Aircraft Familiarization Training for Juda FD

On Monday, June 15th, EAA Chapter 431 conducted an Aircraft Familiarization class for the Juda volunteer Fire Department. Nearly 30 firefighters and EMTs drove over to Brodhead Airport along with several of their trucks. After an hour long seminar, we conducted “show and tell” using five airplanes of various construction to give examples of what typically flies in and out of C37.

Thanks to the pilots who volunteered their airplanes and to the entire Juda fire crew for taking the time to learn about airplanes.

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Madison Tower Tour

On Friday, June 12, 2015, a group of EAA Chapter 431 members, as well as four of our Aviation Explorer Scouts toured the Madison, Wis. (KMSN) control and radar control facility. Tower Chief Chuck Howard and controller Chris gave an excellent tour and we discussed how pilots from Brodhead and surrounding airports affect aircraft movements in the Madison Class C airspace.

Madison Tower Chief Chuck Howard explains the operations of the Madison control tower.

Madison Tower Chief Chuck Howard explains the operations of the Madison control tower.

Balloon Demonstration at June Meeting

At the Tuesday, June 2nd EAA Chapter 431 meeting at the Brodhead Airport, Jeff Thomm of Monroe demonstrated hot air balloon operations and even did a tethered lift in the front yard of the airport. It was a gorgeous night to be at the airport, and thanks to Jeff for hauling everything out to Brodhead.

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EAA 431 Display at Green County Ag Breakfast

The 2015 Green County Breakfast on the Farm was hosted this year by EAA Chapter 431 member Dan Wegmueller on May 30th, and since Dan has a grass strip on his farm for his 1940 Fairchild 24R, he invited Chapter 431 members to fly in and set up a display about our activities. Poor weather kept most airplanes grounded, but several members still attended and Brian Law set up Young Eagles and Aviation Explorer Scout displays among the hay bales in one of Dan’s sheds.

The event regularly draws 4,000 visitors, so we had some good exposure and talked to many people about events at Chapter 431. Gypsy Air Tours and Biplanes Rides of America, both based at Brodhead, were also in attendance and hopping rides.

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Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In Information – 2015

Our information page for the upcoming Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In on July 16-19 is linked below, and contains everything you need to know about camping, parking, events, meals, showers, fly-by patterns, runway closures and bunch of other stuff.

http://www.eaa431.org/2015-pietenpolhatz-fly-in-information/

As always, check back as the date draws closer for updated information, and if you have any questions at all, please contact us at webmaster@eaa431.org

2015 T-Shirts are Here

The new EAA Chapter 431/Brodhead Airport T-Shirts are in!

The latest in the series of EAA Chapter 431/Brodhead Airport T-shirts are hot off the press and ready for delivery, just in time for fly-in season. This one features another original design by Bill Weeden, showing Eric Berens’ 1929 Travel Air 2000 in front of our restored airway beacon tower.

Pick yours up at any of our fly-ins or regular monthly meetings this summer, or order online at through our webstore HERE. Shirts are $15 with sizes Small through 3XL plus Youth Large.

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Community Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, May 17

EAA Chapter 431 once again kicks off the fly-in season with our Community Pancake Breakfast. This year’s fly-in, drive-in, bike-in, walk-in is on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 and includes all you can eat pancakes, two sausages, scrambled eggs and choice of beverage. Serving time is 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Served up on our own airplane mechanic-designed professional pancake griddles by expert pilot/chefs, our pancake breakfast is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. There is outdoor seating under the pavilion as well as heated indoor seating in case of inclement weather.

Adults, $6.00; Children under 10, $4.00

UW-MedFlight-LogoUW MedFlight Helicopter on display! One of the UW MedFlight helicopters is scheduled to land and be open for display, subject to weather and duty restrictions.

A Young Eagles rally will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Young Eagles program gives ground instruction and an airplane ride to kids aged 8-17. Registration is required. Please contact us at events431@eaa431.org for more details or to register.

If you’re flying in, set a course for Brodhead Airport (C37). Unicom is 122.9. There is plenty of parking so bring a wingman and start out the season with great flight to a wonderful grass airport. Driver-inners can head for Brodhead Airport Road, which is just south of the city limits off Highway 11. If you need a street address for your GPS, use N2439 Brodhead Airport Road. Otherwise, just look for the airplanes.

Download a printable flyer HERE (PDF)

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Private Pilot Refresher

EAA Chapter 431 is hosting a Private Pilot Refresher on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (approx.) in the chapter hangar at Brodhead Airport.

Presented by CFI Matt Gasper, the course is open to area pilots of all ratings and is free to Chapter 431 members. Non-members are $20. (You’ll note that chapter membership is $15, so join the chapter and save five bucks!)

The class is limited to 25 attendees, so please register right away to reserve your spot.

Please register by April 10 by clicking the PayPal button below, or members can reserve your spot by e-mail at webmaster@eaa431.org.

Chapter Explores Opportunity for Improved Facilities

The Alfred and Lois Kelch Aviation Museum, Inc. is developing a plan to move their antique airplane and artifact collection from the south side of the Brodhead Airport to a more accessible location for viewing. Their new museum plan proposes purchasing the Stenson property which is road accessible and bordered on three sides by the airport. Earlier this year the Museum approached Chapter 431 about the possibility of leasing space on the new museum property. The initial offer is attractive and the chapter directors are gathering information to bring to the membership for consideration.

The Chapter has begun investigating a relocation of some of our activities to the planned new Kelch Aviation Museum

The Chapter has begun investigating a relocation of some of our activities to the planned new Kelch Aviation Museum

Last year Chapter 431 accepted a substantial gift from the Alfred and Lois Kelch Charitable Trust to our already appreciating facilities fund and we have been anxious to put the donations to work benefitting all who participate in airport activities. The Kelch offer is for indoor space within the new museum complex leased to EAA Chapter 431 for membership use ostensibly for meetings and activities and would include new restrooms in a comfortable year-round accessible setting. Activities could include outdoor use of the property.

To weigh-in and follow the progress of this development please attend the regular monthly meetings this spring and watch for major changes on the property this year. Stay tuned.

Good Weather for Chili Fly-In

Nearly a dozen ski-planes participated in the festivities February 7th at the annual Brodhead Airport Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-in. The sunny morning quickly burnt off the overnight fog making for a well-attended event. Bob Pokorney captured some of the activities on the ground, and in the air thanks to pilot Scott Bruns.

The full photo gallery from the day is HERE.

 

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