Of the 10 years I have been doing GAARMS, this is no doubt the safest year to date so far. There have been NO general aviation (GA) pilot fatalities to date! That is absolutely outstanding. We have 3 months left in this year – is it possible to go an entire year without a GA pilot fatality??
I have been flying with Lightspeed Aviation
By Howard Deevers
I really like cross country flying. That is making the best use of an airplane, at least to me. Several years ago, a friend of mine asked if I could assist another friend in getting an airplane from Rochester, NY to Tucson. Well, sure, I would love to.
It turns out that the friend did not have a pilots license; yet.
~ Scholarship Corner ~
By Chris Nugent
First and foremost, I want to thank all of you that responded to the recent outreach for scholarship fund donations. As you may recall, we awarded six scholarships in 2018 totaling $13,500 and our goal is to repeat that performance in 2019. Your recent donations have taken us about 20% toward that
Well the mornings are finally getting slightly cooler, but it’s still a bit warmer than I would like. Grumble – Grumble. As the rest of the aviation world appears to be preparing to slow down, and start their winter hibernation, things here seem to be picking up. Special fly in/open house/breakfast events and the flying activity planning seems to be picking up
Cooler weather is finally here and is making flying without air conditioning more bearable. The first snow has fallen in the mountains near Flagstaff and the morning temps in the valley are in the 60's. APA hosted the first Grapevine fly-in of the season and it was outstanding. Weekends are packed with backcountry fly-ins, breakfast fly-ins and safety seminars
The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late August thru late September. APA will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar
What a difference a year makes!! As of August 26th (the day I wrote this), there has only been one general aviation fatal accident in the state of Arizona since January 1st, that being the crash of a Piper PA-22-160 south-southeast of Kingman, back in January. The pilot survived, but the one passenger on board died.
GAARMS maintains the auspicious goal of trying
Last month’s Airport Focus column on Sierra Vista presented the attractions and activities in the area. This month, we’ll focus on the VFR approach and departure procedures. Sierra Vista is unique in that it is not only a joint-use military and civilian airport, but it is also under Restricted Areas and is home to many Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), better known as
The news has been referring to our recent weather pattern as the non-soon due to the lack of seasonal rain storms, and this lack of rain has created unusually dry vegetation around the state. As a result, there have been a number of both human and lightning caused fires, several of which have been very close to cities and towns. When this occurs, a Temporary
It’s summer time and the flying isn’t easy. It’s hot and bumpy, and I don’t care what anyone has to say, but there is a ray of hope on the horizon that fall, and good flying weather, can’t be too far away. I’ll keep that in mind and try to not get too crabby while waiting for the cooler weather.
Trying to fly between Phoenix and Tucson and passing generally through