Scott Schabow

Scott Schabow, EAA Chapter 431 member and a mainstay of the Brodhead Airport community, passed away at age 52 on November 30, 2020. Scott wrote his own obituary here:

If you have even a passing association with Brodhead Airport, you know Scott. He flew his 1959 Cessna 175 Taildragger, inherited from his grandfather, more than almost any other airplane on the field. Sometimes he would just go out in the evening and practice landings, and locals no doubt recognized the airplane flying in the airport traffic pattern while he perfected his crosswind technique. But more often than not, he would be flying to some unknown and unplanned adventure. 

Scott would often say, “Let’s fly around the patch once…” while his unsuspecting passengers would be along for a three-hour flight to several states and a personal altitude record. “Going for ice cream…” didn’t mean a short hop to the nearest Dairy Queen by an airport. With Scott, it meant 200-mile flight to an airport that he heard had ice cream nearby. It didn’t matter if it was 11:00 p.m. and they were closed; the flight was the adventure. The long-range gas tanks on that Cessna were used often.

This ’59 Cessna 175 was converted to a taildragger by Scott’s grandfather Lyle Elyea. At first glance it looks like a C-180, and he flew it with skill.

If you’ve attended the MAAC “Grassroots” or the Pietenpol/Hatz fly-in recently, Scott was the guy who sold you gas so you could fly home. He always loved to chat with pilots from around the country and made quick friends with all of them. 

Scott and his wife Shaun O’Keefe.

Scott was a master electrician and had a hand in just about every electrical project at the airport for the past ten years. Everything from simple lighting jobs to the entire south side electrical upgrade that ran new service to 40+ hangars a few years ago. He always did high quality work and often charged a fraction of the cost, if anything at all.

Son Josh O’Keefe with Scott at Brodhead Airport. Josh is flying the C-175 now too.

Scott with family & friends at the gas pumps during the MAAC Grassroots fly-in.

Wet sanding a Pietenpol wing with the crew.

Scott and flight crew at the Iola Airport Friday lunch. Flying 150 miles for lunch is a normal thing, right?

A Navy man through and through, Scott loved to talk about the intricacies of the fire control system on Aegis-class cruisers, plus anything else relating to his world travels in the service. Of course, anything aviation related was always a prime topic for extended discussion. 

Scott has “Flown West” as they say, and his absence will be felt by all of us for a very long time. A celebration of life is being planned at the Kelch Aviation Museum in September, 2021, when we all hopefully can gather again. Watch this space for details. Blue skies and tailwinds, Scott.

2021 Brodhead Airport Calendars

Our annual 12-month full-color calendar for 2021 is now available in our online store. This edition celebrates the 75th anniversary of Brodhead Airport, which began operations in March, 1946.

Calendars are $18 each, plus shipping, or you can pick yours up in person at the Kelch Aviation Museum during the week. Please call ahead at 608-897-1175. Order now HERE.

Bobby Earleywine, son of airport founder Bill Earleywine, sits on the cowling of a brand new 1946 Taylocraft at Brodhead Airport.

The 2021 calendar features 12 full color photos taken at or near Brodhead Airport in the past year.


It’s Calendar Time Again

We’re requesting photos for EAA Chapter 431’s annual 12-month calendar. The rules for submission are simple:

  1. Photos must have been taken at or near Brodhead Airport.
  2. Photos of aircraft must be shown in flight, if possible.

Winners will receive a free calendar, plus all the fame and glory that comes with being selected. Last year we sold over 150 calendars, so this is a nice fund raiser for the chapter.

Please send submissions to:

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.