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.


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Latest News Articles

Read more: October 2018 Executive Director's Report
The mornings are cooler, and the days are slightly cooler, so it appears fall is finally arriving with the promise of great flying weather. At least for now, longer comfortable morning flights are possible. With the onset of the fall weather, our flying season activity is starting to pick up with the notices of upcoming aviation fly-in events. It’s unfortunate that one of the
Read more: October President’s Report
It’s October in Arizona. As the rest of the country starts to buckle down and prep for winter, we’re putting the final polish on our planes and planning weekend destinations. Arizona is unique in that we are blessed with so many amazing destinations. With 80+ public-use airports to choose from, a growing list of backcountry airstrips, and nearby states with airports close to
Read more: October 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from August thru late September. The Arizona Pilots Association uses this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and hopefully they will take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from
Read more: Payson Pie Run
By Connor Barrett & Armon Haghighat Flight school, a part time job, and working towards earning a four-year college degree with the ultimate goal of flying for a major airline can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Countless hours of studying, running from class to class, and flying in work clothes is what it’s going to take to become a commercial airline pilot that
Read more: White Sands Missile Range, NM—Getaway Results
Perfect Weather, Perfect Tours, Perfect Food! - Kit Murphy, Oct 5-6, ‘18 Kit Murphy organized another Getaway winner.  Based around the White Sands Missile Range and Trinity tours that are only open 2 days per year, she put together a winery tour, pistachio orchard tour, the Trinity and McDonald House tour plus rental cars at the Alamogordo airport KALM, with great food
Read more: Garmin 700 Series AutoPilot Heads Up… (GAARMS)
Well, August unfortunately turned out to be a bad month for maintaining our good safety record, while September had no fatal accidents (as of the 25th, as I write this). In a 2-week period between Aug. 18 and Aug. 29th, there were 3 fatal accidents with 5 fatalities. The total count so far this year stands at 5 fatal GA accidents and 12 fatalities. This does not include the
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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