This web page is intended to
offer general guidance for your arrival into Oshkosh. It is NOT
intended to over-ride or counter anything in the
anything else published by the EAA or FAA, or directions given by EAA Flight-Line Operations
on the ground. However, this is how we think it is going to work.
And this is only intended for
general guidance once on the ground. Up to that point, all you need to
know is in the previously-referenced NOTAM.
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Warbird (WB) parking
Those who have seen a Chipmunk in Warbirds parking anytime over the last six years
(we had NINE there in 2010) will have a general idea of where we're going to
be, but there will be some changes this year. For a start, with an
estimated 25 - 30 Chipmunks arriving, we'll need a bit more space, and three
rows have been allocated.
vacating your assigned landing runway you should display a prominent 'WB' sign (per
previously-referenced NOTAM) to indicate to
Flight-Line marshallers where you need to be sent, which will initially be to the
WB North Gate. The image below indicates this gate and the
(red-bordered) Chipmunk parking area, the (blue-bordered) area where our 'Ready'
Room (tent) will be located, and the (yellow-bordered) Restoration Square.
You should be met at the North Gate by our friendly and wonderful WB
marshallers who will become your friends during the week, if they're not
already. In the event that there is no WB marshaller to guide you through the Warbirds area you are recommended to call
WB Ground to let them know you're at the entrance. WB
Ground may also call you, if the need arises.
Only if you get no attention from WB
Ground or any marshallers should you proceed on your own, with the utmost
caution, to find the Chipmunks parking, but such an instance should be extremely unlikely to occur.
mind that this is just a general indication of the layout, and furthermore, this
area will be filling (and milling) with other warbirds when you arrive, so it
will not be a straight taxi across the grass. The photographs below give
another perspective of this area (using the same color-coding) when there are
warbirds already in their places - including three Chipmunks!!
The WB marshalling crew know
Chipmunks look like and will know where they're to park them, but please don't try to tell them where you want to be placed.
They've got simple guidelines: if the
cowl doesn't have that graceful Gipsy Major profile, it must be a 'Super';
otherwise, if it's yellow or has a bubble canopy or sports a Canadian flag, it gets parked with the RCAF
ones; anything else is by default a British- or Portuguese-built stock
model. (And yes, Warbirds will be open to ALL Chipmunks in
order to keep us all together: stock, supers, warbird, civilian, even radial!!).
If we need to do any shuffling once things have settled, we can.
PLEASE NOTE - you are REQUIRED to provide your own tie-downs for your aircraft. See here.
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WB Ground Communications
At any time that you are
talking to an FAA Air Traffic Control facility you should use whatever phraseology
you customarily use. However, once clear of the runway and under the
control of EAA WB marshallers (green/yellow t-shirts) please observe the
following guidelines, which have been agreed with the WB ground crew.
frequency is 123.900. Monitor this as you approach the North Gate inbound.
There should be no need to use the radio, but monitoring will allow you to be
contacted if necessary.
All Chipmunks should use the
call-sign 'Chipmunk ##', with '##' being the most prominent
marking on your aircraft, therefore for stock aircraft, not necessarily the 'N'-#. E.g. Chippies in RAF
marks should use the three digits of their RAF serial, RCAF the last three of
their '18xxx' serial, etc. Inbound you will almost certainly be spotted by
marshallers and guided in. This will facilitate visual identification of
you and your aircraft.
Outbound is a different matter:
Even during display times, when
the WB ramp is hot and therefore closed to the public, if you want to move your aircraft under power DO NOT
without a marshaller(s) present: SAFETY FIRST. Contact
WB Ground and tell them you need marshalling out of the ramp and wait for
someone to arrive (or flag down a WB marshaller and advise of your intentions),
then fire-up and proceed under their direction.
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Fuel & Smoke-Oil
Pilots flying in the scheduled display or who plan to fly sorties out of the field during the week should get fuel and smoke oil as early as possible. Do not wait until just prior to the show or to when you "have to" fly.
On arrival you will be given
tags to use when you require fuel and fuel trucks will be moving around the
Warbirds parking area looking for these and fueling as necessary.
The fuel provider is working to have sufficient fuel trucks on the field but that does not assure you of fuel "on demand".
smoke-oil, if you need this, contact WB Ground
to have them direct the smoke oil Gator to your plane. Please DO NOT
call WB Ground for fuel.
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