Winter Flying
Winter Flying  Howard Deevers  While Arizona was enjoying exceptional flying weather in January, much of the rest of the country was experiencing harsh winter conditions. We saw sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice, and the "windchill" we all hate. My nephew, John, has come from Minneapolis to Tucson several times for a week of relief from the cold....  Read more...Winter Flying
January 2018 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm  January 2018  I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season, Santa was good to you, and all your Christmas surprises were good ones. The early Saturday morning breakfast flights are a bit cool, and the aircraft performance has really been impressive compared to last summer. I really wish the pilots’ performance could improve by the...  Read more...January 2018 Executive Director's Report
Spring 2018 Backcountry Line Up
Spring 2018 Backcountry Line Up  By Mark Spencer While the weather continues to favor Arizona backcountry in the central desert, plan on attending one of APA’s backcountry weekends at the Grapevine Airstrip (88AZ) for one of our third Saturday BBQ’s. Of course you can fly in on Friday and stay the weekend, or if you are more of a loner, visit...  Read more...Spring 2018 Backcountry Line Up
January 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm  January 2018  The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late November, 2017, through late December, 2017. We 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 hopefully take the action necessary...  Read more...January 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
Blocking Display of ADS-B Information Last month I wrote a short note about a number of pilots in the Phoenix area that have received threatening or harassing letters about being too low over a certain area.  It seems that people on the ground are using FlightAware or similar software to monitor the altitudes of airplanes equipped with ADS-B. The altitude the person on...  Read more...Blocking Display of ADS-B Information
Eagle Breeding Areas
Eagle Breeding Areas The Bald Eagle Breeding season is upon us and the Arizona Game and Fish Department has listed the areas that are closed or have limited access to them, and the nest watchers are out.  The following link describes the eagle breeding areas of concern.  Unfortunately, unless you are familiar with these areas and know the names of the various...  Read more...Eagle Breeding Areas
Accident Trends (GAARMS)
Accident Trends  GAARMS Report: January 2018   Fred Gibbs  Happy New Year to one and all!  May this coming year be your best yet, and as the Arizona aviation community, let’s try to make 2018 the safest year on record. 2017 appears to have mirrored 2016, with the total number of fatal accidents (6) staying the same, but unfortunately,...  Read more...Accident Trends (GAARMS)
Looking Both Ways
Looking Both Ways  Howard Deevers  Do you make New Year Resolutions? Almost all of us do, but many of us fail to follow through. The usual resolutions, such as losing a few pounds, eating healthier, exercising more, earning a new rating, or attending more safety seminars, may not materialize, even though we have the best of intentions. But the...  Read more...Looking Both Ways
Arizona Airport Focus — Cottonwood (P52)
Cottonwood (P52) By Brian Schober.  This is the first in a series of articles highlighting unique and fun Arizona general aviation airports. This month, we are highlighting the Cottonwood airport, P52. The scenic and historic town of Cottonwood lies approximately 100 miles North of Phoenix or about 50 miles Southwest of Flagstaff. The airport was originally...  Read more...Arizona Airport Focus — Cottonwood (P52)
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
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