Your first thoughts as you read this, in all likelihood mirror many first thoughts as they read about Mass Arrivals the very first time. Why would someone want to make flying into AirVenture more difficult than it needs to be. After all, you simply put your tent and sleeping bag in the airplane, point it in the general direction of Oshkosh, and follow an airplane in. Nothing to it!!!!!!!! We know that is overly simplistic, but that is what it breaks down to for some that come to Oshkosh. However, there is risk associated with that scenario. To begin with you know NOTHING about the skill level or attention to detail of that person who is flying ahead of and behind you. Furthermore, you are on your own for a number of things including traffic separation, and more importantly, you have no control over the traffic volume at your arrival time.
Let us compare that to a Cherokees to Oshkosh Mass Arrival. You are still flying the same separation between aircraft. However, you are doing it in a much safer and controlled environment. To begin with, the Cherokee Lead has signed a Letter of Agreement with FAA that binds us all together for a common goal. As part of that agreement, FAA is clearing the airspace to bring the Flight to OSH intact. Before you were part of this group, you were screened. You met and meshed with the other members of the group more than once prior to arrival at Oshkosh. On top of that, you were briefed in great detail at the MANDATORY Safety Briefing how we were to arrive, and if there were any questions, they were answered on the ground. You don't have to worry about missing a radio call in the busy airspace since only two people talk to Oshkosh Tower. Once on the ground, Flight Line Operations people know exactly what you want and are ready to accommodate. On top of all that, you will have more fun than you could ever imagine!
The Sixth Annual Cherokees to Oshkosh Mass Arrival
Congratulations, and a heartfelt thank-you to all the pilots that flew the 2016 Cherokees to Oshkosh Mass Arrival. You all did a superb job, and as a result, we have been invited to participate again in 2017. This will be year eight (8) for Cherokees to Oshkosh. The pieces are firmly in place for a Saturday July 22th arrival at 11:00 AM. We have retained much of the same core team that propelled us forward in 2016 and added a few new faces. As a result, the 2017 arrival will be enhanced immeasurably. We are confident all the returning pilots are looking forward to interacting with the Cherokees to Oshkosh team once again. For those of you that are joining us for the first time in 2017, staging and final training will be at our host airport in Waupaca, WI (KPCZ) which is about 30 NM NW of Oshkosh. We have been treated exceptionally well by the Andersen Family in Waupaca the last 7 years, and we look forward to assembling and launching many more mass arrivals from KPCZ as part of Cherokees to Oshkosh. Our host hotel is the Comfort Inn which includes the Ale House next door. Call it coincidence, both are owned by a Comanche driver who has always treated us like royalty each time we return, and always gives us a great rate! While in Waupaca, in addition to training, we have some other things in the planning stages. As soon as the plans are finalized, we will be making the announcements.
We will be limited in our number again this year by FAA, so please make your decision to join us early. Based on our experience from last year, there will be no change in the registration process. As always, registration opens January 1st. Check the website for any changes/announcements regarding the registration process. In addition, for those of you who are EAA members, there will be an announcement/reminder in the EAA Hotline, as well as our Facebook page.
This is first and foremost a camping event. There are some joining us who simply cannot camp. We love them all the same, and cannot fathom this happening without them. However the core focus of Cherokees to Oshkosh is to fly a flawless approach, and then sit around our campsite in the North 40 basking in the afterglow as we relive the arrival numerous times. With the new and improved facilities in the North 40, the term roughing it hardly applies anymore. If you have not camped in the North 40, we strongly encourage you to give it a try. The quiet time at Wittman Field in the early morning is something that has to be experienced at least once in every pilot's lifetime.
There will be a lot of information forthcoming as we get closer to the arrival. We expect everything to be finalized by January of 2017, however there are always changes as we get close to the arrival. The website will be the primary conduit for information. We also have the newsletters archived below. If you have any questions however, please feel free to contact any member of the Cherokees to Oshkosh team. Our contact numbers are under the Contact Us tab, and we all love to answer questions.
On behalf of everyone that is helping to make Cherokees to Oshkosh an enjoyable experience again in 2016, thank you for your interest. We sincerely hope you can make the choice to join us. We have a core group that you will enjoy meeting, getting to know, and keeping in touch with for years to come.
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OSH 2017 Mass Arrival Schedule
Cherokees 2 Osh - Saturday July 22 Time 11:00
Bonanzas to Oshkosh - Saturday July 22 13:00
Cessnas 2 Oshkosh - Saturday July 22 14:30
Mooney Caravan to Oshkosh - Sunday July 23 11:30