Vice President's Report
Passing the Baton
Once upon a time, way back when, a long long time ago, sometime around the year 2000 plus or minus a year or so, I was asked to join the Arizona Pilots Association Board of Directors. Within about a year, I was elected as President and have been doing so ever since (with the exception of about one or two years). As a
Summer has definitely hit State 48 with triple-digit temps across much of our state. The typical summer slowdown in flying has hit and the taxiways are a little less-crowded. Fortunately, the early sunrise means some fantastic early morning trips can still be made before our planes turn into ovens. This is my first President’s Report since being elected president of your
So far this year we have had only one fatal GA accident here in Arizona, the PA-24 Piper Comanche out of Scottsdale last month. That is already one too many, but only one in the past 5 months is an improvement over last year. Let’s keep that trend going and make 2018 the safest year ever.
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) accidents continue to occur in general
It’s become that time of the year when we give more consideration to flying out to some of the higher altitude airports for breakfast, just a short break to enjoy the cooler weather. So, it’s also time to start giving much more serious attention to density altitude when you head out. Here’s hoping you will be able to work in a flying summer vacation. Whatever you do, please
By Jim Timm
The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late April through late May. The Arizona Pilots Association uses this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others, and then hopefully they will take the
Arizona is marked by incredibly rugged terrain, rustic beauty and insanely brilliant landscape. In fact, there are three National Parks in Arizona: The Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Saguaro. Arizona typifies the Old West seen in movies over the last 75 years. Fortunately, that rustic Old West look and feel is still very much alive today throughout the state. The remote
Porsche Aircraft Engines
by Hal Tretbar
Reprinted by permission from the Zuffenhausen News, Spring 2018 Issue (pcasar.com)
I really appreciate the Porsche 3.2 liter motor in my 1987 Carrera. This air-cooled, 6 cylinder boxer engine is powerful, dependable, and efficient.
Ferry Porsche (company: Porsche AG) must have liked these attributes also. In 1980 he
My daughter, Barb, moved back to Western Pennsylvania a few months ago. I assisted her in exploring this option last year. We stayed with her best friend, Cindy, who lives in Murrysville, just East of Pittsburgh. Cindy is married to a Lt Col in the Air National Guard at Pittsburgh International Airport, the 171st AIR REFUELING WING. During our visit, Chuck Perrott told me
By Jim Timm
In case you haven’t noticed, summer is knocking on our door, and I’m not all that keen on the idea of having to get up so early if I want smooth flying conditions. At least we can get some flying in without encountering all the adverse weather conditions some other pilots have to contend with in other parts of the country
The Spring backcountry fly in season is nearly over, but come out and enjoy one of our last two events. It’s Grapevine (88AZ) May 18th through 20th, which is our last hosted Grapevine event until fall.
To end the season, on Memorial Day weekend we’ll be at Pleasant Valley (24AZ) just outside of the quaint little town of Young. This will be a very special weekend with plenty