Read more: Winter Flying Winter Flying  Howard Deevers      While Arizona was enjoying exceptional flying weather in January, much of the rest of the country was experiencing harsh winter conditions. We saw sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice, and the "windchill" we all hate. My nephew, John, has come from Minneapolis to Tucson several times for a week of relief from the cold
Read more: Looking Both Ways Looking Both Ways  Howard Deevers      Read more: Looking Both Ways Do you make New Year Resolutions? Almost all of us do, but many of us fail to follow through. The usual resolutions, such as losing a few pounds, eating healthier, exercising more, earning a new rating, or attending more safety seminars, may not materialize, even though we have the best of intentions. But the
Thank you card from Girl Scout Troop No. 275     Read more: Thank you card from Girl Scout Troop No. 275 During our Pleasant Valley Fly-in, Recreation staff Gary Lollman found Girl Scout Troop No 275 camped out a mile or two up the road and managed to get them and their leaders over to the airport for their very first airplane rides! Man, what a blessing it was to share aviation with these Girl Scouts and what a
Read more: Understanding Airports Understanding Airports  Howard Deevers    Airports are as important to pilots as highways are to drivers. We need places to land, to keep our airplanes, and to get services. Preferably the airport would be near a city or a location that we would like to visit, just as roads and highways will lead to places we need, or want, to go. The bigger the city, the
Read more: Teaching the Teachers Teaching the Teachers  Howard Deevers    Learning to fly was wonderful, getting an Instrument Rating was stressful, training for the Commercial Pilot’s License was eye opening, and then my instructor/mentor suggested that I become an instructor. This had not been my goal in aviation, but he kept encouraging me to do so. His comment was, “If you
Dear Pilots,  Well, how did your morning end? Mine? Not so well.  Read more: KRYN Mid-Air Collision Letter by Marc I was on left downwind for runway six left at KRYN, after having performed a requested left 360 to allow traffic to clear. I received the transmission - N966EZ cleared to land on runway six left, following a Cessna on final. I had not yet turned left base when I looked up and saw the underbelly of
Read more: Desert Flyers Desert Flyers  by Cathy Paradee    The Scottsdale Breakfast Club has been putting together interesting monthly events for the past 23 years. Every November, the committee has met to put together an itinerary for the following year. The most recent committee members have been Austin Erwin, Paul Fortune, and Richard Azimov, all faithfully led by Warren
Read more: High in Desert Skies: Tucson’s Red-Letter Day High in Desert Skies: Tucson's Red-Letter Day  by William Kalt      Blueish-gray smoke billows from large metal drums surrounding Tucson’s newly prepared landing grounds for airplanes in early December 1918. A small crew of men and animals works applying the finishing touches on the clearing, grading, and leveling of land east of the road from
Read more: Pilots and Controllers Forum Pilots and Controllers Forum  Howard Deevers    Have you ever felt uncomfortable talking to Air Traffic Controllers? How about the Ground and Tower Controllers at the Control Towered airports? Not sure about procedures to fly into Class B, C, or D airports? We have the answers for you. The Scottsdale FSDO reached out to the Southern Arizona FAASTeam to
Read more: Greetings From Chicago Center Greetings From Chicago Center  Howard Deevers    My road trip (not flying) took me to the Quad Cities last month (Moline, Davenport, Rock Island, Bettendorf). My grandson, Nathan, is an air traffic controller at Chicago Center. He heard that I was coming to Illinois and said that he could arrange a tour of Chicago Center, if I would like. How could I pass