Keeping the Dream Alive

October 22-24, 2015

Casa Grande Airport, Casa Grande, AZ


2013-hit-01CASA GRANDE, ARIZ. (Nov. 20, 2013) — More than 500 aircraft and 6,100 attendees from 12 countries and 37 U.S. states converged on the 41st-annual COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (Casa Grande, Ariz.) a few weeks ago. This attendance figure tops the 2012 number by more than 600.

This year’s fly-in took place Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 through Sat., Oct. 26, 2013. Notably, it was the first year in which Casa Grande Municipal — site of the fly-in — has operated as a non-towered airport.



All board directors and chairmen are pleased by how smoothly the event functioned in a non-towered environment. “I monitor the aviation forums, and I can’t find any complaints,” says Denny Cunningham, Air Operations Chairman.

Additionally, a total of 929 people attended COPPERSTATE’s forums — the highest attendance level in five years. Seventy-three kids participated in the wing rib-building workshop (up from 48 in 2012), and 95 people attended the aircraft judging awards banquet on Saturday night.


Photo courtesy of Dennis Crowley

This year, 329 volunteers were on hand — an increase of about 100 people compared to the 2012 fly-in. “I very pleased with the volunteer turnout this year,” says COPPERSTATE Fly-In President Stephen Bass. “From what I understand, there was no job that was lacking for a volunteer during the fly-in. 2013-hit-03Next year, however, we’ll need a few more hands during set-up and teardown.”

Sixty-one exhibitors (an increase from last year’s event) — including a handful of food vendors — were also onsite for all three days of the fly-in. “On Saturday afternoon, I had a chance to get around and speak with some of our exhibitors, and they were extremely pleased with this year's COPPERSTATE,” Bass says. “They especially appreciated the sack lunches given out on Friday and Saturday of the event.”

Photo by Bill Kiviat

A Diverse Mix of Aircraft

Since 1971, the COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo has been a great place to see a diverse blend of aircraft in action, attend informative workshops and check out the latest, greatest aviation products. This year’s event was no exception.


This year’s award-winning aircraft are:


Grand Champion (shown, above):

N356AZ  Just Aircraft Escapade                        

Dennis and Barb Crowley (Tucson, AZ)


Reserve Grand Champion:

N568RV  Vans RV-8                                                             

Barry Neumayer and William Cheesman (Redlands, CA)

Custom-Built Metal:


1st Place — N568RV           

Vans RV-8                                                             

Barry Neumayer and William Cheesman (Redlands, CA)


2nd Place — N600RP         

Vans RV-7A                                          

Richard Petty (Gold Canyon, AZ)


3rd Place — N77RM           

Harmon Rocket II                                

Ryan Bendure (Brighton, CO)


Custom-Built — Best Tube and Fabric:


Just Aircraft Escapade                        

Dennis and Barb Crowley (Tucson, AZ)


Custom-Built Composite:

1st Place — N843P             

Arion Lightning                                    

Stan Peternel (Solvang, CA)


2nd Place — N867TC          

Giles 202                                                              

Taylor Callen (Milliken, CO)


3rd Place — N26KF             

Lancair 360                                                          

Jake Wolfe (Sonoita, AZ)


Custom-Built Best Replica:


Pike 1929XF Ghost                             

Larry Dustman (Chandler, AZ)


Custom-Built — Best Rotorcraft:


Rotorway Intl Exec 162F                    

Mike Doles (Phoenix)



1st Place — NC94196         

1946 Ercoupe 415-D                          

Sydney Cohen (Wausau, WI)


2nd Place — N1126D         

1951 Cessna 140A                                              

Carl Bradenburg, Jr. (Goodyear, AZ)



1st Place — N542T              

1961 Beechcraft N35 Bonanza         

J. Michael Dudley (San Manuel, AZ)


2nd Place — N712L            

1956 Piper PA-18-150                       

Allan Otto (Mesa, AZ)



1st Place — N17154           

1941 Stinson SR-9B                            

John and Teri Nance (San Diego, CA)


2nd Place — N9599H         

1943 Howard DGA-15P                     

Jeffrey Pino (Easton, CT)



1st Place — N818PJ            

1978 Yakovlev Yak-18T                      

Patrick Ashura (Elbert, CO)


2nd Place —N391ZA          

1981 Aero Vodochovy L-39ZA         

Arnie Evdokimo (Chandler, AZ)


Best Cessna Showplane:

Sponsored by Cessna Flyer Magazine


1951 Cessna 140A                                              

Carl Bradenburg (Goodyear, AZ)


Best Piper Showplane:

Sponsored by Piper Flyer Magazine


1956 Piper PA-18-150                       

Allan Otto (Mesa, AZ)


People’s Choice:


1943 Howard DGA-15P                     

Jeffrey Pino (Easton, CT)

 For day-by-day event highlights, lots of photos and a list of the 2013 aircraft judging awards recipients, please visit the COPPERSTATE Fly-In website and Facebook page.

The COPPERSTATE Board of Directors will meet on Sat., Jan. 11, 2013 at the Chandler Municipal Airport in Chandler, Ariz. to begin planning the 2014 fly-in.


Since its first event in 1972, the COPPERSTATE Fly-In has been bringing together aviation enthusiasts in the southwest United   States.

COPPERSTATE Fly-In, Inc. is a totally volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) 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.

COPPERSTATE is the largest Fly-In of its type in the western United States and the fourth largest Fly-In in the United States. It is held at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ) in Casa Grande, AZ. Casa Grande is located approximately halfway between Phoenix and Tucson.

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