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Learn Build Fly

Learn Build Fly

People building airplanes, teaching engineering practices, teaching people to build a flying plane.

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The pressure wave from the major volcanic explosion in the South Pacific near Tonga as detected at the weather station at Learn Build Fly.  ... See MoreSee Less

The pressure wave from the major volcanic explosion in the South Pacific near Tonga as detected at the weather station at Learn Build Fly. 
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Photos from Tuesday's Build night, what a great evening! Seeing a laser cut model we made last week assembled was really nice. We made a lot of stuff this week. See all the pictures for details and captions. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's TUESDAY! the best night of the week! Projects, project and S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning for everyone. Stop down and see what er are all about. 7:00 PM, Learn Build Fly Education Center, Wausau Downtown Airport. See you tonight! ... See MoreSee Less

Its TUESDAY! the best night of the week! Projects, project and S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning for everyone. Stop down and see what er are all about. 7:00 PM, Learn Build Fly Education Center, Wausau Downtown Airport. See you tonight!Image attachment
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History

The Baby Ace: Catalyst for Learn, Build, Fly:  In May 1955, a Corben Baby Ace graced the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine with a simple headline: “Build this plane for under $800 including engine!” The magazine introduced the first of a three-part article series written by EAA Founder Paul Poberezny that methodically stepped the reader through building and flying a homebuilt airplane.

A half-century later, at age 89, Paul decided that it was time to build another one, a flying example that would help tell the story of the airplane and its impact on EAA. He got started in early 2011, and before long, the Aeroplane Factory was humming with activity as supplies were gathered, tubing was measured and cut, and construction began.

In August of 2013, Paul Poberezny passed away.  It was the end of an era; however, it was not the end of the Baby Ace project. Everyone knew the Baby Ace deserved to be finished and flown to AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as a tribute to Paul.   

In November of 2013 the Baby Ace was acquired by EAA chapter 640 and moved from Oshkosh to Wausau, and the countdown to AirVenture began.  Hard work and dedication from Chapter 640 members, volunteers, and several high school students completed the second Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace making its first flight on July 19, 2014.  Nine days later it fulfilled its prophecy by flying the opening ceremony of AirVenture 2014.      

This event, in April of 2015, represents the catalyst that launched Learn Build Fly, a 501C3 non-profit organization, .  The next project was the melding of Steve Wittman’s Buttercup and Tailwind design into an aircraft we call the Wittman Legacy. 

In 2018, after extensive fund raising efforts, the Learn Build Fly Education Center Hangar was built at the Wausau Downtown Airport.  Seasoned contractors from various trades, along with many volunteers,  all pitched in to complete the project.  At this new facility work resumed on the Wittman Legacy build as participation and recognition grew.  Donations continued to funnel in and soon equipment needs were fulfilled including welders, a mill, a lathe, a CNC plasma table, computers, computer aided design software, 3D printers and additional wood working equipment.  With this new equipment came additional training needs.  Volunteers began stepping up providing the strength and leadership needed to ensure our success.    

From our humble beginnings as an idea (the Wittman Legacy) shared on the floor of the airport terminal to the successful culmination of Paul Poberezny’s Baby Ace opening Air Venture 2014, our goal has always been to help young people and adults realize their full potential by providing the tools and guidance to ensure success.  Passion and commitment play a huge role in igniting our vision, and with incredible community support Learn Build Fly’s mission continues to evolve.   

In 2022 we will add our second hangar facility.  This addition represents an expanded partnership with area businesses and school districts to promote science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing.  Through the commitment of its volunteers, community supporters, and passion for aviation, Learn Build Fly continues to strive to accomplish its mission.  To build a stronger community by helping people of all ages recognize their full potential.      

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Education

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YouTube Channel

Aviation 101 (Wausau Flying Service & Wausau Area Virtual Education)

Leadership

Board of Directors

Dave Conrad

President and Founder

Scott Feldbruegge

Secretary

Sr. Video Editor, Spectrum Communications

Wynn O (Casey) Jones II

Board Member

President & CEO, Wynn Jones and Associates

Amanda Brzezinski

Treasurer

Operations Manager, Wausau Flying Service

Jennifer Rauscher, Ph.D.

Vice President

Director of Secondary Education, Wausau School District

Kurt Mehre

Founder and Board Member

Bob Waldinger

Board Member

Wisconsin Public Service Corp – Retired

Youth Board of Directors

Katherine Rauscher

Youth Board President

Wausau East High School

Enjoys design, modeling, 3D printing, CNC programming.

Gus Steffen

Home Schooled

Winner 2021 Ray Scholarship, private pilot very soon. Enjoys woodworking, solid modeling, welding, flying.

Hadden Steffen

Home Schooled

Enjoys learning new things, flying, working with others.

Marli Novy

Student pilot at Wausau Downtown Airport.

Enjoys learning about airplanes from people who have been around them for all their lives.

Lidia Ruiz

Home Schooled

Enjoys sandblasting, flying, assisting in the woodworking area.

Isaac Jones

Home Schooled

Enjoys everything mechanical, leader in our gas engine workshops.

Eli Erickson

St. Peter Lutheran School

Enjoys welding, working on engines.

Calendar

January 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
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  • LBF Build Night
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  • Private Event (Clay)
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  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
  • EAA 640 Meeting
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  • LBF Build Night
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  • Wausau RC Sports Meeting
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  • Private Event (Clay)
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  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
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  • LBF Build Night
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  • Private Event (Clay)
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  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
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  • LBF Build Night
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  • Private Event (Clay)
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  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
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Contact Us

Support Us

You can help us grow our mission—promoting aviation, engineering, and STEM learning to youth and the greater community!

Share your time and talents as a volunteer

  • Attend a Build Night (Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., LBF Hangar)
  • Propose a workshop or class
  • Help with projects, facility upkeep, equipment maintenance, event staffing, and more
  • Contact Us to learn more

Donate items

  • Parts and materials, supplies, hand tools, and machinery all help us keep learning and creating.
  • See our “Wish List” below.
  • Contact Us to discuss items and to arrange pick up or drop off

Make a financial gift

  • Donate through credit card or PayPal
  • Bring cash donations or checks to any Tuesday Build Night, or mail checks made out to Learn Build Fly to—

Dave Conrad, President

1711 Kickbusch Street

Wausau, WI 54403

Scott Feldbruegge, Secretary

917 North 6th Avenue

Wausau, WI 54403

Contact Us to learn more

Wish List

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