News & Notes
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!”
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
|Grand Champion Custom Built|
|N104AZ||Vans RV-10||Rodney Jarrell
|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
|Reserve Grand Champion Restoration|
|N78103||1946 Globe Swift GC-1B||Karl Johanson
Sand Diego, CA