About Us

CopperState Aero, LLC was founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1999. We are family-owned and operated, based right here in Tucson, Arizona at Ryan Field (KRYN).

We have many years servicing and maintaining a variety of MotorGliders, Light Sport, and Experimental Aircraft. We also stock parts for many of these aircraft and are setup to travel to your site for your convenience .  Contact Me

Dedication, decades of experience and knowledge, along with superior quality and service is what sets CopperState Aero apart.


Rick Wright

Owner/Operator Chief Pilot

Mr. Wright recieved his BS in Aviation Management in 1985 and has been a Pilot and Mechanic for over 40 years. He is an Airline Transport Pilot with over 10,000 flight hours in numerous types of aircraft. He is a CFII, an MEII and is an A&P, IA, and Repairman; Light Sport Aircraft.

He is a “Ruby Award” winning maintenance technition with the FAA, a member of NBAA, SSA, EAA, and ALEA. He holds numerous training certificates from the FAA, FlightSafety International, Raytheon Beechcraft, General Electric, Garrett Air Research, Rotax, Limbach, Stemme AG, Cessna Aircraft and Rainbow Aviation.


Gavin Jackson

Technical Assistant and Crew Chief

Gavin’s background is in the automotive tech field. He has extensive experience consulting with manufacturers, sponsors, and racing teams. He served 10 years at Ford Motor Company, several of those as a member of the “Special Vehicle Team.” He was also a long time parts distributor for a local dealership and parts supply wearhouse.

Gavin is currently training with me and building his experience for his FAA maintenance certification.