GAARMS Report: December 2016
GAARMS Report: December 2016 Fred Gibbs Again, thankfully there have been no fatal accidents since the last newsletter, nor has the NTSB releases any findings on any of the 2016 accidents to date, thus there is not much to report. We currently stand at 6 fatal accidents so far, with 9 fatalities, all pilots, including 2 CFII’s. We only have one more month to go, and let’s… Read more...GAARMS Report: December 2016
Politics, Again  Howard Deevers  (Disclaimer: These comments and thoughts are mine, and not necessarily those of Arizona Pilots Association) For many of us there was a great feeling of relief when this election cycle ended. Never mind who won, but the feeling that it is finally over! The election may be over, but the next cycle is just beginning. What am I talking about?… Read more...POLITICS, AGAIN
Navajo Christmas Airlift Update
Navajo Christmas Airlift  By George Pohlman  KFHU - The 32nd Christmas Airlift to the Navajo Nation took place on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The weather that day was perfect for our flight. There were 9 planes from the Sierra Vista area and 26 from the PHX / Deer Valley area, a total of 35 planes in all, landing at Gallup, NM, airport. We filled their… Read more...Navajo Christmas Airlift Update
The Take-Off Roll
The Take-Off Roll  By Mike Andresen  As a flight instructor, I get to peer into the procedures of people of various training backgrounds while giving Biennial Flight Reviews. Some were trained in local or distant flight schools, some have training from professional backgrounds, and some were trained by a free-lance CFI that they just happened to know. Just before… Read more...The Take-Off Roll
Tonto National Forest Planning
Tonto National Forest Planning By Mark Spencer As the Tonto national Forest enters the next phase of the forest planning process, APA members help fulfill our mission as “The voice of General Aviation in Arizona!” To many, the Forest Service planning process is a mystery, but thanks to RAF’s Ron Normandeau, the curtain has been pulled back on this process. Ron… Read more...Tonto National Forest Planning
Grapevine Preservation Complete
Grapevine Preservation Complete By Mark Spencer Saving the Tonto National Forest Grapevine airstrip, once E75, but closed and abandoned for roughly 20 years, could be one of the greatest challenges ever taken on by the Arizona pilot community. It all began in 2011 with some 80 volunteers over 3 days clearing the runway edges of Ironwood, Cat Claw, and Palo Verde trees that had taken… Read more...Grapevine Preservation Complete
November Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm November 2016 The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late September thru late October, 2016. We use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings to help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and hopefully then take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from… Read more...November Aviation Accident Summary
November 2016 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm November 2016 Now that fall has officially arrived, it seems like summer temps are still trying to hang on for a while. The mornings are now nice and cool, and the flying temperatures in the forenoons are becoming great. The end of October was the Copperstate Fly In, and it was great to see many of you there and be able to chat with you. Although it was a trifle warm, the… Read more...November 2016 Executive Director's Report
COPPERSTATE 2016  By Stefanie Spencer  I would like to thank all of the volunteers and attendees that came out to enjoy the Copperstate Fly-In weekend for the first time at Falcon Field in Mesa. The booth was filled almost non-stop with pilots from near and far, with many questions about what we are accomplishing at Grapevine and the other airstrips here in Arizona. It is… Read more...COPPERSTATE 2016
GAARMS Report: November 2016
GAARMS Report: November 2016 Fred Gibbs Thankfully there have been no new fatal accidents since the last newsletter, thus there is not much to report. We currently stand at 6 fatal accidents so far, with 9 fatalities, all pilots, including 2 CFII’s. We only have two more months to go, and let’s hope there continues to be nothing to report. So there I was, level at 10,500… Read more...GAARMS Report: November 2016
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