CtO Mass Arrival Schedule

(dates and times may vary, based on weather)

Staging Location: Central Wisconsin Airport (KCWA), Wausau, WI
All pilots MUST arrive at KCWA on or before Thursday, July 20, 2023

Thursday, July 20
08:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
09:00 Briefing 
10:00 Non-Mandatory Training Flights
17:00 Bus Service to hotel

Friday, July 21
08:30 Bus Service to Airport begins. Wear your 2023 CtO shirt for the group photo. 
11:30 “All hands” MANDATORY Training Flights
17:30 Bus Service to Hotel
18:30 Buffet Dinner and Awards Presentations - T.B.D.

Saturday, July 22
06:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
07:30 MANDATORY SAFETY BRIEFING!! This is what we all have been working towards!!
9:00 (est.) Depart KCWA
10:00 Touchdown at KOSH for Cherokee Flight. MANDATORY Debrief by our planes in the “North 40” IMMEDIATELY after arrival
17:00 Arrival Dinner 

NOTE: Pilots may depart any time after the MANDATORY debrief. Most pilots camp in the North 40; some immediately fly elsewhere to stay in hotels or other lodgings.

Sunday, July 23
15:00 Second Annual Meet and Greet – This is a Sunday Afternoon Social event, an opportunity to get to know each other better, and renew old friendships. At 3:00 PM a few of our sponsors will be making brief educational presentations. One is about fire safety and using fire extinquishers on board our aircraft. After that it will be an chance to chat with each other and with many of our sponsors without whose commitment to Cherokees to Oshkosh, our costs would be significantly higher, and for some prohibitive. This is an important time to thank our sponsors while having a beer, soda (pop if you are from the upper Mid-West), and snacks. This event has received rave reviews from both sponsors and participants. 

Optional dinner: Following the afternoon activity we many of the participants will be going to the Mineshaft for dinner. (Note this dinner is not included in your registration fee and is to be ordered off of the menu). A large number of participants ended up at the Mineshaft in 2022 and we had a great evening. There are lots of games for kids of all ages.


CtO Mini-Clinic Schedule
Mini-clinics are held in the early part of each year, up through the early summer.  Attending at least one during this time is MANDATORY, including for returning CtO pilots. Clinics typically run from Friday afternoon until mid-day Sunday, with most essential activities happening all day Saturday. Although full participation for the entire event is always best, it is MANDATORY pilots be present at the start of the briefing Friday afternoon (typically 3PM) and fully participate until they are sufficiently qualified for the arrival – typically by mid-day Sunday.
Mini-clinics are a substantial investment in time, Avgas, and energy for trainees and safety pilots alike. Our training is resource-intensive and requires right-seat safety pilots and experienced Lead pilots for the first several flights of all pilots new to CtO. Because of this pilots registered for the Mass Arrival will be given priority for training. It is ESSENTIAL people arrive on time and ready to optimize the limited flying time available. To participate, ALL pilots, including returning CtO participants, must:
  • Complete and upload all required registration documents, including a pilot’s license, a copy of current Aircraft Liability Insurance, current Medical/Basic Med Certificate, and sign (online) the liability waiver
  • Complete ALL online training found under Documents/CtO Training Resources BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE MINI-CLINIC. New pilots MUST have either watched all videos (preferred) or have thoroughly studied the slides, including the Notes, for those videos. Returning pilots must have at least reviewed the slides. If you didn’t do this PRIOR TO ARRIVAL, you can’t participate.
  • Arrive by Friday afternoon early enough to attend a 3:00 PM briefing and depart no sooner than the end of scheduled flying Sunday
  • Have and maintain a “team player” approach to the training, start to finish
  • ANY exceptions to the above MUST be pre-approved by the mini-clinic host in coordination with the Director of Air Operations
We welcome pilots interested in “checking things out” to join us at any mini-clinic as an observer. Registration for the Mass Arrival is not required but participation will be limited to right-seat observation only, unless, at the discretion of the mini-clinic host, sufficient resources are available to offer training AND the pilot has reviewed the online training described above prior to flying.  If you wish to observe without registering for the CtO arrival, please email the Director of Flight Operations to arrange this. 
What if I register for a Mini-Clinic and cannot attend?

If you cannot attend a Mini-Clinic for which you registered, please use the contact form to notify the host as soon as possible. 


Note: We have relocated the Gladwin, MI clinic to KAID, in Northern Indiana. 

February 24-26, 2023, Aiken, SC, KAIK  Host: Ron Mowery
Quality Inn, Aiken, SC (call directly (803) 502-0900)
Days Inn (803) 642-5692
Hotels are next door to each other. Host will provide ground transportation.
Safety Briefings Fri 3:00 PM. Transportation to/from hotel provided.

March 17-19, Visalia CA, KVIS.  Host: Wolf Polak 
Please plan to arrive Friday in time for a 3:00 PM Briefing.
We have a group rate of $119 at the Wyndham Visalias (reservation code 031723CHE), arriving 3/17, departing 3/19. 
Wyndham Visalia, 9000 W Airport Dr, Visalia, CA 93277, (559) 931-2117. You can also use the direct reservation link.

March 17-19, 2023 Back up weather dates Sunday March 26-28 Ocean Isle Beach NC 60J  Hosts: Angie and Wayne Michelli
Please plan to arrive Friday in time for a 3:00 PM Briefing.
The host makes available his three beachfront rental homes located 2 miles from airport for the group (up to 25 rooms based on prior rental bookings) and arranges ground transportation. 
Early arrivals on Thursday encouraged. $200.00/single, $250/double for the entire stay (regardless of duration), includes lodging, meals and 15 passenger van Friday and Saturday. 

April 14-16, 2023, Mt Pleasant, TX, KOSA  Host: Ed LeBlanc (Cancelled)

April 21-23, 2023 Gallatin, TN, KXNX  Host: Dwane "Ferg" Ferguson
Please plan to arrive Friday in time for the 3:00 PM Briefing.
Sleep Inn of Gallatin block of rooms under "CtO" or my name (Dwane Ferguson). Call the front desk at 615-989-9414. I've asked for double queen beds, but they will try to accommodate any requests. Alternatively, I know that some folks can get special deals at Hampton and Quality Inn. They are next door to the Sleep Inn and their direct numbers are: Hampton: 615-206-9595 Quality Inn: 615-480-7846.

April 28-30, 2023, Jefferson City, MO, KJEF  Host: Chip Gentry 
Please plan to arrive Friday in time for a 3:00 PM Briefing.
Courtyard by Marriott has a block of rooms for Cherokees to Oshkosh, $136/night + tax, 610 Bolivar Street – Jefferson City – Missouri – 65101 – (573) 761-1400 – marriott.com/COUCJ  Hotel offers a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker in each room.  Complimentary WIFI, parking garage, indoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness room, coin-operated guest laundry washer & dryer, Crate shop that offers snacks and drinks, outdoor patio/courtyard seating with fire pit, and BISTRO dining and lounge.  Starbucks coffee drinks are available 24-hours. Here is a reservation link for the Cherokees to Oshkosh: Book your group rate for Cherokees to Oshkosh.

May 19-21, 2023, KTZR, OH,  Hosts: Samantha and Andrew Howard 
Please plan to arrive Friday in time for a 3:00 PM briefing.
Hotel: Holiday Inn: Columbus - Hilliard
Phone Number: 614-335-1150
Block Name: Cherokees to Oshkosh
Block Rate: $119 / night
Link for online reservation: Holiday Inn
Anyone interested in a lower cost option can check out the Model 6 right by the Holiday Inn:  Motel

June 2-4, 2023, Preston, MN, KFKA  Hosts: Jud and Kent Dornink
The host has arranged for a block of rooms at the Country trails inn for $145/ night with a small continental breakfast. 888-378-2896 or 507-765-2533 https://countrytrailsinn.com. He has also arranged for a block of rooms at the Trailhead Inn for $99 for a room with one queen bed or $109 for a room with 2 queen beds. They have no breakfast. 507-765-2460 https://www.trailheadinnpreston.com/
If possible arrive Friday afternoon for ground school at 3:00 PM. Welcome dinner and social hour Friday evening will be in the host's hangar following ground school. Breakfast on your own at Preston B&B. Saturday lunch in the host's hangar. Saturday evening meal TBD. Sunday breakfast at the farm.

June 9-11, 2023, Madras, OR, S33 (Cancelled)

June 23-25, 2023 Anderson, IN, KAID. Host: Dave Peter
KAID has 2 crew cars and a Passenger Van for transportation. KAID has both self serve and fuel trucks and ramp parking close to the FBO. KAID is home to the ATP Flight School, Indy Air Sales, Anderson Aircraft Service, MJ Aircraft Interiors, and Tom Wood Avionics. Anderson has several other interests so there is plenty to do if there is a desire to do so (contact the host for more details) First briefing and flight is at 3:00  PM local on Friday (earlier if there are enough participants) with the main briefing at 3:00 PM local on Friday. The host will be available all-day Friday. The Holiday Inn Express has a block of King and double Queen rooms for $160/night for Cherokees to Oshkosh, call 765-779-0111 to make reservations. Anderson has many hotels close to the I69/Ind109 intersection so feel free to find other accommodations if you wish. Mounds State Park is next to KAID if you wish to camp (reservations are recommended).

Cherokees to Oshkosh Mini-Clinics for 2023

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