Read more: 4th Annual STOL Tips Seminar4th Annual STOL Tips Seminar  By David Dunteman   Read more: 4th Annual STOL Tips Seminar February 10-12 marked the fourth STOL tips seminar by Patrick Romano and Dave Dunteman and the first in Arizona. Read more: 4th Annual STOL Tips Seminar They started the class last May 14 in Bentonville, Arkansas, and have now taught over 70 pilots in the art of expanding the pilots comfortable operating envelope of their aircraft.&nbsp
By Jim Timm Read more: February Aviation Accident Summary February 2017   The following are the NTSB reports of the aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late December 2016 thru late January, 2017. We should use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings that will help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and then take the action necessary to
2016 YEAR END AVIATION ACCIDENT SYNOPSIS Read more: Accident Report - Year End 2016by Jim Timm   The year 2016 ended with 41 accidents reported in the state of Arizona by the NTSB when this report was prepared in late January. There were no incomplete reports, and I hope there are no accident reports outstanding that have not yet been published. From a flight safety standpoint, the year wasn’t too
Read more: CRUISE SPEEDSCRUISE SPEEDS    By Mike Andresen    Now that you have reached your cruise altitude, you can switch off the fasten seatbelt sign and take a moment to relax. If you are in a technologically advanced airplane, or carrying a tablet, you are probably looking at multi-colored LCDs throwing all sorts of information at you. My Electronic Flight Information
GAARMS Report: February 2017 Read more: GAARMS Report: February 2017Fred Gibbs  Read more: GAARMS Report: February 2017 The first crash occurred on January 2nd when a C210 was destroyed when it collided with mountainous terrain about 11 miles north of Payson at an elevation of only 6601 feet. The aircraft departed the valley VFR enroute to Telluride. The NTSB report stated: Preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic ontrol
GAARMS Report: January 2017 Read more: GAARMS Report: January 2017Fred Gibbs   2016 has come and 2016 has gone – with 6 fatal accidents and 9 fatalities! All in all, a fairly safe track record, but one that could have, and should have, been much lower. Three of the fatal accidents involved unique, not-your-typical GA aircraft, i.e., a P-51 Mustang, a T-6 “Texan, and a weight-shift
Read more: Climb SpeedsClimb Speeds    By Mike Andresen    I was having lunch in Payson on a warm day when I observed a C-172 with four people on board taxi out. What really caught my eye was that the pilot deployed flaps for his take-off. I started thinking to myself, does the temperature today make Payson a short field to a max gross weight C-172? What climb V speed will he
By Jim Timm Read more: December Aviation Accident Summary December 2016   The following are the NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late October thru late November, 2016. APA and others will use this detailed accident information to develop safety programs and briefings to help pilots learn from the mistakes being made by others and hopefully then take the action necessary to
GAARMS Report: December 2016 Read more: GAARMS Report: December 2016Fred Gibbs   Read more: GAARMS Report: December 2016Again, thankfully there have been no fatal accidents since the last newsletter, nor has the NTSB releases any findings on any of the 2016 accidents to date, thus there is not much to report. We currently stand at 6 fatal accidents so far, with 9 fatalities, all pilots, including 2 CFII’s. We only have one more month to
Read more: The Take-Off RollThe Take-Off Roll    By Mike Andresen    As a flight instructor, I get to peer into the procedures of people of various training backgrounds while giving Biennial Flight Reviews. Some were trained in local or distant flight schools, some have training from professional backgrounds, and some were trained by a free-lance CFI that they just happened to