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

Read more: June 2024 President’s Report
    As Jim Timm notes in his Executive Director’s report, summer is upon us with temperatures already in the triple digits. Although the warm weather doesn’t bring flying to a halt, it does shift our perspective in terms of when and where we fly with very early morning departures being the norm. It should also bring the issues associated with high temperatures and
Read more: June 2024 Executive Director's Report
    Well, summer seems to be coming rapidly upon us, and the outdoor fly in breakfasts have come to an end. Now is the time to concentrate on the higher elevation venues along with the usual airports that have a restaurant on them. No matter where we go now, there are always a bunch of bugs to clean off after the flight. Thats just part of the summer season, so no
Read more: Parachute Jumping in Arizona
  By Howard Deevers   There is little doubt that Parachute Jumping in Southern Arizona is a popular sport. Parachute Jumping is also called “Skydiving.” Skydive Arizona located at Eloy, AZ is probably the most busy jumping operator in the state, if not the whole U S. If you have ever seen a TV commercial with skydiving as a part of the commercial, it was probably
Read more: Why Get an Instrument Rating in Arizona?
By Paul Wiley   As an experienced Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) in Arizona, I sometimes hear private pilots talk about how you don’t need an instrument rating to fly in Arizona because of our good VFR flying weather better than 90% of the time.  While this is true, there are many other good reasons to get an Instrument rating other than just the ability
Read more: May 2024 President’s Report
    Thanks to all of you that attended our Annual Meeting on May 11th in Scottsdale. We had a great turnout and it was great to get together with our members to share all the work APA is doing to ensure you are represented at the legislative level, preserving our backcountry strips, and supporting the next generation of Arizona aviation professionals.  In
Read more: May 2024 Executive Director's Report
    Unfortunately, things seem to have run totally amuck this month, and I’m totally behind the power curve. The weather, while not being the best, has generally been good enough on Saturdays, and the usual Saturday breakfast flights have been able to happen. The spring bug collection on the airplane can easily attest to that. There are a few things that I would



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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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