Youth Aviator Activities

COPPERSTATE Fly-In fosters curiosity and helps to build a solid foundation in educating youths on aviation. Not only can aspiring aviators view amazing aircraft at Copperstate, we’re also keeping the dream alive with various educational activities, a scholarship program, and providing educational links on our site. Check out the opportunities on this page.


Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the 2020 Air Academy was cancelled

Air Academy

COPPERSTATE is accepting applications for the 2021 Air Academy Scholarship in Oshkosh, WI.

COPPERSTATE will be sending two or more cadets to the Air Academy. To be considered as a candidate for a scholarship the student must:

  • Be 16-18 years of age
  • Be a Young Eagle
  • Write a Letter of Interest *
  • Provide two Letters of Reference from non-family members
  • Be available to travel between July 20-28, 2021 or July 30-August 7, 2021 (for Advanced Camp)
  • Provide some personal expenses
  • Write a follow-up report
  • Be available to attend COPPERSTATE in February at Buckeye Municipal Airport in Buckeye, and speak about their experiences at an Air Academy/Young Eagle Forum or Awards Banquet.
  • You may reapply if you applied last year.

*Suggested topics to include for the Letter of Interest:

  • Why do you want to attend the EAA Air Academy?
  • What aviation experiences, education, or training do you have to date?
  • What aviation interests do you have and/or would you like to gain from your EAA Air Academy experience?
  • What aviation-related career goals do you have that could be further advanced from your experiences at the EAA Air Academy?

The Application, Letter of Interest, and Referrals (4 items) need to be mailed to me (please click links below for the forms to be completed and mailed).

To be considered for the COPPERSTATE Fly-In scholarship, DO NOT send this paperwork to Oshkosh, WI.

Thanks for your interest and participation in this wonderful program. It is a life-changing opportunity and will forever put aviation in the participant’s life!

Please send the information to:

Cheri McGunagle, Scholarship Chairman
3153 W. Spirit Dr.
Anthem, AZ 85086