Read more: January 2019 Executive Director's Report
I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays, and is enjoying the cool, dense and relatively stable flying weather. The increased aircraft performance is very noticeable and much appreciated. Now, if only the pilot performance had also improved an equal amount. As a side benefit, after returning from a recent relatively lower altitude breakfast flight, I was going to clean the
Read more: January President’s Report
With the New Year upon us, everyone seems to have some sort of resolution. Lose weight? Nope. Sleep more? Not likely. For generations, these resolutions seem to die out after the first couple of weeks. How about, “I will aviate more safely?” I’m not talking about just the portion between takeoff and landing, but everything about the flight. How thorough was the weather
Read more: December 2018 Executive Director's Report
Winter is here with freezing temperatures and icing. Those living in the higher and northern parts of the state are facing new challenges in doing a preflight on an airplane that has been sitting outside. Now, instead of being concerned about density altitude, there are proper engine start-up procedures and making certain the wings are clear and frost free. The improved
Read more: December President’s Report
Our flying season is in full swing! Over 29 airplanes attended our Grapevine weekend fly-ins, we’ve had an incredible getaway to Alamogordo and the nearby White Sands Missile Range, and by the time this goes to press, we’ll have had our first day trip to Grand Canyon National. Of course, the calendar is chock full of breakfast destinations, backcountry adventures in Arizona
Read more: November 2018 Executive Director's Report
Winter is obviously approaching with its shorter days because I’m having to turn on the lights to preflight the airplane to make the early Saturday morning breakfast flights. The days are cooler and there is a lot of competition to decide which aviation event on the calendar to go to. Like a friend told me, this is why we put up with the super-hot summers. Some of the
Read more: November President’s Report
Another month has come and gone in the desert and the heat continues its gradual retreat from much of Arizona. October was wild, with a tropical depression and snow in the same month! While Arizona weather can sometimes be wild and amazing, most of the time it simply lends itself to great flying weather. Take advantage of it and get out flying. With our winter flying season
Read more: October 2018 Executive Director's Report
The mornings are cooler, and the days are slightly cooler, so it appears fall is finally arriving with the promise of great flying weather. At least for now, longer comfortable morning flights are possible. With the onset of the fall weather, our flying season activity is starting to pick up with the notices of upcoming aviation fly-in events. It’s unfortunate that one of the
Read more: October President’s Report
It’s October in Arizona. As the rest of the country starts to buckle down and prep for winter, we’re putting the final polish on our planes and planning weekend destinations. Arizona is unique in that we are blessed with so many amazing destinations. With 80+ public-use airports to choose from, a growing list of backcountry airstrips, and nearby states with airports close to
Read more: September 2018 Executive Director's Report
I’ll be glad when the monsoon season is over and the atmosphere dries out once again. The mornings seem to be getting a bit cooler, so I guess it shouldn’t be too much longer. I know, be patient; it’ll be cooling down again before too long. Unfortunately, patience just isn’t one of my strong points. In the meantime, let’s get out there early and enjoy the freedom of flight
Read more: September President’s Report
The mornings have become ever so slightly cooler, and the nights are noticeably longer. What a difference a month makes. That can only mean one thing: Flying season is almost here! Your APA has a whole host of fun, interesting, exciting, relaxing and challenging adventures planned for this year. We have long-distance getaways, local day trips, fly-ins, fly-outs, backcountry