Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2017!

Updated July 10, 2017 09:53 EDT


Gil Velez, Alpha 2 on his way to Oshkosh - 2011 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh. Photo by Suzie Bowden.

The registration period for the 2017 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival has ended. We've now shifted gear to begin the preparation of our annual gathering in Juneau, Wisconsin. Before we push on, we would like to say: THANK YOU!  Everyone has worked really hard reviewing training material and making an extra effort arranging personal, family and work schedules to attend formation training clinics and individual or small group training sessions. We now must plan our flight to Juneau and prepare for the mass arrival flight to Oshkosh.

We appreciate everyone's effort and look forward to seeing all of you in Juneau on Saturday, July 22rd, no later than 11:00 AM CDT (UTC-5).

Before You Head Out to Juneau...

Updated July 10, 2017 09:32 EDT

...we want to let you know a few things that will make your arrival and stay easier and more enjoyable. First, when you get to Juneau you'll be only thirty (30) nautical miles away from your goal, with the fun just about to begin! Exciting things will happen and those who participate in the mass arrival will have lots of goodies awaiting them! The next thing we want to say is: HAVE A SAFE FLIGHT TO JUNEAU!  Plan ahead, do a thorough preflight and watch out for developing weather and last-minute TFRs.

Our host, Mary Gasper, Wisconsin Aviation Airport Manager, leads a very dedicated staff who do absolutely their best to assist us every year. This will be our 13th year at Dodge County Airport (KUNU) and can say without hesitation that the staff at Wisconsin Aviation is the best.

NEW PROCEDURE

When you arrive in Juneau:

Dodge County Airport Fuel Island

PROCEED TO THE FUEL ISLAND AND HAVE YOUR PLANE FUELED BEFORE PARKING.

AFTER, DO NOT MOVE, WAIT FOR DIRECTIONS FROM WISCONSIN AVIATION LINE STAFF.


In 2017 a new parking and tiedown plan was put in place. This plan will facilitate the radio roll call, taxi-out and launch procedures of the mass arrival flight. Two main parking and tiedown areas have been designated, one on the east side of runway 02-20 next to the FBO's building, and a second area on the west side of runway 02-20 next to the hangars on "the other side" of the field. The first area is the airport's main ramp and most of us are familiar with it. The second has been used in the past as an overflow parking area. All aircraft with retractable landing gear will be parked on the west area, near the hangars. All the fixed gear aircraft will be parked on the east area.

Once your plane is fueled, a Wisconsin Aviation line staff will direct you or will tow your plane to your designated parking and tiedown area. Unless there is an urgent reason for it, you should not move the plane from your designated spot until the radio call to taxi-out for the mass arrival flight.

Dodge County Airport Tiedown AreaOnce your aircraft is parked and tied down, proceed directly to Wisconsin Aviation's front desk to take care of your fuel bill. Once done, Mary or one of her very able staff will direct you upstairs to Cessnas 2 Oshkosh's registration office where you will check in and receive your personal welcome package. This package will contain a Cessnas 2 Oshkosh logo shirt and a badge for you and each of your registered passengers, the schedule of events at Juneau and Oshkosh, a volunteer sign-up form, several briefing cards and logistic information about the mass arrival flight. This logistic information will be discussed in detail during the mandatory mass arrival preflight briefing starting at 12:00 Noon CDT (UTC-5) on Saturday July 22. Remember, the brief is MANDATORY!

Dodge County Airport - KUNU

There are some things you need to know about the airport at Juneau. Aircraft parking is at a premium and will be tight. We are expecting about 53 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh aircraft, plus the additional seasonal traffic of transient aircraft that make Dodge County Airport (KUNU) their final fuel stop before hitting RIPON. You need to exercise extreme caution during surface movement operations. Do not park on grass surfaces unless you are being directed by Wisconsin Aviation line service personnel. DO NOT PUSH BACK ONTO THE GRASS!

Following are a series of Google Earth® views of Dodge County Airport showing the ground movement, parking and tiedown areas and the FBO location.

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Dodge County Airport Wide Area

Picture 1 shows a wide view of the Dodge County Airport (KUNU)

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Dodge County Airport Main Ramp

Picture 2 depicts a closer view of the main ramp, camping and overflow areas.

The grassy area north side of the main ramp is where we pitch our tents and set camp during the two to three days we spend at Dodge County Airport (KUNU) in Juneau. A port-a-potty will be available on the east side of the tiedown area and full toilets will be available in the main building. Two showers will be available for the use of all our campers. One is upstairs in the Wisconsin Aviation building and the other is in the main hangar. Bring your own soap and shampoo, this is not a hotel! LOL. That said, there are hotels in Beaver Dam, Watertown and other towns around Juneau. To get to Beaver Dam, from the airport head north on State Highway 26 for 1.5 miles, turn west onto State Highway 33 and follow that road for 7.5 miles. To get to Watertown, from the airport head south on State Highway 26 for about 16 miles. Wisconsin Aviation and Cessnas 2 Oshkosh will provide shuttle service in our vans between Dodge County Airport (KUNU) and hotels in the area. We only ask that you pitch in to cover the cost of gas. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated. For hotel and vehicle rental reservations, contact Wisconsin Aviation, they'll take care of reservations for you at FBO discount rates. Their telephone numbers are (920) 386-2402 and (800) 319-0907.

Dodge County Airport Camping AreaAs many of you know, during the week starting on Thursday, July 20, there are many chores that need to be completed in order to make our event a success, like preparing breakfast every morning at Cessna Base Camp and transporting equipment from the storage facility to the camping ground. We are asking you to help us out. For that purpose, we will circulate a Volunteer List. Please find what you can help with and sign your name.

We look forward to meeting all of you who are new to Cessnas 2 Oshkosh and to see again all the many returning friends.

Let the fun begin!


* The 2017 Schedule of Events is available here *


2017  Pre - Mass Arrival Report

Updated July 19, 2017 16:49 EDT

Lineup for takeoff at Dodge County Airport in JuneauLineup for takeoff at Dodge County Airport in Juneau for the 2015 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival. Photo by Dan McCullough - Delta 3

We are excited to report that, at the conclusion of the registration period, eighty-five (85) aircraft are registered to participate in the 2017 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival Flight. Eighteen (18) of the eighty-five (85) PIC registered for the first time in 2017. Our eighty-five (85) registered PIC are bringing with them fifty-seven (57) passengers over the age of twelve (12) years. We warmly welcome the new pilots and their passengers to our group and wish them the most fun during our stay in Juneau and the week of celebration that follows at Cessna Base Camp and AirVenture. Eleven (11) pilots have withdrawn their registrations for different personal or work-related reasons. We will miss them and hope that they will join us next year.

Thirty-one (31) states, the District of Columbia and two (2) Canadian provinces are represented. Texas leads the states with thirteen (13) aircraft, followed by Florida with eight (8), Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington with six (6) aircraft each, Georgia, California and North Carolina with four (4) aircraft each, Maryland and New York with three (3) each, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana and Minnesota with two (2) aircraft each and nineteen (19) other states with one aircraft each. Alberta and Ontario are each sending one (1) aircraft.

The Cardinal is again leading the models with thirty (30) aircraft, followed by the Skyhawk and the Skylane with twenty (20) aircraft each, the Centurion with eight (8), the Stationair and the Skymaster with two (2), and the Skywagon and the Corvalis with one (1) aircraft each.

Needless to say, we are very pleased with these results and would like to express our most sincere thanks to all our pilots, relatives and friends for their support.

 
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