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
APA WINTER SOCIAL  February 9, 2017  Desert Rose Pizza & Gastropub  Olde Towne Glendale  By Susan Wearly and Mary James  The APA’s Winter Social kicked off in a funky & fun restaurant housed in a former warehouse-like structure in Olde Towne Glendale called the Desert Rose. Thirty-three guests attended with many familiar faces and… Read more... APA WINTER SOCIAL
Aircraft Power Performance Curves
Aircraft Power Performance Curves  By Mike Andresen  In last month's article, "Cruise Speeds," we learned how optimal cruise speeds can be derived from an airplane's power and thrust performance curves. We also learned that cruise speeds could be optimized depending on the objective of the flight mission. In this article, I would like to discuss how to determine the… Read more...Aircraft Power Performance Curves
Falcon Field Airport invites pilots to annual Open House
Falcon Field Airport For Release: February 20, 2017 Contact: Dee Anne ThomasMarketing/Communications Specialist480-644-4233 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Falcon Field Airport invites pilots to annual Open House Arizona pilots are invited to display their aircraft and share their passion for aviation 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the City of Mesa’s Falcon Field… Read more...Falcon Field Airport invites pilots to annual Open House
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 Air was… Read more...GAARMS Report: March 2017
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