March 27, 2013 - This year the Mooney Caravan makes its 16th group arrival - and second all-formation flight - when it flies to AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 on Saturday, July 27.
This year will also mark the first time Mooney Caravan pilots work closely with the other AirVenture mass arrival groups to share resources, tips, and training information.
Caravan pilots have enjoyed the warm hospitality of Wisconsin Aviation FBO at Dane County Regional Airport Madison, Wisconsin, for the past 11 years. Scheduled departure time is 3:30 p.m. from the East Ramp and a 4 p.m. arrival at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Mooney Caravan includes a dedicated group of active pilots flying in from all over the country - from as far away as California. Last year more than 30 pilots participated in the first-ever full formation mass arrival, and this year they hope to bring those pilots back and draw in even more. The Mooney Caravan can have up to 50 airplanes fly in the formation, per FAA regulations.
Before becoming eligible for the flight, Mooney Caravan pilots must attend a formation clinic, held in conjunction with the Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2OSH) mass arrival group this year. Maj. David Marten, U.S. Air Force, serves as director of flight operations and his publication, The Formation Training Guide, is available on the Mooney Caravan website as a comprehensive and thoughtful resource for any formation pilot.
The Caravan will hold its annual barbecue in the North 40 on Sunday, July 28, starting at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available through the Mooney Caravan website for $25 each.
For more information on this year's Mooney Caravan to Oshkosh, or to register as a participant, visit the group's group's website. You can also see photos from previous years at the Mooney Caravan Shutterfly page.