Read more: March 2023 President’s Report
  Greetings, We had a fantastic time meeting hundreds of members in Buckeye at the AOPA Fly-In and Buckeye Air Fair, as well as the recent Cactus Fly-In. We were also happy to chat with dozens of out-of-state pilots who attended. We were proud to talk about the FlyAZ Passport program and we received some great feedback. We appreciate those who took the time to stop
Read more: March 2023 Executive Director's Report
  It looks like the winter weather is in our rear-view mirror, and spring is on its way. The nights are cool and the early morning flights for the Saturday morning breakfasts are truly delightful. If it stayed this way for too long, I fear we would be overrun with more people than we would want. I hope some of you made it out to Buckeye Airport for the Buckeye Air Fair
Read more: February 2023 President’s Report
  Greetings, We're excited to announce we'll be attending the Buckeye Air Fair on February 17-19 and setting up shop in the AOPA tent right up front. The city of Buckeye and their leadership has embraced general aviation and I love seeing them reap the rewards. The Buckeye Air Fair is a family event that serves as an airport open house, family
Read more: February 2023 Executive Director's Report
  The days and evenings have been cool lately, and the aircraft performance, and hopefully the pilot performance, have been significantly improved. In the morning when I take-off I find that I have been two to four hundred feet higher now when I pass over the airport boundary, and the flight is usually very smooth. It’s a wonderful time of the year for flying. For this
Read more: January 2023 President’s Report
  Greetings and Happy New Year! And just like that, 2022 is at our six. It was a year that seemed to be defined as "after COVID," but was still filled with significant challenges. I don't believe I've ever heard the term "supply chain" used as much or as broadly as I did in 2022. Just a walk through the grocery store will show you how fragile that supply chain is when
Read more: January 2023 Executive Director's Report
  I hope all of you had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. I think the best way I celebrated the beginning of the new year was flying down to Casa Grande on Saturday morning for breakfast with friends. To be safe, I welcomed the entrance of the new year safe at home with a good drink and snacks. At my age I’m not certain I could make it to midnight to welcome
Read more: December 2022 President’s Report
  Greetings, Pilots often have a routine when preflighting an aircraft. Typically, we walk through it with a cursory check of each item. What are we really checking? When we flip the stall tab, are we just checking for freedom of movement? Do we take the time to turn on the Master and listen for that obnoxious horn? Did we notice the pitot cover was in place or
Read more: December 2022 Executive Director's Report
  It looks like winter weather is here, and so far the mornings have been a bit crisp, but the flying has been great. It’s a good excuse to make a flight to get that $100 lunch or breakfast. I hope I’ll be seeing one of you at breakfast sometime soon.    MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS   FAA The FAA has continued to receive field reports of cracked cylinders on
Read more: November 2022 President’s Report
  Greetings, Jim Timm and Fred Gibbs write columns in this newsletter each month detailing GA accidents in Arizona. How great would it be if neither had to write anything at all? That would mean we all flew safely, made safe decisions, and we calculated risks accurately. In my time with APA, we haven’t had a month like that. Fuel starvation and controlled flight into
Read more: November 2022 Executive Director's Report
  Well, fall weather has finally arrived. The days are noticeably shorter, but fortunately, the daytime temperatures have finally become very comfortable for flying. We need to get out there and enjoy it! I’ll look forward to seeing you at the airport or at the Saturday morning fly-in breakfasts. While taking a break over a morning cup of coffee, there was some