GAARMS Report: January 2018
Happy New Year to one and all! May this coming year be your best yet, and as the Arizona aviation community, let’s try to make 2018 the safest year on record.
2017 appears to have mirrored 2016, with the total number of fatal accidents (6) staying the same, but unfortunately, the total number of fatalities jumped from 9 in 2016 to 13 in 2017. As you can see in the chart below, the accident rate over the past 10 years (when GAARMS was initiated) has improved by slightly more than 50%, a significant improvement, and I hope a positive trend we can continue.
All of the 2017 accidents will be reviewed and discussed at the General Aviation Accident and Reduction Mitigation Symposium (GAARMS), planned for March of 2018, location to be announced in the February 2018 newsletter and on FAASAFETY.GOV.
While there is no direct correlation between GAARMS and the improvement of the accident rate, I would like to think that the awareness of the accident rate, our continuous attention to the accident rate, and our continuous stream of information to you, the aviation community, raised your awareness of the importance of aviation safety. APA’s commitment to you, our membership, and the entire pilot community to improve aviation safety is ongoing and relentless, and we are proud to be a significant part of the FAA’s FAASTeam program. We continue to present WINGS Safety programs statewide in concert with the Scottsdale FSDO and to present our yearly GAARMS symposium covering the previous year’s fatal accidents. Ironically, statistics indicate that the overwhelming majority – in fact almost all – of the pilots involved in the fatal accidents over the past 13 years did NOT participate in the WINGS safety programs, and that trend continues to hold true for 2017, as well. One of our primary efforts is to increase the participation of the pilot community in those programs. Those of you who attend regularly are always urged to bring another pilot with you, to help us spread the word and get more folks involved.
NEW NEWS – ALL OF THE INSTRUMENT APPROACHES AT FLAGSTAFF HAVE BEEN REVISED.
- The old Obstacle Departure procedure has been replaced with a Standard Instrument Departure (SID) procedure, the Flagstaff One Departure;
- The VOR-A approach has been deleted, as well as the RNAV-B overlay of the VOR-A approach;
- The GPS Y and GPS Z approaches to runway 21 have been deleted, replaced by a single RNAV (GPS) 21 approach; and
- Even the ILS has been revised, with all new fixes and some pretty “goofy” names…
So, when you come up to Flag to practice approaches, be aware of all the new approaches, the new names, the new missed approach procedures and the new holding fixes, as well as the fact that the new approaches will involve more flying time. Here are some important notes you need to be aware of:
- FRISY and SHUTR intersections are NO longer part of the ILS approach;
- the MAP for the ILS is completely changed, and the holding fix for the ILS is NO LONGER the FLG VOR, but the OATES Intersection;
- the FLAG ONE SID takes everybody out (off of both runways) over the OATES Intersection, then on course; and
- the new initial approach fix (IAF) for the new RNAV GPS 21 approach is HEDRU, and the MAP now takes you to HOXOL intersection to hold, some 15 miles from both the airport and the HEDRU IAF;
- the new MAP for the RNAV GPS 3 sends you out to TAWNE to hold, so I reckon you will need vectors from TAWNE back to SEZCY to redo the approach;
- the VOR RWY 21 approach has new inbound reporting fixes, and DME is still required for this approach.
AND, most importantly, all approaches MUST be coordinated thru PHX Approach on frequency 126.375, not the tower like before.
THEREFORE, BE ADVISED, IF YOU STILL HAVE THAT OLD DATABASE IN YOUR GPS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS TO PRACTICE APPROACHES AND “REMAIN CURRENT”, IT AIN’T GONNA WORK NO MORE!!!
On a different note, hopefully by the time you read this, I will have had a very satisfying month of flight instruction, turning out 4 new private pilots, another pilot with his multi-engine rating, and a significant part in working with (and paying for) my stepson in his training for his multi-engine rating towards his commercial ticket back in Maryland. Sometimes things really do work out, and all the work and effort you put into someone pays off. Two of the students had their own airplanes, both C182s, the multi-engine was also privately owned, and the other two students completed their flight training in our flight school C172s. One of the great things about flying here for Wiseman Aviation is the huge variety of aircraft I get to fly, from the school’s C172s, to owner C182s, C206s, even a P210T, lots of Bonanzas, Mooneys, Piper Cherokees, Warriors and Archers, the occasional Malibu, Cirrus’s and TTXs, every once in a while an Aztec or a C310, and on occasion, in my spare time (HA HA), my personal speed machine, my trusty ol’ Bellanca Super Viking. Funny, when I need to escape the daily pressures, frustrations, stresses, etc of life, jumping into an airplane for either pleasure or instructing takes me away from all that and is just where I need to be – in the sky, flying. UP THERE, WITH THE EAGLES - AND CLOSER TO GOD!!