Busy Opening Day at Copperstate
Photos by Rick Fernau
David Baxter, EAA 166798, and his son Dan, EAA 380856, flew to Casa Grande from St. Helens, OR in their Starduster Too's on opening day of Copperstate 2008. This year the father-and-son building team has flown their twin bipes to Arlington, Washington, and Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, as well as Oshkosh, where they were profiled in AirVenture Today. Read the story >
October 23, 2008 — The 2008 Copperstate Fly-In got off to a rousing start on Thursday, with picture perfect weather and close to 100 aircraft flying in by mid-day. The 36th annual fly-in takes place through Sunday, October 25, at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.
“The weather is spectacular, and we’re seeing a lot more aircraft on the field for an opening day than in past years,” said Jim McChesney, fly-in manager. “And our biggest days are traditionally Friday and Saturday, so we’re looking forward to a great fly-in this year.”
Added Rick Fernau, EAA member and event photographer, “According to the Volunteer FAA Controllers, this is the busiest Thursday for the Copperstate event.”
More than 60 exhibitors are on the grounds, along with a full slate of forums and workshops, aircraft judging, “Showcase” flights, a Fly Mart, kid’s activities, and more. EAA’s Ron Wagner, manager of filed operations, will be on hand to present several forums on topics such as Affordable Flying and Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft. Wagner will also occasionally be on Copperstate’s “Front Porch,” where builder “newbies” and “wannabes” can go to ask questions in a relaxed, informal setting.
For complete fly-in information, visit www.copperstate.org.