Cherokees to Oshkosh, a group that will take over 60 planes in formation for a Mass Arrival at the world's largest airshow in Oshkosh, WI this summer, is holding its fifth annual formation flying clinic at the Gladwin Zettel Memorial Airport, KGDW. The clinic is open to pilots who fly any of the Piper Cherokee variants and related aircraft: PA29; PA32; PA34; PA18 or who fly Grumman: Tigers, Cheetahs, or Travelers.
This is the last of ten qualifying clinics throughout the US. At least one clinic is required to participate in the 2022 Mass Arrival Saturday morning, July 23, 2022 flying from KCWA, Central Wisconsin Airport to KOSH, Oshkosh for EAA Airventure.
The clinic is free to all qualified participants (see the website for requirements).
Details can be found on the Cherokees to Oshkosh website.
Please note this is not an airshow, but is fun to watch where ever you are in the Gladwin area. The group usually takes first time formation pilots up on Friday afternoon for an observation ride. On Saturday there will be four or five sorties. First timers will initially have safety pilots. Eventually all airplanes will be in the air together. In the past as many as 21 planes have been registered for the Gladwin Clinic. All departing aircraft are on the runway at the same time. Sunday is usually reserved for advanced training and practice to flight show standards for experienced formation pilots. These pilots take off and land next to one another and fly as close as 3' apart!