Read more: December President’s Report
  Greetings, As I sit here recovering from a turkey coma, I’ll reflect on what a remarkably different year we've had. Politics, health, politics in health.... it’s all been thrown at us in one year. Not all has been bad, but it certainly hasn't all been good. I'm simply thankful for the opportunity to enjoy aviation and to share it with those I love. Circumstances
Read more: An Overview of Aerobatic Practice Areas
  by James R. Ward November 7, 2020   Among the US pilot community, Aerobatic Practice Areas are perhaps the least-known among FAA-designated Miscellaneous Activity Areas within the National Airspace System.1 This paper introduces APAs, their purpose, and how the FAA informs pilots about them. It advocates for improving pilot awareness of this airspace in order
Read more: December 2020 Executive Director's Report
  December is here, and it started out a bit warm, but has finally settled into the normal cool days and evenings, fortunately. Just the right formula for enjoying some pleasant flying conditions. I wish I could take advantage of it. I’m still waiting for my engine to come back from its overhaul, which should be anytime now. I’m eager to get it broken in and going flying
Read more: Flying on the Edge
  By Howard Deevers   You might be thinking about aerobatic flying, but no, this “flying on the edge” means flying the edge of the State of Arizona, something that I have been thinking about doing for several years. I wanted to fly the complete border of the State. The trip would start in Nogales, then fly along the border between Mexico and Arizona to Yuma, then
Read more: Fly in the Ointment (GAARMS)
  2020 TO DATE: As of mid-November, as I write this article, there has been no change in the NTSB’s report of fatal accidents here in Arizona; in fact, I am unable to actually access the data at all. However, I am aware of another accident, a Lancair with 2 fatalities, that occurred in October, as well as a crash up in Nevada involving an Arizona-based pilot and
Read more: Ajo Airport and Food Drive
  By Kimball Allen   Ajo, Arizona, is a perfect day trip or weekend adventure for all pilots. The Ajo Food Pantry also needs dry and canned food items. There is an opportunity to combine both flying and philanthropy. A donation box is located inside the Ajo Country Club (approximately a 10-minute walk from the Ajo Airport). The food donation box will remain at the
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent This month’s update will be brief, as we are in the middle of our application cycle that ends November 15th. I am pleased to report that our new online application tool is up and running, and we have started to receive applications from interested students. We typically receive the bulk of the applications
Read more: November 2020 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents in Arizona from late September through late October. The APA will use detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes made by others and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar accidents. For this
Read more: November President’s Report
  Greetings, It appears that summer has finally lost its grip on Arizona. Snow has fallen up north and down south, closed toed shoes and sleeves are needed in Phoenix, and the sound of reciprocating engines overhead is back! It's a glorious time to be a pilot in Arizona. Now if we could get some rainfall in the Valley, we'd be talking! The extremely dry weather
Read more: November 2020 Executive Director's Report
  I can’t believe it; suddenly, we went from the hot summer weather straight into winter. I made my last flight in the hot summer temps and started pulling the engine out of my airplane to have it top overhauled and have numerous upgrades incorporated. When I get it back in a few weeks I should have some cool mornings to break it in again. At least I’m sure counting on