Read more: Checking the Oil and Kicking the Tires
  By Howard Deevers   The opinions express here are the authors only, and may not reflect those of APA, or any other aviation organization. On our very first flying lesson, we were taught to do a “Pre Flight Inspection.” Or, at least we should have been taught that. I don't remember anything resembling a Pre-Flight on my first three flying lessons. Is it because
Read more: APA Scholarship Program
By Chris Nugent   September is shaping up to be a busy month for the Scholarship Committee as we start our program information sessions at schools and colleges across Arizona. We’re fortunate to be able to do many of these sessions in person this year and it’s always great to be able to talk to the students directly. With the October 31st deadline approaching
Read more: Keeping Arizona’s Backcountry Airstrips Open - Double Circle Ranch Airstrip History
  By Rick Bosshardt    Much of the Southwest’s history revolves around old civilizations.  They include the ancient Anasazi, who built cave dwellings that are still in evidence today, and Native American tribes who dominated the landscape from the 17th century and on.  Much more recently, settlers from the eastern lands of America moved west, with
Read more: Is
  By Howard Deevers   We can ask that question about a lot of things in life. It may be legal to go through a traffic signal on a “yellow” that’s about to turn red, but is it really safe? Driving in Tucson, I have seen too many intersection crashes to want to be a part of that. We can think of many other aspects of life to quote here but let us keep to
Read more: Open for Applications! (Scholarship Corner in August)
~  Scholarship Corner  ~    By Chris Nugent   Scholarships are an important part of APA’s mission and we’re excited to announce to the next application cycle for the 2023 academic year. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2022 and we encourage all students pursuing an aviation career to apply. The Scholarship Committee will be starting
Read more: That First Solo Flight
  By Howard Deevers   One of the greatest thrills of learning to fly is that first solo flight. All of us remember our first solo; our instructor just signed our logbook for solo, and now we are on our own. The emotion is high, and the apprehension is even higher. For the first time our safety net, the instructor, is not there. It is an event that we never
Read more: Teaching and   By Barbara Harper and Howard Deevers   The Airman Certification Standards (ACS) are what we are required to teach for a prospective pilot to pass a check ride for Private Pilot and other ratings. The ACS and the FAR part 61 are very specific about the tasks that must be mastered to pass a check ride: Take offs, landings, maneuvers, emergency procedures, stalls
Read more: A Flight Instructor Check List, Do You Have One?  By Barbara Harper and Howard Deevers   In the late 1970's and early 1980's the FAA published a monthly “Flight Instruction Bulletin” and mailed it to all CFIs. It was designed to pass along new and relevant information and review old and forgotten information important to instructors. Mail has been replaced with e-mail Bulletins. You can print out these
Read more: Scholarship Corner in May
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent   First, I want to apologize for an error in the last Scholarship Corner article. I mixed up the information for two of our 2021 scholarship recipients, Mark Nowak from University of North Dakota, and Justin O’Reilly from East Valley Institute of Technology. So, to correct that “editorial deviation” and
Read more: The Fixer-Upper
  By Howard Deevers There is a popular TV Program on the Home and Garden channel called “The Fixer-Upper.” There are several other similar programs showing people rebuilding old houses, or remodeling homes to new specs. Other programs show people restoring old cars. I enjoy all of these and have tested my skills at both endeavors with some success. Every airport has