Annual EAA Cheeseland Chapter 431 Picnic – Sept. 21

The annual EAA Chapter 431 picnic will be Sunday, September 21st, 2014, from noon until whenever in the Chapter Pavillion. We will once again have brats, hot dogs, and chicken breasts for sandwiches along with chips and drinks. Please bring a dish to pass to complete our menu.

Take the time out to attend our chapter picnic, see the progress on the beacon tower and review our fly-in season along with our other projects and share your flying adventures too! We still need your input and observations on the latest illustrations of the planned new chapter building.

I thank all of YOU that volunteered at the Pietenpol and MAAC fly-ins. Many attendees expressed their appreciation and gratitude to our organization for making the fly-ins happen. I received nothing but praise for the volunteers. Your volunteerism is a major component of EAA 431’s successful mission!

Come and enjoy the picnic at C37!

Mike Weeden/EAA 431 President

Grassroots Fly-In Pictures

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.

Grassroots 2014 Aerial

Check out these picture galleries, first from Michael Kokott:

…and a second gallery from Doug Tomas:

UPDATE: Another nice set of photos was sent to us by Allan Blunt:


Airway Beacon Tower Update

On Saturday, August 15th, a team of Boy Scouts and airport volunteers poured the cement foundations for the airway beacon tower and nearby equipment shed. The shed will be used for a memorial and interpretive display of the beacon tower. The first section of the tower structure is in place and the upper sections are nearly ready to go up.

2014 MAAC Grassroots Fly-In Information

Information has been published for attendees of the 2014 Midwest Antique Airplane Association “Grassroots” fly-in at Brodhead Airport on September 5-7. Go here for all the details:

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.


As always, contact us with any questions.

Roy Spach Completes Kitfox Flight Testing

Chapter 431 member Roy Spach has completed the mandated 40 hours of flight testing on his Kitfox project. From Roy:

Flew the first time on 6/13 and then every sunny day thereafter. Completed phase I testing on 7/20. Haven’t stopped smiling since. What a blast! Could not have done it without the massive amount of advice, help and encouragement from all the guys in the neighborhood, especially Gene, Si and Matt. Heartfelt thanks to all.

Congratulations, Roy!


Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In Roundup

The 2014 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.

Thank to all who attended and made the effort to fly to Brodhead Airport. We enjoyed having you!

Some pictures from the weekend are HERE:

If you have any pictures or online galleries you would like to share, please send them to and we’ll post them here.


Hatz Lineup

Canada Piet

2014 Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In Information

For those attending the 2014 Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In at Brodhead Airport on July 24-27, the information page has been updated and posted to assist in your planning. Go here:

Information on parking, camping, lodging, food, potties, fly-by patterns and so on are on the page, updated for 2014. Activities specific to the Brodhead Pietenpol Association or the Hatz Club are not posted at this time.

Check back for updates and if you still have questions about anything at the event, please contact us at

Swiss Hatz First Flight


Brodhead Airport attracts fans from all over the world, and in recent years, Hans and Sam Gautschi from Switzerland have kept in touch with the Hatz Biplane they are building and even attended the annual Hatz fly-in in July. Yesterday, member Gene Calkins received the following message:

Dear Gene,

Do you remember us? We met us at Brodhead and built a Waco styled Hatz with a Rotec radial engine, which we finished this Spring. Now, we are pleased to tell you and the Brodhead airport community, that Sam made a successful first flight on June 11 at 745 p.m.! Sam did an amazing job with just his about 160 hours flight experience in his pocket! Everything went well and the Hatz flies beautifully! A video on youtube will follow a.s.p. We are very happy with our Hatz and thanks to the late Mehlin Smith, who showed us that a modification to the already well basic design is worth and can be successfully accomplished.

We hope to return to Brodhead for the Hatz meeting next year, but unfortunately cannot take the Hatz with us!

Please find some pictures attached.
Kindest regards
Hans & Sam, Switzerland

You can learn more about the Hatz project on Hans and Sam’s website. Pictures of the first flight are below.

Congratulations Hans and Sam!

UPDATE: Here is a nice video of the first flight:





Dave Waller’s Pietenpol Progress

Chapter 431 member Dave Waller sent some pictures of his Pietenpol Aircamper project along with some information:

I started making ribs April of 2012. I got a beat up jig from the chapter and rebuilt it. Then I started on empennage and now I have just about all of the wood parts made except for the spars, leading and trailing edges. I am going to have to rework some parts so that statement is not quite accurate but today I hope to have the parts made to bolt the struts to the fuselage for the center wing section.

I am going to use a Corvair motor and some components from William Wynn to make it an airplane motor. I am trying to make every part myself, which drives my friends with more skills and better shops nuts, but it is my goal.


Photo gallery is here:

Looking pretty good, Dave. Thanks for the update and good luck moving forward. Hope to see it flying soon.


Aircraft Familiarization for Local Fire Crews

Last Wednesday (June 11), the Brodhead Fire Department came out to Chapter 431’s annual Aircraft Familiarization and Fire/Rescue training class at the airport.

Brodhead Fire Department's heavy iron

Brodhead Fire Department’s heavy iron

Member Bill Bell gave the presentation and five local pilots opened up their airplanes to show details of the fuel systems, electrical and other components that are important for First Responders to know about.



A big thank you to the Brodhead Fire Department crews for coming out and letting us show you a few things about the aircraft we fly and the activities going on out here.  Thanks also to our pilots and presenters, Mike Williams (J-3 Cub), Bob Buzzell (Stinson 108), Ben Johnson (Cessna 172), Bill Liimatainen (Fairchild 24), Jeff Fink (RV-8), Pat Weeden, Mike Weeden and Bill Bell.