Activities

Activities, Events, & Meetings

Activities

To the left, you'll see our official activities calendar.  Use this to get an idea of what's going on at the airport, click on the links in the calendar for more info.  Being a shareholder, airport user, or even a pilot is NOT required.  If you have an interest in aviation and want to join us, feel free to attend!

Below you'll find more information about what makes our airport such a great one!

Brighton Airport Annual Fly-in/Cruise-in :  Saturday August 10th, 2024

Annually, on the second Saturday of August, the BAA hosts a Fly-In/Cruise-In.  General aviation pilots and enthusiasts are invited to attend.  Also included is a low key car show where anyone is invited to bring their classic / custom car to show off.

.Lunch will be available for those that attend.  This year's lunch items include hamburgers, pulled pork, hot dogs, all the fixings, and cold beverages.  Donations are appreciated.

This past  year we chose not to have our normal Saturday Breakfast so that we could set up for the Fly-In. However, that may not be the case for this coming event. Please check back regularly to see the details for the Cruise-In in  2024. In the meantime, here are a number of pictures from the event in 2022:

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA2WUv 

Fly-In/Camp-In : Saturday, 21 Sept - Sunday 22 Sep 2024

Our Fourth Fly-In/Camp-In was a big hit! The new flying competitions were well received with really tough competition for both the spot landing and flour bombing events. The award ceremony just before dinner had some welcome surprises and the winners definitely deserved their awards. Check below for a few pictures of this years events.  If you want a really good feeling for the atmosphere of the event, check out the YouTube video below the pictures. 

The Brighton Airport Association will present our Fifth Annual Fly-In/Camp-In for 2024. It will start on Saturday, 21 Sept and end on Sunday, 22 Sept 2024. We hope to follow up the 2023 event with something similar to include the flying competitions that were so well received. We don't have the full schedule yet so please check here for updates as we figure things out. 2024 will included the afore mentioned flying events,  camping, food (dinner and breakfast available for a donation), a camp fire, and an atmosphere suitable for all ages.  We hope to make 2024 as great as this year so stay tuned. Until then, here is what we know about the schedule. 

Schedule:

Saturday 21 Sept 2024 

1200 - Event starts.

1330-1800 - Flying Competitions

1800 - Dinner and Award Ceremonies

1900-2230? - after diner event?

1900 -  Bonfire, and the telling of tall tales

Sunday 22 Sept 2024

0800Breakfast

1200 - Event closes. "You don't have to go home but you can't stay here."

For those of you who are concerned about facilities, we have two indoor bathrooms.  We do not have a shower so you will have to rough it for one night. There will be a registration tent to give you the general agenda and layout so please visit it when you arrive. Please register or ask questions at the following:   CampAt45G@gmail.com    You can also follow the us on our MeWe Group.  Search for Brighton Airport 45G.

P.S. Make sure to bring your own tie downs and a chair.

EAA Chapter 384 and Young Eagles

Based on the north end of the field in their own hangar, Chapter 384 is a part of the international organization known as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).  The EAA was founded to help people get into aviation more inexpensively. Whether it is building your own airplane or restoring one, there is most likely a chapter near you that can help. Chapter 384 has 30 members (and growing!) with a current project of restoring a Stinson 10A Voyager.  This airplane is a certified warbird that was used off the east coast during World War II...patrolling for German U-boats!  Chapter meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month at the Brighton Airport clubhouse. You can find more information by going to our Chapter web site at https://chapters.eaa.org/eaa384 .

Interested?  Contact chapter President Dave Yegge at info@eaa384.org .

Previous projects include the Brighton Build-A-Plane project encouraging high school students to learn a skill, pursue a career in aviation, and help build a Van's RV-12.  Here you can find the plane's build log.  And here is a newspaper story about their efforts! 

Since 1992, EAA Young Eagles has provided free introductory flights to youth ages 8 to 17.  To date, more than 2 million young people have discovered the magic of flight. Chapter 384 hosts Young Eagles flying events a few times a year.  CHANGE Our last event for this calendar year is being postponed from from 14 Oct to 21 Oct 2023 due to forecast heavy rain and winds being out of limits for a good first ride. END CHANGE  If you can't make one of our scheduled events, give one of our coordinators a call and we can arrange for an individual flight. 

Our pilots go through a vetting process to make sure that they and their airplanes are safe. We are also required to go through safety training put forth by the EAA at the national level to ensure that all participants are safe and have an enjoyable time. Interested in a free flight? Go to our chapter website https://chapters.eaa.org/eaa384/young-eagles and contact one of our Young Eagles Coordinators.

The current planning dates for next year are as follows: 13 April 2024, 8 Jun 2024, and 7 Septmeber 2024.  Keep watching this space and we will keep you updated on the actual dates of the events.

Monday Night Pilot Proficiency Meetings

You should never stop learning!  On most Monday evenings the BAA hosts a pilot proficiency meeting.  These generally include topics pertinent to the season of flying, safety related discussions, presentations, webinars, and a little hangar flying.  During certain periods of the year, we have a ground instructor host test prep for either Private, Instrument or Commercial pilot FAA knowledge tests.

Afterwards, some of us head to the local watering hole and tell stories.

Learn to fly! Brighton Flying Club

Based on the airport, Brighton Flying Club was formed as a low cost way to promote aviation at the beginner through advanced level, using both simulators and primary training programs.  The club currently owns a 1965 Cessna 150E and 1697 PA-28-140 Piper Cherokee.  Work on your private in the 150 and utilize the Cherokee for IFR GPS approaches, the best of both worlds!  Questions can be directed to brightonflyingclub@gmail.com 

The World Famous Brighton Air Force

Alright, maybe only famous in our own minds, but there is a very active group of flyers who never miss the opportunity to do $100 hamburger runs, adventures, excursions, and never turn down an opportunity to "go burn holes in the sky."  For more information, happenings, and fly-out events, join our MeWe Group - Brighton Airport 45G or our  Facebook Group - Brighton Air Force

Some places we like to fly to

As told by some of our members!

Flying to Brighton?  Fun activities for you and the family

Brighton, Michigan is the place we call home and we think you might like it too!  Annually events in town include the Smokin' Jazz and Barbeque Blues Festival, car shows, and activities at the Downtown Ampitheater.

We are conveniently located 30min north of Ann Arbor and Michigan's Big House and 45min east of East Lansing and Michigan State's Spartan Stadium.

If you plan on traveling or are considering moving to Brighton, here's some resources that may enhance your time here while visiting and others that will make you want to stay forever.

Mt. Brighton

Brewery Becker     Eternity Brewing     Block Brewing     Champs Pub     Tee Bone'z     Brighton Coffee House & Theater

Single Barrel Social     Sushi Zen     The Wooden Spoon     Bourbons     El Arbol Taqueria

Brighton Chamber of Commerce

Member Projects