Read more: Grapevine March of 2019
By Mike Andresen   Even in windy conditions, 9 airplanes made the trip to the APA Grapevine event in March. Three airplanes camped overnight. Our hosts, Barb, Bob and Joe were visiting RAF members from Wyoming. They were very gracious and generous to cook for us at this event. Elk and beef burgers were the menu for lunch. They are real backcountry pros and sported RAF
Read more: April 2019 Executive Director's Report
  Springtime is definitely here, based on the number of bugs I’ve been hitting. Either that, or I’ve been flying too low lately, but I really think that actually it’s that time of the year again, and it’s warming up. Let’s enjoy it while we still can, and let’s go flying! It’s hard to believe, but come May, BasicMed will be two years old. More than 45,000 pilots have
Read more: April President’s Report
Greetings, With the cool weather quickly fading behind us, the increased danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from a faulty muffler also begins to subside. This is a concern I think about every time I fly my 59-year-old aircraft during the cooler months. While I’m confident in the maintenance and condition, parts do fail. Recently, there have been three CO events that
Read more: April 2019 Aviation Accident Summary
  The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late February through late March. The 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
Read more: Spring 2019 Backcountry
  For all you backcountry adventurers, we’ve lined up a few weekend fly ins this fall where we can catch up with each other and enjoy the backcountry! We made such great strides over the last few years re-opening our backcountry to aviation, and had lots of fun and friendship in the process! Each of these airstrips also needs a little TLC to keep them in safe condition
Our 2019 safety record is off to a bad start this year starting with the fatal accident out in the Kingman area in January. The woman pilot, a resident of Prescott Valley, was found dead at the scene, according to MCSO. Her passenger, also from Prescott Valley, was found in serious condition and taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center. He was later moved to a Las Vegas
Read more: Spring is Just Around the Corner
Winter in Arizona was in full swing in the month of February. On Saturday the 23rd, the mountains around Tucson were white capped. That made front page news in the local newspaper on Sunday. February 2nd is Ground Hog Day. The original Ground Hog weather forecaster; Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow, and predicted an early spring. Punxsutawney is a small farming
Read more: Payson—A Backcountry Fly-In That EVERY Airplane Can Make!
  Many fellow Arizona aviators look at the impressive array of backcountry fly-ins that the Arizona Pilots Association and the Recreational Aviation Foundation with envy. While these fly-ins sure look like a lot of fun, the sad reality is that with low wings and a low-slung prop, many of our airplanes could never be confused for backcountry machines. Most of the great
Read more: Scholarship Winner: Michael Daniels
~  Scholarship Corner  ~ Scholarship Winner: Michael Daniels   By Andrew Vogeney  We need about 6 pilots who own planes about the size of a Cessna 182. If all six owners (renters too!) skip filling up their tanks just once this month* and donate that money to our scholarship program, we’ll be able to help one more young aviator achieve his or her
Read more: Buckeye Air Fair & Copperstate 2019
  The annual Copperstate Fly-In, now in conjunction with the Buckeye Air Fair, was a great success! It drew tens of thousands of people and airplanes from all over the country to see the airshow and the many displays. The APA was there to share what we have accomplished in the last year, along with one of our scholarship winners, Theresa Olivares, who was promoting a