Saturday, May 17, 2014


Come on out Saturday August 16th to 66G- BEAUTIFUL Frankenmuth Airport (66G) for a fun day of flying, awards, campfire and sleeping with your airplane!
This is the 6th year and it may be the last year at Frankenmuth- due to the popularity of this event outgrowing the airport. So come on out before we have to move it!
Everything you need is at this fly-in...Airplanes, food, flying, showers etc! So bring your family, grab a bite to eat and enjoy watching the planes and pilots as you relax in the shade under the "Preferred Pavillion". Invite your friends, Come early, Enjoy what Frankenmuth has to offer plus some early fly-in activities Friday evening (15th).
A special thanks to our sponsors: Preferred Avionics (KOZW), Gateway Air Services (KIKW), Armchair Aviator Photography (3CM) & our generous anonymous donors!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Father's Day Cookout / Camp-in 2014

Guy's, the fly-in season is almost upon us!
Here's another one to add to your calendar's. This one is very casual and not the usual "Full Monty" fly-in. Good friends, good food, good hanger flying, this one is all about what we all like to do best - fly and spend time with others that enjoy aviation.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Up Coming Fly-In's Around 3CM

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - Lake City, MI - 52nd Annual Dawn Patrol Home Acres Sky Ranch, Inc (Y91)

Fly In breakfast at NW corner of airport in Big Hangar. Donations: $6.00 adults $3.00 children age 4012 yrs. Pancakes, ham, eggs, coffee, juice, 1 homemade donut. Extra donuts for sale. Sponsors: local pilots. Contact: Sharon Kohler 2484967132.

Sunday, Jun 1, 2014 - Coldwater, MI - Branch County 68th Annual Fly-In Breakfast Branch County Memorial Airport (KOEB)

Pancakes, Sausages, Beverages Everyone welcome! Airplane Rides $25 per person! Adults: $7.00 Kids 4-11: $4.00 Kids 3 and under: Free! Contact: Joe Best 269 419 9904.

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 - Mason, MI - Dawn Patrol Mason Jewett Airport (tew)

All-U-Can Eat Pancake Breakfast served with eggs,sausage,juice and coffee from 7am - 11am..Adults $6.00 and children 12 and under $3.00...Many homebuilt,antique,warbird and general aviation aircraft are expected along with a variety of exhibits and displays.. Bi-Plane and aircraft rides available weather permitting... Parking and admission to Mason Jewett Airport is FREE...Hosted by EAA Chapter 55 Contact: Vickie Vandenbelt 517-589-5051.

Friday - Sunday, Jun 20-22, 2014 - Benton Harbor, MI - Lest We Forget Southwest Michigan Reginal Airport (KBEH)

WWII, Korean and Vietnam re-enactments. Normandy style beach landing and battle off Lake Michigan in nearby St. Joseph. Paratrooper from C47 and battle for the airport. Vietnam style Huey rescue. Weekend long event. Official fly-in Sunday morning. Young Eagle rides. Food available all weekend. Contact: Lee Sherwitz 269 927-3194 Ext. 11

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 - NILES, MI - EAA 865 / Team MiniMax Fly-In Breakfast Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport (3TR)

EAA 865 / Team MiniMax Fly-In Breakfast. Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport, NILES, MI, USA. 28th Annual Fly-In Breakfast. Sunday, June 22. 7am till Noon. Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport 3TR, Niles MI. In Our Hangar, East End Of The Airport Grounds On Lake St. Fly-in/Drive-in, Free Parking, Door Prizes,Team MiniMax Factory open house..All You Can Eat Pancakes, Sausage, or Biscuits and Gravy, Real Orange Juice, Regular and Deacafe Coffee. Door Prizes. Contact: Ralph Ballard 2696840972.

Monday, May 5, 2014

EZ-Flap Handle for the Skyhawk


I just want to give you a little insight into my first experience using the new flap handle. 

First!!! absolutely sit in the plane and get comfortable with the handle. Sit in the plane like you would if you were flying it, and extend and retract the flaps. I think you will find that it is very comfortable using the handle for 10 and 20 degree's. For those of us with a longer reach, you may find it easier to place you hand on the old flap handle for 30 and 40 degrees of flaps. 

Second: I would do a little slow flight and practice extending the flaps using the new flap handle BEFORE you get in the pattern!!!! Remember, when you are sitting on the ground lowering the flaps, you will not have any wind resistance against the flaps so they will be very easy to extend.

I on my first landing attempt, the first notch of flaps was easy and the handle allowed me to stay seated normally (No more leaning forward or having lose straps). However, I found that I was not releasing the button for the 2nd and 3rd notch of flaps because I was applying more gripping force (due to wind force on the flaps) and pulling on the handle in the same direction as I was squeezing the button (you will see what I mean when you use it in flight) - this caused me to hunt for the 2nd and 3rd degree of flaps. Also, you will most likely find that you will need to use the old flap handle if you need that last notch of flaps (40 degrees).

Again, just take a little time to practice with the new handle and I think you find it really does make your workload easier. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call me.

Dave M.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Monday, May 27, 2013

GRA Flying Club's Second Pilot!!!!!


Congratulations to 19 year old Travis on passing his Private Pilot Check-ride Monday the 27th!!!!!! Way to go Travis! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

5th Annual Grassroots Fly-in/Camp-in !!!!!

5th Annual Grassroots Fly-in/Camp-in at Frankenmuth Wm. "Tiny" Zehnder Field, Saturday August 10th, 2013!

Grab your family and come early and watch the planes arrive or compete in any one of the fly-in events! Afterwords stick around for your chance to win one of the light-hearted awards or maybe go for an airplane ride! 

Camping is encouraged as there is a shower facility available onsite. Feel free to show up Friday and enjoy the day in beautiful Frankenmuth, Michigan's own little Bavaria (free shuttle into town). 

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions!

For airport information, visit our web page;

See you in August 10th! 

P.S. If you would like to Volunteer, please let me know! It would be much appreciated!!!