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
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
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
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
4th Annual STOL Tips Seminar
4th Annual STOL Tips Seminar  By David Dunteman February 10-12 marked the fourth STOL tips seminar by Patrick Romano and Dave Dunteman and the first in Arizona.  They started the class last May 14 in Bentonville, Arkansas, and have now taught over 70 pilots in the art of expanding the pilots comfortable operating envelope of their aircraft.  Specifically they start in… Read more...4th Annual STOL Tips Seminar
February Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm February 2017 The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late December 2016 thru late January, 2017. We should 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...February Aviation Accident Summary
Accident Report - Year End 2016
2016 YEAR END AVIATION ACCIDENT SYNOPSIS by Jim Timm The year 2016 ended with 41 accidents reported in the state of Arizona by the NTSB when this report was prepared in late January. There were no incomplete reports, and I hope there are no accident reports outstanding that have not yet been published. From a flight safety standpoint, the year wasn’t too bad, but it certainly… Read more...Accident Report - Year End 2016
CRUISE SPEEDS
CRUISE SPEEDS  By Mike Andresen  Now that you have reached your cruise altitude, you can switch off the fasten seatbelt sign and take a moment to relax. If you are in a technologically advanced airplane, or carrying a tablet, you are probably looking at multi-colored LCDs throwing all sorts of information at you. My Electronic Flight Information System has readouts of… Read more...CRUISE SPEEDS
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 showed… Read more...GAARMS Report: February 2017
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 “Trike”, all flown… Read more...GAARMS Report: January 2017
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