Read more: Understanding Risk and the Go/No-Go Decision
  By Paul Wiley If you’re like me, you are probably puzzled when reading about certain general aviation accidents. Sometimes we cannot begin to understand what the pilot was thinking when he or she decided it was OK to go fly on a day when the condition of the aircraft, the weather or the pilot should have dictated that it was clearly NOT safe to fly. Arguably the most
Read more: Arizona Airport Focus: Gila Bend
  Arizona has a rich history with Aviation. From Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earheart to being home to hundreds of military airfields during World War II. This month’s focus airport served the latter. Many Phoenix-area pilots have heard of Gila Bend. Nearly all valley students have landed there. What isn’t so well known is that the Gila Bend area was instrumental in
Read more: Scholarship Winner: Devin Starr
~  Scholarship Corner  ~ Scholarship Winner: Devin Starr   By Andrew Vogeney  Last month you met Austin Dunagan, one of the six young men and women you, our members, helped support in their aviation education. Thanks to your help he is closer today than he was yesterday! And so is Devin Starr, this month’s featured scholarship winner: “I have wanted
Read more: February 2019 Executive Director's Report
I think the flying weather has been great so far this year, and the increased airplane performance resulting from the cooler air has been impressive from my vantage point in a small, light airplane. Now is the time to take someone interested in aviation for their first airplane ride. Without having to get an early morning start, the air is solid, and generally smooth as glass
Read more: February President’s Report
Greetings, Another month of glorious flying weather has passed us by. The holidays are behind us, a new year is in front of us with clear blue skies above us. We’ve featured several articles recently about the importance of getting ADS-B Out installed. Nearly every alphabet group related to aviation has been beating the same drum. Lead time to get equipment installed is
Read more: February 2019 Aviation Accident Summary
The following are supposed to be NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late December thru late January, 2019. The Arizona Pilots Association would have used this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings to help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and hopefully they would take the action necessary to
Read more: 2018 Review & 2019 Four 9’s Program (GAARMS)
  Happy New Year to one and all! I trust you all had a great holiday season! Apparently, Santa and the reindeer did a great job of landing on everyone’s roof since I did not see any Santa accident reports or any reports of roof damage. May this coming year be your best yet, and as the Arizona aviation community, let’s try to make 2019 the safest year on record. GAARMS
Read more: New Life for Old Airplanes
Pinal airpark is known for several things. It was a training airport during WWII and after the war it was given to Pinal County, AZ. It has gone through many changes since that time. At one time Evergreen used it for a repair base. It still is used for military parachute jump training by all services. It has been a storage base for surplus aircraft, and you will see many
Read more: Scholarship Winner: Austin Dunagan
~  Scholarship Corner  ~ Scholarship Winner: Austin Dunagan   By Andrew Vogeney  Thanks to the generosity of our members, the Arizona Pilots Association awards several scholarships each year. This money is given to deserving young men and women who aspire to have a career in aviation. This year proved incredibly difficult for the Scholarship Committee
Read more: January 2019 Executive Director's Report
I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays, and is enjoying the cool, dense and relatively stable flying weather. The increased aircraft performance is very noticeable and much appreciated. Now, if only the pilot performance had also improved an equal amount. As a side benefit, after returning from a recent relatively lower altitude breakfast flight, I was going to clean the