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

  OUR LUCK CONTINUES TO HOLD! There have been NO general aviation (GA) pilot fatalities to date! That is absolutely outstanding, but we still have 2 months left in this year. Is it possible to go an entire year without a GA pilot fatality? Fred’s Perspective… GEAR UP LANDINGS and GEAR FAILURES During my travels around the area over the past couple of months, I came
Read more: It's Only a Flat Tire
  By Howard Deevers   Every car I have owned has come with a spare tire. Long ago, those were “real” tires already mounted on a rim. Now, they are the “donut” tires that will serve to get you to the nearest place that you can buy a new tire, but not much more than that. I have had to use both types several times. None of the airplanes I have flown, or owned, came
Read more: Unusual Paved Public Use Airports in Arizona
  by Peter N. Steinmetz I have always loved maps. In 5th grade, my brother and I would save up our allowance to purchase topographic maps of the local area. So when I began flight lessons at Chandler Municipal (CHD) in 2015, I immediately took to pilotage and perusal of sectional charts. My private checkride ended up being substantially delayed due to runway closures
Read more: Is Backcountry Flying Dangerous
  By Brian Schober As of late, there is a renewed interest in backcountry flying, Short Take Off/Landing (STOL) practices, and the excitement this type of flying brings. The STOL drags at the High Sierra Fly In, Sun-N-Fun, and Oshkosh are drawing some much needed life into general aviation.  APA sponsors and maintains several backcountry strips and hosts multiple
Read more: November 2019 Executive Director's Report
  Isn’t it great that the fall weather is finally here? The flying weather has been very good, and we can enjoy a more comfortable flight. Our flying season is getting off to a good start with the schedule of aviation events rapidly filling the calendar. The fly in breakfast flights are a lot more enjoyable with the smoother air and cooler air temps. I look forward to
Read more: November President’s Report
Greetings, It’s been said that women speak nearly three times as much as men, and while this may be debatable, the studies in question obviously did not take pilots into account. Male or female, my experience is that pilots speak nearly six times as many words per day as non-pilots. I don’t plan to use focus groups, lab rats, or college students to firm this belief up into a
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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