Read more: True Confessions (GAARMS)
  There have been NO general aviation (GA) accidents involving a pilot fatality over the past 12 months, that is, since November of 2018.  Let me say that again!  NO  Arizona-based GA pilot  has  been  fatally injured in an accident  - FOR THE PAST YEAR!!!  That is absolutely outstanding, but we still have ONE MORE month left to
Read more: Gyroplane Flying
  By Howard Deevers   A training symposium for gyroplane flying called “Mastering the Gyroplane” was held October 26 and 27 at the Biosphere 2 here in Arizona. The Biosphere 2 is a large research facility located north of Tucson, near the town of Oracle. My first thought when I learned about this event was why is an aviation event being held at the Biosphere 2
Read more: Notable Airports in Arizona - Part 2
  by Peter N. Steinmetz   Amongst my flights to the paved public use airports, quite a few were notable, though perhaps not the most notable or extreme in any particular aspect. Here are a few of those airports which are less frequently visited:   Marble Canyon (L41) This fairly narrow 35' x 3715' runway near the Navajo Bridge was built by the owners of
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent    We recently wrapped up the 2019 scholarship application cycle, and I’m happy to report that we received a total of 22 applications from aspiring aviation professionals. This is on par with the number received last year, although we did update the application process to require professional letters
Read more: December 2019 Executive Director's Report
    I hope everyone has been enjoying the nice fall flying weather. We may have had a few days when it rained on our parade, but what the heck, generally it’s been great. Now is the time to get together with a group of fellow pilots and fly somewhere for breakfast or lunch, and enjoy the conversation, solving the world’s problems. Enjoy the flight, and fly
Read more: December President’s Report
Greetings, After a Thanksgiving meal that required an updated weight and balance for me and my passengers, we're looking forward to getting more flying in now that our weather has turned into amazing. Crisp cool mornings that allow for that coveted "standard day" performance are finally here! My Comanche seems to leap off the runway, even though it's only a 180 model
Read more: December 2019 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from late October through late November. 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
  OUR LUCK CONTINUES TO HOLD! There have been NO general aviation (GA) pilot fatalities to date! That is absolutely outstanding, but we still have 2 months left in this year. Is it possible to go an entire year without a GA pilot fatality? Fred’s Perspective… GEAR UP LANDINGS and GEAR FAILURES During my travels around the area over the past couple of months, I came
Read more: It's Only a Flat Tire
  By Howard Deevers   Every car I have owned has come with a spare tire. Long ago, those were “real” tires already mounted on a rim. Now, they are the “donut” tires that will serve to get you to the nearest place that you can buy a new tire, but not much more than that. I have had to use both types several times. None of the airplanes I have flown, or owned, came
Read more: Unusual Paved Public Use Airports in Arizona
  by Peter N. Steinmetz I have always loved maps. In 5th grade, my brother and I would save up our allowance to purchase topographic maps of the local area. So when I began flight lessons at Chandler Municipal (CHD) in 2015, I immediately took to pilotage and perusal of sectional charts. My private checkride ended up being substantially delayed due to runway closures