For all you backcountry adventurers, we’ve lined up a few weekend fly ins this fall where we can catch up with each other and enjoy the backcountry! We made such great strides over the last few years re-opening our backcountry to aviation, and had lots of fun and friendship in the process! Each of these airstrips also needs a little TLC to keep them in safe condition for all, and with a little effort from all, this TLC is made light work! We’ll also be introducing a new airstrip this fall, an opportunity to spend a few days at one of the finest dude ranches in AZ, south of Alpine.

2019 3 spring backcountry camping

April 5-7:
Last year’s Spring Camp Out at Payson (KPAN) was one of the best we’ve seen, and we expect similar results this year. Plan on a great potluck dinner Saturday evening around the beautiful covered ramada, the result of an Eagle Scout project executed by then a very young James Nebrig, who now continuing in his steps towards an aviation career, joins local Paul Pitkin, in planning and handling logistics for this annual event. Plan on arriving Friday or Saturday morning, and enjoy lunch by the APA, for a small donation. Remember, the Payson airport has bathroom, and hot showers, and we’ll reserve the airport courtesy car for those wishing to stay in nearby motels. Payson is the perfect balance for both on site tent camping, and those who prefer nearby hotel comforts. PLEASE RSVP by texting your tail number, aircraft type and number of people in your party to (928) 273-0042 ASAP! If you don’t text, please email your RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2019 3 spring backcountry bbq lunch

April 26-28:
Pleasant Valley, Young (24AZ) - Come enjoy camping the pine country with a BBQ Lunch on Saturday, put on by your APA. Bring your favorite Dutch Oven and recipe for dinner on Saturday night! Backup dates are May 3,4,5th. We’ve got the old Payson airport wind sock pole to get installed here, we’ll see if we can get the slab installed in advance of this weekend.

2019 3 spring backcountry tents planes

May 24-26:
Double Circle Ranch (AZ66) - It’s time to gather at the old Double Circle Ranch again! This place is simply incredible. Join us for three days of camping and Saturday night Potluck dinner in the old lodge! We’ll be doing basic runway work, brush clearing, as well as log preservation on the lodge.

2019 2 spring backcountry bbq lunch

Of course don’t forget our monthly fly in camp and lunch on the third Saturday of each month at Grapevine (AZ88). We need volunteers to host a couple of these Saturdays. It’s a lot of fun and satisfaction seeing the smiles of fellow aviators! Contact Mike Andresen to sign up.

Grapevine dates this year:
Mar 15 - 17
Apr 19 - 21
May 17- 19

2019 3 spring backcountry campfire singing

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