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
Pleasant Valley, Young AZ (24AZ)
Pleasant Valley, Young AZ (24AZ) By Mark Spencer Get ready for Veteran's day weekend, November 10 -12th, as we’ll be back in Young, at the Pleasant Valley, 24AZ airstrip.  If you have a big tire plane, we’re working on a special fly over to our newest backcountry airstrip, Buzzard’s Roost that Saturday morning. Buzzard’s Roost is basically an… Read more...Pleasant Valley, Young AZ (24AZ)
Backcountry Fall/Winter 2017
Backcountry Fall/Winter 2017 By Mark Spencer As the 2017 summer gives way to cooler fall and winter weather, we have a lot to look forward to in the Arizona backcountry. At Grapevine, now a formally fully opened airstrip, 88AZ, we will resume hosting our monthly weekend fly in camp outs and our donation based lunch every third Saturday! These are incredible events as nearly… Read more...Backcountry Fall/Winter 2017
Legislative Action, Your Voice Counts
Legislative Action, Your Voice Counts To Privatize or Not to Privatize? By Mark Spencer While the Arizona Pilots Association is primarily focused on state level activities, so important is the proposal to privatize ATC in the federal house FAA re-authorization bill, H.B. 2997, that we became involved to have our voice heard in DC, and heard it was! Our call to action was heeded… Read more...Legislative Action, Your Voice Counts
Grapevine, Final Spring Fly In
Grapevine, Final Spring Fly In By Mark Spencer APA’s last organized event for the spring went off without a hitch on the weekend of May 19th through 21st. The only challenge was keeping up with parking of the 30 aircraft! According to Kit ad Brad, our hosts for this weekend, there were a total 64 attendees throughout the weekend. Everyone pitched in with food dishes for the pot… Read more...Grapevine, Final Spring Fly In
Grapevine Is Finally Open!!!
Grapevine Is Finally Open!!! By Mark Spencer A beautiful thing happened last week as the new Phoenix FAA sectional has removed the circle with an X through it that occupied the sectional for the last 20+ years, replacing it with the new Grapevine Airstrip symbol! It's taken nearly five years of collaboration between the APA, the RAF, the USFS, and even national MOU between the RAF and… Read more...Grapevine Is Finally Open!!!
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
Backcountry Winter/Spring 2017
Backcountry Winter/Spring 2017  By Mark Spencer  As 2016 sets and the sun rises on 2017, we have a lot to look forward to in the Arizona backcountry. We’ve received word that Grapevine has been assigned an identifier, 88AZ, and what a way to start this new year! Don’t expect it to show up on the sectional for some time still, as the process of charting takes a… Read more...Backcountry Winter/Spring 2017
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