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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedB2Osh Prepares For Annual Pilgrimage to AirVenture
  
Nearly 70 pilots have already signed up for the 19th Bonanzas to Oshkosh formation flight and the actual number participating will likely be near 80, said Larry Gaines, B2Osh organizer.

Weather permitting, the group will depart Rockford, Illinois at noon on July 26, arriving at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 later that day.

Bonanzas to Oshkosh began in 1990 when Wayne Collins and a few friends decided the only way to ensure camping together was to arrive together in formation. Since then the group has expanded and perfected its formation flight. 2008 will be the 19th annual group flight.

"Our annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh is part air show attendance, part trade show attendance, part adventure and a big part 'family' reunion," Gaines said. "Most importantly, our formation is a means to an end - our camping together. Camping and hanging out with all those friends…is what life is all about."

The 2008 flight itself will have a few new rules, Gaines said. The most significant will be the prohibition of any radio frequencies other than those assigned by the flight leader, to ensure pilots can communicate in case of emergencies.

In addition, a few other minor flight rule changes may be implemented. "We very stringently measure all ideas and suggestions against the KISS principal - Keep It Simple, Stupid," Gaines said. "While an idea may have a safety benefit, if it also adds complexity, that in and of itself detracts from safety."

Gaines said the key to the group's safety record is its network of regional clinics or formation practice sessions that enable newcomers to get a good start in the art formation flying and enable the veterans to stay current.

For more information or to register for B2Osh, go to http://www.b2osh.org.

 

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