On February 15, the main hangar of West Metro Aviation was filled with the aroma of hot chili as EAA Chapter 878 hosted their 3rd Annual Chili Feed Fly-In/Drive-In at the Buffalo (MN) airport. Mike Wiskus generously donated the use of his hangar, and the "Friends of the Buffalo Airport" (FOBA) and Steve Blyseth provided use of their tables and chairs. This event began three years ago as a social and fundraising event, giving pilots a destination to shake off the winter cold, plus to encourage local residents to get to know their airport and learn about aviation. Winter events are very susceptible to weather conditions, but this year we served over 120 people, and the ramp traffic saw around 20 aircraft movements. Proceeds from the day were dedicated to the chapter scholarship fund.
Fly-In Chairperson Laura Herrmann noted: "I was very pleased with both the fly-in and drive-in traffic. The beautiful weather along with tasty chili and cornbread was enjoyed by all. The good attendance allowed for a nice contribution to the Chapter Scholarship Fund." Last year the chapter provided three $1000 scholarships to students graduating from any Wright County high school and who planned to enroll in a post-secondary aviation related course of study. For more information about the Chapter 878 scholarship program, or to make a contribution, please contact any of the chapter leadership at: http://www.878.eaachapter.org/contact.htm.