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 19 from 7:00 a.m. to noon at Brodhead Airport.
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.
Kids age 8-17 can take a Young Eagles airplane ride and the everybody can watch the airplanes land on our grass runways.
One of the UW MedFlight helicopters will be flying in mid-morning and be open for display, weather and duty permitting.
Fritz Badertscher, a charter member of EAA Chapter 431 and a regular pilot and fixture at Brodhead Airport for many years, passed away April 25, 2019 at age 77.
Fritz was one of the original nineteen EAA members who started chapter 431 in January, 1973 and helped spur the growth of Brodhead Airport into what it is today. He was a regular flyer, taking his first airplane ride in an Ercoupe flown by Bill Earleywine, the founder of the airport, in 1947. His yellow and red Aeronca Champ gave many rides in the 1970s, and he later flew a Cessna 120, Aeronca Chief, and two different Piper Cubs until recently.
Fritz and Phyllis Badertscher with daughter Ann with their Aeronca Champ at Brodhead Airport, 1974.
A local dairy farmer, Fritz and his family brought out the heavy equipment to build and extend runway 27 in the mid-1970s. He also took care of the annual fertilizer application and other work requiring a skilled machinery operator. His contributions to the success of Brodhead Airport are countless.
Fritz and his father Garde built the extension for runway 27 in the mid-1970s.
The entire Badertscher family has been deeply involved in the Brodhead Airport, with Phyllis serving on the Hawk-Aire and Chapter 431 boards, and their daughters learning to fly as well.
Daughter Nora’s first passenger was Fritz in 2013.
Fritz Badertscher’s full obituary can be read here:
Drones and You
A free seminar on Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or Drones will be held at the Brodhead Airport on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Craig Czerwinski, FAA Safety Team Member and leader of Gateway Technical College’s sUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft System) Program will discuss drone safety tips and the options for flying your drone safely and legally as a hobbyist under the Special Rules for Model Aircraft (Section 336) as well as commercially as a remote pilot under the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107). He will also discuss sUAS registration requirements, the B4UFLY app, and answer your questions. There will also be a display of several sUAS/Drones for the attendees to look at.
This seminar is free and open to the public. All attendees are asked to register in advance at the link below or by calling 608-897-1175.
EAA Chapter 431 in Brodhead is sponsoring a Private Pilot Ground School course for those interested in taking the FAA knowledge test toward a Private Pilot license.
The 13-week course will be taught by Dr. Hannah Silber and will meet Monday evenings for three hours, beginning in May. Course cost is expected to be $100.
For more information or to register, contact EAA Chapter 431 at 608-897-1175 or email@example.com.
The forecast calls for more snow, and our annual Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is scheduled for next Saturday, February 2, 2019 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.
Please note, there is currently no 100LL available at Brodhead Airport, but Mogas is still available.
The first monthly Chapter 431 gathering of 2019 is Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 a.m. in the chapter building at Brodhead Airport. As always, our gatherings are open to the public.
Hope to see everybody there!
The latest edition of our popular 12-month Brodhead Airport/EAA Chapter 431 calendar is about to go to print. Order now for shipping in a week, plenty of time for Christmas. $15 plus shipping.
All photos on the calendar were taken at or near (or on the way to) Brodhead Airport within the last year.
We have too much inventory of the past three years’ EAA Chapter 431/Brodhead Airport T-Shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies so we have slashed prices. Great Christmas presents for the airplane nut in your life.
$8-10 T’s, $12 Sweats and $15 Hoodies.
CFI Evan Krueger of Madison will conduct a Rusty Pilot Seminar on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the EAA Chapter 431 hangar at Brodhead Airport. The seminar will also show how new students can create an FAA IACRA account and receive their student pilots license.
Human Factors Doctor Hannah Silber will also present on human factors and how they relate to aircraft accidents.
This seminar is open to the public for $25 and is free to EAA Chapter 431 members. (You can join Chapter 431 here.)
Register for the seminar on the Buy Now button below or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and bring payment the day of the seminar.
Thanks to everybody who braved the crummy weather and helped take down dead trees and plant new ones.