July 2018 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm July 2018 No kidding, it’s hot out, it’s bumpy, and often not a lot of fun flying this time of year. I guess I need to be a bit more philosophical about it and realize we are 180° out of phase with the northern part of the country, as far as comfortable flying seasons are concerned,...


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June 2018 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm June 2018 It’s become that time of the year when we give more consideration to flying out to some of the higher altitude airports for breakfast, just a short break to enjoy the cooler weather. So, it’s also time to start giving much more serious attention to density altitude when you head out. Here’s hoping you...


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CFIT Accidents (GAARMS)

GAARMS Report: June 2018 Fred Gibbs (Your guy in Flagstaff) So far this year we have had only one fatal GA accident here in Arizona, the PA-24 Piper Comanche out of Scottsdale last month. That is already one too many, but only one in the past 5 months is an improvement over last year. Let’s keep that trend...


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Flying the KC 135 Simulator

Flying the KC 135 Simulator Howard Deevers My daughter, Barb, moved back to Western Pennsylvania a few months ago. I assisted her in exploring this option last year. We stayed with her best friend, Cindy, who lives in Murrysville, just East of Pittsburgh. Cindy is married to a Lt Col in the Air National Guard at Pittsburgh International Airport,...


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May 2018 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm May 2018 In case you haven’t noticed, summer is knocking on our door, and I’m not all that keen on the idea of having to get up so early if I want smooth flying conditions. At least we can get some flying in without encountering all the adverse weather conditions some other pilots have to contend...


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Double Circle Fly In & Camp

Double Circle Fly In Camp By Mark Spencer The Spring backcountry fly in season is nearly over, but come out and enjoy one of our last two events. It’s Grapevine (88AZ) May 18th through 20th, which is our last hosted Grapevine event until fall. To end the season, on Memorial Day weekend we’ll be at Pleasant Valley (24AZ)...


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July 2018 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm  July 2018  No kidding, it’s hot out, it’s bumpy, and often not a lot of fun flying this time of year. I guess I need to be a bit more philosophical about it and realize we are 180° out of phase with the northern part of the country, as far as comfortable flying seasons are concerned, and stop complaining. In any case, when...  Read more...July 2018 Executive Director's Report
Vice President's Report
Vice President's Report  Passing the Baton  Once upon a time, way back when, a long long time ago, sometime around the year 2000 plus or minus a year or so, I was asked to join the Arizona Pilots Association Board of Directors. Within about a year, I was elected as President and have been doing so ever since (with the exception of about one or two years). As a...  Read more...Vice President's Report
June 2018 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm  June 2018  It’s become that time of the year when we give more consideration to flying out to some of the higher altitude airports for breakfast, just a short break to enjoy the cooler weather. So, it’s also time to start giving much more serious attention to density altitude when you head out. Here’s hoping you will be able...  Read more...June 2018 Executive Director's Report
June 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm  June 2018  The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late April through late May. The Arizona Pilots Association uses this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and then hopefully they will take the...  Read more...June 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
Arizona Airport Focus: Marble Canyon
Arizona Airport Focus: Marble Canyon  By Brian Schober  Arizona is marked by incredibly rugged terrain, rustic beauty and insanely brilliant landscape. In fact, there are three National Parks in Arizona: The Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Saguaro. Arizona typifies the Old West seen in movies over the last 75 years. Fortunately, that rustic Old...  Read more...Arizona Airport Focus: Marble Canyon
Porsche Aircraft Engines
Porsche Aircraft Engines  by Hal Tretbar  Reprinted by permission from the Zuffenhausen News, Spring 2018 Issue (pcasar.com) I really appreciate the Porsche 3.2 liter motor in my 1987 Carrera. This air-cooled, 6 cylinder boxer engine is powerful, dependable, and efficient. Ferry Porsche (company: Porsche AG) must have liked these attributes also. In 1980 he...  Read more...Porsche Aircraft Engines

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  • Camping in Pleasant Valley Enjoying a beautiful weekend in May camping in Young, AZ, at Pleasant Valley.
  • Double Circle Ranch Early Photos Double Circle Ranch manager and partner, Abner T. Wilson & his family circa 1910
  • Grapevine at Roosevelt Lake A 3800' asphalt runway just steps away from Roosevelt Lake.
  • Double Circle Ranch at Eagle Creek This year marks the beginning of the reopening process of the beautiful Double Circle Ranch and airstrip near Clifton, AZ.

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July 2018

 

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  • President and Director's Reports
  • AZ Aviation Accident Summary
  • GAJSC Safety Topic: Fly the Aircraft First
  • GAARMS: Initial Pilot Certification Passing
    Rates Trending Down by Fred Gibbs
  • Beating the AZ Heat by Connor Barrett & Amon Haghighat
  • AZ Airport Focus: Grapevine (88AZ)
  • What Will You Do? Surviving an Emergency by Mark Spencer
  • Event Pictures, Upcoming Events, and Flyers   

 

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These bulletins were produced by the APA and RAF to provide information to increase the safety of pilots choosing to fly into these backcountry airstrips. See locations on Google Maps.

 

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  • Backcountry Airstrip Safety Information

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These bulletins were produced by the APA and RAF to provide information to increase the safety of pilots choosing to fly into these backcountry airstrips. See locations on Google Maps.

 

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