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.

MKE's Northeast Corner Hangar redevelopment plan

An update on the future of MKE's northeast corner

MKE is embarking on a long-term redevelopment to increase business-related General Aviation activity at the East Layton Avenue ramp area located near Highway 794. Consistent with the MKE Master Plan Update adopted in 2022, the development will result in more aircraft based at MKE, helping business aviation flourish in ways that haven’t been possible before.

MKE is a medium-hub commercial service airport, as designated by the FAA, and this kind of land is not typically available for General Aviation development at airports this size. Located just an eight-minute drive on 794 from downtown Milwaukee, the northeast ramp gets travelers on their airplanes as quickly as possible. Business travelers can fly to any airport in North America, meet with business partners or do a site visit, and return to Milwaukee in time for dinner.

As current leases expire, antiquated facilities are being vacated and removed. New hangars that are more compatible with modern general aviation will be constructed. The Airport is allowing existing tenants to remain on a month-to-month basis until new construction begins, at which time such tenants may become part of the redevelopment.

The next step involves designing a sitewide vision that maximizes this property in the best manner, while ensuring compatibility with the rest of the Airport. The development plan will have new hangar design and development standards that will encourage, promote, and ensure high quality General Aviation facilities fostering continued safe and efficient airport operations.

MKE continues to promote and elevate General Aviation so that it will thrive with the thoughtful development of a new general and business aviation gateway into the greater Milwaukee area.


Earn awards for visiting WI airports and aviation attractions

Want to get awarded for flying around Wisconsin? Visit airports and aviation attractions throughout the state with the Fly Wisconsin Airport Passport Program. Reach bronze, silver, or gold status as you visit more places and earn prize rewards for each level!

Whether you are looking to build up your experience and flight hours or are just looking for fun new places to land, this program makes flying in Wisconsin even better. Any licensed pilot from any state and their passenger(s) are eligible to participate.

Here's how to join:

  1. Register for the program using the link below or fill out a registration card at any participating Wisconsin airport.
  2. You'll be sent a physical passport to collect stamps at airports, aviation attractions, and annual FAA safety seminars.
  3. When you've collected enough stamps, submit your passport via mail.
  4. Get rewarded!

Visit the link below for more information. View the list of participating airports, review participation rules, and register today.


New procedures published by FAA for PWK

The FAA has issued an alert to use caution when transiting the Lake Michigan shoreline beneath Chicago’s Class B airspace. New arrival procedures are in place at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK), and pilots need to use caution at or below 2500 feet MSL on the PWK RNAV (GPS) Runway 30 approach.

The FAA has published updated VFR and IFR charts for PWK here:

Our Featured fun place to fly: Sam's Airport Diner

From landing to lunch in minutes

Located at Tri-County Regional Airport (LNR) in Lone Rock, Sam's Airport Diner is the perfect spot for a bite to eat just off the airfield. Established in 2021, this charming hole in the wall is the perfect stop for a delicious breakfast or lunch. The joint is named after the owner's dad, Sam, who had a love for flying and a love for stopping at "Dive Diners."

Sam's Airport Diner is open daily from 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Updates to hours and specialty menu offerings are regularly shared on the restaurant's Facebook page at the link below.

About LNR:

Tri-County Regional Airport (LNR) offers self serve Jet-A and 100LL, 24-hour access to an airport lounge, washrooms and meteorlogix weather briefing. Tie down, hangar rental, and private hangar spaces are available. Contact the airport at (608) 583-2600 for more information.

FLour Drop: June 8

Mark you calendars

Get ready to test your aim at the 7th Annual Timmerman Airport Flour Drop Contest! Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 AM.

Pilot and passenger duos will compete to see who can drop a bag of flour closest to a bullseye on the airfield. Registration is free, lunch is provided, and our top three winners receive a prize. You don't want to miss it!

More information is coming soon. Keep an eye out for an event page from Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport on Facebook.

Spot landing: September 14

Coming this fall

Timmerman Airport's Spot Landing contest is back this fall! Save the date: Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 AM. 

Ready to practice your precision landing? Pilots will compete to see who can land closest to a line marked on the runway. There's no registration fee, free lunch for all attendees, and a $200 grand prize!

More information is coming soon. Keep an eye out for an event page from Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport on Facebook.