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 This month’s update will be brief, as we are in the middle of our application cycle that ends November 15th. I am pleased to report that our new online application tool is up and running, and we have started to receive applications from interested students. We typically receive the bulk of the applications
Read more: November 2020 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents in Arizona from late September through late October. The APA will use detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes made by others and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar accidents. For this
Read more: November President’s Report
  Greetings, It appears that summer has finally lost its grip on Arizona. Snow has fallen up north and down south, closed toed shoes and sleeves are needed in Phoenix, and the sound of reciprocating engines overhead is back! It's a glorious time to be a pilot in Arizona. Now if we could get some rainfall in the Valley, we'd be talking! The extremely dry weather
Read more: November 2020 Executive Director's Report
  I can’t believe it; suddenly, we went from the hot summer weather straight into winter. I made my last flight in the hot summer temps and started pulling the engine out of my airplane to have it top overhauled and have numerous upgrades incorporated. When I get it back in a few weeks I should have some cool mornings to break it in again. At least I’m sure counting on
Read more: Is There a Gap of Aviation Knowledge Between Military and General Aviation Pilots?
The public tends to believe, and most General Aviation pilots also tend to believe, that military and airline pilots have special skills that the average pilot does not have. They do have type ratings and advanced training that most of us will never get. However, we all start the same way, with basic training, advancing to our first solo flight, our first cross country flight
Read more: Another Teaching Moment (GAARMS)
  2020 TO DATE: As of late October when I wrote this article, there has been no change in the NTSB’s report of fatal accidents here in Arizona, so I am pleased to report no change in our fatal accident rate. Within the GAARMs statistics, I try to only include general aviation accidents; therefore, the 2 helicopter crashes would not be counted within the GAARMS report


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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