Keeping the Dream Alive

October 23 - 25 2014

KCGZ Casa Grande, AZ



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October 23 -25, 2014


The following information is provided as a courtesy to pilots, who are reminded that all operations are at the pilot’s own risk and discretion.



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. Information pertaining to such operations can be found in many FAA publications, including:

  • AC 90-66A, Recommended Standard Traffic Patterns And Practices For Aeronautical Operations At Airports Without Operating Control Towers
  • AC 90-42, Traffic Advisory Practices at Airports Without Operating Control Towers
  • AC 90-48, Pilot’s Role In Collision Avoidance
  • Airport /Facility Directory (AFD)
  • Airman’s Information Manual (AIM)


Due to the anticipated arrival of a number of former military aircraft, many being operated as formation flights, pilots should be especially aware of the provisions of AIM 5-4-27, “Overhead Approach Maneuver”.


Unicom/CTAF at CGZ is 122.7, and the AFD designates right traffic for runway 23 (standard left traffic is used for runway 5).



AWOS      (520-836-3392)




Flight Line Operations


Helicopter Operations






 Eloy Municipal Airport (E60), located 12 nautical miles southeast of CGZ, is home to Skydive Arizona, one of the busiest skydiving operations in the world. Intensive skydiving operations are conducted continuously from dawn until dusk, seven days a week, at altitudes of 14,500 MSL and below. It is recommended that pilots operating to and from CGZ remain at least five nautical miles from E60.


Airport Operations

To ensure the safety of spectators, pilots should taxi no faster than walking speed when operating on airport ramp areas or within the designated Fly-in paved parking areas at the east end of diagonal taxiway “E”. Aircraft operating in areas where spectators are present should do so only under the direction of “follow me” vehicles, flagmen, or wing walkers. Departing pilots, prior to engine start, should enlist the aid of a fellow pilot, COPPERSTATE volunteer, Civil Air Patrol cadet, or other qualified person to perform this function. Pilots needing assistance in parking or obtaining a wing walker may contact Flight Line Operations on 127.9. Volunteers will do their best to assist you, but the number of personnel available is limited, so your patience is appreciated.


Local Operations

At past events, pilots conducting local flights during the COPPERSTATE Fly-in were sometimes authorized (by the FAA control tower) to fly a separate traffic pattern from that utilized by transient traffic. Such special handling cannot be provided at this year's event-- all flight operations, including local flights, should be conducted in accordance with standard recommended practices for operations at non-towered airports.

Pilots conducting local operations within the traffic pattern may, upon request, have their flight narrated by COPPERSTATE announcers.  If narration is desired, pilots should provide pilot and aircraft information to the announcers well in advance of the flight.  To prevent narration scheduling conflicts, pilots may self-schedule such flights at the announcing stand in front of the main exhibit tent.



 With the exception of ultralight/LSA aircraft operating to, from, or on the unpaved temporary runway, ALL aircraft engine operations on unpaved surfaces are prohibited. Aircraft inbound to unpaved parking areas should shutdown engines prior to departing the paved surface; aircraft outbound from unpaved parking areas should not start engines until the aircraft is repositioned to a paved surface. If assistance is required, contact Flight Line Operations on 127.9.


Transient (non-participating) Aircraft Parking

 Personal and business transient aircraft not attending or otherwise affiliated with the COPPERSTATE Fly-In should park in the two tiedown rows directly in front of the terminal building, in the three eastern most painted tiedown spots. Transient parking will be limited to two hours unless otherwise approved by airport management.


Aircraft Fueling

To ensure the safety of spectators, the self-service 100LL avgas pumps will be closed for the duration of the event.  Fuel will be available only from fuel trucks, which cruise the airport grounds in set patterns.  To minimize delays upon departure, it is recommended that fuel be obtained as soon as practicable after arrival at CGZ, via one of the two methods described below.

First and easiest: simply stay near your aircraft, watch for a fuel truck to approach, and flag it down.  Often, your fueling can be accomplished while you’re still in the process of securing and unloading your aircraft after arrival.

Second method: obtain a “FUEL ME” prop tag from the Registration desk in the terminal or one of the Mobile Registration units that roam the grounds. The fuel trucks work a very specific route during COPPERSTATE.  Generally, fuel trucks are not allowed to backtrack.  If you cannot have someone wait for the fuel truck (1+ hours on Friday and Saturday), write your cell phone number on the appropriate line of the Fuel Me placard.

When the fuel truck is one aircraft away from your aircraft, the operator will call your cell phone to let you know that they will be ready to refuel your aircraft in 5 minutes.  Someone who is authorized to sign and has your credit card must be at your aircraft within 5 minutes.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

If nobody is at your airplane within 5 minutes, the fuel truck will proceed to the next airplane and is NOT authorized to back track and fill your aircraft.

If you have a special reason for priority fueling, stop by the pilots’ desk inside the terminal to make your arrangements.  Being in a hurry is not a sufficient reason to give any aircraft priority fueling.

Full service, Self Service, and Cash prices are the same during COPPERSTATE.



 To provide the best possible experience for Fly-In visitors, parking on the main show ramp is limited to non-camping Homebuilt, Warbird, Vintage (Antique, Classic, or Contemporary, as defined below), and other aircraft that may be of special interest to the public. Aircraft not meeting these criteria can expect to park in the General Aircraft Parking or Camping areas, located along the diagonal taxiway. If directed to a parking area not appropriate for your aircraft, contact a Flight Line Operations volunteer on a “Follow Me” golf cart and every effort will be made to accommodate you.


A. Antique Aircraft

An aircraft constructed by the original manufacturer, or his licensee, on or before August 31, 1945, with the exception of certain Pre-World War II aircraft models which had only a small post-war production shall be defined as Antique Aircraft. Examples: Beechcraft Staggerwing, Fairchild 24, and Monocoupe.


B. Classic Aircraft

An aircraft constructed by the original manufacturer, or his licensee, on or after September 1, 1945, up to and including December 31, 1955.


C. Contemporary Aircraft

An aircraft constructed by the original manufacturer, or its licensee, on or after January 1, 1956, up to and including December 31, 1970.


windshield signs

To assist COPPERSTATE volunteers in expeditiously directing aircraft to the appropriate parking area, pilots are requested to display one of the following signs (with LARGE letters) in the lower left side of the windshield after landing:




Homebuilt Parking


Vintage (pre-1971) Aircraft Parking


Warbird Parking


General Aircraft Parking





A link to PDF files for printing these signs can be found at


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Helicopter Operations

 All helicopter operators are encouraged to utilize flight paths that do not conflict with the flow of fixed-wing traffic or the operation of Air Ambulance helicopters. To avoid rotor-wash damage to persons and property on the ground, it is recommended that helicopters fly a safe arrival/departure that does not overfly vendors, tents, aircraft, or areas where spectators might be present. Helicopters should not overfly airport buildings/facilities unless necessary for the safety of flight.


The marked helicopter pad on the main ramp, west-northwest of the terminal building, will be closed by notam for the duration of the event. A temporary transient helicopter Landing Zone (LZ) has been designated north of the terminal building, just south of the parallel taxiway, at the east edge of the main ramp. Helicopter pilots should look to ground support personnel for guidance via hand signals and may contact Helicopter Operations on 128.4 for information and assistance.




Taxi Routes

Aircraft transitioning between the main ramp and the unpaved temporary runway should follow instructions from flagmen as they use the paved parallel taxiway. To transition the area between the paved parallel taxiway and the unpaved temporary runway, use paved diagonal taxiway “E” and the dirt taxi lane denoted by blue markers. Alternatively, such aircraft may, with the assistance of a flagman/wing walker, taxi on the dirt/gravel lane along the north side of the ditch between the diagonal taxiway “E” and the Ultralight/LSA parking area, shutting down their engines between the pedestrian bridge and main ramp area.




  • Airport management has advised that pilots may use the unpaved parallel runway at their own risk, with each pilot bearing responsibility for separation from all other traffic.
  • The graded 2000’ x 30’ unpaved temporary runway is on the south side of Runway 5/23 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ) and is parallel to that runway. It is located abeam the paved parallel taxiway at the approach end of Runway 5, and is separated from that parallel taxiway by a water retention area. This water retention area forms a natural boundary on the north side of the unpaved temporary runway and is unsuitable for aircraft operations.       Pilots are also urged to use caution for the airport boundary fence, which lies south of, and parallel to, the unpaved temporary runway. There is a slight, but smooth, rise about 600’ from the 23 approach end of the unpaved temporary runway.
  •  The threshold of the unpaved temporary runway will be displaced from the northeast end a distance of approximately 700 feet and will be clearly marked for the duration of the fly-in, leaving approximately 1300 feet of landing/takeoff distance.
  •  When wind conditions permit, pilots should land and depart on the unpaved temporary runway in the same direction as is currently being used on the paved runway.
  • All flight operations should be conducted to the south of the unpaved temporary runway, at or below 400’ AGL.       Aircraft landing/departing to the southwest should fly a left-hand pattern, and aircraft landing/departing to the northeast should fly a right-hand pattern.
  •  Arrivals: To avoid the flow of aircraft using the paved runway, arrivals should approach the field from the south, at or below 400’ AGL, flying on the east side of the north/south dirt road that leads to the approach end of Runway 5. Recommended pattern altitude is 400’ AGL for trikes and other fixed-wing aircraft, and 200’ AGL for powered parachutes.
  •  Departures: To avoid the flow of aircraft using the paved runway, departures should depart the area to the south, at or below 400’ AGL, remaining west of the north/south dirt road that leads to the approach end of Runway 5.
  •  With the exception of local operations and the arrival/departure routes described above, it is recommended that, due to the high volume of traffic in the area, aircraft using the unpaved temporary runway remain clear of the airspace within a 3 statute mile radius of the Casa Grande Municipal Airport.


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