Arizona Backcountry Progress - Tuweep Update
By: Mark Spencer Who would have imagined two years ago that the pilot community in Arizona would enjoy an award winning relationship with the U. S. Forest Service? Yet this is exactly the relationship we have built with the Tonto and the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest teams. On January 16th, I was taken by surprise as District Ranger (DR) Telles interrupted our...  Read more...Arizona Backcountry Progress - Tuweep Update
February Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm The flying weather has been good and the lower temperatures have been great for improved engine and airplane performance along with our own. In some cases it’s been a bit too cold for some of us “desert rats”, Please remember, we are in that time of the year that care needs to be exercised when encountering snow and icing conditions. From AOPA, we just...  Read more...February Executive Director's Report
Getaway to KPSP Canceled Due to Weather
Craig Albright, Cirrus N857CD @ KCHD, CFI/II Weather combined with a variety of other issues (e.g., work, medical, etc.) have resulted in cancellation of our Weekend Getaway to Palm Springs, CA this weekend. I realize that most of you have already contacted me individually but just in case you haven't gotten the word, we're postponing the trip. So, please attend to any...  Read more...Getaway to KPSP Canceled Due to Weather
Nesting Pair of Bald Eagles Near Roosevelt Lake
From Kelly L. Jardine, District Ranger, Tonto Basin Ranger District:  "Folks, we have a new nesting pair of bald eagles near Schoolhouse Point at Roosevelt Lake that we will protect under an area closure order like we have in place for the other two nest sites at the lake. The ground closure to entry is in effect December 1st thru June 30th. During that time there is...  Read more...Nesting Pair of Bald Eagles Near Roosevelt Lake
Luke AFB ILS
Luke AFB ILS is now available! General Aviation just got a Christmas present from Luke Air Force Base! We are very pleased to announce that the Luke AFB ILS at their Aux. 1 field is going to be available for restricted civilian use for practice approaches when the Wing is not flying effective January 4, 2013. Attached is the ILS approach procedure chart issued by the 56...  Read more...Luke AFB ILS
The Arizona Backcountry in 2012
2012: In the Backcountry Mark Spencer It’s been an incredible year in the Arizona backcountry! For Arizona pilots it’s been a year of progress, but believe me when I say, it’s been full of ups and downs. One day I’d feel higher, well than a Cub, and the next like someone had kicked me in the gut. The words offered by President John McKenna of the RAF, “Remember...  Read more...The Arizona Backcountry in 2012
January Accident Report
JANUARY ACCIDENT SUMMARYby Jim Timm In this regular reporting of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona, I hope that we can learn from the mistakes being made and take corrective action to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. For the last reporting period, the NTSB has reported six aviation accidents in Arizona. Of these accidents, there was one...  Read more...January Accident Report
January Executive Director's Report
JANUARY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORTJanuary, 2013Jim Timm The flying weather has been good and the lower temperatures have been great for improved engine and airplane performance along with our own. We are moving into that time of the year to again be wary of rain/snow/icing issues. Have a happy new year and please fly safe! Last month we discussed the Federal...  Read more...January Executive Director's Report
Weekend Getaway: November Debrief & January Outlook
Weekend Getaway:November Debrief & the January Outlookby Craig Albright, Cirrus N857CD @ KCHD, CFI/II Back from Carlsbad, NM It’s nearly Christmas and the weekend of November 24-25 seems like ages ago! That weekend was our first out-of-state, overnight Weekend Getaway. On Saturday, four aircraft carrying 11 souls left the Valley, heading to Carlsbad, NM, intent on...  Read more...Weekend Getaway: November Debrief & January Outlook
Backcountry Fly-In to Pleasant Valley Young, AZ - Dec 2012
Published on Dec 10, 2012 By Rich Finkle A short documentary of the Arizona Pilots Association fly-in to Pleasant Valley USFS airstrip near Young, Arizona on Nov. 30, 2012. The Arizona Pilots Assn and the Recreational Aviation Foundation re-opened this airstrip with the co-operation with the USFS. The event included some work by the backcountry committee and a lot of...  Read more...Backcountry Fly-In to Pleasant Valley Young, AZ - Dec 2012
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