Photographer Allan Blunt from Granger, Indiana sends along his excellent photo gallery from the MAAC Grassroots fly-in, Sept 11-13. Click the link below and enjoy!
The 2015 Midwest Antique Airplane Association “Grassroots” Fly-In is September 11-13. The information page for all pilots and attendees has been posted here:
Please take the time to read the page and abide by the guidelines it contains.
Updated 8/3/2015 with video.
Our multi-year project to build a memorial to EAA Chapter members and Brodhead Airport pioneers finally came to fruition on Saturday, July 18, 2015, when a dedication ceremony was held for the Airway Beacon Tower Memorial. There three Eagle Scouts that brought the project together were honored, as were the families of the EAA Chapter 431 members who have “Flown West”.
The memorial itself is a series of plaques on a restored antique airplane rudder, which is housed in a replica generator shed for the accompanying airway beacon tower. The tower was restored and erected by Sebastian Adams for his Eagle Scout project. Holden Whitledge built the replica shed and Brett Hammon completed all landscaping for their respective Eagle Scout projects.
Family members of Chapter 431 charter members and airport pioneers were in attendance for the ceremony as well as attendees of the Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In that was taking place at Brodhead Airport.
Here is a video of the complete ceremony.
Here’s a news release we sent today about next Saturday’s beacon tower memorial dedication. Come on out on the 18th at 10:30 a.m.
Chapter 431 of the Experimental Aircraft Association at the Brodhead Airport will dedicate a memorial to charter members of the chapter who have “Flown West” (passed away) on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. The memorial resides in the replica generator shed near the newly erected Airway Beacon Tower along Airport Road.
The historic beacon tower was once used as an air navigation aid to early airmail and airline pilots in the 1920s and 30s before modern navigation methods were used. Spaced approximately every 20 miles along routes between major cities, these towers once dotted the landscape. In fact, one stood for years on the corner of Riemer Road and Decatur-Sylvester Road in Decatur Township, on the route between Chicago and St. Paul.
EAA Chapter 431 acquired an original beacon tower several years ago and Sebastian Adams recently restored it as an Eagle Scout project. The adjacent generator shed is a replica built to original plans as another Eagle Scout project by Holden Whitledge, and Brett Hammon completed landscaping and fencing around the tower as a third Eagle Scout project.
The memorial will eventually honor all Chapter 431 members as well as the founders and early pioneers of Brodhead Airport who have Flown West. The dedication takes place during the annual Pietenpol/Hatz Reunion at the airport, and will feature a short speech and tours of the project. Friends of Brodhead Airport and those interested in the project are welcome to attend.
Our information page for the upcoming Pietenpol/Hatz (and now Bleriot & Fleet) 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.
As always, check back as the date draws closer for updated information, and if you have any questions at all, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.