Grapevine Recap
Grapevine Recap  By Mark Spencer While challenging weather scuttled our monthly fly in BBQ at Grapevine for January, several folks did fly in. Because of their hard work, along with a ground crew, a small tractor and 40 additional tons of fill, the airstrip has never looked better. Anyone that has visited Grapevine understands the incredible beauty of...  Read more...Grapevine Recap
February 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm  February 2018  The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late December, 2017, through late January, 2018. 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 they will take...  Read more...February 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
Johnathan the Brave
Johnathan the Brave  By Andrew Vogeney  Working a part-time job can have a lot of perks, most notably for me the paycheck that keeps the gas tanks half full. I work a few nights a week at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, and I’m proud of a lot of the “extras” we get to do for our community. One of them is working with Hope Kids,...  Read more...Johnathan the Brave
Cottonwood Fly-In & Safety Seminar
Cottonwood Fly-In & Safety Seminar   By Timothy M Pebler  The seminar was attended by about 52 people from Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Rimrock, Flagstaff, Prescott, Mesa, Deer Valley, Glendale and Sedona. Fred had an educational presentation on winter flying weather with lots of positive comments from those who attended. Morgan Scott and the...  Read more...Cottonwood Fly-In & Safety Seminar
Kingman Airport, Kingman Arizona
Kingman Airport, Kingman Arizona  By Brian Schober  The US Army Air Forces played a major role in developing many of Arizona’s current and long-gone airports. Kingman’s airport is no exception. The US Army Air Forces had a need to train gunnery crews assigned to the newly-developed B-17 Flying Fortresses and an unpopulated 4,000+ acres...  Read more...Kingman Airport, Kingman Arizona
Payson—A Backcountry Fly-In That EVERY Airplane Can Make!
Payson - A Backcountry Fly-In That EVERY Airplane Can Make  By James Nebrig  Many fellow fliers look with envy at the impressive array of backcountry fly-ins that the Arizona Pilots Association and Recreational Aviation Foundation have put together in the Arizona backcountry. While these fly-ins sure look like a lot of fun, the sad reality is that...  Read more...Payson—A Backcountry Fly-In That EVERY Airplane Can Make!
Goldwater Range Tour
Goldwater Range Tour  By Mary & Susan  This is a quick thank you and a recap of our day on the range..... Susan Gladstein thanked us for being great visitors and also thanked us for our contribution to the airmen's fund for the upcoming deployed families’ party. Our $300 went a long way in the goodwill department. Additionally, after expenses,...  Read more...Goldwater Range Tour
Symposium in Deer Valley (GAARMS)
Symposium in Deer Valley  GAARMS Report: February 2018   Fred Gibbs  (Your guy in Flagstaff) The seventh annual APA General Aviation Accident Reduction and Mitigation Symposium – GAARMS VII – will be in Deer Valley on Saturday, March 31st, 2018. The safety program will be held at the AeroGuard Flight Training Center (the old...  Read more...Symposium in Deer Valley (GAARMS)
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