Becoming a COPPERSTATE Volunteer has many benefits.

Your contributions can help continue COPPERSTATE’s mission to promote aviation education and air safety. You can meet and work directly with some of the most interesting and experienced individuals in the world of sport aviation today. Our enthusiasm comes from our ability to offer a venue where you and other volunteers can use your talents to contribute to what we all have in common, the love of aviation.

Our convention volunteers come right before or during our fly-in and blend their talents with those who have already been long at work. These combined efforts make COPPERSTATE the premiere homebuilder event in the southwest. All areas of the convention benefit from these dedicated volunteers. You do not have to be a pilot, if aviation interests you, come join us. You are welcome to share your time and talents.

Below is a list of some of the positions available to volunteers. If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, or have any questions about the positions, please contact the chairman of the function for which you would like to volunteer or the Volunteer Coordinator at: volunteers@copperstate.org.

If you enjoy helping our youth who are really interested in aviation, then please help with the Young Eagles program.

Volunteer Jobs

Exhibitor Coordinator

It is your responsibility monitor the exhibitor area as the exhibitors enter the show. Involve yourself in helping, assisting and giving directions to each exhibitor. Make sure that they get what they need and know where their space is or if they need other assistance.

Tram Monitors

It is your responsibility to ride along on the tram as it transports attendees to and from the show. Each tram will be pulled by a pickup truck. It will be your duty to meet the driver and learn several basic hand signals so you can communicate with him in case of an emergency. It will be your job to assist each person entering and exiting the tram when stopped. It will also be your responsibility to watch that everybody on board is safe and in their seat. You will ride in a standing position with one team member at the front and the other at the back. You will need a pleasant attitude but also carry a certain level of authority. THIS POSITION WILL REQUIRE A TRAINING SESSION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SHIFT.

Sky Shop

Check in and assist.


Check in and assist the Safety Director.

Fly Mart / Swap

Check in and assist.


It is your responsibility to monitor your assigned area and make sure that gates are secure and there is no areas where individuals can enter the show without a wristband. DO NOT CONFRONT. Call the Director of Security and alert them of a problem.

Tram Towing Drivers with Pickups

It is your responsibility to tow your tram in a safe manner not to exceed a maximum speed of 10mph. Take signals from the Tram Monitors. Work out hand signals with your Monitors. Make sure your starts and stops are smooth and transitional.

Exhibitor Relief

Be available to stand in for exhibitor members so they can take restroom breaks, answer calls, etc.

Facilities Management

It is your responsibility make sure the physical facilities are clean and in working order. This includes monitoring and removing trash and replacing with new bags. Monitor the shower trailer twice a day. Once in the morning where you spray down the shower stalls with bleach. Always have a trash bag with you so you can pick up occasional trash left in the shower trailer. If you find any personal items remove and take to lost and found. Wear rubber gloves. If there is a problem, call for help.

Parking-South Lot

The South Parking Lot detail is the most important position at the show. It will be your job to guide cars into the lot and make sure they park in the proper positions so they can exit later and that they do not block other cars from leaving. The first shift will be responsible to make sure that the first cars into the lot in the morning park with proper spacing and angle so additional cars will follow this pattern. THIS POSITION WILL REQUIRE A TRAINING SESSION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SHIFT.

Extra Float Positions

Be available to step in any position and take over if needed to relieve or fill a position.

Exhibitor Lunch Runner

It is your responsibility make sure that each exhibitor receives their free lunch bag. You will contact each exhibitor and ask what they would like and then go to the volunteer lunch prep area and pick up and deliver each bag.

Available Opportunities

Friday, October 27

Title Date Open Spots  

Saturday, October 28

Title Date Open Spots  

Awards Plaques Construction

We are looking for one or more individuals who can, during the course of the year on their own time, construct awards plaques for the COPPERSTATE Fly-In. There are multiple steps to this process, which could easily be performed by multiple individuals. Currently the processes are split between just two volunteers.

The processes involved are:

1) Create wooden plaques in the shape of the state of Arizona. A general format for these plaques has been established over the years to provide two sizes of plaque. The first is approximately 8” x 11” and the second is approximately 11” by 14”. Each year about 50 for the smaller plaques are required and two to three of the larger size. There is no requirement that the wood be of a specific type or a specific stain. The creator of the plaque is free to exhibit his own artistic license. In the past various woods have been used and various stains. The most successful has probably been the use of European Beech, although other woods from alder to red oak have been used. Hardwoods are much preferred. Woods that take a variety of natural stains are also preferred. Walnut, while being a great choice, has not been used to a great extent because of cost. If you have the tools and a small amount of spare time, your efforts would be greatly appreciated.

2) Staining and finishing. Self-explanatory. This might be a great way to split the effort. It would mean taking unfinished plaques, possibly performing a final sanding and then bringing the wood to life with a nice finish.

3) Copper work. The copper work, which we do for these plaques, is very unique and special. The processes have been developed and refined over the years and documentation of the process is available. Additionally, the raw materials are on hand. As the current volunteer says, “We have enough copper to last about 100 years.” This is work that can be done on a very small workbench.

4) Final Assembly. This is simply the process of applying the copper work to the wooden plaques along with a wall hanging clip on the back. The current process uses brass brads. A steady hand with a small hammer is a great asset. Again, this is currently being done by the same individual who creates the plaques, but could easily become a group project—perhaps a nice EAA chapter effort.

If you know of or if you are a wood worker or craft person who might be interested in participating in this activity, please contact the Volunteer Chairman. Your commitment will be to become involved for the COPPERSTATE Fly-In. All material expenses will be reimbursed.