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Flying-In

Due to FAA implementation of a user fee structure to fund air traffic control operations at Special Events, there will NOT be a temporary control tower in operation or any special arrival/departure procedures in use during the Fly-In. Pilots operating to, from, and in the vicinity of Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ) during this period should follow standard recommended practices for operations at non-towered airports.
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Activities

The COPPERSTATE Fly-In Exhibitors welcome you to this site. Your patronage at the event or anytime during the year is much appreciated. Your support of COPPERSTATE is important to us as we strive to serve you, our favored customer.

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Youth Aviators

Copperstate Fly-In fosters curiosity and helps to build a solid foundation in educating youths on aviation. We’re keeping the dream alive with various educational activities, a scholarship program, and providing educational links on our site.

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Admissions

October 22, 23 & 24

8:00am – 5:00pm

(Exhibit/Vendor area open 8:00am Thursday)

$25 All-Event
$15 per person Friday & Saturday
$13 Active Duty/Retired Military with ID
$5 per person Thursday
18 and under FREE

(VISA, Master Card, American Express and Discover accepted)

CTAF/UNICOM:122.7
WX/AWOS-3:132.175 (520)836-3392
VOR:TFD 114.80
APCH/DEP: ABQ ARTCC 125.4/269.3
Airport: (520)426-3616

source: Casa Grande Municipal Airport
ATTENTION:

PILOTS FLYING IN THE VICINITY OF CASA GRANDE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (CGZ)
DURING THE COPPERSTATE FLY-IN
The 43rd Annual COPPERSTATE Fly-In will be held at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ) from Thursday, October 22nd through Saturday, October 24th of this year.
COPPERSTATE is expected to generate an unusually high volume of VFR traffic in the vicinity of CGZ. Since this airspace is routinely subject to intensive student training activity, the amount of VFR traffic concentrated in a relatively small area will be extremely high; consequently, pilots are urged to exercise extreme caution when conducting operations in this area.

Due to FAA implementation of a user fee structure to fund air traffic control operations at Special Events, there will NOT be a temporary control tower in operation or any special arrival/departure procedures in effect during the Fly-In. Pilots operating to, from, and in the vicinity of Casa Grande Municipal Airport during this period should follow standard recommended practices for operations at non-towered airports, utilizing CTAF (122.7). Pilots should exercise extreme caution for heavy traffic in the area.

A Notice To Pilots, containing information about parking, fuel, and other topics of interest, may be read here: Notice to Pilots

What to Bring?

Plan for Comfort

The daytime weather at Copperstate can range from the cool upper 60’s and lower 70’s with wind and occasional rain to the upper 90’s and clear skies. It is important to dress accordingly and be prepared for any weather condition.

Sun-safe habits include wearing sunglasses that provide 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB protection, wearing a hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection for eyes, ears, face, and the back of the neck – areas particularly prone to sun exposure, and always applying a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF before going outside.

Bring plenty of water to keep hydrated. The desert sun and dry air accelerate dehydration.
Bring more than you think you will need as you can never have too much. Put sunscreen on before going out into the sun. Put sunscreen on balding areas as well as the part in your hair. Put sunscreen on your ears! Put sunscreen on your feet when wearing open shoes!
The best kind has sunscreen. Continually use high SPF lip balm on your lips, nose, and upper cheeks.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect from the direct rays of the sun on your head and your neck.
Wear sunglasses that provide 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB protection.
There will be miles of planes to see and vendors to visit. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and broken in to avoid blisters. You will be doing a lot of walking.
Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing to protect from the direct rays of the sun. Long sleeve shirts and comfortable long pants are the best.
Occasionally, it gets cold and even rains. Bring a sweatshirt or jacket to provide protection and warmth.
Although it may rain, an umbrella is great for creating your own portable shade and to stay out of the sun.
Fold-up canvas chairs are lightweight and super for tired feet after a long day of walking the flight line.
It can get pretty noisy along the flightline. Bring ear plugs to protect your hearing when the “big iron” taxies by.
Copperstate memories are best preserved on film, video tape, or flash memory. Don’t forget your camera! Don’t forget the film, video tape, or flash memory also. Always have extra.
Bring enough of all of the types of batteries for your cameras, radios, and other equipment. It may be tough to find a specialized camera battery should yours run down.
Phone companies are cutting back on portable payphone support at events due to the proliferation of cellular phones. Don’t forget your cellular phone – and the charger.
Like all events, things cost money. T-shirts, food, admission, and all of the great stuff at the fly market all cost money. Make sure you bring enough to cover your planned purchases and a little extra.
This could be your most important comfort item of them all. Make sure to have bandages, anti-bacterial ointment, and your preferred pain killer (aspirin, ibuprophen, acetaminophen, etc.). Don’t forget cold medicine, antihistamine, and other remedies for sickness or allergies. Most of all, don’t forget your prescription medicine.
Make sure to pack your prescription eye glasses and extra contact lenses. You don’t want to miss seeing any of the great airplanes!

What NOT to bring?

PETS

Running aircraft engines and moving airplanes are a hostile environment for animals, therefore… We DO NOT allow pets in the show area. Well behaved and quiet pets are welcome in the camping area as long as they are tethered or caged.

BICYCLES & SCOOTERS

The only personal assistive device specifically designed for the handicapped that is permitted on the aircraft ramp is a manually powered or electrically powered wheel chair. Specifically NOT permitted on the aircraft ramp, (this list is not exhaustive): roller skates, bicycles (portable or not), carts, scooters, golf carts, ATVs, or Segways (EPAMDs). They are permitted in the camping area.

Absolutely. There will be camping spaces available at the new location.
There are quite a few hotels in Casa Grande. Additionally, a number of large Native American casinos are nearby, each with large hotels on the casino property. There are many hotels on the far south side of Phoenix (about 25 miles from the airport) as well.
No. The hotels are a few miles from the airport. COPPERSTATE will provide shuttles to several of the hotels on our list, but we will not service all of the hotels.
Yes. We will have a rental car agency on site. We are currently working on the best rental car pricing.
COPPERSTATE will provide food vendors on site for the event and some vendors have even stayed open at night for our campers. Casa Grande has a number of great restaurants, and many of the nearby casinos have outstanding and inexpensive food. The far south side of Phoenix has a large number of restaurants along the freeway. The airport property itself does not have any food beyond the food court vendors.
Running aircraft engines and moving airplanes are a hostile environment for animals, therefore… We DO NOT allow pets in the show area. Well behaved and quiet pets are welcome in the camping area as long as they are tethered or caged.
Yes. However, the only personal assistive device specifically designed for the handicapped permitted on the aircraft ramp is a manually powered or electrically powered wheel chair. Specifically NOT permitted on the aircraft ramp, (this list is not exhaustive): roller skates, bicycles (portable or not), carts, scooters, golf carts, ATVs, or Segways (EPAMDs). They are permitted in the camping area.
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2015 Copperstate Fly-In Exhibitors

Aviation Creations – Custom Aircraft Upholstery

Canyon State Aero – Helicopter Flight Training

Cold Stone Creamery – Terrific Ice Cream

Lab One, Inc. – Complete Oil & Fuel Testing

Southwest Sport Aircraft – SportCruiser Aircraft Dealer

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