Welcome to The 414 Flyer!

This newsletter is your source for the latest in General Aviation news, happenings, events, and more in the Milwaukee area. Written by your friends at Milwaukee County's Mitchell and Timmerman Airports, we're here to keep you updated on the latest info within the Milwaukee aviation community. Whether you're a pilot, learning to fly, or just love planes, this newsletter is for you.

6th Annual Timmerman Airport Flour Drop Contest

Join us Saturday, June 3 at 10:00AM

Whether you're a pilot looking for some fun competition or just enjoy being around airplanes, this event is for you!

The 6th Annual Flour Drop Contest at Timmerman Airport is Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 AM. The event is completely free, and lunch will be provided! Pilot and passenger teams will compete by flying over the airfield and dropping a bag of flour over a designated target. A $200 grand prize gift card will be awarded to the team whose flour lands closest to the bullseye. Participants can register onsite and must attend the mandatory safety briefing at 10:00AM. If VFR conditions are not present, the event will be rescheduled to June 10.

Come join in the competition or cheer on your favorite pilot + passenger duo!

Event Info

Notice: Construction underway at TImmerman Airport

Multiple closures in effect into mid-June

Construction is currently underway at Timmerman involving pavement replacement and concrete work along the northeastern-most perimeter road and the east ramp by the control tower. Work has already begun and is expected to be complete by June 28, 2023, or sooner. During this timeframe, users of Timmerman Airport should anticipate construction daily, between the hours of 7:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.

During this project, multiple closures may occur. Please note the following impacts to airport operations:

  • Taxiway D - Currently closed from the North End of the Tower Ramp and Taxiway C for sign installation. Once sign maintenance is complete, daytime closures may occur while perimeter road construction is underway. The taxiway will remain open in the evenings and weekends following construction hours.
  • Runway 4R-22L (grass) - Currently closed until mid-June.
  • Runway 4L-22R (pavement) - Currently closed for sign installation. Once sign maintenance is complete, daytime closures may occur and the runway will remain open in the evenings and weekends following construction hours.
  • Tower Ramp - Anticipated to close for several days in early-June.

Additional construction will be ongoing at the north end of the airport campus near the maintenance building and Civil Air Patrol. Construction in these locations should not have any impact on pilots flying in or out of Timmerman.

While construction is underway, please follow ATC instructions and use caution while navigating the airfield.


New full-service FBO begins operations at MKE

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) recently welcomed Jet IN as its newest FBO. The first purpose-built, general and business aviation facility at MKE in more than three decades, Jet IN’s FBO complex features a 10,000 square foot passenger terminal, a 40,000 square foot aircraft hangar, a 10,000 square foot aircraft maintenance facility, and more than three acres of dedicated ramp space.

"Jet IN brings a new level of service to Milwaukee's business and general aviation community and will offer a wide variety of capabilities to the entire airport community," says Chief Executive Officer Joseph Crivello. "The completion of the Jet IN facility also represents a significant capital investment made in support of our affiliated Jet OUT aircraft charter and co-ownership programs. Now, from the moment that our co-owner and charter clients park their car through the moment that they return home, we can provide the best possible experience to our customers."

"We're happy to welcome Jet IN as the newest FBO at MKE. It's exciting that the Airport has attracted a new local business to create jobs and new economic development opportunities," said Airport Director Brian Dranzik. "This state-of-the-art facility brings a new general aviation option to Milwaukee and will provide a first-class experience for visitors to our community."

Jet IN services include:

  • Full-service Jet-A and Avgas
  • Type I & IV De-icing
  • Catering
  • Lavatory Service
  • GPU
  • Potable Water Service
  • Quick Turns

The new facility is open 365 days a year and offers a variety of amenities for users including an exclusive Sky Lounge with a balcony overlooking MKE’s second longest runway, an exercise facility equipped with lockers and a shower, a spacious pilot lounge with snooze rooms, Tesla courtesy cars, and more.


Revisiting the world-renowned fly-in’s Milwaukee roots

70 years ago, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) began when three dozen Milwaukee-area aviation enthusiasts came together to establish what would later become a worldwide organization with more than 270,000 members and 900 local chapters. Led by former military aviator Paul Poberezny, the aviation club officially formed in 1953, and later in September that same year, the first EAA fly-in gathering formed the foundation for EAA AirVenture as we know it today.

That very first fly-in was held at Curtiss-Wright Field (now Timmerman Airport), right here in Milwaukee. Fewer than 150 people registered as visitors, coming in mostly homebuilt and modified aircraft. From 1953 to 1958, the fly-in gathering continued in Milwaukee, but quickly began to outgrow its airport space. In 1959, Curtiss-Wright Field was renamed Timmerman Field after former Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Lawrence J. Timmerman, while the EAA fly-in moved to Rockford Municipal Airport in Illinois, where it would stay for the following decade.

In 1970, the fly-in convention made its final move back to Wisconsin at Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport, where it has remained ever since. In 1998, the occasion would take on the name we know it by today: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

In the last 70 years, what started as a small gathering of Milwaukee aviators has transformed into the world’s greatest aviation celebration. Enthusiasts from across the globe come together to see the latest aircraft and innovations, view spectacular air shows, meet top aviators, and join part in a global community of enthusiasts that share a love of flying. This year, we celebrate 70 years of this grand aviation tradition that was born right here in Milwaukee.

Featured Photos

Calling all plane spotters and aviation photographers! Send your photos to social@mitchellairport.com for a chance to be featured in our next newsletter.

Planes fill the ramp at Timmerman Airport

KC-130J Hercules at MKE

📷: Luis D. (@MKE_Mitchell_Aviation)

Southwest's Maryland One livery touches down at MKE

📷: Lucas (@parkview_spotter)