Backcountry Updates

Backcountry Events By Mark Spencer Spring has brought some pretty good flying weather for us this year, and with it some great backcountry flying and events. This weekend’s fly in camp at Pleasant Valley (24AZ) just north of the beautiful and historic community of Young, went off without a hitch. Just after the first two aircraft arrivals, a light rain...


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Durango Colorado Weekend Getaway

Getaway Flight to Durango, CO — May 28 Something different for this APA Getaway Flight. A venue that is indisputably awesome in the mountains of Colorado. This zip line excursion is for all ages. No running, flying or any athletic ability required.We fly into Durango-La Plata County Airport (KDRO) Saturday morning May 28, pick up a rental car, and drive to...


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Backcountry Events

Backcountry Events By Mark Spencer We’re off to a warm, dry spring, and the backcountry season is off to a great start! Last month’s 3rd Saturday weekend at Grapevine brought in over 30 aircraft and 60+ aviators, friends, and family. Hosts Rick Bosshardt, your Arizona CubCrafter’s dealer, and our faithful Mike Andresen, along with help from APA President Tommy Thomason, managed...


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Guaymas APA Getaway Flight Report

Guaymas APA Getaway Flight Report By Brad Lawrence After much anticipation and anxiety by the members preparing to fly to Guaymas on Feb 5, the trip turned out to be much easier and smoother than expected. We all managed to navigate the CBP’s eAPIS and the Mexican multi-entry permit process. Flights to Mexico are riddled with nearly the same amount...


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Back to Basics: AIRSTRIP SAFETY EVALUATION

BACK TO BASICS AIRSTRIP SAFETY EVALUATION By David Dunteman Arizona Pilots Association and Recreational Aviation Foundation Issue 3, March 1, 2016 How do you prepare for landing at a new location? Our January Back to Basics addressed preflight preparation actions and requirements to familiarize us with all information relevant to a given flight. The Airstrip Safety Evaluation (ASE) is my attempt to...


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Accident Report - Year End 2015

2015 YEAR END AVIATION ACCIDENT REPORT by Jim Timm The 2015 year ended rather well from a flight safety standpoint in that the number of accidents and injuries were down, but most significantly, the number of fatal accidents, and fatalities. These were down from 10 accidents with 16 fatalities in 2014, to 2 accidents with 3 fatalities in 2015! We...


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Backcountry Updates
Backcountry Events  By Mark Spencer  Spring has brought some pretty good flying weather for us this year, and with it some great backcountry flying and events. This weekend’s fly in camp at Pleasant Valley (24AZ) just north of the beautiful and historic community of Young, went off without a hitch. Just after the first two aircraft arrivals, a light rain fell on the area,… Read more...Backcountry Updates
April Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm  April 2016  The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from late February thru late March, 2016. We will use this detailed accident information in the coming year to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and hopefully take the action necessary to prevent similar… Read more...April Aviation Accident Summary
April 2016 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm  April 2016  I hope all of you are out enjoying the great flying weather we have been having as much as I have. It’s obvious that spring must be here, because I can’t believe the amount of bugs I’ve been picking up flying. It appears that I’ve either been spending too much time flying at low altitudes, or this spring’s bugs are turbocharged so… Read more...April 2016 Executive Director's Report
Pilots Win Lawsuit Against City of Glendale Arizona
Pilots Win Lawsuit Against City of Glendale Arizona  March 28, 2016 - After a four and a half (4 1/2) year dispute with the City of Glendale Arizona, the Glendale Airport Pilots Association (GAPA) has won a Motion for Summary Judgment against the city, stopping the city’s attempts to dictate the usage of privately owned hangar spaces on the airport. According to Richard Goldman,… Read more...Pilots Win Lawsuit Against City of Glendale Arizona
GAARMS Report: April 2016
GAARMS Report: April 2016 Fred Gibbs  Those of us who fly the new glass-cockpit Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) need to read the following: Technically advanced aircraft (TAA)—those with a primary flight display (PFD), multi-function display (MFD), and GPS—are sexy. Pilots are drawn to them like Pooh Bear to honey. Besides being eye-catching, TAA attempt to address… Read more...GAARMS Report: April 2016
The “Next Gen” of Airman Certification Standards
The “Next Gen” of Airman Certification Standards  Howard Deevers  We started into the “Next Generation” of Air Traffic Control over 8 years ago, although the mandate for the ADS-B (out) is not required until after January 1, 2020. Now, it looks like the FAA is making changes to Airman Certification Standards (ACS). Up to now, we have trained to the… Read more...The “Next Gen” of Airman Certification Standards

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