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Mon, Sep 29, 2003

COPPERSTATE Fly-in Just Days Away

Celebrates 100 Years of Flight with Fun for All Ages

The COPPERSTATE Regional EAA Fly-in will be held on October 9-12 at the event's permanent campus on Phoenix Regional Airport (A39), located 25 miles south of Phoenix, Ariz.

Attendees from throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries are expected at COPPERSTATE, the largest EAA fly-in in the Southwest. Attendance is expected to significantly increase from last year's inaugural event at the Phoenix Regional location, which saw almost 8000 attendees and more than 650 aircraft.

Gates are open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Daily admission is $10 per person, $7 for EAA members, and children under 12 Free. Four-day event passes are (only) $25.

Thursday, 10/09, is designated as Youth Day. Schools, science classes and clubs, and ROTC groups are specifically invited to attend at no charge. Participants will receive tours of the aircraft areas and information about career opportunities in aviation. A number of aviation-related educational institutions will have booths in the vendor area. Teachers and advisors interested in participating should contact Bob Hurni at

COPPERSTATE features an air show on Friday (1-3 pm), Saturday (1-4 pm), and Sunday (noon-3 pm), with exciting performances by national and regional aerobatic stars. Returning to COPPERSTATE are 2002 U.S. National Aerobatics Champion Kirby Chambliss and aerobatic pilot Tim Weber, along with pilots Lon Arnold, Ed Hamill, Rob Harrison, Jon Melby, Jason Stephens, and Sonny Weller. For the first time, the event will feature a comedy act by veteran performer Kent Pietsch. Other first-time COPPERSTATE performers include Eric Beard, Jim Maroney, and Rhett Thompson. In addition, there will be a warbirds fly-by on Saturday and Sunday. Another first is Family Day on Sunday, featuring flights by radio-control aircraft and a Replica Fighter fly-by. The R-C modelers will also have 'buddy boxes" that enable a few lucky winners to experience flying a radio control model. Also featured, will be a half-scale replica of the Wright Flyer that has been displayed throughout the state to help celebrate the centennial of flight.

More than an airshow, COPPERSTATE is a meeting place where enthusiasts of all ages from all aviation-related areas can enjoy a wide variety of events.

  • For the youngest aviation enthusiasts, Bruce Schoenberger's award-winning rib-building program allows kids of ages 8-15 years to build a wooden airplane rib in 90 minutes or less.
  • Free flights in general aviation aircraft are offered for youth as part of EAA's national Young Eagles program.
  • Educational forums and workshops are another popular attraction at COPPERSTATE. In previous years, forum topics ranged from FAA certification procedures, NTSB safety reports, and border crossing procedures to building RV aircraft and converting auto engines.
  • Aircraft builders can learn new building techniques and hone their skills in fabric covering, woodworking, metalworking, composites, welding, engine repair, avionics, and more at the many hands-on workshops.
  • For the aircraft builder looking for aviation memorabilia or out-of-production parts, vendor booths present a variety of shopping choices, from books, clothing and collectibles to tools and aircraft parts.
  • The Fly Market offers tens of thousands of dollars worth of aviation goods for sale on a consignment basis. Instruments, airplane parts, tools, engines, cases, and even whole aircraft projects are typically available for purchase. This year the exhibitors will be housed in a single, large tent.
  • Show planes are judged in several categories. Awards for best homebuilt (wood, composite or other), best ultralight, and people's choice are among the awards presented at the Saturday night banquet.



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