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 now in full swing, make sure to visit our calendar and take notes of the multiple aviation happenings in November. Our getaway to White Sands and our local day trip to Grand Canyon National are great examples of events we’ve put together for you and there’s more on tap. Some weekends have six and even seven different events taking place! We would love to see you out and about. Come on by and say hi to our team and sit for a chat at one of these events – we’d love to meet you!

During the month, your APA has been hard at work behind the scenes to add value to your membership. If you’ve visited our website at in the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed a change. We’ve gone live with our new website aimed at providing a better online experience, accurate and timely information, and the flexibility for viewing on mobile devices. Stefanie Spencer has done an amazing job pulling this together for us and continues to improve it. The new platform also offers us more options for the type of content and media we’re able to provide. Let us know what you think about it, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our leadership team continues to work closely with the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup, the FAA Safety Team, the Phoenix Airspace Users Working Group, local airport authorities, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service on a regular basis to ensure the needs of General Aviation are not only heard, but understood. We’ve also just ended our annual scholarship application process and have received a record number of applications! This is perhaps one of our most important functions, and we cannot do it without the generosity of our membership and specific giving to this program!

If you are aware of a potential impact to aviation in your area, please let us know by either emailing a board member or sending us a note through our contact page so we can look into it.

See you out there!

Blue Skies,

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