Training 2017 Mass Arrival

Updated July 19, 2017 17:26 EDT

Introduction

Rodney leading the final brief at Juneau in 2006.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 will be testing a new type of clinic design in some locations. This new clinic is a two-days event and consist of basic formation training in day one, much like we've done in our clinics over the years. On day two we will concentrate on further development and practice of effective element lead skills with emphasis on airspeed and rate of climb control as well as radio discipline.

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 two absolute requirements for a pilot to fly the mass arrival are:

1.   To participate in one training clinic or session during the calendar year of the arrival. *
2.   To participate in the flight brief prior to our departure from KUNU to KOSH. *

*  No exceptions.


In 2018 the final pre-flight brief will take place on July 21 , starting sharply at 12:00 Noon CDT, in the main hangar of Wisconsin Aviation at Dodge County Airport in Juneau, Wisconsin. Pilot check-in on the day of the arrival ends at 11:00 AM CDT (UTC-5). In order to participate in the mass arrival flight, a pilot must be on the ground at Juneau by this time.

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 on this page.

We have also provided on this page a link to The T-34 Association Formation Manual and several links to the manuals of other organizations. These are provided as references for participating pilots wishing to expand on their theoretical knowledge of formation flight.

Setting up for takeoff during a formation clinic practice.Crossing over from position 2 to position 3 in the element during a formation clinic practice.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.

Godspeed!


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.

Rodney's Slide Presentation

Rodney's Slide Presentation
Formation Flight Slide Presentation
(PowerPoint® Open in Read-Only Mode)

Used in Cessnas 2 Oshkosh training clinics
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Rodney's Slide Presentation
Formation Flight Slide Presentation
(PDF Format)

Used in Cessnas 2 Oshkosh training clinics
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Pilot Training Webinar
Pilot Training Webinar
July 6, 2010 8:00 PM EDT.

Warning!
The webinar recording is a large 154 MB file. You will need a high-speed internet connection for optimal download. In addition, you will need Windows Media Player or any compatible movie player able to open wmv files to watch this presentation.

Important Documents

2017 Mass Arrival Flight Routes
2017 Mass Arrival Flight Routes
It is very important to program all the waypoints into your GPS units prior to your arrival in Juneau. Alert: New Waypoints Included!
2017 C2O - FAA Letter of Agreement (LOA)
2017 C2O - FAA
Letter of Agreement (LOA)

Detailed description of the 2017 mass arrival procedures. Familiarize yourself with these procedures.
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2017 AirVenture NOTAM
If you are flying to EAA AirVenture, this is an obligatory reading. Familiarize yourself with this NOTAM.
Click here to download. You will need Adobe or Foxit Reader to open this document.
Formation Flight Waiver
Print and bring to formation clinics and the final mass arrival briefing.
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Formation Briefing Card
Print and bring to formation clinics and the final mass arrival briefing.
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Glossary of Formation Terms
Helpful reference to understand the formation flying language.

Text References

Click here to go to The T-34 Association website where you can purchase this manual.
The T-34 Formation Manual
The authoritative reference.
T-34 Association
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The Formation Knowledge Guide
Drew A Blahnick, Publisher
Formation and Safety Team (FAST)
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Formation Flight On Your Own
Abstract from T-34 Manual
Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2Osh)
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Team RV Formation Training Guide. Team RV
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Flight Training Instruction
Primary Formation T-34C

US Naval Training Command.
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Formation Standards
and Proficiency Program Rev. 2.6

Formation Flying Incorporated.

Video References

Sarah Rovner's Training Video 1 2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival
Courtesy of Sarah Rovner, May 2014

2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival
Training Video 1
Sarah Rovner's Training Video 2 2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival
Courtesy of Sarah Rovner, May 2014

2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival
Training Video 2
Formation Flight Practice
Courtesy of Barry Biggs and Nate Duehr, 2010
1. Taxi into position for takeoff viewed from the Chalk 3 right wing position.
2. Chalk 3 moving into position and keeping station viewed from the lead position.
3. Chalk 2 moving into position on lead's left wing viewed from the left wing Chalk 2 position.
4. Final approach and landing.
Formation Flight Practice
Courtesy of Dave Kalwishsky, 2010
1. Chalk 2 keeping station on lead's left wing as viewed from the lead position.
2. Chalk 2 overtaking on lead's left for a lead change. Lead drops to Chalk 3 right wing position.
 
 
Formation Flight Practice
Courtesy of J. Smith, 2012
1. Chalk 3 keeping station on lead's right wing as viewed from the right wingman's Chalk 3 position.
2. Chalk 3 moving to trail position.
 
 
Sarah Rovner - Juliet-3
2013 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival

Courtesy of Sarah Rovner, 2013

2013 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival - Juliet-3 landing long on Runway 36R.
Erratum: Change month in the captions to July
2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Flight
From the Cockpit of Element India

Courtesy of Pilot's Eye Photography, 2014

From takeoff roll out of Dodge County Airport to landing on Rwy 36 at Wittman Regional Airport.
2010 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh
Flyover Wittman Regional Airport

Courtesy of Barry Biggs & Nate Duehr, 2010

From taxi out of Dodge County Airport to the flyover Runway 36 of Wittman Regional Airport.
Fundamentals of Formation Flying Part 1/3
United States Navy Training Film, 1953
Presented only to illustrate the historical principles of formation flying.
Not intended as an illustration of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh procedures.
Some fundamental principles apply to all types of formation flying.
Do not attempt to practice these procedures, except under FAST-sanctioned instruction.
Fundamentals of Formation Flying Part 2/3
United States Navy Training Film, 1953
Presented only to illustrate the historical principles of formation flying.
Not intended as an illustration of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh procedures.
Some fundamental principles apply to all types of formation flying.
Do not attempt to practice these procedures, except under FAST-sanctioned instruction.
Fundamentals of Formation Flying Part 3/3
United States Navy Training Film, 1953
Presented only to illustrate the historical principles of formation flying.
Not intended as an illustration of the Cessnas 2 Oshkosh procedures.
Some fundamental principles apply to all types of formation flying.
Do not attempt to practice these procedures, except under FAST-sanctioned instruction.

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