Cooler weather is finally here and is making flying without air conditioning more bearable. The first snow has fallen in the mountains near Flagstaff and the morning temps in the valley are in the 60's. APA hosted the first Grapevine fly-in of the season and it was outstanding. Weekends are packed with backcountry fly-ins, breakfast fly-ins and safety seminars
The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late August thru late September. 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
What a difference a year makes!! As of August 26th (the day I wrote this), there has only been one general aviation fatal accident in the state of Arizona since January 1st, that being the crash of a Piper PA-22-160 south-southeast of Kingman, back in January. The pilot survived, but the one passenger on board died.
GAARMS maintains the auspicious goal of trying
Last month’s Airport Focus column on Sierra Vista presented the attractions and activities in the area. This month, we’ll focus on the VFR approach and departure procedures. Sierra Vista is unique in that it is not only a joint-use military and civilian airport, but it is also under Restricted Areas and is home to many Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), better known as
The news has been referring to our recent weather pattern as the non-soon due to the lack of seasonal rain storms, and this lack of rain has created unusually dry vegetation around the state. As a result, there have been a number of both human and lightning caused fires, several of which have been very close to cities and towns. When this occurs, a Temporary
It’s summer time and the flying isn’t easy. It’s hot and bumpy, and I don’t care what anyone has to say, but there is a ray of hope on the horizon that fall, and good flying weather, can’t be too far away. I’ll keep that in mind and try to not get too crabby while waiting for the cooler weather.
Trying to fly between Phoenix and Tucson and passing generally through
With Labor Day now behind us, we know there are only a few short weeks of triple-digit temps here in the Southwest. As the rest of the country begins to wind down their flying season with “one last blast” and the “final summer hangar cleanout,” that I often see described in aviation forums, we’re just the opposite. It’s finally getting cool enough to spend a little
The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late July, thru late August. 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
The 35th Annual Christmas Airlift is now being planned for Saturday, November 9th. We will be flying into the Navajo Indian Nation at Gallup, New Mexico (KGUP), approximately 196 nm from DVT on a 055 degree true course. We will synchronize for an arrival with another core group departing Sierra Vista Libby Field (KFHU) that morning, although
WOW, we are still doing great so far this year! As of August 1st, the general aviation fatal accident rate for the state of Arizona remains at only one, the crash of a Piper PA-22-160 south-southeast of Kingman back in January.
Within the fatal accident guidelines of the GAARMS reporting process, our pilot-based safety record still stands at an