It’s definitely summer and the Monsoon season is upon us. There isn’t much we can do about it except get up when it’s still dark and get an early start before it gets too hot, and get home again before the afternoon Monsoon winds start to pick up. So, let’s go flying, but make it early!
I’m certain there are many of us that will be going to the EAA AirVenture event at Oshkosh at the end of the month. As a result, this next report will be written in Oshkosh at the AirVenture. Hope to see you there.
Marana is moving ahead with plans to acquire an FAA Control tower. The siting study has been completed and submitted to the FAA, and activity is under way for issuing a contract for the Environmental Assessment.
A new 190-foot Control Tower is nearing completion at Gateway Municipal Airport (IWA) and should start operation in August of this year.
The FAA has launched their forty-fourth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2021. The information gleaned from this survey will be used to determine flight activity, and type of activity, accident rates, and the affectivity of safety programs. It will also be used to assist in determine future funding, and possible regulatory changes. If you received an email or postcard questionnaire from the FAA, please reply as soon as possible.
The large aviation user groups were able to get the FAA, the wireless industries, and the FCC to take some additional time to examine ways to mitigate the possible aviation disruption caused by 5G C-band interference, while enabling the wireless industry to enhance service around specific airports.
It’s unfortunate that aviation hasn't improved this reporting period. While the number of accidents is about half of the number as last time, we again had an accident at the end of this reporting period that claimed the lives of two people. At the end of last month’s report, we mentioned a fatal accident at Show Low that unfortunately contained very minimal information. This month’s report describes the accident with much more detail that is now available from the NTSB.
For a detailed report of all the accidents and incidents that have occurred, see my Accident & Incident Summary report located elsewhere in this newsletter.
The number of pilot deviations in this last reporting period are about the same as last time, but unfortunately there was an increase in the number of more egregious deviations. Some of the things that pilots do continues to amaze me. I find it surprising that we don’t have more accidents or incidents than we do. Apparently, many pilots have forgotten some of the information they were given during their pilot training or during their last Flight Review. (I hope they received a real Flight Review, and not a “Parker Pen Job”). In the meantime, it would be a good idea to pick up the Airman’s Information Manual (AIM) and brush up on the “high points.”
The summary of the general aviation deviations committed this reporting period are as follows:
Five IFR Deviations 3 Brashers
Two Class Bravo Airspace Deviations 1 Brasher
Four Class Delta Airspace Deviations 1 Brasher
One Air Traffic Control Instruction Deviation 0
One Wrong Surface alignment Deviation 0
Five Runway Incursions 3 Brashers
For the details, see my Pilot Deviations Report elsewhere in this newsletter.
With the warm weather here, there are a lot of delayed projects that have been started, and many are well under way around the state. Mesa Falcon Field, the busiest two runway General Aviation Airport in the state, has had one of their runways closed for a couple of weeks for resurfacing, and a lot of ramp resurfacing is also well underway.
Chandler Municipal airport has several pavement restoration projects in process and boundary fencing projects underway.
Many airports around the state have repair projects under way at this time, and we don’t have all the latest details on all of these projects, so always check for NOTAMs at your destination airport to determine what is happening. Getting a surprise when you arrive isn’t good, so be cautious and always fly informed.
APA works with many airports around the state assisting with the updating of their Airport Master Plans by providing the pilot and aircraft owner’s perspective in the process. The FAA wants airports to update their master plans approximately every five years or so, and also incorporate a twenty-year outlook in the process. Assistance with the funding for these master plans is available from the Arizona State Aeronautics Dept. and the FAA.
Casa Grande Municipal airport (CGZ) Municipal Airport is the only Arizona airport currently in the Master Plan update process.
THINGS TO DO - PLACES TO FLY FOR BREAKFAST:
The fly-in breakfast at Coolidge Municipal Airport (P08) was on the first Saturday of the month, but has ceased for the summer months.
On the second Saturday consider flying down to Ryan Field (RYN) near Tucson for breakfast or lunch at Ritchie’s Restaurant. They are open from 6 am to 2 pm to serve you.
The Falcon Field Warbirds Squadron fly-in breakfast, which was on the third weekend of the month has also ceased for the summer months.
Grapevine is open full time, but the group dinner and camping weekends have ceased for the summer months. Grapevine, which lies within a National Forest, is heavily used by the Forest Service for fighting wildfires and the Military for Special Training.
On the last Saturday of the month a fly-in breakfast is continuing to be put on by the Casa Grande Masonic Lodge in the air-conditioned Terminal of the Casa Grande Airport. Apparently, the upgrading of the lunch area didn’t meet inspection requirements. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before it can come on line.
Check with the APA Getaway Flights program and online calendar for fun weekend places to fly.