Information on the Cherokees to Oshkosh Mini-Clinics to qualify for the 2021 Mass Arrival will be posted here as it becomes available.
Check back regularly for updates.
Several Mini-Clinics are already scheduled. Use the 2020 schedule as a timing guestimate of other future mini-clinics. As the new dates are scheduled for 2021, they will replace the 2020 information below.
Participation in a Cherokees to Oshkosh Mini-Clinic is required to participate in the Cherokees to Oshkosh Mass Arrival at EAA Airventure on Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Sign up for Cherokees to Oshkosh Mini-Clinics here beginning January 1, 2021.
NOW 10 Clinics!
- February 27 – 28, 2021 Mini-clinic Aiken, SC (KAIK)
Friday Ground school with full safety briefing at 5:30 PM EDT if enough participants have arrived. Dinner at 7:00 PM EDT
Saturday 9:00 AM EDT Full briefing as required to qualify for CtO arrival. Fly sorties with new and returning participants
Sunday 9:00 AM EDT Briefing and final flight prior to participants departure for home
Quality Inn Aiken SC
Call the hotel directly, 803-502-0900 for reservation
Breakfast at Hotel
We will provide transportation to and from airport to hotel approximately 1 mile
We will decide on lunch Saturday and Sunday, Dinner Friday and Saturday
- March 26 – 28, 2021 10:00 AM EST Saturday Mini-clinic Ocean Isle Beach, NC (60J)
Arrivals. Thursday and Friday
Flights for returning members and right seat observation rides for new participants.
Ground school and Dinner at house.
0700-0800 Breakfast at house
0830 Depart for airport
0900 Briefing for training sorties (Ground School for late arrivals)
1330-1600 More training sorties
1830 Dinner at house
0800 Breakfast at house
0930 Departure with briefings for CTO if needed or Advance training for all that may be interested.
Pilots departure as needed.
- We should be able to house everyone on site unless one or both properties rent.
As your host we offer a unique clinic in that we now own 2 oceanfront homes less than 2 miles from the airport. Homes can be seen at www.vrbo.com/303854 and www.vrbo.com/1261359 With 20 bedrooms and 14 full baths and 2 half baths between the 2 houses we will be able to host all participants without the need of a hotel this year. We encourage all pilots to bring their spouses or friends if they wish as there is plenty to do around the area.
Our house will be available to accommodate all pilots and their guest with meals supplied from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. All participants are welcome to extend their stays as long as they wish as we will be staying that following week for daughter's spring break.
To cover the cost of Food, Cleaning and rental of 15 passenger van (will have van Friday am through Sunday) will be 150.00 per room single or 175.00 double for complete stay, no matter how long you wish to stay. You will need you to bring sheets and towels for your stay, so please let me know who and how many will be attending as soon as possible so we can let you know sheet sizes to bring and to plan for food for the meals
- April 24 – 25, 2021 Sunday is Optional Followup (Backup dates: May 1 – 2, 2021) Primary Training 10:00 AM PDT Stockton, CA (KSCK)
- May 1 – 3, 2020: CANCELLED 10:00 AM CDT Saturday Mini-clinic Jefferson City, MO (KJEF)
5/1 Early/Mid-afternoon: Experienced folks may come in early and get some flights in together! On your own planning! New folks can enjoy right seat/back seat observation rides as available!
6:00pm Dinner @ Paddy Malone’s – IF WE HAVE OVER 20 PARTICIPANTS, MAY HAVE TO MOVE LOCATIONS - TBD)
Depending on the number of new members to our CtO family, we MAY do the ground school/briefing Friday night @ TBD.
5/2 Early morning: Any pilots that did not come in on Friday arrive
8:00am-11:00am: Briefing/Ground School (briefing begins at 9 am SHARP for new pilots at Jefferson City Flying Service) (veteran CtO pilots can conduct abbreviated briefing and go fly) – BE AWARE OF UPDATED PROCEDURES
11:00am-11:45am: Lunch (Jimmy John subs/Central Dairy Ice Cream!)
11:45am-4:30pm: Multiple Training Sorties of 2 and 3-ship elements
5:30pm-7:00pm: Happy Hour at Casa Gentry (923 Sherwood Dr., JC Mo 65109)
7:00pm-9:00pm: Dinner @ Domenico’s Italian Restaurant
5/3 8:00am-noon: Additional Training Sorties (advanced training if CtO primary goals are satisfied)
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THESE SCHEDULES ARE DYNAMIC AND FLUID TO WORK AROUND WEATHER, CONTINGENCIES, ETC.
JCFS offers us a $.50 discount for fuel. Hanger space is limited. JCFS’ number is 573-636-5118 if you need any arrangements such as hangar space, etc.
HOTEL: Candlewood Suites 24 hour cancellation policy
Block OPEN UNTIL 3/29/2020 $119+tax (SINGLES) $124+TAX (DOUBLES)
We have 6 Doubles We have 6 Singles
573-634-8822 CTO Block (Ask for Nicole if you have any issues) 573-434-4559 is her cell number
JCFS Courtesy Car (JCFS line crew may be able to take you)
I will do my best to transport folks as well
Enterprise – 573-635-9000 (They will deliver cars to KJEF)
Avis – 573-556-6675 (ask for Shawn)
- May 8 – 10, 2020 CANCELLED 10:00 AM EDT Saturday TBA Mini-clinic Wadsworth, OH (3G3)
Friday Ground school with full safety briefing at 5:30 PM EDT if enough participants have arrived.
Saturday 9:00 AM EDT - Full briefing as required to qualify for CtO arrival. Fly sorties with new and returning participants.
Sunday 9:00 AM EDT – Briefing and final flight prior to participants departure for home
Could all participants in the Wadsworth mini clinic aim to arrive at 3G3 before 5:00 p.m. as I would like to start a full briefing at 5:30 p.m.. Please let me know if you are not able to arrive before 5:00 p.m.
If possible arrive in time to fuel up and tie down prior to the briefing.
There are some changes from prior years so I would like everyone to be at the briefing and learn the changes.
This will save us having to do the full briefing on Saturday morning and we can just have a short session to assign elements and brief for the sortie which is to be flown.
Accomodations: I have reserved a block of rooms at Comfort Inn in Wadsworth. The room rate is $109 / night and the rooms are being held until April 8thafter which rooms will be on a space available basis but still at $109 / night. To book your room please call Comfort Inn on 330-336-7692 and mention Cherokees to Oshkosh
- May 14 – 16, 2021 Saturday Mini-clinic Sumner County Regional, Gallatin, TN (KXNX, formerly M33)
Details to follow.
- June 5 – 7, 2020 CANCELLED Mini-Clinic Mount Pleasant, TX (KOSA)
Ground school will be held on Thursday evening and repeated Friday evening. Attendance at one of these is mandatory for new registrants prior to flight training. An additional ground school may be offered if conditions permit. Attendance the entire weekend is not mandatory.
- June 12 – 14, 2020 CANCELLED Saturday Mini-clinic Appleton, WI (KATW)
- June 25 — 27, 2021 Mini-clinic Gladwin, MI (KGDW)
Friday TBD (Will try to have Ground School on Friday if it works for all new participants) Briefing and flights for new and returning pilots
Saturday 9:00 AM EDT Briefing (Required to Qualify for Cherokees to Oshkosh), flights
Friday, June 25 Dinner T.B.D.
Saturday breakfast T.B.D
Saturday Lunch T.B.D.
Saturday, June 26 Dinner at sponsor's home.
Sunday breakfast T.B.D.
Sunday 9:00 AM EDT — Noon Briefing and flights
Rivertown Inn • 989.246.9130 • 1220 E Cedar Ave, Gladwin, MI 48624 (about 1 mile from the Airport) • Group Rate: T.B.D. • Make sure to mention "Cherokees to Oshkosh" when you make your reservation. A block of rooms have been reserved, but you must make your reservation by April 1. The motels in northern Michigan fill up on weekends throughout the summer.
The airport is holding two courtesy cars for our use to carpool to motel and meals. We also will have one or two local drivers as needed. If we have a large group, Mavrick Ford, the local dealer also has a rental department. More information to follow.
- T.B.D. Waupaca, WI (KPCZ)
Questions about Mini-Clinics or the Schedule? Choose from the pop-up menu in the form (below) to contact the appropriate clinic sponsor or the Mini-Clinic Registrar.
Cessnas 2 Oshkosh - Cherokees to Oshkosh Training Agreement
The Cessnas 2 Oshkosh (C2O) and the Cherokees to Oshkosh (CtO) organizations have reached a mutual collaboration agreement for the purpose of training our pilots to fly the mass arrival into Oshkosh. Under this agreement, the Cherokees to Oshkosh (CtO) pilots are welcome to attend our clinics and our pilots are welcome to attend their clinics. Attendance to a clinic of one of the two organizations, the training received and the clearance to fly the mass arrival granted by the clinic's lead pilot will be honored by the reciprocal organization.
Cherokees to Oshkosh (CtO) pilots who wish to participate in one of our clinics must have approval from Dwane (Ferg) Ferguson, Director of Air Operations of Cherokees to Oshkosh (CtO). Send him a message via the contact form on this web site.
Cessnas 2 Oshkosh (C2O) pilots who wish to participate in one of Cherokees to Oshkosh (CtO) clinics must have approval from Rodney Swanson, our Director of Training and Operations. Send Rodney a message via this link.
This cross-training option is not available for new Cessnas or Cherokees 2 Oshkosh pilots, or pilots who were not cleared by one of our lead pilots after training in one of our regular clinics.
Waupaca July 22 – 24
Oshkosh July 24 — Your Choice
Arrive at the staging area (KPCZ – Waupaca, WI) on or before Thursday, July 22, 2021
Wednesday, July 21
TBD Make-up Mini-Clinic
17:00 Bus Service from Airport
18:00 Meet and Greet at the Par 4 Bistro
Thursday, July 22
08:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
10:00 Training Flights
17:00 Bus Service to Comfort Inn begins
Friday, July 23
08:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
10:30 MANDATORY SAFETY BRIEFING
11:30 Training Flights
17:30 Bus Service to Comfort Inn
18:30 Buffet Dinner and Awards Presentations - Par 4 Bistro
Saturday, July 24
06:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
07:30 MANDATORY SAFETY BRIEFING!! This is what we all have been working towards!!
08:30 Man your aircraft and begin staging
9:00 Engine Start
9:30 Depart KPCZ
10:00 Touchdown OSH for Cherokee Flight
VAR Evening optional activities throughout AirVenture week
Cherokees to Oshkosh Hospitality Tent
Concerts - AirVenture Grounds
Movies - FlyIn Theatre
Night Airshows - Flight Line
Mooney BBQ - Mooney North 40 Camp
Movies and Socializing - C2O Camp Entertainment Pavilion