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 As this edition of the newsletter goes to “print” the next APA scholarship cycle is in full swing, and we are looking forward to seeing the same number of outstanding applications as we did in 2019. While our overall goals and approach for managing the scholarship program have not changed, we have made what may
Read more: October 2020 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late August through late September. 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: October President’s Report
  Greetings, This year has flown by faster than most, pun intended. March seemed like it was about 18 years ago, but at the same time seems like yesterday. While this year’s aviation gatherings were definitely not what event planners, organizers, vendors, and attendees had in mind, this year gave rise to grassroots events. Though not nearly as grandiose as Sun ‘n’ Fun
Read more: October 2020 Executive Director's Report
  On the last few flights, I haven’t seen many bugs on the airplane. In fact, last week’s flight didn’t produce a single bug on the windshield, it’s amazing. Apparently, fall must be trying to arrive because when the early morning flights end, it’s still comfortable out, and except for the wind the other weekend, flying has been smooth and very comfortable. I
Read more: Buying an Airplane
  By Howard Deevers   Not every pilot owns an airplane. Not every person with a driver’s license owns a car for that matter. You don't have to own a car to have a driver’s license, and you don't have to own an airplane to have a pilot’s license. Probably in both cases, it is likely that the license holder would like to own an airplane or a car. There are other
  2020 TO DATE: As of the date I wrote this article, there has been no change in the NTSB’s report of fatal accidents here in Arizona. The NTSB report, show here, lists those five fatal accidents, describing five fatalities (of which four were pilots) and three serious injuries (one pilot and 2 passengers). A recap of those accidents are as follows: Read more: Thank Goodness for Uber & GPS (GAARMS) Two of 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