UPDATE: Field Condition Report – As of Friday afternoon, the airport was dry and frozen with no snow and patchy ice.
Our annual Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Brodhead Airport. The event will be held regardless of weather or field conditions.
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.
Pilots, be advised the airport has had standing water on the runways for the past week. A field condition report will be posted here. Please check before landing.
On Saturday, January 6, Chapter 431 members took a nice bus trip to the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh. We enjoyed a guided tour of the museum itself and special access to the Weeks Hangar to check out the B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”, which was undergoing its annual inspection. We also got to go through the B-25 “Berlin Express.”
One of the special parts of the trip was our own Jeanne Scholes being interviewed by EAA for their “Timeless Voices” series. We can’t wait to see the final video.
Chapter 431 members getting briefed by tour guides Bob Havens and Lorraine.
Jeanne Scholes interviewed by Chris Henry for Timeless Voices.
In the Weeks Hangar with Gerard, one of the mechanics.
Chapter 431 members getting briefed by John Egan, Director of Chapters.
Group photo of Chapter 431 members in front of Aluminum Overcast.
Tour bus by the Beacon Tower
Our annual 12-month EAA Chapter 431/Brodhead Airport calendar for 2018 is ready for shipment. Order yours now for delivery before the holidays.
The calendars once again feature twelve awesome photographs carefully selected by our calendar committee from hundreds of submissions. Each month has several smaller photos as well as important dates to remember for fly-ins and airport activities.
Our friend G.R. Dennis Price in Texas sent in a huge batch of photos from the MAAC “Grassroots” fly-in back in September. Some good stuff at the link below.
Grassroots 2017 Photos from GR Dennis Price
On Saturday, September 23rd, EAA Chapter 431 partnered with the Monroe Optimists Clubs to hold a Young Eagles Rally at the Monroe Airport (KEFT). It was a big success, with 88 kids flown and 15 more to give in the coming weeks.
Thank you to all who volunteered and stuck it out in the hot weather. Thank You EAA Chapter 431 volunteers and pilots for all your dedication to this event. We were a busy bunch! Thank you Monroe Morning Optimists for all your support and enthusiasm. You really made this thing hum along! Thanks Monroe Fire and Police Departments, Green County EMS and Sheriff’s Departments for being there. Thank you Monroe Noon Optimists for the food stand and Monroe Junior Optimists for the treats. It feels great working together on a great mission! Last flight was around 4:00 p.m. (Thanks Dan Wegmueller!)
Once again, our friend Allan Blunt sent in a wonderful gallery of the aircraft that flew in to our “Grassroots” fly-in a few weeks ago. Enjoy at the link below.
It’s that time of year again, time to make plans to attend the 2017 Midwest Antique Airplane Club’s “Grassroots” Fly-In at Brodhead Airport. EAA Chapter 431 is host for this event, now in its 37th year (or so).
All attendees please read the Information Page linked below. It contains useful information on flying, driving and camping on the field. Even if you have attended in the past, please take the time to read this:
2017 MAAC Grassroots Fly-In Information
As always, the MAAC Grassroots Fly-In is a private event. You must be a member of MAAC, EAA Chapter 431 or a shareholder at Brodhead Airport to attend. ***Everyone is welcome to attend this Fly-in event and sign up and become an EAA Chapter 431 or MAAC member when you arrive***
July at Brodhead Airport can mean only one thing, our annual Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-in. This year’s event is officially July 20-23. Regular attendees will know that most of the action is Friday & Saturday, July 21-22.
If you are planning to attend this year’s event, please take the time to read our Information Page in full, even if you have been to Brodhead a hundred times. Things do change and everything works well when everybody knows what to do.
For those looking to help volunteer, there is always plenty of work in the days leading up to the event as well as during the festivities. Please attend our next chapter meeting on July 11 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
2017 Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In Information
The latest addition to our collection of Brodhead Airport t-shirts is here. The 2017 EAA Chapter 431 artwork features Dan Wegmueller’s Fairchild 24R on a red background.
As in recent years, we printed the name of recently departed chapter members on the left sleeve of the t-shirt.
Available as a 100% cotton t-shirt or 50/50 cotton/polyester sweatshirt or hooded sweatshirt. Shop online by clicking HERE or save shipping costs by picking one up at the next chapter gathering or fly-in.
Update May 20: Lots of people asking if our Community Pancake Breakfast is still on for tomorrow. Of course it is! Rain or shine, we will be serving our full pancake breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to noon with Young Eagle rides from 9:00 to noon. It looks to stop raining soon and the grounds at Brodhead Airport drain well so the runway should be in good shape. We had a great work day today and everything is all set, including our new indoor seating area.
Spring weather in southern Wisconsin can only mean one thing; its time for EAA Chapter 431’s annual Community Pancake Breakfast. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 21 from 7:00 a.m. to noon at Brodhead Airport.
Last year we broke all the records and served nearly 900 people and had well over 100 airplanes fly in. This year, we are prepared for the crowds and promise a fun time for the family. Kids age 8-17 can take a Young Eagles airplane ride and the everybody can watch the airplanes land on our grass runways.
Rockford’s REACT medical helicopter will be flying in mid-morning and be open for display, weather a duty permitting.
All you can eat pancakes are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids under 10. The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, two sausages and choice of beverage. See you all on the 21st!