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October 28 & 29, 2016

8:00am – 5:00pm

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

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

4800 E Falcon Dr, Mesa, AZ 85215


Latitude: N33 27.65′

Longitude: W111 43.70′

ATIS: 118.25   480-641-9378

Unicom: 122.95

CTAF: 124.60

Phoenix APP/DEP: 119.2


News & Notes

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COPPERSTATE Fly-In is Moving!

January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

COPPERSTATE Fly-In, Inc., which hosts the third-largest aircraft fly-in in the U.S., has announced that it will hold its next event at the Mesa, AZ Falcon Field (FFZ) Airport on Friday & Saturday, October 28-29, 2016.

The event, which is open to the general public, attracts recreational & general aviation enthusiasts from across the southwest United States. In 2015, approximately 500 aircraft were on display from 20 states, including ultralights, gyrocopters, home-built aircraft, antiques and warbirds. In addition to aircraft displays, the Copperstate Fly-In features aircraft awards, aviation business information booths, educational workshops for pilots, and youth activities. A portion of event proceeds fund scholarships for youth aviation programs.

“The COPPERSTATE Fly-In is a wonderful addition to the City of Mesa and Falcon Field!” District 5 City Councilmember David Luna said. “This is a mutually beneficial partnership that will help increase regional and national awareness about what Falcon Field has to offer while helping the Copperstate Fly-in expand its offerings to pilots and aviation enthusiasts.”
“We at Falcon Field look forward to hosting this fly-in that is so popular with pilots and the general public,” Corinne Nystrom, Airport Director said. “Our facilities are a perfect fit for Copperstate’s activities and because of the wide variety of aviation services the airport offers. This event has something for everyone, whether you are a pilot, a fan of aviation, or a family planning a weekend outing!”

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2015 Fly-In Is Over!

October 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Thanks to the pilots who made COPPERSTATE 2015 successful.

The 2015 turnout was tremendous. Possibly as many as 450-500 aircraft actually attended the event. We saw ultralights, gyrocopters, home-builts, antiques and warbirds galore. Whether fast –like the L-39– or slow – like the ubiquitous Piper J-3 there was an aircraft that supported every fantasy. Did you see the full-size FW-190 or the Supermarine Spitfire or the North American P-51D? They were there and itwas a unique chance to see these iconic aircraft up close.

Another way to review the aircraft that were there would be to check out the awards that were presented at the event. The Custom/Home Built Grand Champion Van’s RV-10 was beyond spectacular. Likewise the 1937 Waco which garnered the Restoration Grand Champion Trophy was ‘off the charts’ with attention to detail.

It is interesting to note that aircraft from 20 states were registered. Among those not registered was a Long EZ especially outfitted to tour the world. That aircraft was registered in Great Britain and the Awards Banquet attendees were rewarded with a short description of one leg of the flight (Iceland to Greenland as I recall). Some fun!  This year the majority of the registered aircraft were from Arizona, of course. Arizona was followed by great representations from New Mexico and California. The only ‘corner state’ missing from the registrants was Washington. Florida, California and Maine did register.

Registering your aircraft at the event is very important as it helps the aviation suppliers recognize who they are exposing their products to. These suppliers and manufacturers are at COPPERSTATE to support you and your aircraft. COPPERSTATE is unique in its ability to attract great representations from the commercial side of general aviation.

Thank you again for attending.

2015 COPPERSTATE Award Winners

View Full Awards List Here

Grand Champion Custom Built
N104AZ Vans RV-10 Rodney Jarrell
Phoenix, AZ
Reserve Grand Champion Custom Built
N615SV Vans RV-7 Stephen Olejnik
San Diego, CA
Grand Champion Restoration
N17734 1937 Waco YKS-7 William Wold
Casa Grande, AZ
Waco YKS-7 Bill Wold-3
Reserve Grand Champion Restoration
N78103 1946 Globe Swift GC-1B Karl Johanson
Sand Diego, CA
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View Full Awards List Here


Since its first event in 1973, COPPERSTATE Fly-In has been bringing together aviation enthusiasts in the southwest United States. COPPERSTATE Fly-In, Inc. is a volunteer run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting recreational and general aviation through events, scholarships, and public education. Proceeds from the COPPERSTATE Fly-In help support scholarship programs for youth seeking careers in the aerospace industry.

The COPPERSTATE Fly-In is under the sole ownership, control, and operation of COPPERSTATE Fly-In, Inc. and not the Experimental Aircraft Association Inc. (EAA). COPPERSTATE is the largest Fly-In of its type in the western United States and the fourth largest Fly-In in the United States.

2015 COPPERSTATE Exhibitors

Aerotonics Inc. – Experimental Plug-N-Play Instrument Panel

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty

The Airplane Factory

Air Creation Aircraft

Air Paramo

Airport Properties


Arizona Pilots Assoc.

ASU Student Aircraft Builders

Aviation Creations – Aviation Creations specializes in Assisted Do it Yourself interiors, we do seating, side panels headliners, seat belts, carpeting, Custom leather interiors. Just google Cessna or Piper leather interiors and we come up #1!

Aviation Hotline

B & B Aircraft Supply

Canyon State Aero – Helicopter Flight Training

Lorrie Carter State Farm

CE Companies

Cessna/Piper Association

City of Casa Grande

Cold Stone Creamery – Terrific Ice Cream

Contact! Magazine

Continental Motors – Continental Motors mission is to provide advanced gasoline and Jet-A piston engine products, spare parts, engine and aircraft services, avionics equipment and repairs as well as pilot training for the general aviation marketplace. | (251) 436-8622

bydanjohnson.comDan Johnson

Data Processing

DTC Duats

Dynon Avionics

National EAA from Oshkosh

EJ Air Certification, FAA DAR – Mesa, AZ

Evolution Aircraft

FAA Safety Team

Garmin Avionics

Guardian Avionics – Manufactures avionics hardware for General Aviation aircraft. Our product include Carbon Monoxide Detectors, MFD display hardware, MFD IPAD air, IPAD Mini and iPhone 6 panel mounts. – (520) 889-1177 | 1951 E. Airport Dr Tucson, AZ 85756

Haze Busters

Hi-Tech Foams

Honor Flight

IQ Massager

Kitfox Aircraft

Lab One, Inc. – Complete Oil & Fuel Testing

Liberty Mutual Insurance – 3530 S VAL VISTA DR.STE 111GILBERT, AZ 85297 | email | (480) 857-8662

Light Sport Aircraft Magazine

Lightning Aircraft West

My Arts in Arizona

Morefield Aviation

Ninety Nines

Northwing Aircraft


Pinal Lodge

Recreational Aviation Foundation

Silly Signs – Made-as-u-wait Business cards featuring your information and photo of your plane/car or other preferred photo, Custom automobile license frames legal in all states, and whimsical custom signs for indoor or outdoors. Usually available in less than half an hour. – MYSILLYSIGNS@GMAIL.COM

Sky Kids

Sonic Boom M-4 Flight Simulator

Steve’s Specialty Shirts, LLC – Aviation and military themed Hawaiian styled shirts and accessories. |  (928) 606-6707

Stewart Systems

Southern Arizona Flying Service, Inc.

southwestSportAircraftLogoSouthwest Sport Aircraft – Sport Aircraft Dealer

Sun Country Cubs

Super Petrel West, LLC. – Affordable sport plane for land and water.

Tee Shirts

Tenney Catering

Tosten Manufacturing – | (760) 803-6034

Trio Avionics

UL Power – | (573) 434-0075


Vans Aircraft

Young Eagles

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