Read more: Spring is Just Around the Corner
Winter in Arizona was in full swing in the month of February. On Saturday the 23rd, the mountains around Tucson were white capped. That made front page news in the local newspaper on Sunday. February 2nd is Ground Hog Day. The original Ground Hog weather forecaster; Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow, and predicted an early spring. Punxsutawney is a small farming
Read more: Payson—A Backcountry Fly-In That EVERY Airplane Can Make!
  Many fellow Arizona aviators look at the impressive array of backcountry fly-ins that the Arizona Pilots Association and the Recreational Aviation Foundation with envy. While these fly-ins sure look like a lot of fun, the sad reality is that with low wings and a low-slung prop, many of our airplanes could never be confused for backcountry machines. Most of the great
Read more: Scholarship Winner: Michael Daniels
~  Scholarship Corner  ~ Scholarship Winner: Michael Daniels   By Andrew Vogeney  We need about 6 pilots who own planes about the size of a Cessna 182. If all six owners (renters too!) skip filling up their tanks just once this month* and donate that money to our scholarship program, we’ll be able to help one more young aviator achieve his or her
Read more: Buckeye Air Fair & Copperstate 2019
  The annual Copperstate Fly-In, now in conjunction with the Buckeye Air Fair, was a great success! It drew tens of thousands of people and airplanes from all over the country to see the airshow and the many displays. The APA was there to share what we have accomplished in the last year, along with one of our scholarship winners, Theresa Olivares, who was promoting a
Read more: Tour of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital
  We had the pleasure of experiencing a tour of this amazing MD-10 airplane, a converted DC-10, in February. A big thanks to everyone in Goodyear working and volunteering to show and spread the word of this non-profit organization that is fighting to end avoidable blindness around the world. Here is a little more about Orbis: “The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is unlike any
Read more: March 2019 Executive Director's Report
I would like to think that we are out of the bad winter weather and we will be having some good flying weather for a while. The white mountains around us are something to behold, but the white airports with snow covered runways are another. Check NOTAMS and fly carefully. It’s that time of the year that the state legislature is in session and our legislators are working on
Read more: March President’s Report
Greetings, Looking back on Copperstate 2019 and the Buckeye Air Fair, held in parallel, I’m excited about the state of General Aviation and where we’re headed. The buzz and excitement of the tens of thousands who visited Copperstate seemed to share my feelings. Our APA booth was packed from start to finish, three full days. Even the unseasonably chilly weather didn’t slow the
Read more: March 2019 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from start of this year though late February. 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
Read more: Spring 2018 Backcountry
  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
Well, we are 1 month into 2019, and have already had our first fatal accident. The news reported a small plane crashed out near Kingman in the Haulapai mountains, cause unknown. The NTSB will be investigating. No report available yet. The aircraft was occupied by two people, a man and a woman. The woman, a Prescott resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. The male occupant