EAA Chapter 651

Green Bay, WI

The Landing Strip


October 26th 2018 -
  •  Karen's PIREP from the October 13th Fly-In at Volk Field

       Volk Field Air National Guard Base held its once per year GA fly-in on October 13. The event is organized by the Wisconsin DOT Aeronautics Division in conjunction with the FAA and Volk Field. It includes a series of IFR and VFR seminars which qualify for FAA WINGS credits. The event is GA pilots' sole annual opportunity to land on the base - other than for emergencies of course. Over 50 aircraft were registered and 32 arrived. Volk has established protocols for those flying in. Along with required preregistration for any person attending, arriving aircraft signed up for individual time slots between 8 - 10 AM and were provided with a page of arrival guidance. Visual entry points were established north and south of the field for check-in with tower prior to preceding to the traffic pattern.

       I was scheduled to be one of the afternoon seminar presenters and with a flight student booked at 7 am that day could not make the 8-10 AM arrival time. Volk staff were very accommodating and allowed me to land with a 1 pm arrival. Mother Nature was not as accommodating, slowing down enroute progress with a 24 knot headwind and increasing turbulence. Volk's single runway is 9-27. While on short final to runway 27 the winds were reported as 190 degrees at 21 gusting 31 and they certainly felt it! Fortunately the sturdy 175 that I had rented knew what to do, although tower staff must have been entertained by the wave-riding action and final gust-induced balloon.

       Volk staff were very welcoming, with vans at the ready for arriving aircraft crew. The day included 6 seminars and attendance was quite good. It appeared that over 100 pilots attended. My presentation was an accident case study of the Ephraim-Gibraltar fatal crash in September 2016. The NTSB report on that accident was released in July of this year. The final seminar ended at 3 PM and since the Volk tower closes at 4 PM the ramp became a controlled but no-delays mass departure scene. Dozens of aircraft started their engines and created a conga line to the runway. Mother Nature (MN) had relented a bit and winds were initially 240 degrees at 11 knots for the runway 27 departures. That must have been a huge relief for the light sport aircraft that had flown in as it was similar to the morning arrival conditions. However, MN had a final trick up her sleeve. I was third from the end and just before taking the runway winds shifted to 210 degrees and increased to 17 knots. The silver lining from such winds was a nice tailwind on the return to Green Bay. While as always less than the headwind component on the flight down, TAS occasionally passed 150 and it was a pilot's treat to consider the difference between what would have been an almost-3 hour drive versus the 42 minute flight.

September 26th 2018 -
Earlier this month the "Fly High Cafe" was completed at Jet Air, second floor.
A place to hang out, hangar talk,  meet up and / or just chill out ;)
  All are welcomed!
Food is not served although can be delivered as wanted.
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May 20th 2018 -
 Once again Mother Nature showed up and put a slight "damp"-er & low ceilings for our annual pancake breakfast. It didn't deter 4 powered paraglider pilots showing up and putting on a little show. The weather didn't keep away drive-in's either. A success! Thank You to all that attended & of course, all the volunteers!
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May 2nd 2018 - 

 Our 3rd ever brat fry fundraiser was a complete success! A nice sunny day with strong north winds kept the temps down but didn't keep patrons away from the smell of brats on the grill. Thank You to all that volunteered! 
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March 21st 2018 -
  • Congratulations Karen!!
Karen Kalishek
Kalishek, Preidecker Named to NAFI Board*

The National Association of Flight Instructors named two new members to its Board of Directors, and reelected officers at its meeting over the weekend at its offices in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

"Please join me in welcoming new NAFI Board Members Paul Preidecker and Karen Kalishek. We're excited to the have their enthusiasm and expertise as part of the NAFI team," Bob Meder, NAFI Board Chair, said.

"Many of you have also met and worked with Karen at the EAA AirVenture Pilot Proficiency Center, where she worked tirelessly to coordinate instructors and pilots during the event. Her enthusiasm and skills in working with volunteers, along with her extensive aviation experience, will be a great contribution to NAFI and to the aviation community as a whole."

Karen Kalishek is a CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI-G, AGI, IGI, NAFI Master Instructor and  FAASTeam Lead Representative. She holds an ATP certificate and has ASES and Glider Commercial privileges. She has held officer positions in and is actively involved with several aviation organizations.  She is also a captain in the Civil Air Patrol, serving as a CAP volunteer flight instructor, check pilot, mission pilot and cadet orientation pilot. She is an independent flight instructor, has a particular fondness for antique aircraft and enjoys spending quality time with her RV-6.

Before becoming a full-time flight instructor, she was an executive in the banking industry, taught graduate school, and as president of her own corporation spent over 20 years providing international consulting services in 37 countries.

*snipped from "eMENTOR" - The National Association of Flight Instructors Newsletter, March 2018

February 22nd 2018 -
  • Jay's popular fly-in's are coming up shortly - for your safety... 

  • Drive Out Events
For those interested, we could get together as a group and head down to see either see the "Aviation Adventure Speaker Series" at the EAA Museum or "Movie Night" at the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin. (Updated for 2018)

Aviation Adventure Speaker Series                                                                                     
Movies at the Aviation Heritage Center
Free ($5 Non-Members) - 7:00pm. 
Normally Thursdays. 
"Cockpit climbs" following the presentation.
$2.00 per person. Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation at 6:45pm. 2nd Friday of each month.
  • August 16 - Col. Lavern Griffin:
    Col. Griffin flew secret missions in
    F-86 Sabers modified with cameras.
    Griffin led pilots of the 15th Tactical
    Reconnaissance Squadron on three
    top secret over flights of Soviet air
    bases in far eastern Siberia.

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November 9th -  
  • Website - A new page!
GRB History... (permalink on the left menu) Thank-You to Dick Powers and Don Pansier
for providing this excellent piece of local history.  
  •  Congratulations Karen!
Our treasurer, Karen Kalishek, happy following her successful examination for CFI-Glider.
Karen received her commercial glider certificate in 2015 and since then has enjoyed flying sailplanes in Wisconsin, California, Arkansas, Tennessee, Arizona and Vermont.  She is a member of the Wisconsin Soaring Society based in Hartford, Wisconsin. Karen invites powered pilots to experience the fun and skill development that is part of non-powered flight. 

  • Website Maintenance
Many items have been removed since the server change earlier this year. They just don't work anymore. The items were on the left side lower menu area. They were: recent - videos, photos, members, posts & upcoming events.  
The mobile portion has also been turned off. The pairing of a free mobile provider not only resulted in pages from the site being incomplete it was also notoriously slow resulting in the pages not being loaded at all.

May 20th - 
Jay's first breakfast of 2017 had a great showing! Weather was very nice but a little windy. Around 40 aircraft showed up in total & over 100 breakfasts served. The breakfast was followed by the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. (Click on any picture to go to the full album) 

If you haven't already, please obtain the certification as soon as possible so we can continue to provide our events following the YPP policy.
The new Youth Protection Plan is pivotal to the Young Eagles program and any other event where the chapter is involved with children under the age of 18. Below are links to the introduction, program overview, requirements, documents & feedback.

If you have obtained the certification please forward the email / .pdf provided by EAA to our Secretary, Alan Georgia 


March 29th -  

October 13th 2016 -
  • IMC Club News - Rich Mamrosh of the NWS GRB gave us an excellent presentation on SKEW-T diagrams and how they can provide supplemental information to the preflight and inflight WX sources. An excellent tool not only for the IFR pilot, but the VFR pilot too. With his permission & slight mods to remove copyrighted material the powerpoint presentation has been uploaded here so others may see it. You may get it here - 
http://bit.ly/2e1iBLf  It's highly recommended to download it to your computer or use an online viewer to view. The link above will automatically open it for a "quick" view but it is corrupted on many pages. 

October 24th 2016 - 
"Lady Lynn" made it to her new home in Germany! Eisenach-Kindel Airport (EDGE). We lost track of her between Narsarsuaq, Greenland (BGBW) and Wick, Scotland (EGPC). UPDATED - "Lady Lynn" landed in Keflavavik (BIKF) as assumed but required re-routing due to the strong winds aloft & fuel reserve requirements. Ferry pilots Klaus Plasa & Stephan Gottwald provided us with a PIREP of their epic journey - here.  Click on pictures below for more photos.


Toronto (CYTZ)



Goose Bay (CYYR)



     Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, 
Katla Volcano, SE Iceland


Made it!

September 19th 2016 - 

Great showing of members' aircraft at the September meeting in Shawano. 
Thanks Al for the hospitality & delicious brats! (click pictures for more)




President: Dustin Ridings 
Secretary: Alan Georgia

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