Double Circle Ranch is now AZ66! Read more: Double Circle Goes Formal (AZ66) By Mark Spencer  If you would have asked any of the backcountry team 4 years ago about the Double Circle Ranch, we would have shared our hopes and dreams for this incredible site, its history and its preservation, but would we have ever thought it would become a formally identified public airstrip? No, probably not, but thanks to
Read more: Moreton Airpark Moreton Airpark (23AZ) Wickenburg, AZ. Moreton is one of the oldest in the family of private Arizona airparks. Originating on the Moreton Ranch, at an elevation of elevation 2455’, the airfield was first surveyed and graded back in the fifties. In 1958 it was recognized by the federal government and designated by the FAA as 23AZ. The airfield property originally
By Jim Timm Read more: Accident Summary - November 2015 November 2015  The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from late September thru late October. As all detailed accident information becomes available, APA will attempt to use it to develop safety programs and briefings that should help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and prevent similar
Read more: Escape to Escalante, UT (1L7) Escape to Escalante, UT (1L7) by Tim Greer Here’s a spot to put on your Arizona Pilot Bucket List: Escalante, UT (1L7). At 245NM from Phoenix, Escalante could be the perfect breakfast run, or a great weekend getaway. Escalante is a cute little town, steeped in Mormon history, surrounded by incredible parks and scenery. There are outdoor activities galore: hiking, biking
October GAARMS Report Read more: October GAARMS Report, Upcoming FAA Changesby Fred Gibbs  “LADY LUCK” still continues to smile on the GA community here in Arizona! We are still at the “ONLY ONE FATAL ACCIDENT” rate so far state-wide for 2015, and only two out-of-state fatal accidents involving an Arizona-based pilot. Whatever you are doing, keep doing it! Just in case you were wondering, I did not include the military
By Jim Timm Read more: October 2015 Executive Director's Report October 2015  It’s beginning to appear that fall is on its way with the mornings and afternoons becoming more tolerable for flying. With much anticipation on my part, the fun flying season is about to begin, while much of the country is looking forward to shutting down for the season, except those that enjoy ski plane operations. As we ramp up our
By Jim Timm Read more: Accident Summary - October 2015 October 2015  The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late August thru late September. When all detailed accident information becomes available, the APA will attempt to use it to develop safety programs and briefings that should help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and prevent
Read more: Thunder Ridge Airpark Thunder Ridge Airpark (AZ28) Morristown, AZ. Marristown, as described by Wikipedia, is a census-designated place in Maricopa County.  The Thunder Ridge Airpark is located at the intersections of highway 60 and 74 on the way to Wickenburg.  The airpark originated by four persons coming from another satellite airport in the Phoenix area back in 1993. The home
By Jim Timm Read more: September 2015 Executive Director's Report September 2015  The summer heat is really beginning to wear thin for me and flying in these temperatures is not much fun. I hope some of you are able to fly to cooler climes and have some fun. Hopefully next month the evenings are going to start cooling down and we can have some cooler mornings for flying. It was great to meet some of you at the EAA
BLM Invites the RAF to Participate in Airstrip ProjectRead more: New BLM Airstrip Inventory Projectby Mark Spencer  As RAF members already know, our recently signed Memo of Understanding (MOU) ushers in a new era of cooperation with our friends at the BLM, relating to airstrips. As a very positive first activity under the MOU, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Dennis Byrd, explained that with the current national