Read more: Airspace Transitions and Class C Avoidance
  Several of our Arizona pilots regularly fly to California, and the Chino and Ontario airports are popular destinations. Chino Tower recently published a Letter to Airmen regarding transition of the Ontario Class C airspace both when the tower is open and when it is closed. We’ve reprinted it in its entirety below. This “wedge” has been an area of safety concern for
Read more: To All Drone Pilots
  To All Drone Pilots: Please check for Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). If You Fly in a TFR, Aerial Firefighters Can't! To everyone who reads this, please share with Aviation, Civic and Social groups, Flight Schools, Hobby Shops, HOAs etc., in newsletters, websites, flyers, and everywhere
Read more: Reference AC 90-66B -  Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations
  Reference AC 90-66B - Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations Please give special attention to safe operations at non-towered airports during flight planning, student through advanced pilot training, Practical Tests, WINGS/Flight Reviews, airmen currency checks; whenever a pilot is
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent  This month’s Scholarship Corner installment will wrap up our look at the 2019 APA Scholarship winners. As I noted last month, many of them are well into their flight training programs, while some are waiting for the fall college semesters to get underway. Regardless, the entire landscape in the aviation
Read more: July 2020 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from May through late June. APA will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar accidents. Aviation safety
Read more: Grapevine Funding USFS
  By Mark Spencer Our partnership with the Recreational Aviation Foundation and USFS is paying off at the Grapevine Airstrip, 88AZ. One of the accomplishments of then RAF President John McKenna a few years ago in Washington D.C. was the addition of language to the Department of Agriculture budget language that directed the USFS to invest $750,000 into backcountry
Read more: Backcountry Closures
  By Mark Spencer With fire season in full swing, pilots - especially backcountry pilots - need to be diligent in their pre-flight awareness of fires and related TFR’s. In many of the National Forests, including ours here in USFS region 3 (AZ and NM), our backcountry airstrips can be and are being used as staging areas for firefighting efforts. As of this writing
Read more: July President’s Report
Greetings, As I sit back and look in amazement at the curveballs 2020 has thrown at us, I realize that almost every facet of life has been impacted by political, social, or health concerns. And that's just since January! Of course, aviation has been impacted in a huge way that has yet to be completely understood. Shutdowns of ATC towers and facilities simply wasn't something
Read more: July 2020 Executive Director's Report
  It is getting hotter and my patience is growing shorter with this whole pandemic situation, especially with the video conference and teleconference meetings. I hope someone comes up with something soon, so we can get back closer to what was normal. The present virus situation has resulted in some rather interesting occurrences. I recently saw an article explaining that
Read more: Engine Fires
  By Howard Deevers   Few things could be more frightening to a pilot than an engine fire in flight. We do train for engine failure during primary flight training, and we may even discuss an engine fire, but there is no good way to simulate an engine fire. The fortunate thing is that engine fires during flight are very rare, not unheard of, but rare. I do remember