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 21, 2022

Thursday, July 21
08:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
10:00 Non-Mandatory Training Flights
17:00 Bus Service to hotel

Friday, July 22
08:30 Bus Service to Airport begins
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 23
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 - location T.B.D.

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 24
15:00 First 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. 


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 3PM 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. 


We have relocated the Gladwin, MI clinic to Northern Indiana. Airport To be determined. Watch this space for details. 

February 25-26, 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 5:30 PM repeated Sat 9:00 AM Transportation to/from hotel provided

March 25-26, 2023 Ocean Isle Beach NC 60J  Hosts: Angie and Wayne Michelli
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)
Early arrivals on Thursday encouraged. $150.00/single, $175/double for the entire stay (regardless of duration), includes meals and 15 passenger van Friday and Saturday

April 1-2, 2023, Sacramento, CA, KMCC  Host: Wolf Polak 
Lionsgate Hotel, walking distance from Jet Services FBO.  Call the hotel at 916.640.0835 or book online, currently $93+tax.  Book early, as this hotel can get busy.  Contact Wolf via our contact form with your N-number for fuel and parking discount.

April 8-9, 2023, Mt Pleasant, TX, KOSA  Host: Ed LeBlanc 
CandlewoodSuites (903)572-4600 Hampton Inn and Suites (903) 572-7100

April 22-23, 2023 Gallatin, TN, KXNX  Host: Dwane "Ferg" Ferguson
Quality Inn of Gallatin block of rooms under “CtO.” Call the front desk at 615-451-4494.  I’ve asked for either single king rooms or two full-size beds, but they will try to accommodate any requests. Alternately, I know that some folks can get special deals at Hampton and Sleep Inn & Suites. They are next door to the Quality Inn and their direct numbers are: Hampton: 615-206-9595 Sleep Inn: 615-989-9414

May 6-7, 2023, Jefferson City, MO, KJEF  Host: Chip Gentry 
Candlewood Suites block of rooms under Cherokees to Oshkosh. Either call the front desk at 573-634-8822 and ask for reservations in the Cherokees to Oshkosh block or use the booking link included below to make reservations online and for the correct rates. Any unreserved rooms left in the block after that date will be released. Candlewood Suites has  an assortment of room types within the block. If a particular room type is requested and is no longer available, please let them know and they will atttempt to accommodate your request. Cherokees to Oshkosh   
Dennis Frett will have a rental car to help shuttle participants.

May 2--21, 2023, T.B.D., OH,  Hosts: Samantha and Andrew Howard 
Hotel: Holiday Inn, 5495 Maxwell Pl Columbus, OH 43228, Phone: 614-335-1150, Group name: Cherokees to Oshkosh, Rate: $119 per night, Block of rooms is good for 5/13 and 5/14
If you prefer a lower price point, there is also a Motel 6 next door. 614-870-2880, 1309 W St James Lutheran Ln, Columbus, OH 43228 
If possible we'll do ground school on Friday evening so we can fly as much as possible Saturday and Sunday morning.

June 3-4, 2023, Preston, MN, KFKA  Hosts: Jud and Kent Dornick
Country Trails Inn & Suites  888-378-2896 507-765-2533 Hwy 52 North, Preston, MN 55965 
The host has arranged for a block of rooms at $109
If possible arrive Friday afternoon for ground school at 5:30 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 10-11, 2023, Madras, OR, S33 Host: Jim Origliosso, Cheryl & Mitch Cooney
Welcome to the Northwest, Madras S33. Call Inn at Cross Keys (541-475-5800) for room reservations.  Hotel Information:  Hotel includes a full hot breakfast (eggs, potatoes, breakfast meats, etc).  Tell them you are a pilot and tied down with the Cherokees at Madras Airport (if you dont, the room rate jumps to $175/night). Hint: the hotel gets busy in the summer so book early so you don’t need to sleep in your plane.. You can camp for free on the grass at the airport (if interested call Treia 541-475-4899 to make your reservation because there is limited space).  Camping has an adjacent restroom and shower. If you wish to rent a car (Avis) call Treia so that she can have your car available at the FBO upon your arrival.  Bring chocks. Transportation will be provided by the host. 

June 24-25, 2023 Indiana T.B.D. Hosts: Dave

Cherokees to Oshkosh Mini-Clinics for 2022

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