This EAA web
page has a wealth of information for visiting Warbird air crew -
including where to stay, camping, car rental, the
NOTAM and requirements for flying
in the scheduled air display. This 'Chippies to Oshkosh' page is
intended to highlight these requirements.
Flying in the AirVenture
display is a lot of fun but requires a professional approach to the process of
briefings, planning and operation of the whole exercise, and a good deal of care
in its execution - and all for fifteen minutes of fame!
What follows is intended to
give you a good understanding of what is required, BUT events on the field and
the decisions and direction of the Air Boss, at
the time, will determine actual practices.
This web page has been prepared
on the assumption that there will be NO FAST QUALIFIED pilots available, and
therefore no Chipmunk formation displays will be taking place.
This means that we will be performing a 'flat' display only.
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In order to fly in any of
the daily air shows
the following documentation MUST be presented to EAA before a pilot and
their aircraft will be permitted to participate in the schedule flying
program. Life for everyone is made easier if this is submitted
electronically prior to the start of AirVenture (see Registration, below), but if needs be, it can be
presented on arrival at Warbirds Registration (see Arrivals).
* Current pilot certificate
* Current medical certificate
* Copy of insurance certificate, which states inclusion of fly-by coverage
* Date of last BFR
Certificate of Waiver or Authorization.
Some insurers are unwilling, unable or can't be
bothered to provide you with this simple statement. If you are unable to
persuade them to do this an email from them asserting same will be accepted by
EAA Warbirds, but you will still need to provide copy of the certificate as
In addition, you are recommended to bring copies of the last page of your own log book plus
those for the aircraft/engine, and ensure all AROW docs are on-board,
Should you be subject to an FAA check absence of any of these could stop you
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All pilots arriving into the Warbirds area are
required to register their aircraft at Warbirds Registration (see Arrivals).
You can do this and provide the required documentation on arrival, but you can
also pre-register on-line and
upload the required documents - this is much easier than doing it at check-in,
and EAA has even provided us with our own landing page - click below to
If you are a first-timer you
are required to attend the 'First-Timers' briefing. This will be held
only once, on Tuesday 26th. - if you have never flown at
Oshkosh and want to this year DON'T MISS THIS BRIEFING. There is an open
invitation to join the Liaison / Trainers group on Tuesday and we have a
dedicated 'Chipmunk Showcase' (date tbd), open to all
Chipmunk pilots (but note - required crew only, which in a Chipmunk I think
means 'solo'). Once again - if this is your first time flying in the Oshkosh display
please be sure to attend the 'First-Timers' briefing on the Tuesday. Even regulars will
probably benefit from this briefing, as a refresher - you don't do this all the
time, do you?
Next, there will be a general
briefing on the day of the display, at which all performers must be present. Following
that, there will then be a briefing for each separate group, so that will be all
participating Chipmunk pilots, for both the Liaison / Trainers and the Showcase
events. Finally, after
each display we will de-brief as a group and see how well we
thought we did. (So, after landing please be sure to secure your plane and
then get to the de-brief promptly.)
The timetable for these
briefings is usually only published at the start of the week, so there's little
else to be done right now. First-timer and general briefings are held in
the Warbirds buildings area
(see map in Arrivals), and we'll hold our own
Showcase briefing in the Aircrew
'Ready' Room, a.k.a. the tent sponsored by
Just to set the expectation
up-front and avoid disappointment and frustration on the day, if you do not present the required documentation and attend all the
required briefings you simply will not be able to fly. This is serious
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It would be helpful to know in
advance if you plan to participate in the flying program, just to give an idea
of how many aircraft we may have to accommodate. We'll worry about that in
the few weeks running-up to AirVenture.