Copperstate Hopes To Cool Off With Date Change
March 23, 2006 — In an effort to provide relief from the sweltering desert heat, organizers of the 34th annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In have moved their event back from October 12-15 to October 26-29 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ). National Weather Service statistics show that the shift should reduce the average high temperature during the event from 92 to 80 degrees as compared to previous fly-ins. Cooler temps, plus the usual "severe clear" skies, should make for perfect weather at the Southwest's premier aviation event.
In another major change, Copperstate will not hold daily aerobatic air shows, which in the past have closed the airport for hours at a time and affected flight schedules of fly-in attendees Instead, Copperstate volunteers, in cooperation with the FAA Flight Standards District Office and FAA Tower officials, have developed a program that will not only keep the airport open all day, every day, but which will give virtually every fly-in participant the chance to fly in front of the crowd. Copperstate invites builders, restorers, manufacturers, and pilots to show off their creations during dedicated airtime segments.
Each hour at specified times, the airspace over the runway will be reserved to showcase aerial demonstrations, not by professional air show performers, but by attendees themselves. Group flights of the latest light-sport aircraft, to a Parade of Flight from the oldest airplane on the airport to the newest while a narrator gives credit to builders and pilots over the PA system.
"People come to Copperstate to see airplanes--and while giving them close-up scrutiny on the ground scratches one itch, seeing and hearing them in flight adds a totally different dimension to the experience," said Fly-In Chairman Bob Hasson. "That's the experience Copperstate will give you at this years event-Fly-In pilots won't be just attending the show, they'll be part of it."
All the usual amenities will again be available-rental cars and motel shuttles available on the field, with plenty of hotels, restaurants, and other activities nearby. This will be an aviation event like no other-plan to be there!
Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ) is ideally located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, just a few miles west of Interstate 10. For more information, visit www.Copperstate.org.