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Time is running out to Register for the Cherokees to Oshkosh Mass Arrival

Mitchell Kahn

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Jan 6, 2019
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It’s the countdown to OSH for Cherokees to Oshkosh (PA28, PA32, PA24, & PA34 drivers) and our friends who fly Grummans and join us for the Mass Arrival

Time is of the essence – Registration closes May 31, 2022. You need to attend at least one of our four remaining clinics (out of ten).

May 20-22 KJEF, Jefferson City, MO

June 3-5 KFKA, Preston, MN

June 11-12 S33, Madras, OR

June 24-26 KGDW, Gladwin, MI (hotel rooms are being held until Friday, May 20)

Participation has a few simple requirements:

• You like to have fun

• You fly one of the Piper Cherokee variants (or Grumman Tiger, Cheetah, Traveler, Yankee, Trainer, or Lynx)

• You like to have fun

• You want to have a great camping spot and an opportunity to socialize at OSH with others who have a plane like yours

• You like to have fun

• You will have to attend at least one of the Cherokees to Oshkosh mini-clinics (of which there are four left)

• You like to have fun (notice a theme here?)

A number of years ago, one of our participants said “Flying is fun, but flying together is more fun.” This can be your introduction to formation flying, whether as a bucket list item or an entré to more precision flying. The one thing it will do, is make you a better stick and rudder pilot.

There is no more fun and fulfilling way to attend EAA Airventure than with a “type” mass arrival group. The Cherokees, like the Cessna, Mooneys, Bonanzas, Cirrus, RVs and several other groups, enjoy a wonderful time together. We have become a family, one which welcomes new members.

Participation in at least one clinic is required to fly the mass arrival. The clinics are free. They are fun. Though only one is required, many pilots attend multiple clinics.

Cherokees to Oshkosh is about one thing: getting dozens of Piper Cherokee (and Grumman) owners and their passengers safely into Oshkosh together, to enjoy EAA’s Airventure, the world’s biggest airshow. Since our start in 2010, the majority of our pilots and their families have returned with us numerous times even though many at first planned for a one-time “bucket list” experience. Their continued involvement is driven by the deep friendships which have developed through the adventure of flying safely with a large group of pilots who have a shared love for our airplanes.

Please note Cherokees to Oshkosh doesn’t just throw you up in the air by yourself. The well refined training process eases you into formation flying, first with an observation flight and subsequently with an experienced formation safety pilot in your right seat. The Mini-Clinics start at home with Cherokees to Oshkosh online videos, and then at the clinic with a ground school. You will know what to expect before you start your engine. All flights are briefed, so all pilots are on the same page for the flight, and flights are debriefed so that pilots all continue to learn from their collective experience. Cherokees to Oshkosh is NOT a formation performance team. Unlike the US Air Force Thunderbirds and the US Navy Blue Angels, who fly 18” wing tip to canopy, our participants fly 35 feet to 50 feet apart or more (where YOU are comfortable). As our Director of Flight Operations, Dr. Ed LeBlanc says “We’re not putting on an airshow – we’re flying to one.”

Cherokees to Oshkosh is more than flying together. It’s camping together (though a few prefer to use a hotel) and socializing with some really great people. Cherokees to Oshkosh erects a hospitality tent adjacent to our campsite in the North 40 at Oshkosh. Most participants begin and end each day at the tent, where they swap stories, and share the “don’t miss, and don’t bother” exhibit booths at Airventure. At the end of every day there are plenty of people with whom you can share lies about flying.

Join us, you will love it.

Thanks to Jay Selman of Jaybird Aviation Photos for use of his shots at a Cherokees to Oshkosh clinic.

You can find details on the Cherokees to Oshkosh Mass Arrival, and registration, at Cherokees2Osh.com.


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