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.


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)


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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Ski Fly-In Field Condition Report

Mother Nature delivered some much needed snow cover this week to Brodhead Airport, and just in time too. Our annual Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is Saturday, February 7th and the field is now suitable for ski equipped aircraft. The field is NOT suitable for wheeled aircraft.

8″ to 10″ of light snow has fallen in the past three days and the depth on the airport varies from 2″-14″ due to wind drifting. See pictures below and keep in mind that an additional 2-3″ has fallen since they were taken on Monday, Feb. 2. Temperatures look to remain below freezing for the rest of the week.

Brodhead Airport, Monday, Feb 2, 2014. 2-3" of additional snow has fallen since this picture was taken.

Brodhead Airport, Monday, Feb 2, 2014. 2-3″ of additional snow has fallen since this picture was taken.

Brodhead Airport, Monday, Feb 2, 2014. 2-3" of additional snow has fallen since this picture was taken.

Brodhead Airport, Monday, Feb 2, 2014. 2-3″ of additional snow has fallen since this picture was taken.

Brodhead Airport, Monday, Feb 2, 2014. 2-3" of additional snow has fallen since this picture was taken.

Brodhead Airport, Monday, Feb 2, 2014. 2-3″ of additional snow has fallen since this picture was taken.

Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In – Saturday Feb. 7

EAA Chapter 431’s annual Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is set for Saturday, February 7, 2014 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.

A field condition report will be posted here as the event nears. Let’s hope for a little more snow!


2013 Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In

2013 Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In

2013 Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In

2013 Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In

2013 Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In

2014 Year in Review

Cheeseland Chapter EAA #431 continues to promote aviation and the Brodhead Airport through informative presentations and educational activities along with sponsoring several fly-in events at the airport. During the EAA Chapter scheduled work days at the airport we continue to improve the Chapter facilities and assist with the maintenance of the Brodhead Airport.

We are beginning to see the benefits of our 501(c)(3) public charity as donations have been generously given to our Education Center & Facilities and Historic Restoration categories in support of our education center building project and restoration of the US Air Mail Beacon Tower Memorial.

Following are some of the activities and functions that we supported this year at the Brodhead Airport:

We continued to improve the Chapter Hangar by finishing the wall covering and insulating the gable ends and side walls to complete the insulation of the chapter hangar.

The Brodhead Airport is now the home of a US Air Mail Beacon Tower Memorial. This was accomplished through the sponsorship of the Brodhead EAA Chapter 431 and three local Eagle Scout Candidates working on various phases of the US Air Mail Beacon Tower Memorial project. The concrete was poured, the tower was erected and the generator shed was constructed. The tower stood tall during the Grassroots MAAC Fly-In and final memorial/landscaping is planned with a dedication in the spring.

Doug Tomas-presentation on his great-uncle, who was a flight engineer on a B-24, shot down over northern Italy in WWII. His research turned up some unexpected surprises along the way, corresponding with surviving crew members, a special connection with a B-24 in the National Museum of the US Air Force, leading up to a trip to Italy for a special dedication in 2011

Pat Ripp – “Aircraft Maintenance, What Can I Do?”

Chapter member Bill Bell lead an expanded round of first responder rescue training midyear with 5 airplanes and 7 presenters with the 23 Brodhead Fire Department attendees.

Frank Baker’s – “Piper Cub Tales” and his adventures flying a J-3 Cub all around the country.

Jeff Taylor – Wisconsin Department of Transportation- Unmanned Aerial Systems in public airspace.

John Jorgensen – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Aviation activities and initiatives.

Our Young Eagles rally introduced 24 Young Eagles to Aviation thanks to the ground crew of Ben and Brian and Pilots Betty Abraham, Ben Johnson, Neil Robinson, Jeff Skiles, & Mike Weeden.

Our Fly-In/Drive-In’s start early in the year with our Ground Hog Chili Ski Fly-in/Drive-In in February with 4” of fresh snow and 9 ski planes, many drive-ins, a large campfire and all the chili consumed again!

Our annual community pancake breakfast fly-in/drive-in set new records with over 500 served and even though we lost count, we estimate around 75 airplanes that flew in from around the region to enjoy the great flying weather and community at Brodhead Airport.

The Pietenpol/Hatz fly-in was another successful one, with nearly 20 Pietenpols from all around the country and even one from Winnipeg, Canada. We counted 11 Hatz Biplanes, which is about double from last year. The Bleriot group also displayed and had a gathering too. For the 4th year, the Brodhead High School has had a fundraising event by providing the Pork Chop Dinner during the MAAC Fly-In. This year’s group at the High School was the Year Book Committee.

The 2014 Midwest Antique Airplane Association “Grassroots” fly-in was another well-attended event, helped out by fantastic weather on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s clouds and rain never quite got out of the way for early arrivals but the weekend more than made up for it. We’re estimating around 170 airplanes flew in and the RV and car parking lots were pretty full on Saturday as well. The usual Sunday morning exodus for home was even delayed with the perfect weather keeping a dozen or more planes on the field by mid-Sunday afternoon.

Our Annual picnic included many dishes to pass, brats, hot dogs, and chicken with chips and drinks. We observed the progress on the US Air Mail Beacon Tower, reviewed our fly-in/drive-in season along with our other projects and adventures too.

Now that we are through with the fly-in season, we plan to continue our rib stitching and sheet metal projects all while we are working on our own projects like Dave and Roy are:

Dave Waller’s Pietenpol Project is making great progress

And Roy Spach is airborne and flies every day possible.

We are also sponsoring a Learning for Life Aviation Explorer Post to encourage area youth to pursue a career in an aviation related profession or industry. This post has had planning meetings and kickoff was December 7th, 2014. It’s never too late to get involved! The next meeting is January 4th at 1:00 p.m.

As you can see, Cheeseland Chapter EAA 431 offers about every kind of opportunity to release your passion for Aviation and to serve our mission “To Promote Aviation in the Brodhead Area”.

What does your membership in the Brodhead EAA Chapter 431 provide? Opportunities for, Leadership, Group projects, Education, Volunteerism, Food, and Fellowship as we build and fly airplanes! Your membership key provides you with 24x7x365 facility access and equipment check in/out too. Work days, fly-ins, forums, seminars, and manufacturing & museum tours provide aviation related education opportunities and involvement locally to improve your aviation building and flying knowledge. Joining/renewing your chapter membership provides you with the opportunity to organize, interact, and manage aviation related activities and events and grow your aviation experience.

We look forward to seeing all of you pursue our mission at the Brodhead Airport in 2015!

Don Harrington

We received word that Don Harrington has passed away. Don was an active member of Chapter 431 along with his dog Shotze, and was building an Acro Sport II. Don showed off his project to chapter members last year and all were very impressed with his quality workmanship.

Don’s obituary can be read HERE and pictures of his Acro Sport II project are in our gallery section HERE.