Read more: April 2022 President’s Report
  Greetings, A couple of years ago while working on a program through our church to take special needs children up for an airplane ride, I encountered one such boy. This young man was about 12 at the time and suffered from Autism. He was sharp as a tack as I asked him to help me with the preflight checklist. “Why is that [pitot] tube bent like that? Why does it only
Read more: April 2022 Executive Director's Report
    The flying weather has generally been pretty good, and I hope everyone has been out enjoying it. A lot of fun things have been happening, and we need to take advantage of them because the hot summer will soon be knocking on our door. A rather unique and challenging event took place near the end of last month that few people really seemed know about, and that
Read more: March 2022 President’s Report
  Greetings, And just like that, Copperstate has come and gone. It was a blessing to meet and talk with so many familiar faces and new members at our booth. APA also led packed forums on backcountry flying, some new aviation resources available free to pilots, and risk management. I love seeing the broad range of pilots at these forums. This year, the STOL Drags were
Read more: March 2022 Executive Director's Report
    Although it has been a bit breezy at times, the weather has been pretty good for flying out for breakfast on weekends. At least we don’t have to worry about the subzero cold and snow to use our airplanes like some folks. With the good flying weather, the aviation scene is rather full of activities to participate in. The most recent fly in was the annual
Read more: February 2022 President’s Report
  Greetings, By the time you read this, we should be fully-prepped for the Copperstate Fly-In and the Buckeye Air Fair. Taking place February 18-20, we’ve secured the booth at the front of the hangar again, and we look forward to chatting with members throughout the weekend. We learn about your airplanes, your destinations, your concerns, and just talk aviation
Read more: February 2022 Executive Director's Report
    Well, the winter weather is on us, and the northern part of the country is hunkering down trying to keep warm and trying to survive. I got a note from a friend near Oshkosh, and they were commenting that with the wind chill that night the temperature was expected to be -34°F. That’s enough of a reason to be living here in Arizona. So far, we’ve had a
Read more: January 2022 President’s Report
  Greetings, Happy New Year! After massive caloric intake between Thanksgiving and New Year, I’m going to have to update my weight and balance before I fly again. I’m thankful for lower density altitude and better performance with the cooler winter temps. That’s a happy coincidence for sure! For APA, rounding out 2021 meant a banner year for our scholarship program
Read more: January 2022 Executive Director's Report
    I hope everyone enjoyed a Merry Christmas and survived the New Year’s parties. We can now put 2021 in our rear-view mirror and look forward to a promising new year. The year 2021 with its virus pandemic issues was a bit trying on all of us, and I certainly hope we can move on to more fun things in the year to come. The flying weather has been a trifle changing
Read more: December 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, About a year ago, I found myself thinking out loud that at least 2020 was almost over! The craziness and chaos that surrounded nearly every facet of life last year would be coming to an end. A big sigh of relief, and then January came along. 2021 has turned out to be equally challenging, but in entirely different ways. The supply chain issues last year
Read more: December 2021 Executive Director's Report
    Winter weather is here, and the days are really becoming shorter. The Saturday morning fly outs for breakfast are having to start out at dawn to get to breakfast on time. It won’t be long before we will have to start at official sunrise and probably still be a bit late, unless you are authorized to fly at night, and take off before sunrise. Anyway, it sure is