Some friends are I are planning to fly to AirVenture this year from Oregon. We'll be taking three airplanes: a C-172, a C-182, and a BE-33 Bonanza (Debonair). Since the BE-33 goes some 50% faster than the C-172, the guys in the C-172 plan to leave earlier (probably a day earlier!). We may rendezvous at some mid-point for the night or maybe not -- we haven't worked that out yet (if we did, the C-172 would again have to leave much earlier than the Debonair the following morning, since the Deb pilots have no interest in flying a long distance at 110 knots).
Only one of us has a little experience in formation flying, and the others do not, nor are they interested, so an arrival in anything tighter than an extremely loose formation (such as distances from other traffic we might fly in a busy traffic pattern) is out of the question. However, we want to park and camp together at Oshkosh if at all possible.
Does anyone on this forum have any tips or considerations to help facilitate that goal? The only ideas I have so far is that we rendezvous at some airport 50 or 100 NM away from KOSH, then fly in trail and hope we're not zippered in with too many other arriving aircraft so that the three of us can park/camp together. I imagine we're not the only ones making a "non-formation" group flight to AirVenture in different types of aircraft and want to park/camp together. How is it best done?
Other ideas/suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance!