February Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm February 2017 The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late December 2016 thru late January, 2017. We should 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 take the action necessary to...  Read more...February Aviation Accident Summary
February 2017 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm February 2017 The month of January started off with bad weather for flying and it has seemed that almost every Saturday has not been the greatest for flying out for breakfast. The New Year started with a tragic weather related fatal accident that really never should have happened. While we are going through this period of questionable weather, please...  Read more...February 2017 Executive Director's Report
Accident Report - Year End 2016
2016 YEAR END AVIATION ACCIDENT SYNOPSIS by Jim Timm The year 2016 ended with 41 accidents reported in the state of Arizona by the NTSB when this report was prepared in late January. There were no incomplete reports, and I hope there are no accident reports outstanding that have not yet been published. From a flight safety standpoint, the year wasn’t too...  Read more...Accident Report - Year End 2016
CRUISE SPEEDS  By Mike Andresen  Now that you have reached your cruise altitude, you can switch off the fasten seatbelt sign and take a moment to relax. If you are in a technologically advanced airplane, or carrying a tablet, you are probably looking at multi-colored LCDs throwing all sorts of information at you. My Electronic Flight Information...  Read more...CRUISE SPEEDS
GAARMS Report: February 2017
GAARMS Report: February 2017 Fred Gibbs  The first crash occurred on January 2nd when a C210 was destroyed when it collided with mountainous terrain about 11 miles north of Payson at an elevation of only 6601 feet. The aircraft departed the valley VFR enroute to Telluride. The NTSB report stated: Preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic ontrol...  Read more...GAARMS Report: February 2017
Owner Assisted Annuals  Howard Deevers  Disclaimer: I am not an A&P. These opinions may not reflect those of Arizona Pilots Association. Most of us want to keep the cost of flying as low as possible, so we can keep on flying. One way to do that is to assist in the Annual on your airplane. 91.409 requires an annual inspection of every certified...  Read more...OWNER ASSISTED ANNUALS
Backcountry Winter/Spring 2017
Backcountry Winter/Spring 2017  By Mark Spencer  As 2016 sets and the sun rises on 2017, we have a lot to look forward to in the Arizona backcountry. We’ve received word that Grapevine has been assigned an identifier, 88AZ, and what a way to start this new year! Don’t expect it to show up on the sectional for some time still, as the process of...  Read more...Backcountry Winter/Spring 2017
January 2017 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm January 2017 I hope all of you have had a Merry Christmas and celebrated the start of a Happy New Year. Hopefully, Santa brought you some goodies to add some more fun to your flying in the coming year. As soon as the winter rainy season wraps up and moves on out of here, I hope we can get back to doing some serious fun flying. When you do, please do it...  Read more...January 2017 Executive Director's Report
GAARMS Report: January 2017
GAARMS Report: January 2017 Fred Gibbs 2016 has come and 2016 has gone – with 6 fatal accidents and 9 fatalities! All in all, a fairly safe track record, but one that could have, and should have, been much lower. Three of the fatal accidents involved unique, not-your-typical GA aircraft, i.e., a P-51 Mustang, a T-6 “Texan, and a weight-shift...  Read more...GAARMS Report: January 2017
FLYING IN MEXICO  Mexican Government Aircraft Intercept  Howard Deevers  The second weekend in December I flew a dentist, and his son, to El Rosario, Baja, Mexico for the Flying Samaritans. The SAM’s, as they are called for short, take doctors, dentists, nurses, and chiropractors to their clinic in the small town of El Rosario (on the Pacific...  Read more...FLYING IN MEXICO
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