Read more: November 2018 Executive Director's Report
Winter is obviously approaching with its shorter days because I’m having to turn on the lights to preflight the airplane to make the early Saturday morning breakfast flights. The days are cooler and there is a lot of competition to decide which aviation event on the calendar to go to. Like a friend told me, this is why we put up with the super-hot summers. Some of the
Read more: November President’s Report
Another month has come and gone in the desert and the heat continues its gradual retreat from much of Arizona. October was wild, with a tropical depression and snow in the same month! While Arizona weather can sometimes be wild and amazing, most of the time it simply lends itself to great flying weather. Take advantage of it and get out flying. With our winter flying season
Read more: November 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from September through late October. The Arizona Pilots Association will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and hopefully they will take the action necessary to prevent similar
Read more: October 2018 Executive Director's Report
The mornings are cooler, and the days are slightly cooler, so it appears fall is finally arriving with the promise of great flying weather. At least for now, longer comfortable morning flights are possible. With the onset of the fall weather, our flying season activity is starting to pick up with the notices of upcoming aviation fly-in events. It’s unfortunate that one of the
Read more: October President’s Report
It’s October in Arizona. As the rest of the country starts to buckle down and prep for winter, we’re putting the final polish on our planes and planning weekend destinations. Arizona is unique in that we are blessed with so many amazing destinations. With 80+ public-use airports to choose from, a growing list of backcountry airstrips, and nearby states with airports close to
Read more: October 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from August thru late September. 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 hopefully they will take the action necessary to prevent similar accidents from
Read more: Payson Pie Run
By Connor Barrett & Armon Haghighat Flight school, a part time job, and working towards earning a four-year college degree with the ultimate goal of flying for a major airline can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Countless hours of studying, running from class to class, and flying in work clothes is what it’s going to take to become a commercial airline pilot that
Read more: White Sands Missile Range, NM—Getaway Results
Perfect Weather, Perfect Tours, Perfect Food! - Kit Murphy, Oct 5-6, ‘18 Kit Murphy organized another Getaway winner.  Based around the White Sands Missile Range and Trinity tours that are only open 2 days per year, she put together a winery tour, pistachio orchard tour, the Trinity and McDonald House tour plus rental cars at the Alamogordo airport KALM, with great food
Read more: Garmin 700 Series AutoPilot Heads Up… (GAARMS)
Well, August unfortunately turned out to be a bad month for maintaining our good safety record, while September had no fatal accidents (as of the 25th, as I write this). In a 2-week period between Aug. 18 and Aug. 29th, there were 3 fatal accidents with 5 fatalities. The total count so far this year stands at 5 fatal GA accidents and 12 fatalities. This does not include the
Read more: Let's Go Around
During our pilot training we are taught this simple but important maneuver, the “Go Around.” Remember the first time your instructor told you to go around? Huh, What? The instructor might have said to add power, pitch the nose up, start climbing, gradually reduce the flaps, and get back into the traffic pattern. At a non-towered airport, that would have been about all, but at