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
Pilots and Controllers Forum
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
Greetings From Chicago Center
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
Electronics in the Summer Heat, Have a Backup!
By Bill Cassels
Early in the year we decided to fly our S35 Bonanza from Mogollon Airpark to Redding, CA. My youngest daughter lives in Redding, and we were going to spend the week visiting and then capture the four-year-old grandson for a month or so.
Since we’d be going somewhere near the California
DENSITY ALTITUDE, Who Cares?
Remember when we went through our private pilot training and the instructor first mentioned density altitude? Most of us had never heard of the term before. I sure don’t remember it being in any of my math or physics courses in high school or college.
Even my instructor didn’t spend much time on
De-ja vu, All Over Again
The opinions expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Arizona Pilots Association or any other aviation association.
It was like hearing an echo, the same words, with a few more added, but from a different President.
Trump said: The nation’s air traffic control system was designed
VFR CROSS COUNTRY FLYING
Long cross country flights are lots of fun, IFR or VFR. Traveling for pleasure, for business, to visit family, or on a vacation, and using your airplane is what flying is all about. When weather permits, flying VFR can be even more fun. At the lower altitudes that most of us will fly, you can see much more of the
OH, NO! ANOTHER NEW FORM TO FILL OUT
THE ICAO FLIGHT PLAN
Yes, it is true. Starting in June, 2017 pilots will be required to use a new Flight Plan. Actually we were to begin using it in January, but that got extended. The new Flight Plan is in the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) format, but don’t worry; it
AGING IPADS, AND OTHER AVIATION ELECTRONICS
It seems strange to even talk about aging iPads, since they have only been around for as little as 7 years. “Electronics” in aviation go back to before WWII. They were fairly simple systems, such as the “Automatic Direction Finder,” or ADF as we call them. Radios were
Owner Assisted Annuals
Disclaimer: I am not an A&P. These opinions may not reflect those of Arizona Pilots Association.
Most of us want to keep the cost of flying as low as possible, so we can keep on flying. One way to do that is to assist in the Annual on your airplane. 91.409 requires an annual inspection of every certified