Read more: Recap: Grand Canyon Fly-In December 2018
By Connor Barrett & Armon Haghighat   A wonderful group of aviators and their guests joined us on December 9th at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport (KGCN) for a day filled with tours, history, and great conversation with fellow aviators. The brisk morning started off with marshaling planes into the ramp, and transporting the fly-in guests to the KGCN fire
Read more: January 2019 Executive Director's Report
I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays, and is enjoying the cool, dense and relatively stable flying weather. The increased aircraft performance is very noticeable and much appreciated. Now, if only the pilot performance had also improved an equal amount. As a side benefit, after returning from a recent relatively lower altitude breakfast flight, I was going to clean the
Read more: January President’s Report
With the New Year upon us, everyone seems to have some sort of resolution. Lose weight? Nope. Sleep more? Not likely. For generations, these resolutions seem to die out after the first couple of weeks. How about, “I will aviate more safely?” I’m not talking about just the portion between takeoff and landing, but everything about the flight. How thorough was the weather
Read more: January 2019 Aviation Accident Summary
The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from November through late December. 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 accidents
Read more: There I Was... part 2 (GAARMS)
  Our safety record this year is proving to be a bad year. The year is still not over, and November has further added negatively to the accident count. Officials confirmed a pilot and passenger died after their Zodiac 601crashed into a Heber-Overgaard home Friday night. The crash occurred near the Mogollon Airpark on the Overgaard side of the joint, unincorporated
Read more: License to Learn
Many times, when a new pilot receives their temporary certificate from the examiner, the examiner will say something like this: “Here is your license to learn.” When I received my temporary certificate, the examiner said, “You still have a lot to learn,” and he was right. Of course, we all still have a lot to learn. I’m sure we all have heard the saying: “A good pilot is
Read more: Arizona Airport Focus: Prescott
Pilots in Arizona are truly blessed. Not only do we have incredible flying weather nearly every day of the year, we have amazing destination airports that offer quick access to some remarkable attractions. Ernest A. Love Field in historic Prescott, Arizona, is one of these places. Prescott lies deep in the pine forests of the Bradshaw Mountains and enjoys milder weather than
Read more: EVIT Students Volunteer at Grapevine
EVIT Students Volunteer at Grapevine By Rick Bosshardt  The APA has been active over the years in awarding aviation scholarships to deserving young Arizona students who wish to pursue some form of an aviation career (Pilot, AP, ATC, etc.). The scholarship committee at the APA has been ramping up the program and had three outstanding winners in the spring of 2017 (for
Read more: December 2018 Executive Director's Report
Winter is here with freezing temperatures and icing. Those living in the higher and northern parts of the state are facing new challenges in doing a preflight on an airplane that has been sitting outside. Now, instead of being concerned about density altitude, there are proper engine start-up procedures and making certain the wings are clear and frost free. The improved
Read more: December President’s Report
Our flying season is in full swing! Over 29 airplanes attended our Grapevine weekend fly-ins, we’ve had an incredible getaway to Alamogordo and the nearby White Sands Missile Range, and by the time this goes to press, we’ll have had our first day trip to Grand Canyon National. Of course, the calendar is chock full of breakfast destinations, backcountry adventures in Arizona