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.

Passport App

Win awards and stay proficient by visiting Arizona’s public-use airstrips and airports, as well as many airport restaurants and aviation themed museums in our #FLYAZ Passport App.


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

  By Fred Gibbs   OOHRAH!! We are still doing a really great job of flying safe! Here we are, entering our 9th month, with only one fatal accident on record. If you want to read the NTSB report about that accident, see my GAARMS article in last month’s (August) newsletter. Yes, we still have our share of fender-benders, AKA incidents, but not big-time accidents
Read more: A Little Bit of History
  By Howard Deevers   A pilot at Ryan Airport, just west of Tucson, decided to retire from flying and sold his airplane. That resulted in cleaning out the hangar. It took a while, but eventually he was giving away some of his collectable items. One of the most interesting items was a copy of FLYING MAGAZINE from June 1946. I had subscriptions to FLYING off and on
Read more: August Aviation Accident & Incident Summary
  by Jim Timm   The following are the reports of aviation accidents and incidents that have occurred in Arizona from mid-July through August. We hope to use the following detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers to help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others take the necessary action to prevent them from
Read more: Arizona July-August Pilot Deviations
   by Jim Timm   These pilot deviations need to be examined to determine if a common threat exists that we should address to help reduce the number of deviations that occur, and thus enhance aviation safety. In the reporting period from July 14 through August 10 there were ten pilot deviations reported by the FAA SDL FSDO office.  These
Read more: September 2023 President’s Report
Greetings, Although it’s still hot here in Arizona, we’re starting to see some faint signs of the coming fall flying season with marginally cooler temperatures and a little rain. As you may have read in last month’s newsletter and perhaps on our Facebook page, APA is gearing up for the fall season starting with a Backcountry fly-in at Pleasant Valley (24AZ) at the end of
Read more: September 2023 Executive Director's Report
    I thought we were supposed to be on the downside of summer, with the super-hot days in the rear view mirror, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all! As I’m writing this for the September APA newsletter, the temp. outside is 117°. These are near peak summer temperatures. Even if you get up extra early to beat the heat it doesn’t work because by the time you



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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


We would like to thank our partners!

2022 bill robinson blue skies light sport repair

Bill Robinson
Arizona Light Sport Airplane Repair
(623) 218-4646

2022 photos happen

Karyn King
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(206) 795-2796

2023 pilot clinic

The Pilot Clinic
Flight Physicals
(623) 469-4688

2022 steven huff designated airworthiness representative

Steven Huff
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(602) 390-4246

2022 arizona skies aviation

Glenn Roberts
Arizona Skies Aviation
(602) 463-5528

2022 10 partner91

Steve Thompson
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(480) 980-9846