Read more: Payson Pie Run
By Connor Barrett & Armon Haghighat Flight school, a part time job, and working towards earning a four-year college degree with the ultimate goal of flying for a major airline can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Countless hours of studying, running from class to class, and flying in work clothes is what it’s going to take to become a commercial airline pilot that
Read more: Let's Go Around
During our pilot training we are taught this simple but important maneuver, the “Go Around.” Remember the first time your instructor told you to go around? Huh, What? The instructor might have said to add power, pitch the nose up, start climbing, gradually reduce the flaps, and get back into the traffic pattern. At a non-towered airport, that would have been about all, but at
Read more: Made it to Mexico … Almost! (The alt=
With the extreme desert heat and summer cumulus clouds forming almost every day in August, our options were limited for exploring what Arizona's airports have to offer. These Arizona “normal” weather conditions didn’t stop us from planning and executing a flight. Where are we going this time you ask? Some may say this destination is the place to go, and others may disagree. We
Read more: Aviation Buttonology
Only about a week after Southwest Airlines made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine failure, the TV news services were competing to get the crew of the plane on their program. CBS “This Morning” was the winner, and the entire crew appeared on their morning show. I was in Pittsburgh at the time, so I was on the same time zone as the show. What made this more
Read more: Are AZ Student Pilots Learning the Correct Information?
I live in Wickenburg, AZ, right at the Wickenburg airport (E25) and get to watch traffic which ranges from business jets to taildraggers. Probably the most regular traffic is from the flight schools in the Phoenix area and sometimes from Prescott. As I watch during the day and evening, sometimes night, I listen to the CTAF to determine who and where the various aircraft are
Read more: Exploring Northern Arizona’s Sandstone Deserts
Our one day adventure included a cross country flight to Page (KPGA) and an early morning tour of Lower Antelope Canyon. This tourist site had been an interest for both of us, but the long drive discouraged us from going. Antelope Canyon has often been described as the sandstone wonder of Northern Arizona, one of the most desirable and adventurous outdoor attractions that
Read more: 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: What Will You Do?
Surviving an Emergency 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 adventure off the beaten path. Suddenly, the engine stumbles, you do a quick scan and
Read more: Porsche Aircraft Engines
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
Read more: Flying the KC 135 Simulator
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