Read more: Grapevine April of 2019
By Mike Andresen   We had quite the crowd at Grapevine this past month! Thirteen airplanes of all types were there. Piper and Cessna were well represented along with the experimentals. Of course, the Carbon Cub and other backcountry-outfitted tailwheels were there too. The winds were pretty calm up until the afternoon and then they picked up a bit. Our hosts, Diana and
Read more: May 2019 Executive Director's Report
  Spring is coming to an end, summer is knocking on our door, and I can hardly believe all the bugs that are still flying around. Last weekend when I returned from flying, the airplane looked like it may have been approaching an over gross condition with all the bugs on the canopy and leading edges. Keeping a separation between bugs on the windshield and the traffic out
Read more: May President’s Report
Greetings, For Arizona pilots, the summer season means we're up a lot earlier than normal and we seem to be scraping less bugs off since we're flying higher than during the winter months. Whatever keeps us flying... We had a great winter filled with several backcountry events, getaways, local flying and an amazing Copperstate Fly-In. Even with this all behind us, Summer
Read more: May 2019 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late March through late April. APA will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar
Read more: Your ADS-B Questions Answered (GAARMS)
As of April 1st, our 2019 safety record is holding steady with just the one fatal accident out in the Kingman area in January. The following is the NTSB official report: On January 13, 2019, about 1045 mountain standard time, a Piper PA22-160 airplane, N9227D, was substantially damaged when it impacted mountainous terrain in the Hualapai County Park, Hualapai, Arizona under
Read more: Practice Makes Perfect
If you ever took any kind of music lessons, you hear that expression many times. Of course, it would apply to almost any endeavor that you undertake. Let’s apply that to aviation. The Military and the Airlines learned that practice makes perfect many years ago. Everyone has seen the movie “TOP GUN” almost 30 years ago. The “Top Gun” school was started in 1969 to train pilots
Read more: Backcountry Calendar Updates
For all you backcountry adventurers, we’ve lined up a few weekend fly ins this fall where we can catch up with each other and enjoy the backcountry! We made such great strides over the last few years re-opening our backcountry to aviation, and had lots of fun and friendship in the process! Each of these airstrips also needs a little TLC to keep them in safe condition for all
Read more: Arizona Airport Focus: Deer Valley
The Phoenix metro area is home to some of the busiest airports on the planet. Besides the obvious landmark of Phoenix Sky Harbor, the metro’s multiple reliever airports absorb the bulk of the valley’s general aviation needs. The busiest by a longshot is Phoenix Deer Valley Municipal Airport (KDVT). While several of our Airport Focus articles have centered on lesser-known
Read more: Grapevine March of 2019
By Mike Andresen   Even in windy conditions, 9 airplanes made the trip to the APA Grapevine event in March. Three airplanes camped overnight. Our hosts, Barb, Bob and Joe were visiting RAF members from Wyoming. They were very gracious and generous to cook for us at this event. Elk and beef burgers were the menu for lunch. They are real backcountry pros and sported RAF
Read more: April 2019 Executive Director's Report
  Springtime is definitely here, based on the number of bugs I’ve been hitting. Either that, or I’ve been flying too low lately, but I really think that actually it’s that time of the year again, and it’s warming up. Let’s enjoy it while we still can, and let’s go flying! It’s hard to believe, but come May, BasicMed will be two years old. More than 45,000 pilots have