CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The 43rd Annual Copperstate Fly-In, held Oct. 22-24, is in the books. According to fly-in president Steve Bass, “the weather was the best we have experienced in years with lower temperatures and light winds.”
Further, Saturday’s fly-in attendance pushed aircraft into the overflow GA parking and “the showplane ramps were close to full.”
For 2016, Copperstate will become a two-day (Friday-Saturday) event. The results from aircraft judging can be seen below and on the Copperstate website.
Grand Champion Custom Built: Vans RV-10, Rodney Jarrell, Phoenix, Ariz.
Reserve Grand Champion Custom Built: Vans RV-7, Stephen Olejnik, San Diego, Calif.
Grand Champion Restoration: 1937 Waco YKS-7, William Wold, Casa Grande, Ariz.
Reserve Grand Champion Restoration: 1946 Globe Swift GC-1B, Karl Johanson, San Diego, Calif.
Custom Built Metal:
(1st Place) Vans RV-10, Rodney Jarrell, Phoenix, Ariz.;
(2nd Place) Vans RV-7, Stephen Olejnik, San Diego, Calif.
Custom Built Composite:
(1st Place) Long-EZE, David Devere, Parker, Colo.;
(2nd Place) Arion Lightning, John Drane, Laveen, Ariz.
Custom Built Best Tube and Fabric: Just Aircraft JA-30, Hutch Hudgens, Helena, Mont.
Best Wood: BY-20 MiniCab, John Toddhunter, Hemet, Calif.
Best Plans Built: Long-EZE – David Devere, Parker, Colo.
(1st Place) 1954 Cessna 170B, Wiley Moreman, Wilcox, Ariz.;
(2nd Place) 1946 Funk B85C, Keith Olsen, Scottsdale, Ariz.
(1st Place) 1956 Cessna 182A, James Kavanaugh, Gilbert, Ariz.;
(2nd Place) 1960 Beechcraft M35, Dale Rhodes, Aztec, N.M.
Best Antique: 1937 Waco YKS-7, William Wold, Casa Grande, Ariz.
(1st Place) NA-50/P-64 (1952 CC&F Harvard MK-IV Conversion), Jeff Pino, Chandler, Ariz.;
(2nd Place) 1943 Boeing B75N1, J.T. Stewart, Phoenix, Ariz.
Best Cessna Showplane – sponsored by Cessna Flyer Magazine: 1954 Cessna 170B, Wiley Moreman, Wilcox, Ariz.
Best Piper Showplane – sponsored by Piper Flyer Magazine: 1958 Piper PA 24-250, Anthony Moretti, Deming, N.M.