EAA Chapter 431’s annual Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-In is set for Saturday, February 4, 2017 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.
Our friends over at Synqronus Communications in Monroe made this neat video during the MAAC Grassroots Fly-In back in September. Check it out:
After the great response to our inaugural calendar last year, we have produced another full color, 12-month calendar for 2017. Each month features a new full sized image plus several supporting images, all taken at Brodhead Airport. Calendars are $15 each and are available at regular chapter meetings or by ordering online at the link below.
$6.45 shipping will be added to online orders.
The Beloit Daily News has a nice article on our private showing of the movie “Sully” with chapter member and flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles:
Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News
A reminder to EAA Chapter 431 members that our annual election for the board of directors takes place at the regular October meeting on the 4th. Please take the time to attend the meeting and vote!
MAAC member Allan Blunt sent a nice batch of photos from the 2016 Midwest Antique Airplane Club “Grassroots” fly-in. Check them out here:
Calling all photographers!
We are starting to prepare our 2017 EAA Chapter 431 calendar after the success of the inaugural 2016 version and are in need of photo submissions. Here are the “rules” and suggestions:
- Photos must be taken at Brodhead Airport.
- Photos do not have to be of aircraft but must be of EAA Chapter 431 activities or Brodhead Airport scenes.
- Photos of aircraft in flight are preferred over ground shots.
- Photos must be in as high of resolution as possible for print.
All accepted submissions will receive a free calendar and full photo credit. Send your photos to email@example.com or if they are too big to e-mail, let us know and we’ll set up a drop box.
The updated Information Page for the 2016 Midwest Antique Airplane Club “Grassroots” Fly-In September 9-11, 2016 is available at the link below. All attendees, whether flying or driving, should read the page and make your plans accordingly.
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, 2016.
2016 MAAC Grassroots Fly-In Information
Garth Jernigan from West Virginia graciously gave us a batch of pictures from the 2016 Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In. Check them out at the link below.
The weather during the fly-in ranged from oppressive heat to torrential downpours, which kept the numbers down a bit, but we still had a great time with our visitors from around the world. Thanks to everybody who attended.
For anybody looking for lodging in Brodhead during the Pietenpol/Hatz fly-in or the September Grassroots fly-in, the old Earth Rider Hotel in downtown Brodhead has re-opened on a limited basis. All bookings are done through AirBnB.com.
Visit the updated “Brodhead Area Lodging” page with all the links you need to find a place to stay.