Read more: December 2023 President’s Report
Greetings, It’s hard to believe that 2023 is coming to a close and the new year will be here before we know it. The winter flying weather has been stellar lately, and let’s hope it continues for the foreseeable future. Before we finish out this year, the APA team will be busy again this month closing out the 2023 Scholarship cycle. We had another good turnout this year with
Read more: December 2023 Executive Director's Report
    Lately, Saturday mornings have been great for flying out for the weekend breakfasts, except for one Saturday when the weather was a bit questionable, and a number opted to go to the local IHOP instead of flying. The flying conditions are just what we have been waiting for during the past long, hot summer. So now let’s get out there and go flying! I’m sure you
Read more: November 2023 President’s Report
Greetings, I know many of you are probably as surprised as I am at the number of pilot deviations that Jim Timm summarizes in his monthly Executive Directors Report. They can cover the whole range of deviations from failure to follow ATC instructions, to runway and airspace incursions to TFR violations. While I’m sure they represent a relatively small percentage of the total
Read more: November 2023 Executive Director's Report
    With the hot weather behind us, the mornings have been great, and the aircraft performance has greatly improved, and I suspect the pilot performance has also improved to a certain degree. At least I hope so. With this changing season, and the shorter days, those of us that can’t, or don’t want to fly in the dark, it means a later takeoff time in the
Read more: October 2023 President’s Report
Greetings, After a long and unusually hot summer, it looks like cooler temperatures and better flying weather have finally arrived. We held our first fly-in of the season at Pleasant Valley (24AZ) at the end of September. Although it was a bit windy, we had a great turnout, and it was good to see the airstrip being used again for a fly-in. The new windsock that Tommy Thomason
Read more: October 2023 Executive Director's Report
    Well, it appears that we might be finally getting into the fall weather, and the 110 plus days are behind us. Flying out for breakfast on Saturday morning the temps are getting good until about noon, and the flying has been great. This is what we have been waiting for, for a long time. It seems that as the season for flying is slowly waking up from its summer
Read more: September 2023 President’s Report
Greetings, Although it’s still hot here in Arizona, we’re starting to see some faint signs of the coming fall flying season with marginally cooler temperatures and a little rain. As you may have read in last month’s newsletter and perhaps on our Facebook page, APA is gearing up for the fall season starting with a Backcountry fly-in at Pleasant Valley (24AZ) at the end of
Read more: September 2023 Executive Director's Report
    I thought we were supposed to be on the downside of summer, with the super-hot days in the rear view mirror, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all! As I’m writing this for the September APA newsletter, the temp. outside is 117°. These are near peak summer temperatures. Even if you get up extra early to beat the heat it doesn’t work because by the time you
Read more: August 2023 President’s Report
Greetings, This is my first President’s Report since being elected president and I’m excited to serve in this role! Although I’ve served on the Board and as a Vice President over the past several years, it’s a bit humbling to take over this leadership position for such a great organization. We’ve seen our membership continue to grow over the past few years and I know that the
Read more: August 2023 Executive Director's Report
    The report may be a bit short this month because it’s being written in the evening at the annual EAA AirVenture Fly In at Oshkosh. A lot is happening, and there is a lot to see. Not only that, but this year it’s a bit hot, and these first days have been a bit smokey because of the forest fires in Canada. I pity those that have flown in, and there are a lot of