By Jim Timm
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 we can get back to doing some serious fun flying. When you do, please do it safely. I’d like to see a better flight safety trend this coming year than what we had last year. Think ahead and fly safe.
Well, January is here, and the FAA has announced it is moving forward with the third class medical reform, and they say the final rule can be expected sometime in January 2017. The implementation date, when pilots will actually be able to fly under the new regulations, is still an unknown at this time. I guess all we can do is sit tight, be patient, and see what happens, and hope that things don't get screwed up in the process and we wind up with a convoluted complex mess; anyway, sorry for ending the year on such a pessimistic note. On the positive side, I do want to wish all of you a happy and prosperous new year filled with lots of fun and safe flying. Besides, I think we all deserve it!
Please be aware, there are still a lot of major and minor construction projects going on at many airports around the state, and unfortunately, the activity will be going on for a while. Before you take off, make sure you check for NOTAMS at your destination airport so you don’t have a surprise awaiting you when you arrive.
The good news is that flight safety has continued to improve, and in this past reporting period there were only two accidents reported by the NTSB. Unfortunately, one of them did involve a serious injury. We only have days left before the end of the year, and I hope we can keep the accident numbers and injuries, if any, minor. Please fly safe! See my January Accident Summary for details. For the February report we should be able to have a detailed summary of the 2016 accidents.
APA is working with various airports around the state, providing the pilot and aircraft owner’s perspective in the process of updating their Airport Master Plans. An update of the Sedona Airport (SED), Flagstaff, and Grand Canyon Airport (GCN) master plans are currently in process.
THINGS TO DO - PLACES TO GO FOR BREAKFAST:
- The fly in breakfast at Coolidge Municipal Airport (P08) is on the first Saturday of the month.
- The second Saturday of the month is now open for a new fly in breakfast location because the Tucson Airport Authority, which operates Ryan Field (RYN), refused to renew the lease for the restaurant and it closed down as of January 1, 2017. We have not heard of any plans for the future.
- The Mesa Falcon Field EAA Warbirds Squadron fly in breakfast and car show is on the third Saturday.
- The third Saturday of the month there is a fly in breakfast at Benson (E95) at Southwest Aviation. (There are special fuel prices for breakfast attendees.)
- Also on the third Saturday, around noon, a donation lunch is served by APA at the USFS Grapevine Airstrip next to Roosevelt Lake.
- The last Saturday of the month there is a fly in breakfast at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ). The Airport’s restaurant, Foxtrot Cafe, operating in the Terminal Building, is open 6:30am to 2:00pm Monday thru Saturday. On the last Saturday of the month they have a “Fly in Breakfast Special” available on the menu; the price for adults is $7 and kids $5.