Read more: Twin Hawks (Airpark) Soars Again!
  By Rick Bosshardt    After flying around Arizona for the last 26 years, it’s not often that I find a local airstrip or airpark that I have not noticed before, but directly enroute between Mesa Falcon Field and Tucson lies an airpark that was falling into obscurity. Having been built in 1994 by enthusiastic pilots, Twin Hawks (AZ63) has slowly but surely
Read more: Know Before You Go
  By Andrew Vogeney   The marketing guy in me loves the campaign southwest launched around “Transfarency.” They invented this whole concept, including a brand-new word. And if you visit their website, they also give you the definition: Philosophy in which Customers are treated honestly and fairly, and low fares actually stay low—no unexpected bag fees, change
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent As I mentioned last in last month’s update, we had a tremendous response in terms of interest and applications for the 2021 scholarship cycle and were able to award 8 scholarships based on your generous donations. As we go through the next few months, I will provide you a little more detail on each of our
Read more: February 2021 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the reports of aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from late December through late January. APA will use this detailed accident 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: February 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, The winter flying season is in full swing here in State 48 and I’ve seen a ton of pilots enjoying the heck out of it. The January Grapevine campout saw many new visitors and APA members willing to get their hands dirty constructing erosion control measures, moving rocks, and doing general runway maintenance. We had a record number of Sunday morning
Read more: February 2021 Executive Director's Report
  The new year has gotten well underway, and I hope we all have survived the election process, but unfortunately the COVID-19 virus is still with us. This too will pass, but it won’t be too soon, believe me. I’m certain everyone else feels the same way. On a positive note though, having all the meetings on Zoom or a similar venue is a positive thing in that there isn’t a
Read more: When Regulations Are Not Enough
  By Howard Deevers While discussing “CFIT” (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) with another instructor, he told me that all CFIT accidents could be prevented. I sure do hope so, but how do you do that? His answer was to just read FAR 91.103, then he started quoting that regulation to me. (If you want to pause here and look that up, go ahead). I know people that can quote
Read more: It Is “Beautimous” Outside! (GAARMS)
  1 TO DATE: The six accidents that occurred in 2020 within Arizona plus the one in Nevada match pretty well with the ongoing statistical analysis year-by-year, both in the total number of accidents and fatalities. In other words, our general aviation accident rate remains essentially the same year-to-year!!! Are we doomed to keep repeating history? Will 2021, with the
Read more: A New Backcountry Strip in Eastern Arizona!
  By Rick Bosshardt  It’s not often that we can find new dirt strips to add to our backcountry playground here in Arizona, but last November I saw a post on Facebook that had me intrigued! So on the way to our normal monthly Grapevine flyout, Chris Nugent and I flew out towards Safford to check it out. It turns out that a strong aviation family, led by their
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent As I reported in last month’s update, we had a great response to the 2020 call for scholarship applications with a total of 29 received. The overall quality of the applications was outstanding and from my perspective they have been improving with each scholarship cycle. This makes the selection of final