Welcome to Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2017!

Updated March 20, 2017 09:49 EDT

Spring started today Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:28 AM EDT. Cessnas 2 Oshkosh pilots, it's time to get our planes out of the hangar and tiedowns and get back in the air. The 2017 flying season is here and, as it has now become a tradition, our annual registration drive to build the crew of the best mass arrival ever is open.

2016 was a challenging year filled with rewarding success and unexpected shortcomings. We have worked hard since last summer reviewing the accomplishments and the flaws of last year. We are making the necessary changes to our training program, the parking plan logistics, the taxi out and takeoff strategy and other aspects of our mass arrival flight in order to maximize the safety and enjoyment of all our pilots, relatives and friends.

During the off season Cessnas 2 Oshkosh and EAA had very productive meetings. Issues such as parking and tiedown in the North 40, the location of Cessna BaseCamp and other matters have been resolved.

Here are some facts to highlight:

  • The number of registered aircraft at the end of the registration period: 104, was the third largest in our history. 115 aircraft registered in 2008 and 111 in 2010.
  • The number of aircraft that actually flew the 2016 mass arrival: 85, was the largest in our eleven years history.
  • The number of Cardinal model aircraft that actually flew the 2016 mass arrival: 36, was also the largest in our history.
  • The percentage of registered aircraft that did not show up for the 2016 mass arrival flight: 11.5%, was the lowest in our history.
  • The total number of Cessnas 2 Oshkosh aircraft on the ramp at Dodge County Airport in Juneau at the start of our preflight brief: 89 (corrected), was also the highest in our history, and a record for Wisconsin Aviation too.

Unfortunately, in 2016 we also had our first ground incident when the wingtip of an aircraft taxiing out for takeoff stroke the moving propeller of a parked aircraft. This has been the most serious incident in our history and to date, the only one after engine start and radio check. We also had our first interruption of the mass arrival flight launch due to deteriorating weather conditions, resulting in a two-waves mass arrival flight.

These events triggered a serious introspection. We embarked in a profound review of our procedures, consulted many of our most experienced pilots and constituted a training advisory council. As a result of this in-depth review we have made significant modifications to our training program, developed a comprehensive plan for pre-arranged parking of aircraft arriving at Dodge County Airport in Juneau and drafted new taxi-out and launch procedures. Our Director of Training and Operations, Rodney Swanson, will discuss these changes in more detail in a coming article and our clinic lead/instructor pilots will implement the training changes in each of our clinics.

We are confident that the 12th Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival will bring us all together, returning and new pilots, our relatives and friends to safely enjoy our biggest year yet. We would like to thank all who have stepped forward to help out and extend our call to those who have yet to come forward. We need all the help that we can get.

Again, welcome all to our 12th Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival.

Congratulations Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2016!

Updated February 11, 2017 15:42 EST

2016 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Group Picture2016 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh. - Photo by EAA Craig VanderKolk

Congratulations to each and every pilot, relative and friend who in July of 2016 made the pilgrimage to Dodge County Airport (KUNU) in Juneau, Wisconsin confronting adverse weather conditions and difficult circumstances to fly our 11th mass arrival into Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) in Oshkosh. We enjoyed each other's company and together with the wonderful people who joined us at Cessna BaseCamp in the North 40 celebrated a great week during EAA AirVenture. In terms of numbers 2016 was a record setting year for Cessnas 2 Oshkosh. We worked really hard for it. In some other ways it was one of the most challenging in our eleven year history, surpassing 2010 Sloshkosh in that sense. 2016 was our ninth year in partnership with the Cessna Pilots Association and the first in the post-John Frank era. We at Cessnas 2 Oshkosh would like to express our most sincere gratitude to our pilots for their loyalty, perseverance and support. Thank you all for your contribution to the success of Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2016 mass arrival.

Read the 2016 Mass Arrival Report 2017 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival Flyer

To Fly Our 2017 Mass Arrival...

Updated March 13, 2017 14:41 EDT

...a pilot must register and pay the registration fee, participate in at least one formation flight training clinic in 2017 and attend the mass arrival preflight brief on July 22rd. The preflight brief is held in the main hangar of  Wisconsin Aviation at Dodge County Airport (KUNU) in Juneau, Wisconsin and starts promptly at 12:00 Noon CDT (UTC-5).

The registration process is simple: start by clicking on the Registration tab (the first from the right at the top of every page), and answer a few questions about yourself, your passenger(s) and your aircraft. Pilots who have registered to fly the mass arrival in the past, whether they flew the arrival or not, can save some time by retrieving their information from our database. To do so, click on the link found on our registration page, log in using the same email address and zip code that you used in the most recent registration, check the prefilled form for errors or changes and make any necessary corrections. This year we added two new questions regarding engine horsepower and type of landing gear. Once you are done, submit the updated form.

The final step in the registration process is paying the registration fee. The fee covers the cost of the polo shirt embroidered with our logo, the Friday dinner and the Saturday lunch at Juneau, and the BBQ dinner at Cessna Base Camp in Oshkosh. Our registration fee in 2017 remains $65.00 for registrations completed by the deadline of June 8. The late registration fee remains $75.00. Children up to 12 years of age will not incur a fee. We use Paypal® to process the registration fee payment. You are not required to have a Paypal® account. The process is simple and intuitive. You can pay using your Paypal® account, if you have one, or the major credit card of your preference.

For detailed information about the payment process, click here.

For alternative forms of payment or registration, contact us by email:

Administrator@Cessnas2Oshkosh.com

Construction Project: Dodge County Airport - Juneau, WI

Updated March 13, 2017 14:44 EDT

Dodge County AirportAerial view of Dodge County Airport in Juneau, WI

A construction project to renovate Dodge County Airport (KUNU), our base of operations in Juneau, Wisconsin is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2017. As reported by Terri Pederson of  WiscNews the first phase of the project, which is jointly funded by the State of Wisconsin, Dodge County and the FAA, involves the east-west crossing runway 08/26 and will be completed by June.

Some of our pilots have expressed concern about the impact the project may have on our operations this coming Summer. In that regard, Rodney Swanson, our Director of Traning and Operations has been in direct contact with Dodge County Airport (KUNU) Manager, our dear Mary Gasper, who has assured us that this phase of the construction project would only affect the west end of runway 08/26 This will be the only runway closed to traffic during the construction project. The north-south runway 02/20 used in the launch of our mass arrival flight, will remain open to traffic and fully operational. The contractor has assured Dodge County authorities that the construction on this phase of the project will be completed by the end of June, providing a three-weeks cushion to accommodate potential delays.

At the present time we estimate that the impact of the project on our July operations will be minimal. Obviously it is still early and, as you all know, construction timelines can slip. In any case, we want to reassure all of our pilots that we will be in direct contact with Dodge County Airport (KUNU) authorities to reassess the situation periodically, draw contingency plans if necessary and keep each of you informed.

 
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