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Couple Weds Below Fisk Arrival Route

Ben Krotje and Katie Bosman were married by a grass airstrip near the Fisk arrival route, and then flew to Wittman Regional Airport for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

By Barbara A. Schmitz

July 22, 2015 - Pilots flying the Fisk arrival must have done a double take on Saturday as they looked down to see a bride and groom walk out of the church by the Munsil Williams airstrip and climb into a plane.

The newly married couple, Ben and Katie Bosman Krotje, next flew to Wittman Regional Airport where they landed, still in wedding attire, and then helped push the Jabiru J230D through Boeing Plaza to its exhibit location.

Katie is a CFII and technical writer and Ben a service manager for Jabiru USA, based in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Both are Wisconsin natives and longtime EAA AirVenture attendees and members.

Besides working together, the husband and wife pilots are also building and restoring a Panther and RV-3, respectively.

They dated for 6-1/2 years, and once engaged in February, started planning their wedding.

“We wanted an aviation element because it’s our life,” Katie says. Once they decided to get married in Wisconsin, they started making calls. Wendt’s on the Lake said it could accommodate a wedding reception on July 18. They rented two houses so visiting family would have a place to stay.

But finding a location for their wedding had them stumped. Then they remembered the Munsil Williams airstrip.

“I remembered it from my flying days there,” Katie says. They also remembered a church was by the field. They called the church, the field, and air traffic control, and got the okay from all.

Katie flew the Jabiru J230D up to Oshkosh the week before, where Ben later met her. On their wedding day, Ben flew the plane with his best man to the field, while Katie drove with her sister and brother-in-law.

After the brief ceremony, they walked outdoors to the buzz of planes flying overhead. After taking photos and visiting with family, they got in the plane and took off for Oshkosh, later meeting family and friends for the reception.

So far, their married life has been spent working the Jabiru booth. But they hope to take an official honeymoon later. “We’re talking about going to the Reno Air Races,” Katie said, “or maybe just saving the money and spending it on our airplanes instead.”

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