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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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3 days ago
Learn Build Fly

We had a very busy build night this past Tuesday with projects going in all areas of both hangars. We cleared hangar 2 in prep for the epoxy floor coating, and started tiling the bathroom and entry area.
We saw a lot of familiar faces with Wausau RC Sports club in attendance and welcomed some new folks from the community as well. See each photo caption for more.
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7 days ago
Learn Build Fly

Good progress was made painting in Hangar 2 this morning at the Think Tank. It was a cold morning but it was warm inside the hangars! Ground school and some intense Solid works projects were happening as well as welding instruction and some tours for visitors. We always welcome visitors and enjoy showing off what we do and all the ways to get involved. Come ready to work and learn this Tuesday!
Also, if you are interested in learning LED programing, Tom Wood and Youth Board member Lily are putting together a class so be sure to contact them for details or message us.
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1 week ago
Learn Build Fly

Last Tuesday was the first night with a sunset before 7:00PM.
This group quickly got together for a picture.
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Last Tuesday was the first night with a sunset before 7:00PM.This group quickly got together for a picture.
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Events

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.      

Our First Project….

Our First Project Flies….

Education

Beginning Excel with Tom Wood
Dates: Meets weekly Monday, February 28th – Monday, April 5th
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Learn, Build, Fly 620 Woods Pl, Wausau, WI 54403
Requirements: You will need a laptop with Excel already loaded.

Aviation 101
Wausau Flying Service & Wausau Area Virtual Education

YouTube Channel

Click the image to view our YouTube channel

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

Dan Rauscher

Treasurer

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

Marli Novy

Youth Board President

Student pilot at Wausau Downtown Airport.

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.

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

October 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
2
3
4
  • LBF Youth Board Meeting
  • LBF Build Night
5
6
7
  • Private Event (Clay)
8
  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
  • EAA 640 Meeting
9
10
11
  • LBF Build Night
12
13
  • Childrens Wisconsin Tour
  • Wausau RC Sports Meeting
14
  • Private Event (Clay)
15
  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
16
17
18
  • LBF Build Night
19
  • LBF Board Meeting
20
  • Plastic Model Club
21
  • Private Event (Clay)
22
  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
23
24
25
  • LBF Build Night
26
27
28
  • Private Event (Clay)
29
  • Saturday Morning Think Tank
30
31

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 here
  • 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

We are a non-profit 501 C3 organization.

Contact Us to learn more

Wish List

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