Prepare for the 2013/2014 Backcountry Flying Season!
By Mark Spencer
The nine month backcountry flying season is about to begin again, but we’ve had a great year already! We’ve accomplished much last year, not in terms of new airstrips, but in our relationships with land managers and in solidifying aviation as a legitimate use in the Forest and BLM lands. We’ve had signs
By Adam Rosenberg
There are lots of reasons people fly.
Some fly to get places more easily or faster.
Some fly to enjoy new technology.
Some fly just to leave the surface of our planet for a while.
And some fly for scenery.
There's a lot of scenery to be had.
With much to say about fruited plains and shining seas,
my own preference is purple mountain
Airplane Camping at Grapevine Airstrip (Jan 2013)
By Mike Marker
Camping with our RV-4 at Grapevine Az. The Arizona Pilot’s Association (APA) and The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) have negotiated approval for public use of Grapevine Airstrip at Lake Roosevelt Az. Grapevine is open to public use on the 3rd weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) of each month only.
By: Mark Spencer
Who would have imagined two years ago that the pilot community in Arizona would enjoy an award winning relationship with the U. S. Forest Service? Yet this is exactly the relationship we have built with the Tonto and the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest teams. On January 16th, I was taken by surprise as District Ranger (DR) Telles interrupted our
2012: In the Backcountry
It’s been an incredible year in the Arizona backcountry! For Arizona pilots it’s been a year of progress, but believe me when I say, it’s been full of ups and downs. One day I’d feel higher, well than a Cub, and the next like someone had kicked me in the gut. The words offered by President John McKenna of the RAF, “Remember it’s a
Published on Dec 10, 2012
By Rich Finkle
A short documentary of the Arizona Pilots Association fly-in to Pleasant Valley USFS airstrip near Young, Arizona on Nov. 30, 2012.
The Arizona Pilots Assn and the Recreational Aviation Foundation re-opened this airstrip with the co-operation with the USFS. The event included some work by the backcountry committee and a lot of
July 20-22, 2012
The Arizona Pilot’s Association
Invites Backcountry Pilots and aviation enthusiasts out for a good time!
The Arizona Pilot’s AssociationInvites Backcountry Pilots and aviation enthusiasts out for a good time!Pleasant Valley Days
Arizona Pilots Join Hands with USFS in Preserving the Grapevine Airstrip
Mark Spencer, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Arizona Liaison
In the words of one volunteer, “Do you realize we made history this weekend?” I honestly had not thought about it that way. Grapevine was officially closed by USFS Special Order 12-157 on June 27th, 1997, and not only did Arizona