2022 Brodhead Airport Calendars Available

Our 7th year of producing the popular EAA Chapter 431/Brodhead Airport full-color calendar. Its a 12-month wall calendar with a main photo for each month, plus smaller fill-in photos to keep you entertained. The dates for all meetings, work days, and fly-ins are listed as well.

Save on shipping and pick one up at the Kelch Aviation Museum, Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., or at any Chapter 431 meeting or event.

All photos in the calendar were taken at or near Brodhead Airport in the past year. Special thanks to everyone who contributed, and to this year’s winners, Skot Weidemann, Doug Tomas, Allan Blunt, and Andrew King.

If you have questions about ordering or picking up, or if you want to order in bulk, please call 608-897-1175 or e-mail webmaster@eaa431.org.$18.00 + $4.00 shipping.

$18 each plus $4.00 shipping (First Class Mail).


2021 Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In Information

JULY 23-25, 2021

The following information is provided by Cheeseland Chapter EAA 431 for attendees of the 2018 Pietenpol/Hatz/Corben Fly-in. Information is subject to change. For information about specific club activities, please refer to the Pietenpol website. Information provided here is subject to updates and changes. Last updated June 20, 2021

Use only the active E-W runway 9/27. Other runways will be closed to landing and departing aircraft earlier in the week and reopening Sunday afternoon (check NOTAM for exact times). All landing and departing aircraft: 800’ AGL left-hand pattern. Radio equipped aircraft use UNICOM on 122.9 but be aware that many aircraft are NOT radio equipped. Keep your eyes open…see and avoid and be predictable!

Fly-bys should be conducted south of the active runway 9/27 employing the standard racetrack pattern with a minimum safe altitude. Example: When runway 9 is active, fly-by traffic will practice a right-hand pattern. When runway 27 is active, all fly-bys will employ left-hand racetrack pattern. Please No fly-bys or low flying along closed runways 3/21 or 15/33!

When done flying for the day, or in the case of bad weather, please ensure that your aircraft is tied down. Please provide your own tie-downs.

100LL and ethanol-free auto fuel (MOGAS) is available at Brodhead; cash, check or credit card accepted. Times of operation will be posted at the pumps and in the pavilion. Self-serve fuel is available 24/7 at Monroe Municipal Airport, 10 nm west (KEFT).

Preferred aircraft camping areas are depicted on the airport diagram. If camping on or near closed runways remember they will reopen Sunday afternoon. Runway closures time for early arrivals; Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

If you are camping with your aircraft along the west woods, please stay in the mowed ares only.

There are no camping fees at Brodhead Airport, but donations are always appreciated to help offset the cost of maintenance.

RVs please use the south entrance. Early arrivals should set-up in the south parking lot until the diagonal runways are closed to aircraft operations on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Signage will be in place to guide you to the south driveway. You may park/camp along the east edge of the field along Airport Road and in the southeast runway turnaround area once it is closed with the yellow X. Additional camping is available for smaller campers (no RVs) on the southwest side by accessing the south driveway and following the road through Hangar Alley. The southwest runway turnaround is also available for camping once closed. Please do not park or stop and leave your vehicle in Hangar Alley as this is a fire lane. Do not drive across runways to access aircraft camping areas along the west side of the field.

All runways will reopen Sunday at noon. Please plan your site accordingly.

For driving directions, plug “N2439 Airport Road” into your GPS or mapping program.

The nearest airport with commercial air carrier service is Dane County Regional Airport/Madison (KMSN) about 50 minutes north.


  • No campfires outside of the Fire Pit (see diagram above).
  • Pets must be on a leash and must not be left unattended.
  • Pets are not permitted in the food area.
  • Motorized vehicles are not to be operated by minors.
  • No parked vehicles or vehicle traffic to and from the west woods.


  • Thursday night: Spaghetti dinner hosted by the Texas crew
  • Friday morning: Continental breakfast
  • Friday night: TBD
  • Saturday morning: Pancake breakfast
  • Saturday night: TBD
  • Sunday morning: Continental breakfast

The lunch window on the back side of the chapter building will be open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. offering sandwiches, hot dogs, sides and beverages. Cash only at the lunch window, please.

Drinks are available near the EAA lunch window in vending machines, including cheap bottled water. In the event of very hot weather, we will make free bottled water available. The well water at Brodhead Airport has tested high for nitrates and is not suitable for infants or pregnant & nursing mothers.

There are fast-food and traditional restaurants in Brodhead (one mile north of the airport) and the Sand Burr Restaurant is about 1.5 miles southeast of the airport on County Hwy T. Rides are available for those on foot. Please ask at the registration table. Menus for local restaurants are posted on the bulletin board.

EAA Chapter 431 has a 7-passenger Honda Odyssey van available on a first-come first-served basis.

There is no motel in Brodhead but there are a number of Bed & Breakfasts and other rentals. A complete listing is here:


There are showers and bathrooms available in the main chapter building both in back and in the main room. First come, first served. Please help to keep them clean.

  • Porta-potties are scattered around the airport.
  • There is free WiFi on the field, provided by Sonic Networks.
  • There are cell phone and laptop charging stations in the pavilion.
  • There are no electric or water connections for RVs.
  • No campfires outside of the Fire Pit.
  • Pets must be on a leash and must not be left unattended.
  • Pets are not permitted in the food area.
  • Motorized vehicles are not to be operated by minors.
  • No parked vehicles or vehicle traffic to and from the west woods.

In the event of an emergency that requires police, fire or ambulance, cell phone users should avoid calling 911 and call Brodhead Police directly at 608-897-2112. Brodhead is at the edge of several 911 jurisdictions and cell phone calls can sometimes be picked up by towers in neighboring counties or even Illinois, resulting in a delayed response.

If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us: webmaster@eaa431.org or call 608-897-1175.

Local astronomer Walter Trentadue will again be set up for night sky viewing on Friday evening just south of the fire pit, weather permitting.

A nice lineup of informational forums is scheduled for the Brodhead Pietenpol Reunion, all taking place on Saturday, July 24 in the EAA Chapter 431 clubhouse. Here’s the schedule:

  • TBD

Times subject to change, but we expect this to be the final schedule.

Midwest Grill-N-Camp Schedule

Announcing the EAA Chapter 431 – MIDWEST GRILL-N-CAMP

The Grill Out/Camp Out events are going to be where you bring your own food and we provide the grill and necessary items to prepare that food. There is pop and bottled water on-site available
for purchase.

We invite anyone to come for the Saturday evening gathering or pitch a tent and spend the night. We have restrooms/showers onsite along with hand wash stations, phone charging stations and
we also have a courtesy van available for anyone wanting to run into town for anything they may have forgotten. We also plan to have the camp fire going every night of these events. We plan to
have an informal start time at 5pm (so we’ll plan to start the grill at 5pm unless you want to start it earlier).

Fly-in or drive-in to C37 to enjoy a beautiful airport and meet new friends or catch up with old friends. We’ll be on the back patio of the Chapter 431 building.

Dates: (Grill starts @ 5pm)
June 5th, 2021
June 19th, 2021
July 3rd, 2021
July 17th, 2021
August 7th, 2021
August 21st, 2021
September 4th, 2021
September 18th, 2021

Download the schedule PDF here.

2021 Pancake Breakfast Photos

Thanks to Rick Elliott for the photos!

75th Anniversary T-Shirts

Brodhead Airpot was founded in February, 1946 as Bill’s Air Park. In 2021, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Bill Earleywine’s home for grassroots aviation with this design of the airport runway diagram.

The shirts are Hanes Tagless 100% preshrunk cotton, in dark green. Visit our webstore and order yours today, or pick one up in person at our next monthly chapter gathering.


Community Pancake Breakfast is May 16

EAA Chapter 431’s annual Community Pancake Breakfast will be held this year with COVID-19 precautions in place. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 16 from 7:00 a.m. to noon at Brodhead Airport.

All you can eat pancakes are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids under 10. The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, two sausages and choice of beverage.

Kids age 8-17 can take a Young Eagles airplane ride and the everybody can watch the airplanes land on our grass runways. Young Eagles should register in advance by e-mailing events431@eaa431.org


Scott Schabow

Scott Schabow, EAA Chapter 431 member and a mainstay of the Brodhead Airport community, passed away at age 52 on November 30, 2020. Scott wrote his own obituary here:  

If you have even a passing association with Brodhead Airport, you know Scott. He flew his 1959 Cessna 175 Taildragger, inherited from his grandfather, more than almost any other airplane on the field. Sometimes he would just go out in the evening and practice landings, and locals no doubt recognized the airplane flying in the airport traffic pattern while he perfected his crosswind technique. But more often than not, he would be flying to some unknown and unplanned adventure. 

Scott would often say, “Let’s fly around the patch once…” while his unsuspecting passengers would be along for a three-hour flight to several states and a personal altitude record. “Going for ice cream…” didn’t mean a short hop to the nearest Dairy Queen by an airport. With Scott, it meant 200-mile flight to an airport that he heard had ice cream nearby. It didn’t matter if it was 11:00 p.m. and they were closed; the flight was the adventure. The long-range gas tanks on that Cessna were used often.

This ’59 Cessna 175 was converted to a taildragger by Scott’s grandfather Lyle Elyea. At first glance it looks like a C-180, and he flew it with skill.

If you’ve attended the MAAC “Grassroots” or the Pietenpol/Hatz fly-in recently, Scott was the guy who sold you gas so you could fly home. He always loved to chat with pilots from around the country and made quick friends with all of them. 

Scott and his wife Shaun O’Keefe.

Scott was a master electrician and had a hand in just about every electrical project at the airport for the past ten years. Everything from simple lighting jobs to the entire south side electrical upgrade that ran new service to 40+ hangars a few years ago. He always did high quality work and often charged a fraction of the cost, if anything at all.

Son Josh O’Keefe with Scott at Brodhead Airport. Josh is flying the C-175 now too.

Scott with family & friends at the gas pumps during the MAAC Grassroots fly-in.

Wet sanding a Pietenpol wing with the crew.

Scott and flight crew at the Iola Airport Friday lunch. Flying 150 miles for lunch is a normal thing, right?

A Navy man through and through, Scott loved to talk about the intricacies of the fire control system on Aegis-class cruisers, plus anything else relating to his world travels in the service. Of course, anything aviation related was always a prime topic for extended discussion. 

Scott has “Flown West” as they say, and his absence will be felt by all of us for a very long time. A celebration of life is being planned at the Kelch Aviation Museum in September, 2021, when we all hopefully can gather again. Watch this space for details. Blue skies and tailwinds, Scott.

2021 Brodhead Airport Calendars

Our annual 12-month full-color calendar for 2021 is now available in our online store. This edition celebrates the 75th anniversary of Brodhead Airport, which began operations in March, 1946.

Calendars are $18 each, plus shipping, or you can pick yours up in person at the Kelch Aviation Museum during the week. Please call ahead at 608-897-1175. Order now HERE.

Bobby Earleywine, son of airport founder Bill Earleywine, sits on the cowling of a brand new 1946 Taylocraft at Brodhead Airport.

The 2021 calendar features 12 full color photos taken at or near Brodhead Airport in the past year.


It’s Calendar Time Again

We’re requesting photos for EAA Chapter 431’s annual 12-month calendar. The rules for submission are simple:

  1. Photos must have been taken at or near Brodhead Airport.
  2. Photos of aircraft must be shown in flight, if possible.

Winners will receive a free calendar, plus all the fame and glory that comes with being selected. Last year we sold over 150 calendars, so this is a nice fund raiser for the chapter.

Please send submissions to: webmaster@eaa431.org