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: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent September shaped up to be a busy month for the Scholarship Committee with several information sessions scheduled to ensure that aviation career-oriented students were aware of the APA scholarship program. Unlike last year, we were able to conduct most of these sessions in person and it was great to be able to
Read more: September Accident & Incident Summary
  The following are the reports of aviation accidents, and incidents that have occurred in Arizona from late August through September. APA will be using this detailed information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar
Read more: October 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, In last month's column, I debated with myself whether to upgrade the hodge-podge steam gauge panel in my Comanche to a glass/partial-glass solution, or to keep the steam gauges going. The math was (seemingly) a no brainer; glass can run upwards of $130k, while keeping the legacy gear running can be a couple thousand per year. It's obviously far less
Read more: October 2021 Executive Director's Report
    The fall weather is supposed to be on us, and fortunately the temperatures have come down a bit and the mornings have produced some really great cool flying. I certainly hope we are through with the really strong damaging monsoon winds that we had this year that blew in hangar doors and upset airplanes that were outside. Here is hoping that we can put this
Read more: Ghost Fire in the Sky Near Franklin, WV (GAARMS)
  2021 TO DATE: So far, up through the end of September this year, the record now stands at 7 fatal accidents, with 8 fatalities, 6 pilots and 2 passengers, with 2 accidents listed as info not available, as listed below from the NTSB web site. A summary of the fatal accidents will be completed for the December issue, and with any luck, the NTSB might have more
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent   As this edition of the newsletter goes to print the Scholarship Committee is busy working the logistics for program information sessions at several schools and colleges across Arizona. As I mentioned last month, the vast majority of these will be virtual which works well and we’ve seen really no change
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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

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