Read more: Military Airspace in Arizona
  Arizona is flush with spectacular desert wilderness, craggy mountains, canyons, vast open areas, and very little population outside of the metro areas. It makes for some incredibly scenic flights where you may not see another aircraft for your entire flight, even with ADS-B In. This unpopulated and diverse terrain also makes it very attractive to our military. This
Read more: March 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, While perusing the flight line at Grapevine recently, I checked out each of the attendees’ instrument panels. I have to admit I was rather envious. I’m pretty sure I wiped up any traces of drool. We’ve had our Comanche since 1989. A light panel update in 1991, another in 1995, and the last in 2002 with installation of a more capable autopilot, and I still
Read more: March 2021 Executive Director's Report
  February was a short month, but a lot has happened. More people have received their COVID-19 shots, but it seems like there is still a long path ahead to get away from this COVID-19 virus. It’ll be good when things can get back to normal again, whatever that new normal will be. Because we can’t have meetings like before, the Zoom type meetings have been good, and
Read more: February 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, The winter flying season is in full swing here in State 48 and I’ve seen a ton of pilots enjoying the heck out of it. The January Grapevine campout saw many new visitors and APA members willing to get their hands dirty constructing erosion control measures, moving rocks, and doing general runway maintenance. We had a record number of Sunday morning
Read more: February 2021 Executive Director's Report
  The new year has gotten well underway, and I hope we all have survived the election process, but unfortunately the COVID-19 virus is still with us. This too will pass, but it won’t be too soon, believe me. I’m certain everyone else feels the same way. On a positive note though, having all the meetings on Zoom or a similar venue is a positive thing in that there isn’t a
Read more: January 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, As I sit on the cusp of the new year and look forward to not repeating many of the things 2020 brought us, I see some dismal warnings surrounding the aviation industry. Throughout history, fear and compassion have sold papers, and they now get hits or clicks online. Once you get past the dreadful headlines and look into the data, I see a much brighter road
Read more: January 2021 Executive Director's Report
  I hope all of you have safely survived the Christmas and New Year celebrations and have settled down into the new year’s routine. This new year, 2021, has to be better than 2020 was. With several vaccines now coming into play, I hope we will soon be able to get rid of the masks and settle back into something similar to our old normal routine. At least, here’s hoping we
Read more: December President’s Report
  Greetings, As I sit here recovering from a turkey coma, I’ll reflect on what a remarkably different year we've had. Politics, health, politics in health.... it’s all been thrown at us in one year. Not all has been bad, but it certainly hasn't all been good. I'm simply thankful for the opportunity to enjoy aviation and to share it with those I love. Circumstances
Read more: December 2020 Executive Director's Report
  December is here, and it started out a bit warm, but has finally settled into the normal cool days and evenings, fortunately. Just the right formula for enjoying some pleasant flying conditions. I wish I could take advantage of it. I’m still waiting for my engine to come back from its overhaul, which should be anytime now. I’m eager to get it broken in and going flying
Read more: November President’s Report
  Greetings, It appears that summer has finally lost its grip on Arizona. Snow has fallen up north and down south, closed toed shoes and sleeves are needed in Phoenix, and the sound of reciprocating engines overhead is back! It's a glorious time to be a pilot in Arizona. Now if we could get some rainfall in the Valley, we'd be talking! The extremely dry weather