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: Your ADS-B Questions Answered (GAARMS)
As of April 1st, our 2019 safety record is holding steady with just the one fatal accident out in the Kingman area in January. The following is the NTSB official report: On January 13, 2019, about 1045 mountain standard time, a Piper PA22-160 airplane, N9227D, was substantially damaged when it impacted mountainous terrain in the Hualapai County Park, Hualapai, Arizona under
Read more: Practice Makes Perfect
If you ever took any kind of music lessons, you hear that expression many times. Of course, it would apply to almost any endeavor that you undertake. Let’s apply that to aviation. The Military and the Airlines learned that practice makes perfect many years ago. Everyone has seen the movie “TOP GUN” almost 30 years ago. The “Top Gun” school was started in 1969 to train pilots
Read more: Backcountry Calendar Updates
For all you backcountry adventurers, we’ve lined up a few weekend fly ins this fall where we can catch up with each other and enjoy the backcountry! We made such great strides over the last few years re-opening our backcountry to aviation, and had lots of fun and friendship in the process! Each of these airstrips also needs a little TLC to keep them in safe condition for all
Read more: Arizona Airport Focus: Deer Valley
The Phoenix metro area is home to some of the busiest airports on the planet. Besides the obvious landmark of Phoenix Sky Harbor, the metro’s multiple reliever airports absorb the bulk of the valley’s general aviation needs. The busiest by a longshot is Phoenix Deer Valley Municipal Airport (KDVT). While several of our Airport Focus articles have centered on lesser-known
Read more: Grapevine March of 2019
By Mike Andresen   Even in windy conditions, 9 airplanes made the trip to the APA Grapevine event in March. Three airplanes camped overnight. Our hosts, Barb, Bob and Joe were visiting RAF members from Wyoming. They were very gracious and generous to cook for us at this event. Elk and beef burgers were the menu for lunch. They are real backcountry pros and sported RAF
Read more: April 2019 Executive Director's Report
  Springtime is definitely here, based on the number of bugs I’ve been hitting. Either that, or I’ve been flying too low lately, but I really think that actually it’s that time of the year again, and it’s warming up. Let’s enjoy it while we still can, and let’s go flying! It’s hard to believe, but come May, BasicMed will be two years old. More than 45,000 pilots have
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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