December 2017 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm December 2017 Thanksgiving is over and the temperatures still seem to be like warm, mid-fall while this report is being written. The early mornings are nice and cool, and the improved aircraft performance is really appreciated, making flying a lot more fun. I hope everyone is out enjoying it and doing it safely. Locally, the next...


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Engine Health and Flight Plans (GAARMS)

Engine Health and Flight Plans GAARMS Report: December 2017 Fred Gibbs As we wind down 2017 (but still with one more month to go), this year’s fatal accident rate appears to mirror last year, but unfortunately the total number of fatalities to date jumped to 13. The total number of fatal accidents (6) stayed the same as 2016, but only...


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Understanding Airports

Understanding Airports Howard Deevers Airports are as important to pilots as highways are to drivers. We need places to land, to keep our airplanes, and to get services. Preferably the airport would be near a city or a location that we would like to visit, just as roads and highways will lead to places we need, or want, to...


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Teaching the Teachers

Teaching the Teachers Howard Deevers Learning to fly was wonderful, getting an Instrument Rating was stressful, training for the Commercial Pilot’s License was eye opening, and then my instructor/mentor suggested that I become an instructor. This had not been my goal in aviation, but he kept encouraging me to do so. His comment was, “If you really want to...


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GAARMS Report: November 2017 Winter Flying and Seat Belts

GAARMS Report: November 2017 Fred Gibbs Another month has passed, and unfortunately, as I write this article, our safety record continues to slip further down the “Luck Meter” From AZFamily.com (http://www.azfamily.com/story/36664680/authorities-identify-pilot-from-fatal-plane-crash-near-willcox): WILLCOX, AZ Oct. 19 - The pilot of a small airplane that died last week after crashing into the desert in southern Arizona has been identified....


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November 2017 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm November 2017 It looks like the Arizona fun flying season may have officially started with the Copperstate Fly In at Falcon Field at the end of October. The weather was good, and it looked like quite a few people flew in for the event. In addition to many vendors, the APA was there, and it...


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Arizona Legislature Holds Second GA Caucus at State Capitol!
Arizona Legislature Holds Second GA Caucus at State Capitol!  By Stefanie Spencer  Thanks to committed aviators like Noel Campbell and Todd Clodfelter, Arizona has joined the growing number of state legislatures that are forming successful General Aviation Caucuses this year. This week marked the second meeting of the Arizona Caucus, which was held in the State House… Read more...Arizona Legislature Holds Second GA Caucus at State Capitol!
December 2017 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm December 2017 Thanksgiving is over and the temperatures still seem to be like warm, mid-fall while this report is being written. The early mornings are nice and cool, and the improved aircraft performance is really appreciated, making flying a lot more fun. I hope everyone is out enjoying it and doing it safely.  Locally, the next few months are going to be… Read more...December 2017 Executive Director's Report
Backcountry Update for Grapevine
Backcountry Update for Grapevine By Mark Spencer You might have heard that the APA bit the bullet, purchasing 40 tons of special aggregate for shoring up the asphalt edges at midfield for Grapevine. Paul Pitkin and Mike Andresen pulled off the order and delivery. It’s a lot of material to move by shovel and wheelbarrow, but nothing our APA and RAF volunteers are not up… Read more...Backcountry Update for Grapevine
Backcountry Update for Young PV
Backcountry Update for Young PV By Mark Spencer Fall has been good to us in Arizona, and it is our best time of year for flying. We are, of course, still waiting for a little cooler temps as this fall has been unusually warm, but relatively calm.  Our Pleasant Valley fly in and camp  over Veteran’s day was an incredible time for all, and the town really rolled… Read more...Backcountry Update for Young PV
December Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm  December 2017  The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late October through late November, 2017. We use 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 take the action necessary to prevent similar… Read more...December Aviation Accident Summary
Engine Health and Flight Plans (GAARMS)
Engine Health and Flight Plans GAARMS Report: December 2017  Fred Gibbs  As we wind down 2017 (but still with one more month to go), this year’s fatal accident rate appears to mirror last year, but unfortunately the total number of fatalities to date jumped to 13. The total number of fatal accidents (6) stayed the same as 2016, but only included 9 fatalities. Hopefully… Read more...Engine Health and Flight Plans (GAARMS)

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December 2017

 

Newsletter Highlights:

 

  • President and Director's Reports
  • AZ Aviation Accident Summary
  • Arizona Legislature Holds Second GA Caucus at State Capitol
  • Backcountry Updates for Grapevine & PV Young
  • GAJSC Safety Topic: Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC)
  • Understanding Airports by Howard Deveers
  • Engine Health and Flight Plans by Fred Gibbs
  • Event Pictures, Upcoming Events, and Flyers   

 

 

 

  

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