Backcountry Events Read more: Backcountry Updates By Mark Spencer  Spring has brought some pretty good flying weather for us this year, and with it some great backcountry flying and events. This weekend’s fly in camp at Pleasant Valley (24AZ) just north of the beautiful and historic community of Young, went off without a hitch. Just after the first two aircraft arrivals, a light rain fell
By Jim Timm Read more: April Aviation Accident Summary April 2016  The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from late February thru late March, 2016. We will use this detailed accident information in the coming year to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and hopefully take the action necessary
By Jim Timm Read more: April 2016 Executive Director's Report April 2016  I hope all of you are out enjoying the great flying weather we have been having as much as I have. It’s obvious that spring must be here, because I can’t believe the amount of bugs I’ve been picking up flying. It appears that I’ve either been spending too much time flying at low altitudes, or this spring’s bugs
Pilots Win Lawsuit Against City of Glendale Arizona  March 28, 2016 - After a four and a half (4 1/2) year dispute with the City of Glendale Arizona, the Glendale Airport Pilots Association (GAPA) has won a Motion for Summary Judgment against the city, stopping the city’s attempts to dictate the usage of privately owned hangar spaces on the airport. According to
GAARMS Report: April 2016 Read more: GAARMS Report: April 2016 Fred Gibbs    Those of us who fly the new glass-cockpit Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) need to read the following: Technically advanced aircraft (TAA)—those with a primary flight display (PFD), multi-function display (MFD), and GPS—are sexy. Pilots are drawn to them like Pooh Bear to honey. Besides being eye-catching, TAA
Read more: The “Next Gen” of Airman Certification StandardsThe “Next Gen” of Airman Certification Standards  Howard Deevers    We started into the “Next Generation” of Air Traffic Control over 8 years ago, although the mandate for the ADS-B (out) is not required until after January 1, 2020. Now, it looks like the FAA is making changes to Airman Certification Standards (ACS). Up to now, we
Backcountry Events Read more: Backcountry Events By Mark Spencer We’re off to a warm, dry spring, and the backcountry season is off to a great start! Last month’s 3rd Saturday weekend at Grapevine brought in over 30 aircraft and 60+ aviators, friends, and family. Hosts Rick Bosshardt, your Arizona CubCrafter’s dealer, and our faithful Mike Andresen, along with help from APA President
By Jim Timm Read more: March Aviation Accident Summary March 2016 The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from late January through late February, 2016. We will use this detailed accident information in the coming year to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and hopefully take the action necessary
By Jim Timm Read more: March 2016 Executive Director's Report February 2016 The flying weather has been great, and I hope all of you have been able to get out there and enjoy it while we can. Also, while you’re out there aviating, there are a lot of flying events coming up on the calendar and it will be fun going to them. More and more pilots are now flying with a primary flight display (PFD), a multi-function
Backcountry Aviation Training for BLM State Recreation Directors Read more: Backcountry Aviation Training for BLM State Recreation Directorsby Mark Spencer It was late December when RAF President John McKenna and I sat in the BLM office at 20 M St. discussing our first partnership effort under the newly signed BLM MOU. This effort will be compiling the inventory of all airstrips on BLM lands. We've already had several conference calls