Read more: Grapevine Asphalt Preservation Program (GAPP)
  By Mark Spencer   Who would believe it’s been nearly 6 years since we embarked on the original GAPP to save the incredible Grapevine Airstrip? It’s true though, and what a great 6 years it’s been, but it’s time to put our shoulders to the wheel again, only this time you won’t have to pick up a shovel or wipe the sweat off your brow; what is needed is your
Read more: Grapevine Update
  By Mark Spencer   Our first monthly fly in for Grapevine went off without a hitch in November, and with additional guests from the USAF! With severe fire conditions across the Tonto National Forest the APA decided to hold off on our usual monthly fly in the third weekend at Grapevine until last month. We launched our new potluck dinner plan at this event, and
Read more: Grapevine Funding USFS
  By Mark Spencer Our partnership with the Recreational Aviation Foundation and USFS is paying off at the Grapevine Airstrip, 88AZ. One of the accomplishments of then RAF President John McKenna a few years ago in Washington D.C. was the addition of language to the Department of Agriculture budget language that directed the USFS to invest $750,000 into backcountry
Read more: Backcountry Closures
  By Mark Spencer With fire season in full swing, pilots - especially backcountry pilots - need to be diligent in their pre-flight awareness of fires and related TFR’s. In many of the National Forests, including ours here in USFS region 3 (AZ and NM), our backcountry airstrips can be and are being used as staging areas for firefighting efforts. As of this writing
Read more: Backcountry and Fire Season
  With fire season in full swing, all pilots, but especially backcountry pilots, need to be diligent in their pre-flight awareness of fires and related TFR’s. In many of the National Forests, including our USFS region 3, AZ and NM, our backcountry airstrips are being used as staging areas for firefighting efforts. You may recall a few years ago, Air Tractors made 24AZ
Read more: Is Backcountry Flying Dangerous
  By Brian Schober As of late, there is a renewed interest in backcountry flying, Short Take Off/Landing (STOL) practices, and the excitement this type of flying brings. The STOL drags at the High Sierra Fly In, Sun-N-Fun, and Oshkosh are drawing some much needed life into general aviation.  APA sponsors and maintains several backcountry strips and hosts multiple
Read more: Backcountry Calendar Updates
  For all you backcountry adventurers, we’ve lined up a few weekend fly ins this fall where we can catch up with each other and enjoy the backcountry! We made such great strides over the last few years re-opening our backcountry to aviation, and had lots of fun and friendship in the process! Each of these airstrips also needs a little TLC to keep them in safe condition
Read more: Grapevine April of 2019
By Mike Andresen   We had quite the crowd at Grapevine this past month! Thirteen airplanes of all types were there. Piper and Cessna were well represented along with the experimentals. Of course, the Carbon Cub and other backcountry-outfitted tailwheels were there too. The winds were pretty calm up until the afternoon and then they picked up a bit. Our hosts, Diana and
Read more: Backcountry Calendar Updates
For all you backcountry adventurers, we’ve lined up a few weekend fly ins this fall where we can catch up with each other and enjoy the backcountry! We made such great strides over the last few years re-opening our backcountry to aviation, and had lots of fun and friendship in the process! Each of these airstrips also needs a little TLC to keep them in safe condition for all
Read more: Grapevine March of 2019
By Mike Andresen   Even in windy conditions, 9 airplanes made the trip to the APA Grapevine event in March. Three airplanes camped overnight. Our hosts, Barb, Bob and Joe were visiting RAF members from Wyoming. They were very gracious and generous to cook for us at this event. Elk and beef burgers were the menu for lunch. They are real backcountry pros and sported RAF