Read more: August President’s Report
  Greetings fellow pilots, Walking outside at 6 in the morning to 95 degree heat tells me we're definitely in the "heat" of summer. I'm not quite as eager to run down to the airport and head up in the sky as in the cooler months. While I'm a big proponent of a complete preflight briefing and virtual walkthrough on the charts with weather in normal conditions, I spend
Read more: August 2020 Executive Director's Report
  Given the constraints of the virus pandemic and the long, hot summer, it seems like the normal aviation meetings have come to a screeching halt. The realization that many aviation things really are coming to a halt was the cancelation of the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this year. This venue has been a yearly summer vacation event for many of us to meet up
Read more:  FAA Applies Its ‘Preferred’ Surveillance System (GAARMS)
  I AM SAD TO REPORT TWO MORE FATAL ACCIDENTS HAVE OCCURRED DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE, BOTH ON THE SAME DAY.  A ZENAIR CH601 DEPARTED DEER VALLEY ENROUTE TO AK-CHIN STRUCK THE VERY TOP OF A SMALL MOUNTAIN ABOUT 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE AK-CHIN AIRPORT AND WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE. THE PILOT/OWNER WAS FATALLY INJURED. THE SECOND ACCIDENT INVOLVED A RV-4 INBOUND TO THE
Read more: Mid-Air Collision Avoidance
  By Paul Wiley   Years ago, when I was first learning to fly at Luke Aero Club, my flight instructor explained to me the concept of “see and be seen” as the cornerstone of mid-air collision avoidance in VFR conditions.   He stressed the importance of looking outside the cockpit and being vigilant at all times in looking for other air traffic, especially
Read more: Airspace Transitions and Class C Avoidance
  Several of our Arizona pilots regularly fly to California, and the Chino and Ontario airports are popular destinations. Chino Tower recently published a Letter to Airmen regarding transition of the Ontario Class C airspace both when the tower is open and when it is closed. We’ve reprinted it in its entirety below. This “wedge” has been an area of safety concern for
Read more: To All Drone Pilots
  To All Drone Pilots: Please check for Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). If You Fly in a TFR, Aerial Firefighters Can't! https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/b4ufly/ To everyone who reads this, please share with Aviation, Civic and Social groups, Flight Schools, Hobby Shops, HOAs etc., in newsletters, websites, flyers, and everywhere
Read more: Reference AC 90-66B -  Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations
  Reference AC 90-66B - Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations   https://www.faasafety.gov/files/events/WP/WP07/2018/WP0788087/AC_90-66B.pdf Please give special attention to safe operations at non-towered airports during flight planning, student through advanced pilot training, Practical Tests, WINGS/Flight Reviews, airmen currency checks; whenever a pilot is
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent  This month’s Scholarship Corner installment will wrap up our look at the 2019 APA Scholarship winners. As I noted last month, many of them are well into their flight training programs, while some are waiting for the fall college semesters to get underway. Regardless, the entire landscape in the aviation
Read more: July 2020 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that occurred in Arizona from May through late June. APA will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs, briefings, and posters/flyers that help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and take the action necessary to prevent them from having similar accidents. Aviation safety
Read more: Grapevine Funding USFS
  By Mark Spencer Our partnership with the Recreational Aviation Foundation and USFS is paying off at the Grapevine Airstrip, 88AZ. One of the accomplishments of then RAF President John McKenna a few years ago in Washington D.C. was the addition of language to the Department of Agriculture budget language that directed the USFS to invest $750,000 into backcountry