The cornerstone of the success of our past mass arrivals and those of other organizations is formation flight training. The hallmark of formation flight training is the training clinic.
Each clinic consist of two parts, a ground portion with an audiovisual presentation and a ramp exercise, and a flight portion which may include one or more practice flights in which the required maneuvers for all the phases of the arrival flight are practiced. Each PIC trainee will have an experienced safety pilot in the right seat during the training flight(s).
In 2012 we began testing the feasibility of the webinar or online seminar format to deliver the training material specific to the mass arrival flight prior to each clinic. The thought was that the webinar or online seminar method would allow us to offer our pilots the mass arrival formation information normally delivered during the ground portion of each clinic prior to the regularly scheduled clinics. This would allow us to dedicate more time during the clinics to actual formation flight practice. The results were initially encouraging but the use of this instruction format was limited to the development lead pilots.
In 2017 we decided to test a new type of clinic design in some locations but the weather was unusually adverse and the two scheduled clinics had to be cancelled. We will try again this year. The new clinic will be a two-days event consisting of basic formation training in day one, much like we've done in our clinics over the years and a second day dedicated to develop effective element leadership skills with emphasis on airspeed control through all the phases of the flight, rate of climb control on takeoff and initial climb and radio discipline during the entire flight.
We require that every pilot who wants to participate in our mass arrival attend at least one formation flight training clinic or session during the calendar year of the arrival. For those who are current and proficient in formation flight and have the opportunity to practice in their local area, we encourage them to do so, preferably with a lead pilot in charge of the practice. To those pilots who do not have formation flight experience and to those with previous experience but who are not current, we recommend against engaging in formation flight until attending a training clinic or session.
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS TO FLY THE MASS ARRIVAL
The three absolute requirements a pilot must meet to fly the mass arrival are:
1. To participate in one training clinic or session during the calendar year of the arrival.*
2. To be on the ground at Dodge County Airport by 11:00 AM CDT on Saturday, July 20, 2019.*
3. To participate in the preflight brief prior to our departure from KUNU to KOSH.*
* No exceptions.
2020 the final pre-flight brief will take place on July 18,
starting sharply at 12:00 Noon CDT, in the main hangar of Wisconsin Aviation at Dodge County Airport in Juneau, Wisconsin. In order to be assigned to a position in the mass arrival flight and participate in the final preflight brief, a pilot must be on the ground at Juneau by 11:00 AM CDT (UTC-5).
The "textbook" of our formation flight training clinics is the slide presentation by Rodney Swanson, our Director of Training and Operations. We encourage every participating pilot to review this presentation prior to attending the clinic. Rodney or the designated lead pilot of the clinic will go over it in detail during the formation training clinic. You can find Rodney's presentation in the next section on this page.
We have also provided a link to The T-34 Association Formation Manual and several links to the manuals of other organizations. These are provided as reference for participating pilots wishing to expand on their theoretical knowledge of formation flight.
At the bottom of this page participating pilots can find our legal waiver form. Please read this form carefully and bring it to the formation training clinic.
Cessnas 2 Oshkosh (C2O) - Cherokees to Oshkosh (Ch2O) Training Agreement
The Cessnas 2 Oshkosh (C2O) and the Cherokees to Oshkosh (Ch2O) 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 (Ch2O) 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 (Ch2O) pilots who wish to participate in one of our clinics must have approval from Dwane (Ferg) Ferguson, Director of Operations of Cherokees to Oshkosh (Ch2O). Send him a message via this link.
Cessnas 2 Oshkosh (C2O) pilots who wish to participate in one of Cherokees to Oshkosh (Ch2O) 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 2 Oshkosh (C2O) pilots or pilots who were not cleared by one of our lead pilots after training in one of our regular clinics.
Follow this link to view the Cherokees to Oshkosh (Ch2O) clinic schedule.