Midwest Grill-N-Camp Schedule

Announcing the EAA Chapter 431 – MIDWEST GRILL-N-CAMP

The Grill Out/Camp Out events are going to be where you bring your own food and we provide the grill and necessary items to prepare that food. There is pop and bottled water on-site available
for purchase.

We invite anyone to come for the Saturday evening gathering or pitch a tent and spend the night. We have restrooms/showers onsite along with hand wash stations, phone charging stations and
we also have a courtesy van available for anyone wanting to run into town for anything they may have forgotten. We also plan to have the camp fire going every night of these events. We plan to
have an informal start time at 5pm (so we’ll plan to start the grill at 5pm unless you want to start it earlier).

Fly-in or drive-in to C37 to enjoy a beautiful airport and meet new friends or catch up with old friends. We’ll be on the back patio of the Chapter 431 building.

Dates: (Grill starts @ 5pm)
June 5th, 2021
June 19th, 2021
July 3rd, 2021
July 17th, 2021
August 7th, 2021
August 21st, 2021
September 4th, 2021
September 18th, 2021

Download the schedule PDF here.

2021 Pancake Breakfast Photos

Thanks to Rick Elliott for the photos!

75th Anniversary T-Shirts

Brodhead Airpot was founded in February, 1946 as Bill’s Air Park. In 2021, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Bill Earleywine’s home for grassroots aviation with this design of the airport runway diagram.

The shirts are Hanes Tagless 100% preshrunk cotton, in dark green. Visit our webstore and order yours today, or pick one up in person at our next monthly chapter gathering.


Community Pancake Breakfast is May 16

EAA Chapter 431’s annual Community Pancake Breakfast will be held this year with COVID-19 precautions in place. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 16 from 7:00 a.m. to noon at Brodhead Airport.

All you can eat pancakes are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids under 10. The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, two sausages and choice of beverage.

Kids age 8-17 can take a Young Eagles airplane ride and the everybody can watch the airplanes land on our grass runways. Young Eagles should register in advance by e-mailing events431@eaa431.org


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: webmaster@eaa431.org

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.