2018 MAAC Grassroots Fly-In Information

SEPTEMBER 7-8-9, 2018

The following information is provided by Cheeseland Chapter EAA 431 for attendees of the 2018 MAAC Grassroots Fly-In. Information provided here is subject to updates and changes. Last updated September 4, 2018

FIELD CONDITION REPORT – SEPT 4, 2018: Brodhead Airport is drying today (Tuesday) but more rain is expected on Wednesday. Therefore, we are keeping the RV and large camping area CLOSED until at least Thursday when we will reassess the conditions. Until then, we are requesting people with large RVs and campers to find alternate accommodations.

  • Visit www.eaa431.org/brodhead-area-lodging for lodging options.
  • Crazy Horse Campground (4 miles from the airport) is open and has 15-20 opening at this time for large RVs.
  • All aircraft should use caution on all runways and taxiways. The turf is soft in all areas and there may be standing water in low areas.
  • Autos and trucks should park only in designated areas. Avoid driving on any grass unless absolutely needed.

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 visit the MAAC website. Applications for membership in MAAC must be mailed by July 31, 2018.

Use only the active E-W runway 9/27. Other runways will be closed to landing and departing aircraft earlier in the week and reopening Sunday afternoon (check NOTAM for exact times). All landing and departing aircraft: 800’ AGL left-hand pattern. Radio equipped aircraft use UNICOM on 122.9 but be aware that many aircraft are NOT radio equipped. Keep your eyes open…see and avoid and be predictable!

Fly-bys should be conducted south of the active runway 9/27 employing the standard racetrack pattern with a minimum safe altitude. Example: When runway 9 is active, fly-by traffic will practice a right-hand pattern. When runway 27 is active, all fly-bys will employ left-hand racetrack pattern. Please No fly-bys or low flying along closed runways 3/21 or 15/33!

When done flying for the day, or in the case of bad weather, please ensure that your aircraft is tied down. Please provide your own tie-downs.

100LL and ethanol-free auto fuel (MOGAS) is available at Brodhead; cash, check or credit card accepted. Times of operation will be posted at the pumps and in the pavilion. Self-serve fuel is available 24/7 at Monroe Municipal Airport, 10 nm west (KEFT).

Preferred aircraft camping areas are depicted on the airport diagram. If camping on or near closed runways remember they will reopen Sunday afternoon. Runway closures time for early arrivals; Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

If you are camping with your aircraft along the west woods, please stay in the mowed ares only.

There are no camping fees at Brodhead Airport, but donations are always appreciated to help offset the cost of maintenance.

RVs please use the south entrance. Early arrivals should set-up in the south parking lot until the diagonal runways are closed to aircraft operations on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Signage will be in place to guide you to the south driveway. You may park/camp along the east edge of the field along Airport Road and in the southeast runway turnaround area once it is closed with the yellow X. Additional camping is available for smaller campers (no RVs) on the southwest side by accessing the south driveway and following the road through Hangar Alley. The southwest runway turnaround is also available for camping once closed. Please do not park or stop and leave your vehicle in Hangar Alley as this is a fire lane. Do not drive across runways to access aircraft camping areas along the west side of the field.

All runways will reopen Sunday afternoon. Please plan your site accordingly.

For driving directions, plug “N2439 Airport Road” into your GPS or mapping program.


  • No campfires outside of the Fire Pit (see diagram above).
  • Pets must be on a leash and must not be left unattended.
  • Pets are not permitted in the food area.
  • Motorized vehicles are not to be operated by minors.
  • No parked vehicles or vehicle traffic to and from the west woods.


  • Thursday night: TBD
  • Friday morning: Continental breakfast
  • Friday night: Wisconsin Fish Boil Dinner
  • Saturday morning: Pancake breakfast
  • Saturday night: Grilled Pork Chop Dinner
  • Sunday morning: Continental breakfast

The lunch window on the back side of the chapter building will be open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. offering sandwiches, hot dogs, sides and beverages. Cash only at the lunch window, please.

Drinks are available near the EAA lunch window in vending machines, including cheap bottled water. In the event of very hot weather, we will make free bottled water available. The well water at Brodhead Airport has tested high for nitrates and is not suitable for infants or pregnant & nursing mothers.

There are fast-food and traditional restaurants in Brodhead (one mile north of the airport) and the Sand Burr Restaurant is about 1.5 miles southeast of the airport on County Hwy T. Rides are available for those on foot. Please ask at the registration table. Menus for local restaurants are posted on the bulletin board.

There is no motel in Brodhead and the Bed & Breakfasts listed here may fill up during the fly-in, but its worth a call to check and see about cancellations.

Pearl Island B&B (New – 8 rooms) 602-315-9191
Little Vintage Charmer Cottage Mention EAA Chapter 431 for a discount
Go-Inn Home B&B 608-897-8138
The Pines – Albany, Wis. 608-558-0179
AirBnB local area rentals, including Earth Rider Hotel downtown (four rooms)
Crazy Horse Campground (approx. 4 miles from airport) 608-897-2207

AmericInn (608) 328-3444
Super 8 (608) 325-1500
Gasthaus (608) 328-8395

More lodging is available in Janesville and Beloit, both about 30 minutes east.


There are showers and bathrooms available in the main chapter building both in back and in the main room. First come, first served. Please help to keep them clean.

  • Porta-potties are scattered around the airport.
  • There is free WiFi on the field, provided by Sonic Networks.
  • There are cell phone and laptop charging stations in the pavilion.
  • There are no electric or water connections for RVs.
  • No campfires outside of the Fire Pit.
  • Pets must be on a leash and must not be left unattended.
  • Pets are not permitted in the food area.
  • Motorized vehicles are not to be operated by minors.
  • No parked vehicles or vehicle traffic to and from the west woods.

In the event of an emergency that requires police, fire or ambulance, cell phone users should avoid calling 911 and call Brodhead Police directly at 608-897-2112. Brodhead is at the edge of several 911 jurisdictions and cell phone calls can sometimes be picked up by towers in neighboring counties or even Illinois, resulting in a delayed response.

If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us: webmaster@eaa431.org or call 608-897-1175.

Local astronomer Walter Trentadue will again be set up for night sky viewing on Friday evening just south of the fire pit, weather permitting.