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Racing Storms – 87 Cessna formation to Oshkosh – Mass arrival Part 2 – Flight Vlog

A valiant effort to Launch nearly 100 Planes, but the ThunderStorms beat us! 


Link to Part one of this series: 

Previous Fisk Arrival episode with the U.S. Coast Guard: 

Playlist covering my Chipmunk training culminating in tight formation: 

Rodney’s Cessnas to Osh ’16 Debrief notes: 

We identified the following shortcomings/failures.

1. We had a network failure that wouldn’t allow us access to the flight roster. This failure also prevented us from using the networked printer at the FBO. 

2. During the registration process, we didn’t identify the Cardinals by landing gear type. 
This mistake was discovered at the last minute while I was walking to give the mission brief.  

These mistakes and failures pushed our start time for the brief to the right by 45 minutes. 

During the brief, I stopped so that everyone could go outside and see the Bonanzas fly over. Not my best decision and not a good use of time for a group of pilots that are already running late. 

I had never defined our weather abort criteria, so we ended up with what we had, a very large flight of aircraft launched in two abortive pieces.  

The taxi out took an excessive amount of time further pushing us late. 

What we have done to fix these shortcomings:

– We now have a private router/hotspot for use ONLY by Cessnas 2 Oshkosh admin
– We also purchased a printer to cut down on printing delays
– We have reworked our registration database making it much more comprehensive in information
– I have defined a “hard” weather abort criteria 2000/5 with no more than 5kt effective tailwind
– We have a detailed parking plan putting like model aircraft together along with splitting the flight into 2 pieces to cut down on engine idle time 

There are numerous other changes that we made to the organization to help it run more smoothly, but these changes are mostly visible once we get to Cessna BaseCamp at Oshkosh. 

Looking for details on Osh17?  Here’s what’s up: 

Flight Chops at OshKosh Airventure | #OSH17 (updated)


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