Chapter Picnic is Sunday, Sept. 27 – BYOF

The annual Chapter 431 picnic will be held as scheduled on Sunday, September 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A change this year; we’re asking everyone to bring your own food instead of a dish to pass. The chapter will provide drinks only. This is for obvious COVID-19 safety reasons.

Let’s hope for good weather and a fine turnout. See you all on the 27th.

MAAC “Grassroots” Fly-In is Cancelled

The Brodhead EAA Chapter 431 will be unable to host the Annual Midwest Antique Airplane Club Grassroots fly-in for 2020.

After serious discussion and study, we have determined that we are unable to find a path to conduct our usual 3-day event with our reduced volunteer work force.

Our board of directors deeply regrets this situation.

Benjamin Johnson
EAA Chapter 431

EAA Chapter 431 Schedule Changes

Please note the following changes to EAA Chapter 431 scheduled events:

  • May 5 Monthly Chapter GatheringCanceled 
  • May 9 Work Day – In coordination with Hawk-Aire, the work day is proceeding as scheduled, but with proper social distancing. Also, there will be no food service afterward. Primary work will be outdoors; planting trees, and cutting/chipping trees and brush around the airport. 9:00 a.m. – noon.
  • May 16 Work Day – Canceled
  • May 17 Community Pancake BreakfastPostponed
    We hope to still have the breakfast at a later date this summer.

Stay safe, everyone!

April Chapter Gathering Canceled

For obvious reasons, our April 7 chapter gathering is being canceled. Our scheduled speaker, Jurg Grossenbacher on “Accidents, Incidents, and Pilot Proficiency,” has been rescheduled for the July 7 gathering.

Brodhead Airport has been fairly quiet recently, and we thank John Meichtry for re-grading all the gravel driveways earlier this week. No more potholes!

We hope that all of you are staying safe, healthy, and dreaming of good flying weather.

Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In

Field Condition Report: As of Friday, 1/31, all runways have a good snow base for ski equipped aircraft.

Mark your calendar for our annual Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In on Saturday, February 1, 2020 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.

2020 Brodhead Airport Calendars

This is our fifth year of producing the popular EAA Chapter 431/Brodhead Airport full-color calendar, and this one looks better than ever. Its a 12-month wall calendar with a main photo for each month, plus smaller fill-in photos to keep you entertained. The dates for all meetings, work days, and fly-ins are listed as well.

Calendars are $15 each plus $4.00 shipping (First Class Mail). You can save on shipping and pick one up at any Chapter 431 meeting or event, or by stopping by the Kelch Aviation Museum during the week. Order online HERE.

All photos in the calendar were taken at or near Brodhead Airport in the past year. Special thanks to everyone who contributed, and to this year’s winners, Doug Tomas, Dave Swartz, Allen Penticoff, Shelly Tumino, and Nigel Hitchman.

If you have questions about ordering or picking up, or if you want to order in bulk, please call 608-897-1175 or e-mail