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2013 Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo Is Fast Approaching

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

October 3, 2013 - Planning and preparation for the 41st annual Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo is well underway at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Casa Grande, Arizona. Organizers are hoping to build on last year's successful event that drew more than 500 aircraft and 5,100 attendees from 10 countries and 39 states. Copperstate 2013, whose theme is "Keeping the Dream Alive," runs from October 24-26.

Traditionally the final major event of the fly-in season, Copperstate offers an all-day stream of flight demonstrations, flights on World War II aircraft, informative workshops, exhibits by aviation vendors, and much more.

The most significant upgrade for 2013 will be an expanded youth aviation area, said Copperstate President Stephen Bass. "We plan to offer more interactive youth-friendly options," including a remote-controlled (RC) aircraft area, he said. More than 60 Phoenix-area Boy Scouts will be on hand for guided tours of the flightline to help them obtain their aviation merit badges.

Youths age 15 and under will also be admitted free - previous years that exemption only applied to kids 12 and under. "All this ties into our 2013 fly-in theme," Bass noted. "We're finding ways to get young people excited about aviation and flying."

Among the exhibitors scheduled to appear is a wide variety of avionics vendors including Advanced Flight Systems, Aerotronics, Alcor, Dynon Avionics, JPInstruments, Tosten Manufacturing, Trio Avionics, TruTrak Flight Systems, Val Avionics, and Vertical Power.

Showplanes on the flightline will include warbirds, vintage antiques planes, helicopters, homebuilts, LSA, and ultralights. Most aircraft will take to the air throughout the three-day event, giving attendees the opportunity to see them in flight.

The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), based in nearby Mesa, plans to have its B-17 Sentimental Journey, B-25 Maid in the Shade, and an SNJ T-6 Texan at the fly-in with rides available. Rides will also be available in a biplane, a helicopter, and a T-34.

For more fly-in information, visit the Copperstate website.

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