March 2017 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm March 2017 This past February we have had a few weekends messed up with bad weather, preventing flying out for breakfast or lunch, but overall, outside of the rainy weekends, the flying was great. We need to take advantage of our good flying weather while we can. There are a lot of aviation events coming up...


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GAARMS Report: March 2017

GAARMS Report: March 2017 Fred Gibbs WE HAVE MADE IT THROUGH FEBRUARY WITH NO FATAL ACCIDENTS, SO LET’S HOPE JANUARY WAS JUST AN ANOMOLY, A “BLIP” IN OUR SAFETY EFFORTS. The two general aviation aircraft involved in the fatal accidents were operating entirely different. A C210 departed SDL VFR enroute to Telluride on a family vacation trip, while the King...


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February 2017 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm February 2017 The month of January started off with bad weather for flying and it has seemed that almost every Saturday has not been the greatest for flying out for breakfast. The New Year started with a tragic weather related fatal accident that really never should have happened. While we are going through this period of...


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GAARMS Report: February 2017

GAARMS Report: February 2017 Fred Gibbs The first crash occurred on January 2nd when a C210 was destroyed when it collided with mountainous terrain about 11 miles north of Payson at an elevation of only 6601 feet. The aircraft departed the valley VFR enroute to Telluride. The NTSB report stated: Preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic ontrol (ATC) radar data...


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January 2017 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm January 2017 I hope all of you have had a Merry Christmas and celebrated the start of a Happy New Year. Hopefully, Santa brought you some goodies to add some more fun to your flying in the coming year. As soon as the winter rainy season wraps up and moves on out of here, I hope...


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GAARMS Report: January 2017

GAARMS Report: January 2017 Fred Gibbs 2016 has come and 2016 has gone – with 6 fatal accidents and 9 fatalities! All in all, a fairly safe track record, but one that could have, and should have, been much lower. Three of the fatal accidents involved unique, not-your-typical GA aircraft, i.e., a P-51 Mustang, a T-6 “Texan, and a weight-shift...


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Wildfire Operations and Avoidance
Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center  March 23, 2017  Each spring and summer federal agencies responsible for fighting wildfires in southern Arizona activate aircraft for use in fire suppression activities. This year 'fire season' has arrived early due to warm and dry conditions which have dried out vegetation, especially in lower elevations. Agencies in southern Arizona will be… Read more...Wildfire Operations and Avoidance
The Struggle for Tuweep
The Struggle for Tuweep  By Mark Spencer  Who would believe that 12 years after Tuweep’s closure by Arizona’s State Trust Land Department that we’d still not see the end of our struggle to regain access to this long established and historic airstrip? The APA’s and RAF’s efforts here might win a record for tenacity or persistence, as a recent email… Read more...The Struggle for Tuweep
Backcountry Update Spring 2017
Backcountry Update Spring 2017  By Mark Spencer  As 2017 flying season enters full swing so does our backcountry schedule! If you’ve got the right aircraft and skill, you’ll find Arizona’s backcountry to be among the most beautiful places in the country to fly and camp. Arizona’s backcountry airstrips provide everything from the smooth but narrow… Read more...Backcountry Update Spring 2017
March Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm March 2017 The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late January, 2017, thru late February, 2017. We will 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 take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents… Read more...March Aviation Accident Summary
March 2017 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm March 2017 This past February we have had a few weekends messed up with bad weather, preventing flying out for breakfast or lunch, but overall, outside of the rainy weekends, the flying was great. We need to take advantage of our good flying weather while we can. There are a lot of aviation events coming up soon. When you are out there attending some of them, if they are… Read more...March 2017 Executive Director's Report
59th Annual Cactus Fly-In
59th Annual Cactus Fly-In  By Stefanie Spencer  This year’s Cactus Fly-In was another success! There were many antique and modern aircraft on display, stretching across the entire airport. The safety seminars from the APA, RAF, and NM Pilots were completely filled, as were many of the other seminars on Saturday. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary band was on the patio in front… Read more...59th Annual Cactus Fly-In

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March 2017

 

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  • President and Director's Reports
  • Struggle for Tuweep and Backcountry Updates
  • GAJSC Safety Topic: Maneuvering Flight
  • Cactus Fly-in and STOL Tips Seminar Recap
  • APA Winter Social Photos
  • Aging iPads and Other Aviation Electronics by Howard Deevers
  • Aircraft Power Performance Curves by Mike Andresen
  • GAARMS Safety Update by Fred Gibbs
  • Various Upcoming Events & Flyers

 

 


 

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