de Havilland Heron Coming to COPPERSTATE
October 14, 2010 — Preparations are in full swing for next week’s 37th COPPERSTATE Fly-In, which runs October 21-23 at Casa Grande Airport, Arizona. This year’s event will feature more than 50 commercial exhibitors, a full slate of educational forums and workshops, in excess of 350 aircraft of all kinds - including more than 200 showplanes - plus aircraft demonstration flights, helicopter rides, and more.
Featured aircraft scheduled to appear include an Arizona-made Boeing AH-64 Apache Longbow helicopter from the Arizona Army Air National Guard; a rare British de Havilland DH-114 Heron, one of two flying in the U.S. and the very airplane once used as personal transport by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip; and other warbirds - a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell bomber, and SNJ trainer - from the Commemorative Air Force.
Aviation enthusiasts will also have an opportunity to fly in a Beech T-34 Mentor, owned and operated by Alan Trabily of Phoenix, Arizona.
Returning in 2010, COPPERSTATE’s “Front Porch” program will again feature experts in a variety of aviation fields to discuss aviation topics with fly-in attendees in one-on-one question and answer sessions.
COPPERSTATE will host the second annual Fuelventure 400, a fuel efficiency competition for light aircraft. Competing aircraft will be weighed in three weight classes, then flown on a 400-mile course. Each plane is then weighed again to determine fuel usage and miles per gallon. Awards will include prize money and bragging rights for the top mpg, as well as top CAFE scores for speed, payload, and mpg.
EAA members and active duty members of the military receive a $2 discount at the gate. For complete information on the fly-in, visit the COPPERSTATE website.