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Mooney Caravan XVI to Takeoff Saturday July 27, 2013

The 16th Mooney Caravan to Oshkosh will be significantly different from the first 14. This year, all four mass-arrival groups (Bonanzas, Mooneys, Cessnas and Cherokees) will utilize the three element formation procedure which has been in use by B2OSH for many years. In a great spirit of cooperation, many Bonanza clinics are inviting other types to train with them. You will have to demonstrate proficiency in the required formation skills to participate in the Caravan flight. This can best be done by attending one of the formation clinics. Please see the training part of this and the B2OSH websites for further information including the dates of many formation clinics.

Departure from Madison’s Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) will be Saturday July 27th this year. We will again use the East Ramp rather than the South ramp we have previously used. The mandatory pilot briefings will include information on formation flight principles required for the Caravan, weather, routing and the flight profile. Each pilot/crew will be required to undergo a ‘situational awareness’ briefing on the ground to view another aircraft spaced at the appropriate distance for the Caravan flight.

Primarily to cover the costs of liability insurance and MSN arrangements, the price to participate has increased a bit this year. You will not show up in the list of registered pilots until your registration is paid.

The $85.00 registration fee is refundable only if your registration is not accepted by caravan organizers.

SAFETY is top prioity for the flight. It is important that you review the flight procedure and other information at the official EAA AirVenture web site, Should you break out of the caravan during flight, you will be following the standard AirVenture arrival procedures into Oshkosh.

Departure Point: Madison Dane County Regional Airport (MSN). The distance from Oshkosh is 62 nautical miles

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013. The Caravan departure from Madison is scheduled for 3:30pm. (See the detailed schedule below)

Friday Accommodations in Madison: We have arranged for a group rate at the Crowne Plaza, Madison hotel across from the East Towne Mall and about 3 miles from the airport. The Mooney Caravan price for either a single or double room is $94.00 per night ($107.63 with tax). The hotel amenities include: Pool, Fitness centre, Free Shuttle, T1 internet access, free HBO, Bar on site in the hotel lobby (Good Wisconsin beer and bar cheese!), and Restaurant on site. The hotel is close to at least 5 eateries. Caravan participants will need to book their own room by calling: 1 877-227-6963 or 608-244-4703 and reserve under the rate quoted for the MOONEY CARAVAN. First come first served with the block of 25 rooms being held until 7/10/13 although they will try to work with us for anyone regerstering after that date.

New this year is breakfast being included Saturday morning for those staying at the hotel.

Madison Transportation: The Caravan may provide a van for transport between the airport and the hotel from noon Friday until noon Saturday. At other times, the hotel provides free round trip transportation.

Fees: The $85.00 registration fee covers Caravan participation. This is a bit higher than 2011 due to the cost of liability insurance and local Madison arrangements.

Tickets to the Mooney Caravan BBQ ($25.00  each) and Saturday box lunches at Madison ($8.00  each) are available at an extra charge and can be reserved on the registration page.  Payment for the Caravan as well as BBQ tickets and MSN lunches are handled over the web. It is requested that you pay when you register. You will also be able to pay later via a link that is sent with your confirmation email.

To Join: Pilots wanting to participate must register by visiting the registration page. Click on the REGISTER button to the top of the page.

Waiver and Proof of Insurance: Pilots will be required to sign a waiver upon check-in and will have to show proof of a valid liability policy on their aircraft (copy acceptable).

Pilot Requirements: All pilots will be expected to have the following minimum experience:

T-shirts, apparel: Available separately from James Oliphant ( Visit the Caravan catalog. Click on the CATALOG Button in the header.

Plan to Join Us!

We'll keep you posted of Caravan developments.

[Updated January 28, 2013]

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