006, the formation flight training clinic has been the main focus of our training program. This year, we continue our effort to organize clinics in as many locations as our limited resources allow. Our most valuable resource is the volunteer lead pilot. Every year, lead pilots make this event viable, safe and enjoyable by conducting formation flight training clinics at their home airport. Some of them go the extra mile (quite literally!) and travel very long distances to hold clinics in locations where there are no volunteer lead pilots available. A good example is Steve Wolf, who last year traveled from Fort Collins, CO (near Denver) to Olympia, WA (near Seattle) to lead a clinic for our pilots in the Pacific Northwest.
We need more clinic hosts and lead pilots. If you have participated in one of our clinics, you already know that our clinics are not intended to train pilots for certification in formation flight or to prepare pilots for participation in airshows. The only purpose of our formation flight training clinics is to prepare our pilots to safely fly our mass arrival into Oshkosh. We keep it simple, safe and fun. If you have already flown three arrivals with us, and feel ready and able to host and lead a clinic, we invite you to Contact Us. We provide all the necessary training to become a lead pilot, and will assist volunteer lead pilots in organizing and conducting a training clinic at your home airport.
In 2013 the leadership of Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, in consultation with our available clinic hosts and lead pilots, has selected the following locations to hold formation flight training clinics:
In addition, we have designated two periods of time within which all clinics will take place. The first period, designated the Spring Block, extends from April 13 to May 11. The second period, designated the Summer Block, extends from June 15 to July 13. Ideally, each location listed above will hold a clinic during each of the two blocks, but we cannot guarantee that will be the case. Many factors are involved in planning a training clinic, the most critical one being the availability of a volunteer lead pilot at the location.
The list above is an effort on our part to provide pilots who register early in the season a list of locations from which to choose a training clinic at the time of registration. The goal is to assuage any concerns of registering pilots about whether or not a clinic will be held near their home base airport. And, if a location is not available nearby, to afford you ample time to plan your attendance to the clinic closest to they home base airport.
Pilots who register before the end of the Spring Block should choose the clinic nearest to their home base airport. We urge you to plan to attend it, and to the extent possible, avoid scheduling any activity for any Saturday between April 13 and May 11, until a date for the clinic they have chosen is confirmed and posted on our Clinics page. We will provide at least four-week notice prior to a to clinic's date. A finalized date for each clinic in the Spring Block will be posted on our Clinics page by March 15, 2013. Pilots who register after the Spring Block has ended should plan to attend the clinic nearest their home base airport during the Summer Block. We will post the dates and locations of the Summer clinics no later than May 15, 2013.
As always we encourage all our pilots to avoid delaying training. Get your training out of the way early! Take into consideration that weather is always an unknown variable at the time that clinics are planned. As you well know, weather forecasts are only good for a few days prior to the date of a clinic. Invariably, some clinics may have to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Don't let the weather keep you from flying the mass arrival.
To get the most up to date clinic schedule, click on the Clinics tab at the top of every page.