2024 Registration Closed!

Updated February 24, 2024 13:11 EST
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Hello Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2024 Pilots, Relatives and Friends:

We're excited to inform that the registration period for 2024 has reached its goal. It has been, without a doubt, a registration record year. We achieved our goal of registering one-hundred (100) aircraft in twenty-two (22) days. We thank each of you for your enthusiastic support.

Why stop registration at one-hundred (100) aircraft?

The leadership of Cessnas 2 Oshkosh arrived at this number based on two facts:

First, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the FAA Oshkosh Air Traffic Operations Manager and Cessnas 2 Oshkosh (C2O) agreed to execute a seventy-five (75) aircraft mass arrival into Wittman Regional Airport on Friday, July 19, 2024 5:00 PM CDT (UTC-5).

Second, analysis of seventeen (17) years of data collected by Cessnas 2 Oshkosh showed that C2O experiences a twenty (20) to thirty (30) percent attrition rate each year from the closure of registration to the Juneau check-in deadline. What this means is that, using this statistic fact, we can safely project that between now and Friday, July 19, 2024 11:00 AM CDT (UTC-5), twenty-five (25) to thirty (30) pilots will withdraw from participation for different personal, family, work, weather or mechanical reasons. Therefore, we can safely count on seventy (70) to eighty (80) aircraft reaching Dodge County Airport (KUNU) in Juneau, Wisconsin by Friday, July 19, 2024 11:00 AM CDT (UTC-5) ready to fly the mass arrival.

What would happen if more than seventy-five (75) aircraft reach Juneau ready to fly the mass arrival by Friday, July 19, 2024 11:00 AM CDT (UTC-5)?

In that case, since the seventy (75) aircraft limit is a hard stop determined by flight operations at EAA and the FAA Oshkosh Air Traffic Operations Manager, we will include in the mass arrival flight, out of the aircraft on the ground at Juneau, the first seventy-five (75) aircraft that registered. The order of registration is shown on the 2024 Main Roster page on our website. We will not take into consideration any other criteria. The aircraft not included in the mass arrival flight will arrive Oshkosh via the Fisk arrival. We will make every effort in our discussions with EAA ground operations to have these aircraft marshaled to CessnaBase Camp to join the mass arrival flight aircraft. The decision to allow this is beyond our control and we cannot guarantee this outcome.

We would like to remind every registered PIC that the three absolute criteria to participate in the mass arrival flight are still current and will be enforced without exception. For more information on these requirements, visit our Training page. We encourage every pilot intending to fly the mass arrival flight to sign up for a formation training clinic early and get the training requirement out of the way. The schedule of the 2024 Clinics was posted on Saturday, February 24, 2024 on our Clinics page. Pilots who intend to participate in the mass arrival flight may sign up for a clinic very easily by following this link: Clinic Registration.

We hope to see each one of you on Friday, July 19, 2024 in Juneau, WI.

Fly safe,

Rodney Swanson
Craig Chipley
Gil Velez

Welcome to Cessnas 2 Oshkosh 2024!

Updated February 24, 2024 12:35 EST
OSH ATC Tower against Sunset

Hello Everyone:

Craig, Gil and I would like to welcome you to our 18th annual event, promising it will be the best yet. We hope this introduction will answer some of your questions. Please remember that we are only the coordinators of Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, your input is greatly appreciated and your suggestions are always welcome.

After meeting with the FAA and EAA leadership this year, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh was granted authorization for a mass arrival flight of seventy-five (75) aircraft. We are still waiting for a decision on whether we will have a number of "pre-arrival" aircraft, as we had last year. We will keep you posted.

We are still on a Friday at 1700 arrival schedule, three days prior to the beginning of AirVenture-Oshkosh. But, starting next year, all the mass arrivals will begin a rotating annual schedule of Friday, then Saturday, and finally Sunday. So, we have that to look forward to.

Since we had a great outcome last year, we are going to open the event back up to new participants. We will also have two speed groups, one at 90KIAS and the other at 110KIAS. We are confident that with the controls implemented over the last two years, and their dissemination and its practice in our clinics, we will be successful again this year.

We are diligently working on our clinic schedule along with our clinic volunteers so please be patient. We continue to be a grassroots event and ask for your support to host a clinic, breakfast or work party. Please reach out as soon as possible. It will be greatly appreciated.

Lastly, the registration fee will increase slightly due to market forces. We've had four increases since 2006, and believe that everyone agrees the value we get for our money is well worth it.

Thank you for your continued support! It truly has been an honor for us to coordinate Cessnas 2 Oshkosh. We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, July 19, 2024 in Juneau, WI.

Rodney Swanson
Craig Chipley
Gil Velez

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