Read more: When Things Go Bump in the Night When Things Go Bump In The Night  Howard Deevers    Is it true that when you are flying at night your airplane makes strange noises? When in IMC you hear things that you didn’t hear only a few minutes ago when in the clear. The airplane is probably just fine, but our senses are in a higher state, so we do think we hear things that we didn’t
Read more: USFS Wildfire Avoidance and Information Below is a presentation on federal and state wildfire aviation operations in southeastern Arizona. The presentation provides information about types of fire fighting aircraft, how they are used at and near wildfires, and the conditions they operate in. Fire season normally starts in March and concludes in October in southern Arizona, although wildfires can occur year round
By Jim Timm Read more: March 2018 Executive Director's Report March 2018    It’s that time of the year that we are having a number of fly-ins and airport open house events. Keep your eye on the calendar, and take some of them in. It’s a lot of fun to take the time to go to some of the events and see what’s happening in aviation around the state. Besides, it’s a good excuse to get out
Spring Backcountry Kicks Off! Read more: Spring Backcountry Kicks Off!   By Mark Spencer   Our schedule was published last month and here we are already in March with two backcountry events. First, starting on Friday the 16th, donation lunch on Saturday the 17th, at the Grapevine airstrip along the shores of Roosevelt lake. Our guests this weekend will include forest service planners hoping to
By Jim Timm Read more: March 2018 Aviation Accident Summary March 2018      The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late January, 2017, through late February, 2018. The Arizona Pilots Association uses this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and then
Read more: Payson—A Backcountry Fly-In That EVERY Airplane Can Make!
Many fellow fliers look with envy at the impressive array of backcountry fly-ins that the Arizona Pilots Association and Recreational Aviation Foundation have put together in the Arizona backcountry. 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
Read more: Benson Municipal Airport (E95)
Benson Municipal Airport (E95)  By Brian Schober    Our next installment of highlighting Arizona airports takes us to Benson (E95). Benson Municipal Airport is about three miles northwest the city of Benson and about 30 miles east of Tucson in Arizona’s southern tier. Benson’s airport hasn’t always been at the current location. Records show that around 1930
Instrument Training Experience  GAARMS Report: March 2018   Read more: Instrument Training Experience (GAARMS)Fred Gibbs  (Your guy in Flagstaff)   The seventh annual APA General Aviation Accident Reduction and Mitigation Symposium – GAARMS VII – will be held across the state this year: Phoenix, Prescott, Yuma, Tucson March 31st—The safety program will be held at the AeroGuard
Read more: After the Check Ride Winter Flying  Howard Deevers    The Private Pilot check ride is the final glorious moment in our basic training. You have just finished your check ride, and the examiner hands you your Temporary Certificate. Wow! What a feeling! Now I can take my family members or friends for a flight and demonstrate my newly acquired skills and knowledge. I am a
By Jim Timm Read more: February 2018 Executive Director's Report February 2018    I hope all of you have been able to start the new year right by getting in some time aviating around. The weather has been great, and there are a lot of places for us to fly out for that proverbial $100 Breakfast or Hamburger Lunch. Let’s get out and do it, but do it safely!!  Our calendar is full of fly in events both