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.


Latest News Articles

Read more: June 2022 Accident & Incident Summary
  by Jim Timm   The following are the reports of aviation accidents and incidents that occurred in Arizona from May through late June. Once again, in this reporting period, aviation safety was still not really the greatest. While there were only six reported accidents, about half as many as last time, at the very end of the reporting period there was again a
Read more: May-June Pilot Deviations
   by Jim Timm   These pilot deviations need to be examined to determine if a common threat exists that should be addressed to help reduce the number of deviations that occur and enhance aviation safety. In the time period from May 13 through June 9 there were eighteen pilot deviations recorded by the FAA SDL FSDO. These deviations were committed by all
Read more: July 2022 President’s Report
  Greetings, Arizona's pilot population is as varied as our weather and geography. From student pilots training here from around the globe, to private pilots living here to take advantage of 300+ flying days per year, to airline pilots based at one of the nation's busiest commercial airports, to military pilots from across the state, our pilot demographics cover it
Read more: July 2022 Executive Director's Report
  It’s definitely summer and the Monsoon season is upon us. There isn’t much we can do about it except get up when it’s still dark and get an early start before it gets too hot, and get home again before the afternoon Monsoon winds start to pick up. So, let’s go flying, but make it early! I’m certain there are many of us that will be going to the EAA AirVenture event at
Read more: That First Solo Flight
  By Howard Deevers   One of the greatest thrills of learning to fly is that first solo flight. All of us remember our first solo; our instructor just signed our logbook for solo, and now we are on our own. The emotion is high, and the apprehension is even higher. For the first time our safety net, the instructor, is not there. It is an event that we never
Read more: A Student’s Long Arduous March (GAARMS)
  By Fred Gibbs   We are now 6 months into 2022 with five fatal accidents here in Arizona since the beginning of the year, with seven fatalities. There was also one fatal accident over in California involving an Arizona-based pilot and aircraft. It appears that the current numbers are tending to mirror the average rate over the past many years I have been tracking
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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

2021 mark lambert

Mark Lambert
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(480) 409-7672

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

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Steve Thompson
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(833) VFR-1200