November 2016 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm November 2016 Now that fall has officially arrived, it seems like summer temps are still trying to hang on for a while. The mornings are now nice and cool, and the flying temperatures in the forenoons are becoming great. The end of October was the Copperstate Fly In, and it was great to see many of...


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GAARMS Report: November 2016

GAARMS Report: October 2016 Fred Gibbs Thankfully there have been no new fatal accidents since the last newsletter, thus there is not much to report. We currently stand at 6 fatal accidents so far, with 9 fatalities, all pilots, including 2 CFII’s. We only have two more months to go, and let’s hope there continues to be nothing to...


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October 2016 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm October 2016 It appears that Fall has finally arrived! The mornings are much cooler and the flying temperatures are getting much better. Looking at my calendar, it’s also evident that our flying season is beginning, based on the number of fly in events I see coming up. Let’s go flying, but fly safe! This kind of falls...


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GAARMS Report: October 2016

GAARMS Report: October 2016 Fred Gibbs We are now three quarters of the way through 2016, or if you work for the government, it is the beginning of the new 2017 fiscal year and, of course, the FAA is gathering stats for last year’s safety record. Us real folks operate on the calendar year, and we still have 3...


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September 2016 Executive Director's Report

By Jim Timm September 2016 With the monsoon season in full swing it’s becoming challenging to find suitable flying weather. We’ve had to be a bit flexible in picking out where to fly out for the Saturday morning breakfast. Fly safe, and this monsoon season will soon be behind us and we will have better (and cooler) mornings. This year...


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GAARMS Report: September 2016

GAARMS Report: September 2016 Fred Gibbs It saddens me to report that we are now up to 6 fatal accidents this year, with 9 pilots perished, but fortunately NO passengers. And it has gotten personal! Below is the NTSB website list. Several of the pilots who were killed this year were flight instructors, but it appears only one was actually...


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Tonto National Forest Planning
Tonto National Forest Planning By Mark Spencer As the Tonto national Forest enters the next phase of the forest planning process, APA members help fulfill our mission as “The voice of General Aviation in Arizona!” To many, the Forest Service planning process is a mystery, but thanks to RAF’s Ron Normandeau, the curtain has been pulled back on this process. Ron… Read more...Tonto National Forest Planning
Grapevine Celebration
Grapevine Celebration By Mark Spencer Celebrating the completion of our Grapevine Asphalt Preservation Program seemed only fitting for October’s fly in weekend, and celebrate we did! 24 aircraft in all, and roughly 50 people attended. Besides enjoying the myriad of aircraft, some former show winners, the food and company was great! It was also nice to see some of our hardest… Read more...Grapevine Celebration
Grapevine Preservation Complete
Grapevine Preservation Complete By Mark Spencer Saving the Tonto National Forest Grapevine airstrip, once E75, but closed and abandoned for roughly 20 years, could be one of the greatest challenges ever taken on by the Arizona pilot community. It all began in 2011 with some 80 volunteers over 3 days clearing the runway edges of Ironwood, Cat Claw, and Palo Verde trees that had taken… Read more...Grapevine Preservation Complete
November Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm November 2016 The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late September thru late October, 2016. We use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings to help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and hopefully then take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from… Read more...November Aviation Accident Summary
November 2016 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm November 2016 Now that fall has officially arrived, it seems like summer temps are still trying to hang on for a while. The mornings are now nice and cool, and the flying temperatures in the forenoons are becoming great. The end of October was the Copperstate Fly In, and it was great to see many of you there and be able to chat with you. Although it was a trifle warm, the… Read more...November 2016 Executive Director's Report
COPPERSTATE 2016
COPPERSTATE 2016  By Stefanie Spencer  I would like to thank all of the volunteers and attendees that came out to enjoy the Copperstate Fly-In weekend for the first time at Falcon Field in Mesa. The booth was filled almost non-stop with pilots from near and far, with many questions about what we are accomplishing at Grapevine and the other airstrips here in Arizona. It is… Read more...COPPERSTATE 2016

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November 2016

 

Newsletter Highlights:

  • President and Director's Reports
  • GAJSC Safety Topic: Stabilized Approach and Landing
  • Tonto National Forest Planning
  • Grapevine Preservation Complete
  • Pegasus HopeKids Fly-In Photos
  • Fun evening at the APA Fall Social in Mesa!
  • GAARMS Safety Update by Fred Gibbs
  • Simple Mistakes by Howard Deevers
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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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