Welcome to Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2014!

Updated March 09, 2014 17:15 EDT

As most of us wish for a swift end to this brutal winter and the start of the 2014 flying season, we welcome each and everyone of you to the 9th Annual Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival into EAA AirVenture-Oshkosh. The usual suspects are hard at work planning the 2014 event. Rodney Swanson, our Director of Training and Operations, is back online after last year's leave of absence. Craig and Gil are back stronger than ever, and coupled with the very valuable contribution of our fellow Cessna owner and pilot friends, the three of us are determined to make this event not just a great one, but the best ever.

Before continuing with the 2014 news, we would like to highlight the immense contribution to the success of the 2013 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival made by Steve Holmes, Dmitry Zaslavsky, Mike Jesch, Jerry Olson, Jeff Schulz, Phil Gilbert, Berry Gamblin, Steve and Julie Wolf, Ken and Sarah MacLean and Marcos Velez. These dedicated Cessnas 2 Oshkosh supporters went beyond the call of duty to make the 2013 mass arrival a reality. Thank you, thank you, thank you, each and everyone of you.

As you all know, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh is a grassroots effort. We don't have a large bank account nor an infinite advertising budget. We depend on each one of you to promote our mass arrival. Help us spread the word by making announcements at local pilot meetings, posting messages on your favorite online web forums, posting our 2014 flyers on the bulletin boards of your local FBO, flight school, flying club and airport terminal, and talking to your pilot friends as you move about in your flying area. We challenge each of our pilots and friends to recruit at least one more pilot to join our 2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival.

Cessna Base Camp

This year's initial contacts with EAA and the FAA have been promising. We have been reassured by both organizations that there no planned changes to the arrival and parking procedures. The finalized Letter of Agreement (LOA) will be ready for signature and publication in May, and Cessna Base Camp will enjoy the same location in the North 40. Our agreement with Wisconsin Aviation at Juneau, our base of operations for our arrival has been solidified and preparations for our gathering have begun.

John Frank, Founder and President of the Cessna Pilots Association, is again providing his mentorship and familiarity with all things Oshkosh, and the resources of the Cessna Pilots Association to make our event a total success. He will be again our ambassador before EAA and our representative in the meetings with the FAA. The Cessna Pilots Association Annual BBQ will again take place at our Cessna Base Camp on Tuesday, July 29th at 5:00 pm CDT. We look forward to hosting the Cessna Pilots Association Annual BBQ and enjoying the company and camaraderie of our CPA friends. Please consider supporting the Cessna Pilots Association during your visit to Oshkosh.

We are very excited and "fired-up" (as Rodney says) and look forward to seeing all of you in Juneau on July 26, 2014.

To Fly Our Mass Arrival...

Updated February 23, 2014 11:10 EST

...a pilot must register on our website, pay the registration fee at the time of registration, attend at least one of our formation flight training clinics in 2014, and be present in the mass arrival preflight brief on Saturday July 26. The preflight brief will start promptly at 11:00 CDT (UTC-5) and will be held in the main hangar of Wisconsin Aviation at Dodge County Airport (KUNU) in Juneau, Wisconsin.

2012 Mass Arrival LandingThe registration process is simple: visit our website, click on the Registration tab (the first from the right at the top of every page) fill in some information about yourself and your passengers and answer a few questions. Pilots who registered to fly the mass arrival in the past, whether they flew it or not, can save some time by retrieving their personal information from our database. To do so, look for the appropriate link on our registration page, click on it and log in using the same email address and zip code you used in the past. If the email address and zip code match the information in our database, the registration form will be prefilled with the information previously submitted. Review the form, make any necessary corrections, fill in the new information and you will be ahead on your way to complete the registration.

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 in Juneau, and the BBQ dinner at Cessna Base Camp. Our registration fee in 2014 is $60.00, for registrations completed by the deadline of June 12, and $75.00 for late registrations. Children, up to 12 years of age, will not incur a fee. We use Paypal® to process the registration fee payment. The process is simple and intuitive. You can pay the fee using a major credit card.

To read why do we charge a registration fee and the reasons for the increase, click here.

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Congratulations Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2013!

Updated February 05, 2014 08:30 EST

Photo by Allan Goldstein- GoldSeal & Aerial Images Photography

Thanks to all the pilots, relatives and friends who made the 2013 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival a wonderful experience. We flawlessly flew our forty-two (42) planes into Oshkosh and had a great time at Cessna Base Camp! Congratulations to each and every one of our pilots, relatives and friends!

The 2013 Mass Arrival Flight consisted of forty-two (42) aircraft. Seven (7) models were represented. The Skylane (C182) led the way with fourteen (14) aircraft, followed by the Skyhawk (C172) with eleven (11) aircraft, the Cardinal (C177) and the Centurion with six (6) aircraft each, the Skywagon (C185) with three (3) aircraft, and the Stationair (C206) and the Skymaster (C337) with one (1) aircraft each.

Eighteen (18) states, one (1) Canadian province and the Island of Luzon in The Phillippines were represented. Texas led the way with ten (10) pilots, followed by California with four (4) pilots, Massachusetts and Washington with three (3) pilots each, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin with two (2) pilots each, and Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Alberta and the Island of Luzon Island with one (1) pilot each.

The forty-two (42) aircraft in the 2013 Mass Arrival Flight were arranged in fifteen (15) elements. The Skyhawks (C172) led the flight with eleven (11) aircraft arranged in four (4) elements, followed by six (6) Cardinals arranged in two (2) elements, one element of three (3) Skywagons, a mixed element of two (2) Skylanes and one (1) Stationair, followed by twelve (12) Skylanes arranged in four (4) elements, six (6) Centurions (C210) arranged in two (2) elements and a single aircraft element of one Skymaster (C337). Cessna Lead was Robert Ahern in his Skyhawk N20355 and Cessna Tail was Robert Morris in his Skymaster Bumble Bee N337B.

Click here to download the 2013 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival Flight Composition.

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Updated April 20, 2014 21:34 EDT