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Pilots Fly from Argentina to Oshkosh

By Nicole Kiefert

  • Pilots fly from Argentina to Oshkosh
    Nicolas Cambiagno and Samuel Volpin flewtheir Cessna 140 to Oshkosh. The one-way trip took one month and 10 days.
  • Pilots fly from Argentina to Oshkosh
    Nicolas Cambiagno and Samuel Volpin flewtheir Cessna 140 to Oshkosh. The one-way trip took one month and 10 days.
July 21, 2015 - Two pilots from Argentina have been camped out under the wing of their yellow Cessna 140, LV-NFP. The Argentinean flag hangs from the front of the left wing to adorn their campsite in Vintage at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

Pilots Nicolas Cambiagno and the plane’s owner Samuel Volpin took turns flying during the flight from Argentina, which took one month and 10 days with a total of 90 flight hours.

The friends arrived on Friday and will be camping for the duration of the week.

“We stopped everywhere,” Nicolas said. “We departed from Argentina, crossed to Chile, headed north to Peru, Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico. Twelve countries we crossed.”

A small map on the left side of the plane shows a red line that maps the route the two took from Argentina all the way to Wisconsin. Nicolas said besides the long hours and an excessive amount of paperwork at airports, there were absolutely no problems during the flight.

“We were more stressed in the airports than flying because of the paperwork,” Nicolas said. “No turbulence, no clouds.”

The two made about 40 stops and crossed through 12 countries in order to make the trip to Oshkosh, an exciting trip for all pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

Nicolas said his father was a pilot, which led to him being in touch with airplanes since he was a young boy. Samuel was a farmer and was intrigued with the world of aviation after he saw a crop duster fly over the farm he lived on at the age of 16. Since then he has obtained his pilot’s certificate, but refuses to fly commercial liners. He only “flies for fun.” 

While Nicolas also has his pilot’s certificate, he does not yet own a plane of his own.

They love the camaraderie and being able to see and make friends. They have friends on the campground and people they know from Uruguay they are happy to see. The two are very excited to see the air show performances and the collection of various planes throughout the grounds, including vintage and warbirds.

“This flight is the dream of every pilot in South America, to fly to Oshkosh,” Nicolas said.
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