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Well, the hot weather is still with us, and it’s even a tad warm at dawn. It also seems to warm up only too quickly. I sure got spoiled with the cool morning temperatures at AirVenture Oshkosh, even though the visit was short lived. It will be good when things start to cool down again. I guess that should start to happen in late September. So, until then, I guess I’ll just have to stay in partial hibernation. Looking at the accident numbers, it would appear to me that the marginal pilots prone to have accidents may have also cut down on their flying. When it does cool down, I hope the present accident trend will continue. To those that are brave enough to bare the heat, fly safely, and I hope to see you at some of the fly-in breakfasts. 

 

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MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

 

FAA

The FAA suggests in a recent article that pilots add a step to their preflight checklist to include the operation of their ADS-B. They cite instances where the ADS-B has been inadvertently left off, or in the wrong mode. The FAA suggested in this recent article that pilots add this step to their preflight list to make certain the ADS-B is on, and they recommend it for all flights, regardless of the airspace in which you intend to operate. When ADS-B Out equipment is installed, it generally must be operating at all times during flight even where not otherwise required, per FAR 91.225(f)

 

AIRSPACE

Fortunately, there haven’t been any recent airspace issues or changes that I’m aware of. All the airports in the Phoenix area are starting preparations to deal with the anticipated influx of corporate aircraft and jets for the Super Bowl game at State Farm Stadium this winter. I would certainly suggest caution, or to consider not flying in the Phoenix area that weekend. 

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In the southwest corner of the Phoenix area, be aware that the Mobile airport is now named Bishop Airfield, and they do have a very active contract parachute operation in progress. The ILS that the previous owner had at the field has been shut down and is being removed.

 

SAFETY

The NTSB released its findings in a July 24, 2021, crash that claimed the life of an airshow performer who was also a very experienced former U.S. Navy fighter pilot. The NTSB report explained, “The pilot was attempting an intersection takeoff about midfield when, shortly after the airplane became airborne, it pitched up aggressively, rolled left, and descended into the ground in a nose-down attitude. Examination did not reveal any evidence of pre-accident malfunctions or failures of the flight control system.” The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident to be “The pilot’s failure to remove the flight control lock before departure, which resulted in a loss of airplane control, and impact with terrain. Contributing to the accident was his failure to perform an adequate preflight inspection and flight control check before takeoff.” 

A pilot should always make a quick round-the-horn flight control check to make sure the controls are correct and free, and your flaps and trim are properly set.

It’s unfortunate that aviation safety really hasn’t gotten much better this reporting period. There have been injuries and there was a fatal accident. For a detailed report of all the accidents and incidents that have occurred, see my Accident & Incident Summary report located in this newsletter.

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Members, please do continue to send accident information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the date, location, aircraft make, and type, if anyone got hurt, and with as much detail as possible. Thank You.

The number of pilot deviations are up again. They really should be much lower, and it appears that there are still a lot of pilots that don’t seem to know what’s expected of them when flying through the airspace they are in. Pilots really need to pick up an Airman’s Information Manual (AIM), and at least brush up on the “high points.”

The summary of the general aviation deviations committed this reporting period are as follows:

Four IFR Deviations One Brasher
One Class Bravo Airspace Deviation One Brasher
Three Class Delta Airspace Deviations One Brasher
Two Air Traffic Control Instructions None
One Movement Area Deviation One Brasher
Six Runway Incursions Two Brashers

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For the details, see my Pilot Deviations Report elsewhere in this newsletter.

 

CONSTRUCTION

The Lake Havasu City Airport is going to push back the reconstruction of its runway into late next spring in an attempt to minimize the disruptive impact to its users. The project will consist of removing the asphalt, reconditioning the base, and then applying six inches of asphalt, consisting of two layers of three inch thick asphalt.

A lot of the airports around the state have repair/construction projects under way, and we don’t have the latest status of all these projects, so always check for NOTAMs at your destination airport to determine what may be happening. 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. In this last reporting period, Casa Grande Municipal Airport had a meeting to review another phase of their airport master plan process.

 

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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. The fly-in Breakfasts will restart on Saturday October 1.
  • 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. Their fly-in breakfasts will restart on Saturday October 15.
  • Grapevine is open full time, but the third Saturday of each month is a special time for a group camp dinner on Saturday evening. Come and camp for the weekend! The camp host will prepare the main course, and campers, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. 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 has yet to 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.

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