Beating the AZ Heat
Beating the AZ Heat  By Connor Barrett & Amon Haghighat @AZPILOTLIFE Flying in the heat of the Arizona desert can be physically strenuous on any pilot. Our recent cross-country flight had to be to a place that was going to beat the heat. After searching through our VFR sectionals and researching different airports in the valley, we decided to take the Lake Havasu...  Read more...Beating the AZ Heat
Arizona Airport Focus: Grapevine (88AZ)
  Arizona Airport Focus: Grapevine (88AZ)  By Brian Schober  The recent AZ Airport Focus articles have focused on what to do around the airport, based on what the communities have to offer. This month is different, and we’ll focus on the nothingness around this particular airport. In this case, getting there is getting away, and it can be pure...  Read more...Arizona Airport Focus: Grapevine (88AZ)
Initial Pilot Certification Passing Rates Trending Down
GAARMS Report: July 2018   Fred Gibbs  (Your guy in Flagstaff) We are still holding at only one fatal GA accident so far this year. You guys and gals, our Arizona aviation community, are doing a great job of flying safe. Let’s keep that trend going! Make 2018 the safest year ever. Initial Pilot Certification Passing...  Read more...Initial Pilot Certification Passing Rates Trending Down
What Will You Do?
What Will You Do?  Surviving an Emergency By Mark Spencer There is nothing quite like flying through the backcountry, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You’ve got your camping gear all packed, perhaps do a day hike while on the ground, and certainly you’ll enjoy the company of your fellow aviators while on your...  Read more...What Will You Do?
July 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm  July 2018  The following are NTSB reports of aviation accidents that have occurred in Arizona from late May through late June. 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...  Read more...July 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
July 2018 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm  July 2018  No kidding, it’s hot out, it’s bumpy, and often not a lot of fun flying this time of year. I guess I need to be a bit more philosophical about it and realize we are 180° out of phase with the northern part of the country, as far as comfortable flying seasons are concerned, and stop complaining. In any case, when...  Read more...July 2018 Executive Director's Report
Vice President's Report
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...  Read more...Vice President's Report
CFIT Accidents (GAARMS)
GAARMS Report: June 2018   Fred Gibbs  (Your guy in Flagstaff) 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...  Read more...CFIT Accidents (GAARMS)
June 2018 Executive Director's Report
By Jim Timm  June 2018  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...  Read more...June 2018 Executive Director's Report
June 2018 Aviation Accident Summary
By Jim Timm  June 2018  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...  Read more...June 2018 Aviation Accident Summary