Thank you card from Girl Scout Troop No. 275
Thank you card from Girl Scout Troop No. 275    During our Pleasant Valley Fly-in, Recreation staff Gary Lollman found Girl Scout Troop No 275 camped out a mile or two up the road and managed to get them and their leaders over to the airport for their very first airplane rides! Man, what a blessing it was to share aviation with these Girl Scouts and what a...  Read more...Thank you card from Girl Scout Troop No. 275
Understanding Airports
Understanding Airports  Howard Deevers  Airports are as important to pilots as highways are to drivers. We need places to land, to keep our airplanes, and to get services. Preferably the airport would be near a city or a location that we would like to visit, just as roads and highways will lead to places we need, or want, to go. The bigger the city, the...  Read more...Understanding Airports
Teaching the Teachers
Teaching the Teachers  Howard Deevers  Learning to fly was wonderful, getting an Instrument Rating was stressful, training for the Commercial Pilot’s License was eye opening, and then my instructor/mentor suggested that I become an instructor. This had not been my goal in aviation, but he kept encouraging me to do so. His comment was, “If you...  Read more...Teaching the Teachers
KRYN Mid-Air Collision Letter by Marc
Dear Pilots,  Well, how did your morning end? Mine? Not so well.  I was on left downwind for runway six left at KRYN, after having performed a requested left 360 to allow traffic to clear. I received the transmission - N966EZ cleared to land on runway six left, following a Cessna on final. I had not yet turned left base when I looked up and saw the underbelly of...  Read more...KRYN Mid-Air Collision Letter by Marc
Desert Flyers
Desert Flyers  by Cathy Paradee  The Scottsdale Breakfast Club has been putting together interesting monthly events for the past 23 years. Every November, the committee has met to put together an itinerary for the following year. The most recent committee members have been Austin Erwin, Paul Fortune, and Richard Azimov, all faithfully led by Warren...  Read more...Desert Flyers
High in Desert Skies: Tucson’s Red-Letter Day
High in Desert Skies: Tucson's Red-Letter Day  by William Kalt  Blueish-gray smoke billows from large metal drums surrounding Tucson’s newly prepared landing grounds for airplanes in early December 1918. A small crew of men and animals works applying the finishing touches on the clearing, grading, and leveling of land east of the road from...  Read more...High in Desert Skies: Tucson’s Red-Letter Day
Pilots and Controllers Forum
Pilots and Controllers Forum  Howard Deevers  Have you ever felt uncomfortable talking to Air Traffic Controllers? How about the Ground and Tower Controllers at the Control Towered airports? Not sure about procedures to fly into Class B, C, or D airports? We have the answers for you. The Scottsdale FSDO reached out to the Southern Arizona FAASTeam to...  Read more...Pilots and Controllers Forum
Greetings From Chicago Center
Greetings From Chicago Center  Howard Deevers  My road trip (not flying) took me to the Quad Cities last month (Moline, Davenport, Rock Island, Bettendorf). My grandson, Nathan, is an air traffic controller at Chicago Center. He heard that I was coming to Illinois and said that he could arrange a tour of Chicago Center, if I would like. How could I pass...  Read more...Greetings From Chicago Center
Electronics in the Summer Heat, Have a Backup!
Electronics in the Summer Heat, Have a Backup!   By Bill Cassels  Early in the year we decided to fly our S35 Bonanza from Mogollon Airpark to Redding, CA. My youngest daughter lives in Redding, and we were going to spend the week visiting and then capture the four-year-old grandson for a month or so. Since we’d be going somewhere near the California...  Read more...Electronics in the Summer Heat, Have a Backup!
DENSITY ALTITUDE, Who Cares?  Howard Deevers  Remember when we went through our private pilot training and the instructor first mentioned density altitude? Most of us had never heard of the term before. I sure don’t remember it being in any of my math or physics courses in high school or college. Even my instructor didn’t spend much time on...  Read more...DENSITY ALTITUDE, Who Cares?