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sprucemoose 07-02-2006 03:23 AM

Flying into OSH? Required Reading.
With the big show just a few weeks away, many of you are no doubt already making plans to attend. For many, it will be your first trip. I encourage everyone who feels up to the task to do it- you can’t beat the feeling of accomplishment that comes from successfully arriving at the world’s busiest airport in an airplane you built yourself.

That said, I have compiled a list of required reading materials. Anyone flying in for the first or twentieth time should take the time to read all of them. You’ll no doubt learn something, and it will make the experience better for you, and for everyone else at the same time.

1. The OSH arrival NOTAM. This is the starting point. If you read nothing else, then read this, and carry it with you in the cockpit.

2. Rick Durden’s Avweb column from 2001. He wrote this in response to his experiences at Oshkosh 2001. This is quite possibly the best piece of aviation journalism I have ever read. You should all read it too. Some of you on this forum may recognize yourself in his writings, if so take it to heart.

3. Mike Kosta’s recent RV-List post about flying into Oshkosh. Mike is my counterpart in Antique/Classic (RV-4 driver) and has a lot of good things to say. If you want to read more, and I mean a lot more, try doing an archive search on the RV-List archives. There are almost 20 years of collected wisdom in these archives. Try a search on “OSH” for starters.

4. An article that I wrote for the summer 2004 RVator, about ground operations at Oshkosh. Just because you’ve got the mains planted on the orange dot, don’t think you’re home free. You need to be up to speed on how to get around on the ground. As one of the guys in charge of RV parking at Oshkosh, I’ve seen some real stupid pilot tricks. Please don’t try to show me anything new.

And, most importantly, please be safe. Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you, and you'll be fine.

n468ac 07-02-2006 06:21 AM

Thanks ... they were all good reading.

Just another note... READ THE NOTAM!!

Last year was our first year into OSH ... on approach we heard a 172 call 10 miles out to the tower, he didn't even know the air show was going on :confused:

rv8ch 07-02-2006 06:54 AM

Great info, Jeff. I can't wait to fly into OSH in my 8! Maybe in '08! :) I hope to be at OSH one way or another next year, and I'd like to volunteer. Perhaps I'll see you then. Have a good one!

robertahegy 07-02-2006 08:28 AM

I had to read Rick's article again. Very powerful!! I guess it will have to suffice to alert us good and caring pilots to the idiots out there. They will not likely read or adhere to the good advice presented. Lord knows we all see and hear them all the time. Let's hope some of them either get the date confused or land in another state at a deserted airport.


Get that NOTAM and READ IT!!!!

Kyle Boatright 07-02-2006 08:44 AM

Not really a "how to", but here's a really great write-up of a trip to Osh...

svanarts 07-02-2006 02:39 PM

More good practice for OSH
Something else you can do to get yourself ready for OSH... practice your slow flight!! Make sure you can fly your RV at 75 - 80 mph for extended periods of time. At least 10 -15 minutes. The first time I few into OSH I was behind a Cessna MixMaster, EASY to follow. The second time I was behind a Champ who could barely make 80. It was all my buddy and I (he was in another plane) could to keep from eating that Champ alive!

The controllers on the ground are SHARP and will see this. Just listen to your radio. Follow instructions. It will be the easiest fly-in you ever flew in!

Whiskey Charlie 07-02-2006 04:01 PM

I think I'm getting OAA !
I think I'm getting OAA !

Oskosh Approach Anxiety

svanarts 07-03-2006 12:51 AM

It is a blast you WILL enjoy yourself. I wish I could go!

tin man 07-03-2006 01:11 AM

On our first trip to Osh our 4 ship checked in and was told to rock our wings to acknowledge a transmission. Well if you've ever been in a close formation and then have all 4 of you rock your wings you havent lived. Best to pre-brief any multiple ship arrivals beore you get there.
Guilty as charged :eek:

sprucemoose 07-03-2006 02:16 AM


Originally Posted by Whiskey Charlie
Oskosh Approach Anxiety

A little anxiety is a healthy thing. It keeps us sharp.

You can do it, just stay sharp (and anxious.)

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