Read more: June 2021 Executive Director's Report
  Summer may be rapidly approaching, but in actuality, the flying weather hasn’t been bad at all. It’s been a bit windy at times, that can be particularly challenging for us taildragger pilots, but really not too bad temp-wise in the mornings. I’m bracing myself for what’s to come. I sure hope we don’t have a hot one like last year. I think I’m getting too old for that
Read more: Let's Go Around
  By Howard Deevers   The Go Around, also called a “rejected landing,” is a required item on most check rides for a rating.  It Is also required training for pilots before they can be signed off for solo flight.  After your Private Pilot check ride, the next time you might do a Go Around could be on your flight review, 2 years later. Naturally, we
Read more: High Temp Operations (GAARMS)
  2021 TO DATE: So far this year, there have been 2 fatal accidents. The first fatal accident occurred out by Williams (KCMR) with 2 fatalities. The wreckage was found after a search for an overdue aircraft on a flight from Sedona up to the Grand Canyon airport. The 2 fatalities were both from California, not from our Arizona-based pilot community. The second fatal
Read more: Wildfire Avoidance for Aviators
Wildfire season is under way in Arizona; higher-than-normal wildfire activity and aerial firefighting activities are expected throughout the state this summer. The following PDF has information about firefighting aircraft, how they are used, and aerial hazards encountered at fires. We want to share the document with student pilots and their instructors, recreational
Read more: Air Traffic Control (ATC) Communications Basics for Pilots
  By Paul Wiley   This article is intended for pilots flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR).  It is intended to cover important highlights and to summarize the basic communications procedures recommended by the FAA to facilitate the safe and orderly flow of air traffic to and from airports.  We will also include some traps to avoid and tips to help you
Read more: SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE
  Playas Temporary Military Operations Area, NM   Effective Dates: 7-21 May, 2021, for Exercises RED FLAG- RESCUE 21-1 6-20 August, 2021, for Exercises RED FLAG- RESCUE 21-2 The USAF will use the airspace for Exercises RED FLAG-RESCUE 21-1 and 21-2. The purpose of these exercises are to allow combat air forces the opportunity to practice effective integration
Read more: April Accident & Incident Summary
  The following are the reports of aviation accidents/incidents that occurred in Arizona from late March through late April. APA uses this detailed information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar
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: May 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, I’m writing this column after a particularly tragic weekend of Arizona flying. Two separate fatal accidents and several incidents across the state bring attention to the risks associated with flying. While the causes of these accidents are still under investigation, now is a good time to reflect on your options to reduce your risk. Fuel starvation
Read more: May 2021 Executive Director's Report
  The month of April really flew by faster than I wanted, but the nice cool spring mornings did produce some good flying weather. I fear the hot summer is going to be on us sooner than we want, and with the onset of warmer weather, I’ve noticed the bug count has also been increasing. On my last flight I think I might have killed a significant portion of the bug