Whether you hold a pilot’s license, are dreaming of beginning your
flight training, or, if you just love to take in the sights and sounds from the
ground, Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field is home to several groups and
associations filled with people who love aviation. The following groups
available in our area include:
Wisconsin Fox River Flyers:
Wisconsin Fox River Flyers (WFRF) is a non-profit/non-stock KUES-based
Wisconsin corporation that provides its members with social and educational
aspects for aircraft usage, along with the lowest cost of flight possible. Your
purchase of a membership, gives you the ability to fly one of the group’s three
airplanes: a 1974 Piper Arrow, a 1976 PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer and a 1977
Cessna 172N Superhawk.
Formed in 1931, the Waukesha Aviation Club (WAC) is one of the oldest
organizations in the State of Wisconsin in continuous service to aviation. The
Club founded the Warren S. O'Brien/Crites Field Museum, filled with information
about the Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field and aviation in Wisconsin. The
Club meets monthly for a Coffee Talk in the Airport Terminal, where members
share stories of their flying adventures and current events in aviation.
Members are also very active in volunteer efforts to support the Wings Over
Waukesha air show and other important events. For more information, visit the
Waukesha Aviation Club on Facebook or contact Dennis
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a non-profit organization with more than
61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. The official
auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, the CAP performs 90% of continental U.S.
inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue
Coordination Center, and is credited with saving an average of 80 lives
annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and
drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.
CAP members serve three main purposes: emergency services, aerospace education,
and the CAP Cadet Program.
The Wisconsin Wing of the CAP has 35 units and 1,000 members, including
a Waukesha Wing that actively participates in search and rescue missions with
local Emergency Services, as well as the CAP Cadet Program and aerospace
education. Visit the Wisconsin Wing website and Facebook page for more
information. New members and cadets are always welcome!
Air Force - Wisconsin Wing:
Based at the Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field, the Wisconsin Wing of
the Commemorative Air Force is part of a national organization that celebrates
the sacrifice of all military aviators from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf
Wars through the restoration of over 156 military aircraft flying in 70 Wings
across the United States. This "flying museum" of the CAF strives to
keep alive the memory of these aviators for future generations. The Wisconsin
Wing flies a 1943 SNJ-5/AT-6 North American advanced trainer with Navy markings
and a 1943 Fairchild PT-26 Cornell Primary WWII Trainer. Members enjoy monthly
meetings, fly-ins and other events throughout Southeastern Wisconsin during
flying season. The Wing hosts regular social events, including a spring
banquet, an annual holiday party and regular hangar cookouts for members. For
more information, visit the CAF Wisconsin Wing website and Facebook pages. For more information on the National CAF organization, click here.
Additionally, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), based in
nearby Oshkosh, WI, is a gateway to several aviation special interest
communities, of which many of our tenants are active members. Visit the EAA website for more information, or select the
specific links below:
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