Read more: Backcountry Closures
  By Mark Spencer With fire season in full swing, pilots - especially backcountry pilots - need to be diligent in their pre-flight awareness of fires and related TFR’s. In many of the National Forests, including ours here in USFS region 3 (AZ and NM), our backcountry airstrips can be and are being used as staging areas for firefighting efforts. As of this writing
Read more: July President’s Report
Greetings, As I sit back and look in amazement at the curveballs 2020 has thrown at us, I realize that almost every facet of life has been impacted by political, social, or health concerns. And that's just since January! Of course, aviation has been impacted in a huge way that has yet to be completely understood. Shutdowns of ATC towers and facilities simply wasn't something
Read more: July 2020 Executive Director's Report
  It is getting hotter and my patience is growing shorter with this whole pandemic situation, especially with the video conference and teleconference meetings. I hope someone comes up with something soon, so we can get back closer to what was normal. The present virus situation has resulted in some rather interesting occurrences. I recently saw an article explaining that
Read more: Engine Fires
  By Howard Deevers   Few things could be more frightening to a pilot than an engine fire in flight. We do train for engine failure during primary flight training, and we may even discuss an engine fire, but there is no good way to simulate an engine fire. The fortunate thing is that engine fires during flight are very rare, not unheard of, but rare. I do remember
Read more:  Aviation History’s Ironic Twists (GAARMS)
  2020 TO DATE: 2020, BASED ON THE LATEST NTSB REPORT (BELOW), WITH ONLY 2 ACCIDENTS REPORTED SO FAR INVOLVING FATALITIES, AND THE LATEST LOCAL NEWS REPORTS, IS STARTING TO LOOK, SAFETY WISE, LIKE 2019. IRONICALLY, BOTH NTSB-REPORTED FATALITIES WERE PASSENGERS IN THE AIRCRAFT, ALTHOUGH THE ONE PASSENGER IN THE HELICOPTER CRASH WAS A CERTIFIED PILOT, BUT NOT
Read more: Backcountry and Fire Season
  With fire season in full swing, all pilots, but especially backcountry pilots, need to be diligent in their pre-flight awareness of fires and related TFR’s. In many of the National Forests, including our USFS region 3, AZ and NM, our backcountry airstrips are being used as staging areas for firefighting efforts. You may recall a few years ago, Air Tractors made 24AZ
Read more: Grand Gulch Fly/Camping Adventure
  By Rick Bosshardt, AZ Pilots Association Board Member   Looking for a fun and interesting place to fly to and explore in Arizona?  One of the hidden gems that we are fortunate enough to have is the fabled Grand Gulch Copper and Silver mine on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Situated in the northwest corner of the Grand Canyon National Park, the location
Read more: Pre-Flighting Yourself
  By Paul Wiley   Most pilots are familiar with the process of the pre-flight inspection of the aircraft after their first few flying lessons. These pilots understand the purpose and process for ensuring the aircraft they are preparing to fly is in fact airworthy; and if it is not airworthy, then this is obviously a “No-Go” for the flight. Less obvious, but
Read more: Things Your Instructor Did Not Teach You
  By Howard Deevers   Remember getting your Private Pilot License, and the examiner said: “Here is your license to learn,” or something to that effect?  Now, you are a pilot and can fly anywhere you want, without needing your instructor to sign off on the cross country, and you can take passengers.  Congratulations!  Pilots do continue to learn as
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent  As I mentioned in last month’s update, I reached out to all of our 2019 scholarship winners to see how things are going with their studies and flight training in light of the current state of affairs with the Coronavirus. Ben Alberti is attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College/NDU Aerospace and reports