Arizona Pilots Association

General Aviation in Arizona

Advocating the common interests of Arizona's general aviation community at the local and state level.

Arizona Pilots Association
The Voice of General Aviation in Arizona!


Scholarships are given each year to help fill the financial need of students pursuing aviation related educational opportunities at accredited colleges.


Safety briefing pamphlets, map, and videos for the backcountry airstrips in Arizona that the APA and volunteers have worked to reopen and currently maintain.


Information regarding properties and contacts in a listing of the airparks located in Arizona, with special articles detailing the ins-and-outs of many of them.

Airport Focus

What is there to do when flying to the various Arizona airports? Check out our articles with details and photos of who to see, where to stay, and what do at our public airports.


The APA provides safety seminars around the state, as well as articles on various safety topics each month. We also have available for download GAJSC safety presentations.


The APA maintains a comprehensive calendar of many aviation events around Arizona, as well as our monthly Grapevine BBQ and special getaways. Find out what's happening.


We would like to thank our corporate sponsor!

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Latest News Articles

Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent We closed the 2020 scholarship application cycle in mid-November, and I am happy to report that we received a total of 29 applications! This is up slightly from the 24 we received in 2019, and in looking through the submissions, it’s encouraging to see that in spite of the recent turmoil in the aviation
Read more: December 2020 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late October through late November. The APA will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar
Read more: Grapevine Update
  By Mark Spencer   Our first monthly fly in for Grapevine went off without a hitch in November, and with additional guests from the USAF! With severe fire conditions across the Tonto National Forest the APA decided to hold off on our usual monthly fly in the third weekend at Grapevine until last month. We launched our new potluck dinner plan at this event, and
Read more: December President’s Report
  Greetings, As I sit here recovering from a turkey coma, I’ll reflect on what a remarkably different year we've had. Politics, health, politics in health.... it’s all been thrown at us in one year. Not all has been bad, but it certainly hasn't all been good. I'm simply thankful for the opportunity to enjoy aviation and to share it with those I love. Circumstances
Read more: An Overview of Aerobatic Practice Areas
  by James R. Ward November 7, 2020   Among the US pilot community, Aerobatic Practice Areas are perhaps the least-known among FAA-designated Miscellaneous Activity Areas within the National Airspace System.1 This paper introduces APAs, their purpose, and how the FAA informs pilots about them. It advocates for improving pilot awareness of this airspace in order
Read more: December 2020 Executive Director's Report
  December is here, and it started out a bit warm, but has finally settled into the normal cool days and evenings, fortunately. Just the right formula for enjoying some pleasant flying conditions. I wish I could take advantage of it. I’m still waiting for my engine to come back from its overhaul, which should be anytime now. I’m eager to get it broken in and going flying
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“The backcountry success of reopening airstrips in Arizona which the APA has accomplished through volunteer efforts is unsurpassed.”

Brian Schober, APA President