By Noah Alatza
The Westfield Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will host its third annual pancake breakfast April 28.
Pancakes, sausage and a drink will be sold for $5 at the fundraiser, scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Westfield Airport, 18036 Dartown Rd.
The chapter has been active in Westfield since 1984 and has mostly included ultralight and lighter aircraft.
As the chapter’s president for the last 10 years, Mark Poliak said he wants the breakfast and chapter to continue to grow.
“We are looking for the community to join our local EAA chapter, and club information will be available as well as information on flying lessons and local instructions at the event,” he said.
The morning will conclude with planes flying in and out of neighboring airports. Some featured planes will be on static display at the airport.
“The planes will be coming and going and will be stored differently than the displays people are able to walk up to,” Poliak said. “We encourage children to talk to the pilots and sit in airplanes.”
A separate main EAA fundraising luncheon is held the third week of August.
“We have an Italian sausage lunch (in August) that has been extremely popular,” Poliak said. “Three years ago, we introduced the breakfast in the spring, and it’s been very popular with the locals that don’t necessarily fly. It gives an opportunity for non-pilots to know about our airport and flying lessons or just hang out with a bunch of pilots with antique and modern airplanes.”
Poliak said the event typically raises about $500.
“It is not a huge fundraiser, but we want to grow the breakfast,” he said.
Children under 7 are free. For more, visit indyflyers.org.