Another First Flight at Brodhead Airport in November!
Chapter 431 member Roy Spach recently got his Kitfox project in the air after a flurry of work over the summer and fall. Roy tells the story…
First flight of our Kitfox 3, N93RM was November 3rd, with Gene Calkins at the controls. Since then, Gene has put on approximately 1.5 hrs of flight testing. He will continue test flights until tweaking is finished and operational parameters are established.
This kit was purchased in 1991 by two gentlemen in Louisville, Ky. Sadly, in 1993 one of the partners flew west and the completed portion of the plane, remaining kit parts and a 582 Rotax were stored in a garage until October, 2009 when it was purchased and moved to Wisconsin. The new owner sold the Rotax and replaced it with a 2180cc VW conversion. In June of this year I became the 3rd owner of what was billed as an airworthy aircraft. This was not totally accurate. Since purchase, the engine has been rebuilt, all accessories replaced and controls re-rigged. Gene says it now flies very nice. I am sure I would have been overwhelmed had I not been privileged to be advised/assisted by Professor Kitfox Gene with additional information and encouragement from all the neighborhood guys; Si, Matt, Bill, Dan, Archie and many more with names I can’t recall. I can’t imagine how I will ever be able to return all the goodness. Thanks to all. Also wish to thank “The Avionics Place” out of RFD for making the trip to C37 to install the radio and transponder.
Sunshine and tailwinds to all. –Roy
Kitfox 3, N93RM. Photo provided by Roy Spach.
Nice job Roy, Professor Kitfox and everybody else!
EAA Chapter 431 member Eric Berens of Stevens Point, Wis. celebrated a major milestone on the restoration of his 1929 Travel Air with the first flight on Friday, November 15, 2013. Eric sent the following information:
NC 666H is a 1929 Travel Air, Model 2000 with a Curtiss OXX-6 engine, dual ignition, liquid cooled, 102 hp, a 102″ Ole Fahlin propeller, 30×5 inch wheels. Restored by Kent McMakin at the Brodhead Airport. Chad Willie helped with the engine. It is painted in its original colors “Travel Air Blue”, with silver wings. Original period instruments are installed and the interior is duplicated from original fabric. Peter Bryn, a long time, well known Travel Air flyer and collector of Dazey, N.D. owned and soloed in this aircraft on October 24, 1936 and it remained with his family from whom I got it. Terry Bryn, Pete’s son, reviewed his Dad’s logbook noting that NC 666H’s last flight was October 24, 1937. So last Friday’s flight was its first flight in 76 years and 22 days.
NC666H takes off on its first flight after restoration.
Eric Berens talks to pilot Tom Hegy while Kent McMakin looks on.
Photos by Jim Weeden.
Last year, a used Wind-T was donated to Brodhead Airport and this past week, several members got it mounted on a new stand and wired up for lights. The 40-year old homemade Wind-T was taken down and retired from service.
The new Wind-T, in the words of Gene Calkins, “…is one of them fancy store bought jobs” and the lights will be upgraded to high efficiency LED bulbs over the next several months.
Thanks to Gene, Si Smith, Archie Henkelman and Roy Spach for all the hard work.
More pictures HERE.
On October 5, 2013, several members of Cheeseland Chapter 431 took a tour of the American Champion Aircraft factory near Rochester, Wis.
Cheeseland Chapter EAA 431 will be touring the American Champion Aircraft Corporation in Rochester, Wis. on Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 a.m. Members who wish to carpool can meet at Brodhead Airport at 7:30 a.m.
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A great turnout today for the annual Chapter 431 members’ picnic. Several planes flew in from out of town and Warren Clobes and Ben Johnson gave rides to the local Boy Scout troop, which has been working hard on the beacon tower project all summer.
Chapter secretary Brian Law received a commendation for “Exceptional Service” for his work on getting our IRS 501c3 designation, his work with the local Boy Scout troops, several educational programs and all the work that comes with being Secretary. Brian has been tireless in his volunteerism and received a well-deserved round of applause from those in attendance.
Chapter 431 president Mike Weeden (left) presents secretary Brian Law with a special commendation for Exceptional Service at the annual chapter picnic, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
Bob Pokorney has a nice set of pictures from the day up in the gallery section HERE.
UPDATE: Allan Blunt kindly sent a link to his photo gallery from the Grassroots fly-in. Check out some very nice pics HERE.
While we do not have an official tally, there were at least 200 aircraft of all types in attendance over the long weekend of the Midwest Antique Airplane Club “Grassroots” fly-in hosted by Cheeseland Chapter EAA 431 at Brodhead Airport. Just a guess, but I’ll bet there were over 1,000 people over the three days as well. While Saturday was rather hot, it was good flying weather all weekend until a low overcast came in Sunday morning. As of noon on Sunday though, all but a lone J-3 Cub had left for home and Brodhead Airport was pretty well deserted.
We would like to thank everybody at MAAC and of course, all those who made the trip from near and far to make this such a great event. Thanks too to the Brodhead High School Yearbook Club and instructor Bobbi Miller (see picture below) for putting on the Saturday evening dinner. They, along with Ray Miller put in a awful lot of work to serve up Ray’s famous pork chops. The proceeds from Saturday’s dinner go to the club and give the Chapter 431 members a well-deserved break for the night.
Looking back after a long weekend, it is very gratifying for the volunteers and members of Chapter 431 to see such a successful and safe event and we all appreciate the nice comments we received from those who came in by air or by land. Its amazing to talk to the pilots who flew in from California, Maryland, Florida, Texas and all over the Midwest who say they wouldn’t miss Grassroots at Brodhead for anything. Cross-country flights in antique airplanes can be quite an experience and we recognize the effort you all put in to get here. It makes the hard work to put this event on worthwhile.
Be sure to check our photo gallery and please send us any good shots or links to your own galleries.
Brodhead High School Yearbook Club, with instructor Bobbi Miller at left.
The MAAC Grassroots Fly-In is underway with near perfect weather and a very good crowd on hand. Some pictures from Friday evening are in the Gallery section or by clicking HERE.
Remember, if you are flying or driving in, please read the INFORMATION page first.
The annual Midwest Antique Airplane Club (MAAC) “Grassroots” Fly-In is September 6-8 at the Brodhead Airport and is again hosted by Cheeseland Chapter EAA 431.
PLEASE NOTE: The MAAC Grassroots Fly-In is a private event for members of the Midwest Antique Airplane Club. All attendees, whether flying or driving in, must be members of MAAC. For information on joining, please contact MAAC president, Jay Baeten.
All those attending, please read the Grassroots Information Page:
The airport is again in fine shape for the event and the camping facilities (showers & bathrooms) will be open starting mid-week. The long-range weather forecast looks good with warm days and cool September nights. Everybody travel safe!
WORK DAY – The work day to prepare for the 2013 Grassroots fly-in will be this Saturday, August 31 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Sign up sheets for volunteer times for the fly-in will be on hand along with the usual clean-up and set-up tasks. Some jobs may be curtailed to to the expected heat.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the airport. We’ll have a brief business meeting, Grassroots update, then the EAA Chapter Video Series; News from Oshkosh-Report on AirVenture 2013 and Douglas World Cruiser-Building a replica of the first aircraft to fly around the world.
See you then!