Please note the following changes to EAA Chapter 431 scheduled events:
May 5 Monthly Chapter Gathering – Canceled
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 Breakfast – Postponed
We hope to still have the breakfast at a later date this summer.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget that the monthly gathering of EAA Chapter 431 switches to Saturdays this month and our next one is Saturday, October 5 at 9:00 a.m. in the chapter clubhouse at Brodhead Airport.
Also on Saturday, we will hold the annual officer elections. Nominations and voting are both done in person during the meeting so come out and make your voice heard. Current officers whose terms are expiring are:
President – Ben Johnson
Vice-President – Joe Snow
Secretary – Brian Law
Treasurer – Pat Weeden
Afterward, the monthly chapter video from EAA headquarters will be shown.
Chapter members and friends of Brodhead Airport, our next scheduled work day is Saturday, August 31 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The usual preparations for the MAAC Grassroots Fly-In are on the schedule along with several other maintenance items.
Spring weather in southern Wisconsin can only mean one thing; its time for EAA Chapter 431’s annual Community Pancake Breakfast. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 19 from 7:00 a.m. to noon at Brodhead Airport.
All you can eat pancakes are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 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.
One of the UW MedFlight helicopters will be flying in mid-morning and be open for display, weather and duty permitting.