Oshkosh approach

It is that time of the year again! Oshkosh Air Venture is in full swing and of course Chuck wants a piece of that action as well. Even though Chuck never misses Oshkosh, we have to sit this one out again. I wonder if I will ever be able to find a job that will make it easy for me to go to Oshkosh. This year, we have been so busy flying, that even the owners of the company had their request to go to Oshkosh denied by the chief pilot (and they usually never miss OSH just like Chuck). Everything is out flying right now. On the bright side, being out flying should make for new stories. We’ll see what shakes out from this fire season.

Please post stories and photos from OSH if you are lucky enough to go this summer. We’d really enjoy seeing what is going on there.

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10 comments on “Oshkosh approach
  1. Quill says:

    Out of 10,000 planes coming in, they still know who Chuck is!

  2. markm says:

    I’m not a pilot. I assume that “hotel” means “runway H”?

  3. habdl says:

    “hotel” means ATIS information with code H.
    You are supposed to listen to the current ATIS information before landing (weather, wind, runway in use, special instructions, etc.) and instead of asking that information from ATC, you’ll confirm with code given in the broadcast. It changes periodically throughout the whole alphabet.
    Another funny one is “uniform”

  4. YawningMan says:

    markm, runways aren’t ever labelled with letters. The taxiways are. “Hotel” in this case would be the current ATIS information. By using the phonetic alphabet to identify ATIS information, a great deal of time is saved.

    ATIS can either be called by telephone or listened to on the radio. It is normally a prerecorded message that, barring special circumstances, gets updated every hour. It tells the pilot such things as temperature, wind strength and direction, pressure altitude, whether or not there are special instructions or alerts (such as skydiving activity in the area), and weather, among other things.

    When it is updated, a phonetic letter is assigned, and the control tower wants the pilots to know what is going on at that airport so that they can leave the channel open for more pertinent communications for directing traffic.

  5. KenH says:

    Y’know, with Oshkosh being not exactly an easy bit of flying -in? An IMBECILE like Chuckles would be banned on general principles

  6. Leeloo says:

    This was all explained the last time they did this joke…

  7. Leeloo says:

    So, my attept to put a link in didn’t work. Comic 1487, “Confirm you have Juliet”

  8. Bruce Bergman says:

    “Nope, passenger is Julio… Ummm… (Lightbulb slowly ramps up…) And yes, I’m Chuck.”

  9. Daniel says:

    HOTEL on board and more than 250 pictures already online in our Chuck-friendly (hint, hint) mobile App RunwayMap. My first time in KOSH, and it’s such an incredible time there. You can upload own Oshkosh pictures to our app too. Daniel. More on http://www.runwaymap.com/oshkosh

  10. L says:

    Ken, agreed. However, lots of yahoos still fly in every year, not having read the NOTAM, not understanding that there is no replying on frequency, yet yapping around “Oshkosh tower … ummm … Bonanza 12345 is … ummm … 10.6 miles … no 10.5 miles south … ummm … no, north … ummm … we are coming in to land … ummm … no, we are south, yes … ummm … we are landing … ummm … and requesting runway 36 … ummm … and we will be parking next to Billy Bob … ummm … he’s got a Bonanza too … ummm … roger”.
    The next transmission usually is from the controller: “All aircraft on the Ripon and Fisk arrivals, immediate turn north, re-sequence for the arrival, sorry”.

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