By Chris Nugent   In this month’s Scholarship Corner article, we will continue to provide some more information on our 2023 scholarship recipients. It’s important that you hear from them directly, so I have asked each of them to provide a brief overview of themselves and their aviation career goals in their own word.   Read more: March 2023 APA Scholarship Program Evan Erickson For my 18th birthday
Read more: March 2023 Executive Director's Report
  It looks like the winter weather is in our rear-view mirror, and spring is on its way. The nights are cool and the early morning flights for the Saturday morning breakfasts are truly delightful. If it stayed this way for too long, I fear we would be overrun with more people than we would want. I hope some of you made it out to Buckeye Airport for the Buckeye Air Fair
Read more: Which Way is Up? (GAARMS)
  By Fred Gibbs   Just to be clear, the opinions and statements made within my articles are strictly mine and may not necessarily reflect any policy or position of the Arizona Pilots Association.   With a little help from Mother Nature, my flight from Flagstaff down to Ryan last month (mid-January) only took one hour 10 minutes!  However, getting to
Read more: What Did You Say?
  By Howard Deevers   Learning to fly has many challenges in both skills and book learning. One of the many tasks that we are expected to master is talking on the radio. We must learn how to communicate with Air Traffic Control at airports and along the route with the Center controllers. On your first lesson, the instructor handles all communication on the radio
Read more: Weekend Getaways
By Rod Kunkel   Hi!  My name is Rod Kunkel.  I’ve been a member of the AZ Pilots Association for about 5 years.  My wife Jackie and I own a Cessna 182 based at Falcon Field (Jackie flies with me on days that I can guarantee no turbulence and smooth landings).  My typical flights are within an hour or two for breakfast or lunch, but I really enjoy
Read more: January 2023 Aviation Accident & Incident Summary
  by Jim Timm   The following are the reports of aviation accidents and incidents that have occurred in Arizona from mid-December through January. We hope to use the following detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that would help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and be able to take the necessary
Read more: Arizona December-January Pilot Deviations
   by Jim Timm   These pilot deviations need to be examined to determine if a common threat exists that should be addressed to help reduce the number of deviations that occur and thus enhance aviation safety. In the time period from December 9 through January 13 there were fifteen pilot deviations recorded by the FAA SDL FSDO. These deviations were committed
   by Jim Timm   There were four Near Mid Air Collision incidents reported during the period from December 9, 2022 thru January 13, 2023. The details these four occurrences are as follows:   December 7, 2022 A NMAC was reported between an Air Force A10 and a Cessna Citation in the Tucson area. The Citation passed in front of, and below the A10. It was
Read more: February 2023 President’s Report
  Greetings, We're excited to announce we'll be attending the Buckeye Air Fair on February 17-19 and setting up shop in the AOPA tent right up front. The city of Buckeye and their leadership has embraced general aviation and I love seeing them reap the rewards. The Buckeye Air Fair is a family event that serves as an airport open house, family
Read more: February 2023 APA Scholarship Program
By Chris Nugent   January was a busy month for the Scholarship Committee. Thanks to your support we were able to award a total of 13 of scholarships for the 2023 academic year – a record for our program. We’ve been busy working with the colleges and flight schools our recipients are attending to ensure their scholarship funding is in place for their spring semester