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Record Opening Day, 500-Plus Aircraft Highlight 40th Copperstate


2012 Copperstate Grand Champion
2012 Copperstate Grand Champion is an LT-3 Van's RV-10A owned by Richard Jankowski, of Shenandoah, Texas.

October 31, 2012 - The 40th annual Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo enjoyed a larger-than-expected turnout of aircraft, great weather, and a good gate attendance last weekend at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Arizona. The fly-in started with a bang on Thursday with the largest number of aircraft and attendees in the fly-in's eight years at Casa Grande. The ideal weather continued through the weekend and more than 500 aircraft of all varieties participated.

One of the more unique aircraft, a 1940 Porterfield, flew 900 miles from central Mexico to be there. This was Mark Storey's first fly-in after completing a 25-year restoration of the Porterfield. He said it took three full days of flying to get to Casa Grande from Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. Storey was presented with a Special Antique Award for his beautiful restoration.

The optimal weather also prompted an increase in ultralight and light-sport aircraft attending the fly-in.

The 60 educational forums and workshops were well attended and greatly appreciated by the eager attendees. Kids also proudly exhibited their wing ribs from the rib-building workshop.

Copperstate's format continues to exclude an air show, meaning the skies were open throughout the weekend for flying, rides, and exhibitor demo flights. Five warbirds from the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, a 1929 biplane, and a helicopter offered rides all weekend.

As always, organizers received many compliments on how friendly the volunteers were and how well the fly-in was organized. The Copperstate board of directors and area chairman will meet November 10 for a debriefing on this year's event.

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Copperstate Aircraft Awards

Grand Champion
  N8925 LT-3 RV-10A Richard Jankowski
Shenandoah, TX
Reserve Grand Champion
  N605RS Glasair Super II FT Eric Scheppers
Rio Linda, CA
Best Plans Built
  N19DR Bowers Flybaby 1A Martin Fleischhauer
Tucson, AZ
Custom Built Metal
1st Place N8925 LT-3 RV-10A Richard Jankowski
Shenandoah, TX

2nd Place N829GW Vanís RV-10 Geoff Combs
Canal Winchester, OH

3rd Place N742JT Vanís RV-7A Jim Thorne
Phoenix, AZ
Custom Built Best Wood
  N19DR Bowers Flybaby 1A Martin Fleischhauer
Tucson, AZ
Custom Built Composite
1st Place N605RS Glasair Super II FT Eric Scheppers
Rio Linda, CA

2nd Place N216JC Lancair Evolution John and Cheryl Wheeler
Mesa, AZ

3rd Place N793MS Lancair Super ES Mike and Sandra Hately
Bayfield, CO
Custom Built Best Replica
  N351TG Titan P51 Mustang Bill Souza
Rosamond, CA
Custom Built Best Rotorcraft
  N546SC Sportcopter II Gyroplane Marvin G Wessel
Chandler, AZ
1st Place N78103 1946 Globe Swift GC-1B Karl and Donna Johanson
San Diego, CA

2nd Place N76415 1946 Cessna 140 Stan Weaver
Vacaville, CA
1st Place N542T 1961 Beechcraft N35 Bonanza J. Michael Dudley
San Manuel, AZ

2nd Place N9927C 1959 Luscombe 8F Kent Fister
San Manuel, AZ
1st Place N29398 1940 Culver LCA Carl Walston
Solvang, CA

2nd Place N29926 1940 Waco UPF-7 Mike Braegger
Mesa, AZ
Special Antique Award
  XB-KXV Porterfield LP-65 Mark Storey
Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico
1st Place N2808 Vultee BT-13A Vallant Schuyler Shipley
Prescott, AZ

2nd Place N56017 Ryan PT-22 Danny Don
Chandler, AZ
Best Cessna Showplane - sponsored by Cessna Flyer Magazine
  N76415 1946 Cessna 140 Stan Weaver
Vacaville, CA
Best Piper Showplane - sponsored by Piper Flyer Magazine
  N999W 1968 Piper Cherokee 140 Craig Mitchell
Tucson, AZ
Peopleís Choice
  N5804C 1951 Beech D18S Leland and Carolyn Jones
Wassilla, AK


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