Frequently Asked Questions

A

What is AirVenture?

What is the arrival?

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B

What is the Base Camp?

Can I bring my bicycle (bike)?

Can I rent a bicycle (bike)?

What is Bonanzas to Oshkosh?

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What is C2O?

Can I camp at Cessna Base Camp if I don't fly the mass arrival?

How is the reception of cellular phones in the camping area?

What is the Cessna Base Camp?

What is Cessnas 2 Oshkosh?

Are there electrical outlets in the camping area to charge laptops, cell phones and other rechargeable devices?

What is Cessna Pilots Association?

What is a clinic?

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D

What is the deadline to register to fly the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival?

What happens if I register after the deadline?

What is the deadline to withdraw from participation in the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival?

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E

Are there electrical outlets in the camping area to charge laptops, cell phones and other rechargeable devices?

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F

Why a registration fee?

Where can I go food shopping?

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G

Is there an Oshkosh's survival guide?

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I

What is the International 180/185 Club?

Is there internet access at Cessna Base Camp?

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L

Is there a laundromat close to Cessna Base Camp?

Is there a limit on the number of aircraft that can fly the mass arrival?

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M

What is the mass arrival?

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N

What is the North 40?

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P

How can I pay the registration fee?

What is the registration fee payment process?

Are there pharmacies close to Cessna Base Camp?

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R

Can I request a refund of the registration fee?

What happens when the number of registered aircraft reaches the limit of authorized aircraft?

Why a registration fee?

Can I reserve camp space at Cessna Base Camp if I don't fly the mass arrival?

What is the route of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival flight?

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Is it safe to leave a laptop, cell phone or other devices unsupervised in the camping area while charging?

Can I order extra Cessnas 2 Oshkosh logo shirts?

Why can't I order Cessnas 2 Oshkosh logo shirts of different colors?

Are the showers close to Cessna Base Camp?

What is the Skywagon Club?

Is there a supermarket close to Cessna Base Camp?

Is there an Oshkosh's survival guide?

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What is a training clinic?

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Waypoints of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival flight.

Is there wireless access at Cessna Base Camp?

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...and Answers

A

What is AirVenture?

AirVenture is the annual convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). It is the world's greatest aviation celebration. For more information visit the EAA AirVenture website at www.airventure.org.

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What is the arrival?

The arrival or the mass arrival is Cessnas 2 Oshkosh's main event of the year. It consists of a formation flight of Cessna aircraft from Dodge County Airport in Juneau, Wisconsin to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The distance is thirty-four (34) nautical miles. The aircraft depart Dodge County Airport in close sequence, join in formation during the initial climb, shift to trail formation on short final approach and land in close sequence at Wittman Regional Airport. Each element in the flight consists of three aircraft of the same model arranged in an inverted V shape, one in the lead position and one in each of the wing positions. In 2014 the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival is scheduled for July 26th at 14:30 CDT.

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What or Where is the Base Camp?

Cessna Base Camp, Cessna BaseCamp, Base Camp and Camp are interchangeable terms to refer to the section of the North 40 general aircraft camping area where pilots, relatives and friends participating in the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival camp under the wings of their airplanes during the week of EAA AirVenture. It is our home for the week, the meeting place and where all of our activities take place. Look for a big white tent flying the Cessna flag close to the old shower house in the North 40.

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Can I bring my bicycle (bike)?

If you can fit the bicycle (bike) in your airplane you can bring it. You may want to reconsider that decision and use the space and payload to bring more passengers or camping equipment. In Oshkosh, you can rent a bicycle (bike) for the whole week from Goodwill for a very modest rental fee.

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Can I rent a bicycle (bike)?

Yes, you can rent a bicycle (bike) for the whole week from Goodwill for a very modest rental fee.

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What is Bonanzas to Oshkosh?

Bonanzas to Oshkosh or B2Osh, for short, is the organization behind the mass arrival of approximately 100 Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron aircraft into the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Bonanzas to Oshkosh is recognized as the pioneer organization of the tradition of the make-specific mass arrival into Oshkosh. For more information about Bonanzas to Oshkosh, visit their website at www.b2osh.org.

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What is C2O?

C2O, Cessnas to Oshkosh and Cessnas 2 Oshkosh are interchangeable terms to refer to our organization. For more information on Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, click on the    About Us    menu tab at the top of every page in our website, or just click here now.

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Can I camp at Cessna Base Camp if I don't fly the mass arrival?

In order to be marshalled to the North 40, the area where Cessna Base Camp is located, to tiedown and camp, you must fly in with the group. In order to fly with the group, you must have previously registered, gone through our formation training program, and participate in the final brief in Juneau, Wisconsin. Click on this link to visit the registration page of our website.

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How is the reception of cellular phones in the camping area?

The reception of cellular phones in the North 40 camping area, as well as the entire grounds of AirVenture, is very good.

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What is the Cessna Base Camp?

Cessna Base Camp, Cessna BaseCamp, Base Camp and Camp are interchangeable terms to refer to the section of the North 40 general aircraft camping area where pilots, relatives and friends participating in the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival camp under the wings of their airplanes during the week of EAA AirVenture. It is our home for the week, the meeting place and where all of our activities take place. Look for a big white tent flying the Cessna flag close to the old shower house in the North 40.

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What is Cessnas 2 Oshkosh?

C2O, Cessnas to Oshkosh and Cessnas 2 Oshkosh are interchangeable terms to refer to our organization. For more information on Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, click on the    About Us    menu tab at the top of every page in our website, or just click here now.

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Are there electrical outlets in the camping area to charge laptops, cell phones and other rechargeable devices?

Yes, we have electrical outlets and a big power generator in our big tent at Cessna Base Camp. They are available to our pilots, relatives and friends. There are also electrical outlets located on the exterior walls around the shower house in the North 40.

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Is it safe to leave your laptop, cell phone and other devices unsupervised while charging in the camping area?

Yes it is safe, but it is at your own risk. That said, the camping area in the North 40 is probably one of the very few places in the United States where you can leave a laptop, cell phone and other rechargeable devices unsupervised and find them untouched and fully charged when you come back.

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What is the Cessna Pilots Association?

The Cessna Pilots Association is the largest organization of Cessna owners and pilots. John Frank, the current CEO, founded CPA over 20 years ago. The CPA headquarters are located in the Capt. G. Allan Hancock Field in Santa Maria, California. In 2008, CPA and Cessnas 2 Oshkosh became partners to conduct the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival. The first mass arrival of our partnership was successfully executed on July 26th, 2008. On July 25th, 2009 we repeated the feat and succesfully executed the second arrival of our partnership. In 2010, EAA cancelled all the arrivals due to the poor conditions on the ground at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) caused by torrential rains for weeks prior to AirVenture's week. Nevertheless and in spite of all the difficulties encountered we were able to conduct a very successful formation flyover Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH). The next arrival is scheduled for July 26th, 2014 at 14:30 CDT. For more information about the Cessna Pilots Association, visit their website at www.cessna.org.

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What is a clinic?

The formation flight training clinic is the hallmark of formation flight training. The cornerstone of the success of our mass arrivals and that of other organizations is formation flight training. A Cessnas 2 Oshkosh training clinic is made of two parts, a ground portion with a didactic presentation and a ramp exercise, and an air portion consisting of one or more flights in which we practice the required maneuvers for all the phases of the arrival flight. Each pilot-in-command trainee will have an experienced safety pilot in the right seat during these practice flights. Each training clinic is lead by one of our most experienced pilots who is in charge of the overall clinic. This lead pilot is assisted during the flight training portion by safety pilots who are also experienced flying our mass arrival. Almost all the training clinics take place on a Saturday, starting at 9:00 AM local time and ending at around 3:00 PM, depending on the number of trainees and practice flights conducted. We require that every pilot who wants to participate in our mass arrival attends at least one formation flight training clinic during the calendar year of the arrival. For those who are current in formation flight and have the opportunity to practice in their local area, we encourage them to do so, preferably with a lead pilot in charge of the practice. For those pilots who have no formation flight experience and for those with experience who are not current we recommend against engaging in formation flight until after attending a training clinic. Each calendar year Cessnas 2 Oshkosh schedules several training clinics between late March and early July.

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D

What is the deadline to register to fly the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival?

The deadline to register to fly the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival is the day of the last scheduled clinic for the current year. That date in 2014 has not been set yet. You must participate in at least one clinic during the calendar year of the arrival in order to meet the training requirement to fly the mass arrival.

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What happens if I register after the deadline?

If you register after the deadline, you will not receive your shirt in Juneau in time for the mass arrival. It will be put in back order and delivered at a later date. If you meet the training requirements and show up at Juneau for the final brief on the day of the arrival you will fly with the group, even without the shirt.

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What is the deadline to withdraw from participation in the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival?

The deadline to request a refund of the registration fee is midnight CDT on the seventh Thursday before the arrival. In 2014 that day is June 12th.

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E

Are there electrical outlets in the camping area to charge laptops, cell phones and other rechargeable devices?

Yes, we have electrical outlets in our big tent at Cessna Base Camp. They are available to our pilots, relatives and friends. There are also electrical outlets located on the exterior walls around the shower house in the North 40.

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Why a registration fee?

We must charge a registration fee in order to cover the expenses that are not funded by sponsors.

Our Cessnas 2 Oshkosh event was reborn in 2008 as the "labor of love" of three of us. In the years that have followed, good friends have kindly joined us to help along the way. It is, and has always been a grassroots movements of Cessna pilots and owners who love to get together at least once a year to enjoy each other's company, while participating in the greatest aviation celebration in the world. We strive to produce the best event possible within our means. As we're sure you all know, putting together an event of this nature involves significant expenses. We couldn't afford to cover those expenses out of our own pockets. Therefore, beginning in 2009, We were forced to charge a registration fee to insure that our event would continue to be viable each year, for years to come. We're now in our seventh year since the rebirth, and although operating in a very austere way, we are still, not only viable, but strong, and looking forward to many more years ahead.

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh does not profit from the registration fee, which covers only part of our operational costs. Examples of our expenses are the logo-embroidered shirt that each participant in the arrival, pilots and passengers, wear during the mass arrival flight, the catering of our BBQ dinner, the crew van used in Juneau and at Cessna Base Camp in Oshkosh, the rental fee of the storage facility in Oshkosh for our equipment, the website hosting and related expenses and the daily breakfasts at Cessna Base Camp. Increases in the cost of these operational expenses have forced us to raise our registration fee. This very moderate increase in our registration fee, the first since we began charging a fee in 2009, will help us stay afloat and meet our goal of keeping our event viable each year, for years to come.

Beginning with the 2014 registration, a new fee schedule became effective. The new registration fee is:

For registrations completed by the deadline of June 12, 2014 12:00 Midnight CDT ........................ $60.00 per person on board
For registrations completed after the deadline of June 12, 2014 12:00 Midnight CDT ........................ $75.00 per person on board
Children up to the age of 12 will not incur a registration fee.
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Where can I go food shopping?

For food shopping there is a Pick 'n Save supermarket within a combination of a short shuttle bus ride from the North 40 to the northwest gate stop and a short walk to the S. Koeller St. shopping center.

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G

Is there an Oshkosh's survival guide?

One of the best Oshkosh's survival guides ever published is the 2-part article written by Rich Durden and published by AVweb. You can access this article by following these links: Part I and Part II.

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I

What is the International 180/185 Club?

The International 180/185 Club is a social organization whose members have one thing in common: they all own a Cessna Skywagon. The Club sanctions fly-ins throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More information on the International 180/185 Club can be found on their website.

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Is there internet access at Cessna Base Camp?

Yes, there is internet access at Cessna Base Camp. EAA has installed wireless antennas in the North 40 camping area. The closest antenna to Cessna Base Camp is located next to the shower house. The quality of reception will depend on the distance between our parking rows and the shower house. In general, it is quite good. The internet access has been free of charge since the start.

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Is there a laundromat close to Cessna Base Camp?

The closest laundromat is an Express Laundry Center. It is within a combination of a short shuttle bus ride from the North 40 to the northwest gate stop and a very short walk to 1571 W. South Park Ave. It is well equipped, air-conditioned and staffed by friendly people. There is an internet cafe in the premises with wireless internet access as well as pinball machines if you're up to it while you wait for your laundry.

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Is there a limit on the number of aircraft that can fly the mass arrival?

There is no limit on the number of aircraft that can fly the mass arrival and there is no limit on the number of aircraft that can be registered. We encourage every pilot who is considering to fly the arrival to go ahead and register. Every registered pilots who meets the training requirements and shows up for the final brief in Juneau will fly the mass arrival.

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What is the mass arrival?

The arrival or the mass arrival is the main event of the year for Cessnas 2 Oshkosh. It consists of seventy-five Cessna airplanes departing Dodge County Airport for the 35 nautical miles flight, joining in formation and breaking for a landing sequence into the Wittman Regional Airport. The airplanes will form several elements arranged in an inverted V 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. In 2014 the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival is scheduled for July 26th at 2:30 p.m. CDT

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What is the North 40?

The North 40 is the grass area south of Runway 9/27 on the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It is designated as the general aviation camping area. Pilots and their companions attending EAA AirVenture park and camp under the wings of their airplanes in the North 40. The Cessna Base Camp is located in the North 40. For more information about the North 40, click here.

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How can I pay the registration fee?   /   What is the registration fee payment process?

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh uses PayPal® to process the registration fee payment. The process is simple and intuitive and the transaction is protected by industry standard 256-bit encryption technology. You can pay using a PayPal® account, if you have one and want to use it for this purpose, or alternatively and still on Paypal's secure website, you can pay using any major credit card. The payment of the registration fee completes the registration process.

You may request a refund of the registration fee, if at a later date you decide to withdraw from participation in the group arrival. The deadline to request the refund of the registration fee is midnight CDT on the seventh Thursday before the arrival. In 2014 that day is June 12th. To request a refund of the registration fee, send us an email message to payments@cessnas2oshkosh.com. Please, allow seven (7) to ten (10) business days to receive the registration fee refund minus any administrative fee charged by PayPal®.

You can find more information about the payment process here.

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Are there pharmacies close to Cessna Base Camp?

There are several pharmacies within a combination of a short shuttle bus ride from the North 40 to the northwest gate stop and a short walk to the S. Koeller St.

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Can I request a refund of the registration fee?

You may request a refund of the registration fee, if at a later date you decide to withdraw from participation in the group arrival. The deadline to request the refund of the registration fee is midnight CDT on the seventh Thursday before the arrival. In 2014 that day is June 12th. To request a refund of the registration fee, send us an email message to payments@cessnas2oshkosh.com. Please, allow seven (7) to ten (10) business days to receive the refund of the registration fee minus any administrative fee charged by PayPal®.

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Why a registration fee?

We must charge a registration fee in order to cover the expenses that are not funded by sponsors.

Our Cessnas 2 Oshkosh event was reborn in 2008 as the "labor of love" of three of us. In the years that have followed, good friends have kindly joined us to help along the way. It is, and has always been a grassroots movements of Cessna pilots and owners who love to get together at least once a year to enjoy each other's company, while participating in the greatest aviation celebration in the world. We strive to produce the best event possible within our means. As we're sure you all know, putting together an event of this nature involves significant expenses. We couldn't afford to cover those expenses out of our own pockets. Therefore, beginning in 2009, We were forced to charge a registration fee to insure that our event would continue to be viable each year, for years to come. We're now in our seventh year since the rebirth, and although operating in a very austere way, we are still, not only viable, but strong, and looking forward to many more years ahead.

Cessnas 2 Oshkosh does not profit from the registration fee, which covers only part of our operational costs. Examples of our expenses are the logo-embroidered shirt that each participant in the arrival, pilots and passengers, wear during the mass arrival flight, the catering of our BBQ dinner, the crew van used in Juneau and at Cessna Base Camp in Oshkosh, the rental fee of the storage facility in Oshkosh for our equipment, the website hosting and related expenses and the daily breakfasts at Cessna Base Camp. Increases in the cost of these operational expenses have forced us to raise our registration fee. This very moderate increase in our registration fee, the first since we began charging a fee in 2009, will help us stay afloat and meet our goal of keeping our event viable each year, for years to come.

Beginning with the 2014 registration, a new fee schedule became effective. The new registration fee is:

For registrations completed by the deadline of June 12, 2014 12:00 Midnight CDT ........................ $60.00 per person on board
For registrations completed after the deadline of June 12, 2014 12:00 Midnight CDT ........................ $75.00 per person on board
Children up to the age of 12 will not incur a fee.
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Can I reserve camp space at Cessna Base Camp if I don't fly the mass arrival?

No, you can not reserve camp space at Cessna Base Camp. In order to camp at Cessna Base Camp you must fly the mass arrival with the group. You must first register on the registration page of our website.

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What is the route of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival flight?

The description of the waypoints that make the route of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival flight can be found in the following page: Mass Arrival Flight Route.

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Is it safe to leave your laptop, cell phone and other devices unsupervised in the camping area while charging?

Yes it is safe but it is at your own risk. That said, the camping area in the North 40 is probably one of the very few places in the United States where you can leave a laptop, cell phone and other rechargeable devices unsupervised and find them untouched and fully charged when you come back.

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Can I order extra Cessnas 2 Oshkosh logo shirts?

Unfortunately, this year we will not be taking orders for extra shirts. We will have a limited amount of shirts at Juneau for sale on the day of the arrival.

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Why can't I order Cessnas 2 Oshkosh logo shirts of different colors?

We would like to spend the least amount of time dealing with matters other than training for the mass arrival. Offering only one color shirt for everyone keeps the process simple and smooth. We also want to look uniformly dressed on the day of the arrival. It looks good in the group picture.

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Are the showers close to Cessna Base Camp?

A shower house is located in the North 40. There are separate Ladies/Gentlemen sections and each section is divided in two areas, one with sinks and the other with shower stalls. The building is kept warm and very clean. Users are generally courteous and friendly. Crowding stays at a minimum but, as in most group gatherings, the earlier you get there in the mornings and evenings, the sooner you'll get out.

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What is the Skywagon Club?

The Skywagon Club known officially as The International 180/185 Club is a social organization whose members have one thing in common: they all own a Cessna Skywagon. The Club sanctions fly-ins throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More information on the International 180/185 Club can be found on their website.

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Is there a supermarket close to Cessna Base Camp?

There is a Pick 'n Save supermarket within a combination of a short shuttle bus ride from the North 40 to the northwest gate stop and a short walk to the S. Koeller St. shopping center.

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Is there an Oshkosh's survival guide?

One of the best Oshkosh's survival guides ever published is the 2-part article written by Rich Durden and published by AVweb. You can access this article by following these links: Part I and Part II.

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What is a training clinic?

The formation flight training clinic is the hallmark of formation flight training. The cornerstone of the success of our mass arrivals and that of other organizations is formation flight training. A Cessnas 2 Oshkosh training clinic is made of two parts, a ground portion with a didactic presentation and a ramp exercise, and an air portion consisting of one or more flights in which we practice the required maneuvers for all the phases of the arrival flight. Each pilot-in-command trainee will have an experienced safety pilot in the right seat during these practice flights. Each training clinic is lead by one of our most experienced pilots who is in charge of the overall clinic. This lead pilot is assisted during the flight training portion by safety pilots who are also experienced flying our mass arrival. Almost all the training clinics take place on a Saturday, starting at 9:00 AM local time and ending at around 3:00 PM, depending on the number of trainees and practice flights conducted. We require that every pilot who wants to participate in our mass arrival attends at least one formation flight training clinic during the calendar year of the arrival. For those who are current in formation flight and have the opportunity to practice in their local area, we encourage them to do so, preferably with a lead pilot in charge of the practice. For those pilots who have no formation flight experience and for those with experience who are not current we recommend against engaging in formation flight until after attending a training clinic. Each calendar year Cessnas 2 Oshkosh schedules several training clinics between late March and early July.

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Waypoints of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival flight.

The description of the waypoints that make the route of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh mass arrival flight can be found in the following page: Waypoints.

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Is there wireless access at Cessna Base Camp?

Yes, there is wireless access at Cessna Base Camp. EAA has installed wireless antennas in the North 40 camping area. The closest antenna to Cessna Base Camp is located next to the shower house. The quality of reception will depend on the distance between our parking rows and the shower house. In general, it is quite good. The wireless access has been free of charge since the start.

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