Read more: HIGH TEMP OPERATIONS – MORE INPUT FROM YOU READERS (GAARMS)
  2021 TO DATE: So far, up through the end of July this year, there have now been 3 fatal accidents in Arizona, the one out by Williams (KCMR), with 2 fatalities, the second one over by Holbrook, and the 3rd one just recently as covered below. As I write this, very little is known about the cause of the crashes. I am saddened to report the loss of a good friend, and a
Read more: Scholarship Corner
~  Scholarship Corner  ~   By Chris Nugent It’s hard to believe that 2021 has gone so quickly, but we are fast approaching another APA scholarship program cycle. The deadline for applications for scholarships for the 2022 academic year is 31 October 2021. You may recall that we moved it out several weeks into November last year to account for all the
Read more: June Accident & Incident Summary
  The following are the reports of aviation accidents and incidents that occurred in Arizona from late May through late June. APA will be using this detailed 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 similar
Read more: July 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, It seems that every year vast swaths of our precious forests catch on fire. A variety of causes are always to blame: lightning, car fires, errant sparks, campfires... Arizona's extreme heat and near constant drought conditions result in perfect conditions for these fires to propagate. You may ask what this has to do with flying. Lots. The recent fires
Read more: July 2021 Executive Director's Report
    Summer sure is here! It seems like you can’t get up early enough to beat the heat. The bugs must have got it figured out though, as I noticed that on the last few flights that I hardly pick up any bugs, and it didn’t take much to clean the windshield. I think the airplane may be handling the hot weather better than I, because the last time I flew out for
Read more: Three Old Men And an Airplane
  By Howard Deevers   That sounds like the start of a story with a really bad ending, but actually it is a good story! We all know that the minimum age to solo is 16, and you can get your private pilot’s license on your 17th birthday. (Glider pilots can be 16). However, the FAA has no upper limit for piloting as long as you have a medical (or can fly on basic
Read more: May Accident & Incident Summary
  The following are the reports of aviation accidents and incidents that occurred in Arizona from late April through late May. APA will use this detailed 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 similar
Read more: June 2021 President’s Report
  Greetings, Another first in APA history has occurred; APA members voted for Board of Directors terms via an electronic ballot! Thank you for participating and making your voice heard. I also thank you for placing your confidence in the current board members, as each up for election was retained. Since APA’s founding, these elections have been in person at annual
Read more: June 2021 Executive Director's Report
  Summer may be rapidly approaching, but in actuality, the flying weather hasn’t been bad at all. It’s been a bit windy at times, that can be particularly challenging for us taildragger pilots, but really not too bad temp-wise in the mornings. I’m bracing myself for what’s to come. I sure hope we don’t have a hot one like last year. I think I’m getting too old for that
Read more: Let's Go Around
  By Howard Deevers   The Go Around, also called a “rejected landing,” is a required item on most check rides for a rating.  It Is also required training for pilots before they can be signed off for solo flight.  After your Private Pilot check ride, the next time you might do a Go Around could be on your flight review, 2 years later. Naturally, we