Kent Joranlien

We received word this week that Kent Joranlien, one of the founding members of EAA Chapter 431 passed away unexpectedly at his home in Bellaire Beach, Florida. Kent’s full obituary is here.

Kent was one of a handful of area pilots who had a vision and took the initiative to purchase Brodhead Airport back in 1973, when it was just a couple of old hangars and an overgrown grass strip. They chartered EAA Chapter 431 and began an era of improvements and expansions that formed the jewel of grassroots aviation that is now known around the world.

Kent owned a beautiful 1946 Taylocraft BC-12D along with Ed Disch and his good friend Bill Knight. Fully restored by Kent and Bill in the early 70s, it won so many “Best of Type” awards at the annual EAA Convention in Oshkosh that they quit taking it to give others a chance. Kent and his son Ric flew it often.

Kent’s Taylorcraft under restoration in the early 1970s at Brodhead Airport.

Kent Joranlien is on the far right in this 1980 newspaper clipping, showing off five straight years of Best of Type awards from the EAA Convention in Oshkosh.

In later years, Kent and Sandra were frequent volunteers at the summer fly-ins put on by EAA Chapter 431. If you ever bought an evening meal ticket for our pork chop roast, chances are good that Kent sold you the ticket. He was very proud of the airport that he helped build and was always there to pitch in when needed.

Some of the founding members of EAA Chapter 431, including Kent Joranlien at far left. Early 2000s.

Our sincere thanks go out in Kent’s memory and our deep sympathies to his wife Sandra and children Ric, Robin and Chad. His kindness and generosity will be greatly missed.

Captain Pete’s Spring Pilot Refresher

Brodhead Airport, Saturday April 15, 2017
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Click on Registration Link for Full Schedule)
Free for EAA Chapter 431 Members
$25 for non-members (But you can join for $15!)

All attendees must register as space is limited. Please register HERE.

This refresher is an excellent presentation for Student, Private, Commercial, and ATP pilots.

The first hour will be a brand new multimedia presentation released within the last 12 months covering many hot topics that impact pilots today. I am a big advocate for not “reinventing the wheel”. This refresher is a MUST SEE for all active pilots covering a wide array of subject matter in a quick, efficient, and timely fashion.

Following I will present material on the new FAA Medical Requirements for 2017. Also, I will brief new FAA regulations or major changes that have occurred in the last 12 months.

If you plan to do any flying, whether left seat or right seat this season, you do not want to miss this material.

“Prepare for the unknown, unexpected and inconceivable… after 50 years of flying I’m still learning every time I fly.”
— Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon.

See you at the refresher!
Captain Pete Buffington, ATP

Field Condition Report for Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In.

Field Condition Report for Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In on Feb. 4, 2017.
As of Wednesday, Feb. 1, Brodhead Airport runways are free of all snow and only a very small amount of ice remains in low spots. The forecast is for below freezing temps through Saturday so all areas should be firm for wheeled aircraft.
Come on out for some chili, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is Feb. 4

EAA Chapter 431’s annual Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is set for Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Brodhead Airport. As always, fly in, drive in or walk in for a mid-winter break and join us for some winter flying. Chili and all the fixins’ will be available in the Chapter Building for a free-will donation.

Chapter 431 has long hosted an annual skiplane fly-in in the middle of the long, cold Wisconsin winters to get local pilots out of their hibernation and join us for some homemade chili and hangar flying, and for those properly dressed, some chatting and commiseration around the fire pit. The event usually falls around Groundhog Day, so the name has sort of stuck.

A field condition report will be posted here as the event nears.

2017 Calendars Are Here – $15

After the great response to our inaugural calendar last year, we have produced another full color, 12-month calendar for 2017. Each month features a new full sized image plus several supporting images, all taken at Brodhead Airport. Calendars are $15 each and are available at regular chapter meetings or by ordering online at the link below.

$6.45 shipping will be added to online orders.