Fly-In Information

Gates open at 8:00 am

Modern Aircraft: A donation of $10 per person or $20 per planeload is requested.

Guests: A donation of $10 per person is requested. Kids 18 and under are free!

Motor Homes, Campers & Recreational Vehicles: A donation of $20 per vehicle will be requested. Good for the entire weekend!

Your donation is good for admission throughout the entire Cactus Fly-In Event!

Please Note: Motor homes, campers, and Recreational Vehicle camping will be permitted FOR THE FLY-IN EVENT ONLY. Early arrival will be permitted starting Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014. Departure must be on or before Sunday, March 2, 2014.


Aircraft are judged throughout the event but aircraft must be registered no later than 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1. The aircraft must remain on the ramp until judged to be eligible for Fly-In awards. Aircraft will be judged and awards presented in the following categories:

  1. Grand Champion
  2. People's Choice
  3. Best In Show: - General Aviation manufactured before December 31, 1946
  4. Best In Show: - General Aviation manufactured after January 1, 1947
  5. Best In Show: - Military* manufactured before December 31, 1946
  6. Best In Show: - Military* manufactured after January 1, 1947
  7. Longest Distance Travelled in an Antique or Classic Aircraft
  8. Melba Bird Award for Nominated Volunteer
  9. Youngest Pilot to arrive PIC in Tail wheel Aircraft
  10. National Antique Aircraft Association Award
  11. Chapter Awards

* As presented. e.g. a Cub in military paint will be judged in the milatry category.  A Stearman not in military colors will be judged in the GA category.

Aircraft registration will take place at Registration located inside the Airport Terminal Building from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, Feb 28, 2014, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Aircraft are judged throughout the event but you must be registered no later than 2:00 p.m. on Saturday to be eligible for a Fly-In award. The aircraft must remain on the ramp until judged.

There is a $15 registration donation requested per aircraft. The donation includes a Fly-In Coffee Mug and Decal. The donation also includes weekend Fly-In admission for the pilot and crew of the registered aircraft.

A donation of $10.00 per person or $20.00 per planeload is requested for transient aircraft. Registration is not required.

"Fly Courteously"

Airport Info Map


The City of Casa Grande Municipa Airport has a Noise Abatebment Program in effect,  For additional information please visit

Skydiving 3 miles North of Airport on 122.70.

Event Information

The airport will be open during the event and there are no scheduled closures.  There will be no control tower in operation during the Fly-In and there are no special arrival procedures. 

Traffic Pattern

  • Runway 5: Left hand
  • Runway 23: Right hand
  • Field Elevation: 1,464'
  • Pattern: 2500 MSL
  • CTAF: 122.7
  • AWOS-3: 132.175

Aircraft Tie-Downs

Airport regulations require that all aircraft must be secured with tie-downs. Cable anchor tie down space is available.

Aviation Fuel

100LL is available. The City of Casa Grande will have two fuel trucks available throughout the event.  The fuel trucks will travel a designated route and service each aircraft along that route provided that the pilot or a person who is authorized to sign for the fuel is with the aircraft.  If you want fuel, either someone must remain with the aircraft or you must place a completed Fuel Request sleeve on your prop and you will be contacted on your cell phone when the fuel truck arrives at your aircraft.  You must arrive within five minutes after being contacted or the fuel truck will move on.  The Fuel Request sleeves are available at the Registration desk in the the Airport Terminal Building.  The fuel trucks are not available on an on-call basis and will not backtrack.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  Please note that during the Cactus Fly-In, full service fuel prices will be the same as self-service.  If you want to use the self-service fuel pump, please ask a CAAA Volunteer for assistance in moving your aircraft to that area.

Absolutely no smoking or open flame permitted on the tarmac or in the aircraft parking areas.

Automobile Parking

Handicap parking is available at the Airport Terminal Building.

Additional Information

For the most current airport information, please visit City of Casa Grande Municipal Airport.

Applications and Payments

If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor at the Cactus Fly-In event, please print and complete the Exhibitor Application. Send the application, along with the appropriate payment to:

Classic Aircraft Association of Arizona

Exhibitor applications received after Friday, February 14, 2014, will require a mandatory late registration fee of $25. A check in the full amount must be mailed with your application.

A reservation will not be held until the entire fee due is received and the exhibitorr has provided their Arizona Transaction Privilege License number. 

Exhibitor/ Spaces

All exhibitor spaces are located outdoors. Space dimensions are 10' x 10' or 20' x 20' and all trailer hitches and other appendages must fit within the allotted space.

Larger spaces available upon request for an additional fee.

Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own tents, shades, tables, chairs, etc.

Exhibitors must do their own set-up and removal of equipment.

There is no electric or water service available in the exhibitor area. All vendors must be self-contained

All selling must take place within the confines of the space provided. Roaming of the venue is not permitted. Violators of this rule will be removed from the event without a refund.

Food and Beverage Sales

Primary food service at the Cactus Fly-In will be provided by a local non-profit organization. A limited number of snack food and beverage vendors will be permitted. Exhibitors must submit a menu with their application and only those items approved by the Exhibitor Chair prior to the event may be sold.

Eligibility to sell certain items will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your application with the required payment early!

The Exhibitor Chair must approve all menus before the exhibitor may offer the items for sale and reserves the right to deny the sale of any items.

All exhibitor selling food or beverages must obtain a Pinal County Health Permit. Read through the Guidelines and complete the Temporary Event Food Booth Application. Return the forms and required permit fee directly to the Pinal County Division of Environmental Health at least two weeks prior to the event.-

Terms and Conditions

Sellers of goods and services are responsible for conformity to all existing regulations of the City of Casa Grande, Pinal County, and the State of Arizona.

Exhibitors must set up their booths on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014, between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm unless prior arrangements are made with the Exhibitor Chairperson.

Please enter the City of Casa Grande Municipal Airport through the main gate and advise the staff member that you are an exhibitor. You will be directed to the Exhibitor area.

Exhibitors must tear down their booths before 12:00 pm on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Exhibitors must be prepared to provide proof of insurance upon request.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at

Under-the-Wing Camping:

IMPORTANT CHANGE:  The City of Casa Grande has notified us that aircaft owners and their passengers will be permitted to camp under the wings of their aircraft.  Please note that cooking and open fires are strictly prohibited .

Motor Homes,Campers & Recreational Vehicles:



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Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ)
3225 N. Lear Ave.Casa Grande, AZ 85122

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These are just a few of the hotels and motels in the Casa Grande area. Please make your reservations early as rooms fill up quickly during the Cactus Fly-In event. Unless otherwise noted, transportation will be available between these motels and the City of Casa Grande Municipal Airport via the Cactus Fly-In Courtesy Shuttle. 

Holiday Inn

(520) 426-3500
777 North Pinal Avenue
Casa Grande, AZ

Please contact Holiday Inn directly for special Cactus Fly-In rate of $99.00 per night. Limited availability.

MainStay Suites

(520) 426-1177
851 North Henness Road
Casa Grande, AZ  

Please contact Mainstay Suites directly for rates and availability.

Best Western Casa Grande

(520) 836-1600
665 North Via Del Cielo
Please contact Best Western Casa Grande directly for rates and availability.

Comfort Inn

(520) 421-9878
2145 East Florence Boulevard

Please contact Comfort Inn directly for rates and availability.

Holiday Inn Express

(520) 509-6333
805 N. Cancheries Court

Please contact Holiday Inn Express directly for rates and availability.

Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort

(520) 836-6444
26000 West Gila Bend Highway

This is a large resort setting with a golf course located about 10 miles from the City of Casa Grande Municipal Airport. Please contact Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort directly for rates and availability.  Please note that there is no Fly-In Courtesey Shuttle service between the airport and the resort.

Shadowcatcher Bed and Breakfast

(520) 421-3371 (602) 616-4199
9788 North Cox Road

Please contact Shadowcatcher Bed and Breakfast directly for rates and availability. Please note that there is no Fly-In Courtesey Shuttle service between the airport and the Shadowcatcher. 

Super 8 Motel of Casa Grande

(520) 836-8800
2066 East Florence Boulevard

Please contact Super 8 Motel of Casa Grande directly for rates and availability.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service between the City of Casa Grande Municipal Airport and most of the hotels/motels listed in the Lodging section will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, and will run continuously until approximately 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. There will be limited Shuttle Service available Sunday morning.

Shuttle vans are provided as a courtesy by the Classic Airplane Association of Arizona and are operated by our volunteers. A $5.00 donation per person per trip is encouraged to support the Cactus Fly-In.

Rental Cars

Hertz is the preferred rental car agency for the Cactus Fly-In. You may connect to the special discount for Fly-In participants at .

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the Cactus Fly-In. There are a variety of opportunities to help throughout the event.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at the Cactus Fly-In, please email our Volunteer Chair, Chuck Simonette at or contact him at (520) 414-3744.