Details for the Cherokees to Oshkosh Mini-Clinics to qualify for the 2021 Mass Arrival will be posted here as they become available.
Check back regularly for updates.

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!

Mini-Clinic Schedule

  • 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 a 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 the house
    0830 Depart for airport
    0900 Briefing for training sorties (Ground School for late arrivals)
    1200-1330 Lunch
    1330-1600 More training sorties
    1830 Dinner at the house
    0800 Breakfast at the house
    0930 Departure with briefings for CTO if needed or Advance training for all that may be interested.
    Pilots depart 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 and  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) 
    Details to follow.

  • TBD:10:00 AM CDT Saturday Mini-clinic Jefferson City, MO (KJEF) 
    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!
    6:00 pm 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.

    Early morning: Any pilots that did not come in on Friday arrive
    8:00 am-11:00 am: 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
    11:00 AM-11:45 AM: Lunch (Jimmy John subs/Central Dairy Ice Cream!)
    11:45 AM-4:30 PM: Multiple Training Sorties of 2 and 3-ship elements
    5:30 PM-7:00 PM: Happy Hour at Casa Gentry (923 Sherwood Dr., JC Mo 65109)
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Dinner @ Domenico’s Italian Restaurant

    8:00 am-noon: Additional Training Sorties (advanced training if CtO primary goals are satisfied)

    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

    Ground Transportation:
    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 1 – 2, 2021 10:00 AM EDT Saturday TBA Mini-clinic Wadsworth, OH (3G3)
    Friday Ground school with a 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.
    Accommodations: I have reserved a block of rooms at the 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 4 – 6, 2020 Saturday Mini-clinic Preston, MN (KFKA)
    Hosts will have 3 bedrooms in our home and rooms will be available in the Preston Hotel.
    Ground Transportation:
    Two courtesy cars plus hosts.
    will be in the host's hangar at KFKA.
    More details to follow.

  • June 11 – 13, 2021 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. 
    Candlewood Suites Mount Pleasant, call the hotel directly for a reservation 903.572.4600, 2407 S Jefferson Ave, Mount Pleasant, TX
  • 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. 
    Ground Transportation:
    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, Maverick Ford, the local dealer also has a rental department. More information to follow. 

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.


KCWA July 22 – 24
Oshkosh July 24 — Your Choice

Arrive at the staging area (KCWA – Central Wisconsin Airport) 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 hotel (more information to come)

Thursday, July 22

08:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
10:00 Training Flights
17:00 Bus Service to hotel

Friday, July 23

08:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
11:30 Training Flights
17:30 Bus Service to Hotel
18:30 Buffet Dinner and Awards Presentations - T.B.D.

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 KCWA
10:00 Touchdown OSH for Cherokee Flight
17:00 T.B.D.

VAR Evening optional activities throughout AirVenture week

Cherokees to Oshkosh Hospitality Tent
Concerts - AirVenture Grounds
Movies - FlyIn Theatre
Night Airshows - Flight Line
Movies and Socializing - C2O Camp Entertainment Pavilion