Spring Backcountry Kicks Off! Read more: Spring Backcountry Kicks Off!   By Mark Spencer   Our schedule was published last month and here we are already in March with two backcountry events. First, starting on Friday the 16th, donation lunch on Saturday the 17th, at the Grapevine airstrip along the shores of Roosevelt lake. Our guests this weekend will include forest service planners hoping to
Grapevine Recap Read more: Grapevine Recap   By Mark Spencer   While challenging weather scuttled our monthly fly in BBQ at Grapevine for January, several folks did fly in. Because of their hard work, along with a ground crew, a small tractor and 40 additional tons of fill, the airstrip has never looked better. Anyone that has visited Grapevine understands the incredible beauty of
Spring 2018 Backcountry Line Up Read more: Spring 2018 Backcountry Line Up   By Mark Spencer   While the weather continues to favor Arizona backcountry in the central desert, plan on attending one of APA’s backcountry weekends at the Grapevine Airstrip (88AZ) for one of our third Saturday BBQ’s. Of course you can fly in on Friday and stay the weekend, or if you are more of a loner, visit
Backcountry Update for GrapevineRead more: Backcountry Update for Grapevine   By Mark Spencer   You might have heard that the APA bit the bullet, purchasing 40 tons of special aggregate for shoring up the asphalt edges at midfield for Grapevine. Paul Pitkin and Mike Andresen pulled off the order and delivery. It’s a lot of material to move by shovel and wheelbarrow, but nothing our APA and RAF
Backcountry Update for Young PVRead more: Backcountry Update for Young PV   By Mark Spencer   Fall has been good to us in Arizona, and it is our best time of year for flying. We are, of course, still waiting for a little cooler temps as this fall has been unusually warm, but relatively calm.  Our Pleasant Valley fly in and camp  over Veteran’s day was an incredible time for all, and the
Pleasant Valley, Young AZ (24AZ)Read more: Pleasant Valley, Young AZ (24AZ)   By Mark Spencer    Get ready for Veteran's day weekend, November 10 -12th, as we’ll be back in Young, at the Pleasant Valley, 24AZ airstrip.  If you have a big tire plane, we’re working on a special fly over to our newest backcountry airstrip, Buzzard’s Roost that Saturday morning. Buzzard’s
Backcountry Fall/Winter 2017Read more: Backcountry Fall/Winter 2017   By Mark Spencer   As the 2017 summer gives way to cooler fall and winter weather, we have a lot to look forward to in the Arizona backcountry. At Grapevine, now a formally fully opened airstrip, 88AZ, we will resume hosting our monthly weekend fly in camp outs and our donation based lunch every third Saturday! These are incredible
Legislative Action, Your Voice CountsRead more: Legislative Action, Your Voice Counts To Privatize or Not to Privatize?   By Mark Spencer   While the Arizona Pilots Association is primarily focused on state level activities, so important is the proposal to privatize ATC in the federal house FAA re-authorization bill, H.B. 2997, that we became involved to have our voice heard in DC, and heard it was! Our call
Grapevine, Final Spring Fly InRead more: Grapevine, Final Spring Fly In By Mark Spencer   APA’s last organized event for the spring went off without a hitch on the weekend of May 19th through 21st. The only challenge was keeping up with parking of the 30 aircraft! According to Kit ad Brad, our hosts for this weekend, there were a total 64 attendees throughout the weekend. Everyone pitched in with food
Grapevine Is Finally Open!!!Read more: Grapevine Is Finally Open!!! By Mark Spencer   A beautiful thing happened last week as the new Phoenix FAA sectional has removed the circle with an X through it that occupied the sectional for the last 20+ years, replacing it with the new Grapevine Airstrip symbol! It's taken nearly five years of collaboration between the APA, the RAF, the USFS, and even national MOU