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Thousands Enjoy Sun-Drenched COPPERSTATE

Grand Champ
The Lancair Legacy built in 2010 by Andy and Sam Werback is the 2011 COPPERSTATE Grand Champion. See more photos on the COPPERSTATE Facebook page.

October 27, 2011 – About 500 aircraft and 5,100 attendees attended last week’s 39th annual COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona. According to Fly-In Manager Jim McChesney, attendees enjoyed a wide variety of aircraft on the ground and in the air - from ultralights, to World War II fighter jets, to micro-jets and much more. “And, as always, we received many compliments on how family-friendly the event was,” McChesney said.

Among those who appreciated the all-ages appeal of the fly-in were first-time attendees Andy and Sam Werback of San Jose, California, owners of a beautiful 2010 Lancair Legacy that took home the Grand Champion aircraft award. “Well done!” said Andy, past president of EAA 62 in San Jose, California. “It was a great family event where people can get together and see things up close, and talk to the owners, builders, and pilots.

“We were just really impressed with how involved all your volunteers are in the planning and execution of a major event.”

Reserve Grand Champion went to an RV-10 built by Calvin Zoch, Centerville, Texas. See the complete list of award winners here.

Volunteers were indeed key to the event’s success, including Zachary Beard of the Embry-Riddle Eagle Aeronautics Club. He, along with several peers, served as aircraft marshals at the fly-in. “The seven of us had a great time marshalling and seeing the sights,” he said.

For day-by-day event highlights and photos, visit the COPPERSTATE Fly-In website and Facebook page.

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