Our new WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW! & Arizona Airport Guide
Airports each are unique; each has a different set of individual factors that drive the operations to/from and at the airport.
Our goal is to publish that data often known only by the local pilots, so that visitors can be equally informed and plan their flights more effectively. Certainly, there is a plethora of standardized information available, but most publications often don't paint the "rest of the story."
What are the common mistakes pilots often make? Is there a noise abatement policy? Where is the best place to land if one experiences an engine failure during take off, or near the airport? From which direction do most arrivals come from? What are the common aircraft position reporting points? Transient parking? Where is the airport management office? Are there particular airport "hot spots" that have been causing troublesome incursions? Is airport signage and runway/taxiway marking up to date? Are there local pilot associations and/or events that pilots might find attractive? Do airport FBOs offer unique and specialized types of flight instruction? How about seasonal weather conditions?
Do you have the answers to these and other questions with regard to your favorite airport? Are you willing to write a few paragraphs and share your tips and suggestions?
10/11/2020: We are currently building this page. YOU are invited to help us grow this section! Experienced folks that have insightful info about their favorite airports, particularly if it might not be available via the regular sources, are invited to contribute here! Send what you would like to share to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
NOTE: FAA.Gov has an Airport Data & Contact Info page. Up to date Access to Airport Data Importer Tools, Airport Data Dictionaries, Airport Data Query Sites, FAA Form 5010 - Airport Master Record and Modification Reports are made available. This page also allows you to select view many other airport information categories e.g. airshows, ARFF Airport Rescue and Firefighting and other pertinent topics. A LINK to the AIRPORT DATA & CONTACT INFO PAGE follows: FAA AIRPORT DATA & CONTACT INFO PAGE
Another WONDERFUL RESOURCE - In 2012 the FAA published, GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORTS: A NATIONAL ASSET. "A fresh look at the many roles General Aviation Plays in the National Airspace System" This is a detailed description of the benefits that GA Airports offer, and a compliment to the communities that support them. You can view this .pdf file HERE.
As members of the pilot community we all need to help ensure the safety and security of our airports and aircraft. You can read more about just how to do that in the TSA SECURITY GUIDELINES for GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT OPERATORS & USERS .pdf file. READ IT HERE.
Are you planning a FLIGHT to ARIZONA? Visit this Vital RESOURCE FIRST! Arrival/Departure Info, Airport Info, Practice Area Overlays for ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, New ATC Procedures, and safety training material as well. CLICK HERE for the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup site powered by their FAASTeam.
Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group (ASAG) https://asagaz.org/
and on Facebook as Aviation Safety Advisory Group
2/07/22 New ASAG brochure - Click Here
Minutes from the 2/15/2023 ASAG meeting - Click Here
Minutes from the March 2023 meeting and future meetings will be found Under BREAKING NEWS (for the appropriate month) below.
Arizona Pilot's Association (APA)https://azpilots.org/
and on Facebook as Arizona Pilot's Association
Las Vegas Metroplex began in February 2021:
"Implementation of the Las Vegas Metroplex initiative, including 45 new or changed procedures, will begin later this month, creating efficiencies and deconflicting airspace around McCarran International Airport (LAS), Henderson Executive Airport (HND) and North Las Vegas Airport (VGT)." Continue HERE to read about it from NBAA.
2021 - Presidential TFRs Possible - Wilmington, Delaware Area - Notice: CHECK NOTAMS
"The TSA began identifying and planning the gateways after receiving the draft restrictions prepared by the FAA. AOPA has been working with the FAA and other agencies since October to gather information about how future presidential TFRs might impact general aviation operations, part of a years long effort spanning many administrations to mitigate the economic damage and inconvenience that these restrictions can cause." - AOPA
Of Note to ALL PILOTS: A Guide to Airparks: "Erik McCormack, a realtor and real estate developer from Arizona, created AirparkMap.com, which also proved helpful in adding to the Living With Your Plane dataset." Continue Reading about the Guide HERE. View the Guide HERE.
Excerpts From the Chart Supplement APR 21 2021 Special Notices:
AEROBATIC OPERATIONS NORTHWEST OF TUCSON, AZ.
Practice and competitive aerobatic maneuvers are regularly scheduled on the Tucson VORTAC 295 radial at 25 miles and Tucson
VORTAC 308 radial at 22 miles, sunrise to sunset, up to 5,000 MSL.
EXTENSIVE FLIGHT TRAINING IN VICINITY OF
ERNEST A. LOVE FIELD, PRESCOTT, ARIZONA
Extensive flight training activity in areas 5 to 38 miles from the Prescott Airport 14,000 MSL and below. These areas are in use from
sunrise to sunset daily. Participating traffic reports on 123.5.
EXTENSIVE FLIGHT TRAINING IN VICINITY OF
THE GREATER PHOENIX BASIN
When planning for flight in the Phoenix area, please be aware of the extensive flight training activity in the area enclosed by a
perimeter line from: Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ) to Gila Bend Municipal (E63) to the Wickenburg (E25) to Lake Pleasant (4AZ5)
to Sky Ranch at CareFree (AZ18) to VPREN (11 mi east of KIWA) back to KAVQ.
Within this training area are the following special practices:
1. Parachuting in the vicinity of: Marana (KAVQ), Pinal (KMZJ), Eloy (E60), Coolidge (P08), and Estrella Sailport (E68)
2. Instrument procedures at Lufthansa private airport – Mobile (1AZ0)
3. Instrument procedures at Luke AUX-1 in the Northwest Practice Area
4. IFR holding and approaches in a stack over Stanfield VOR (TFD) between 3500 to 6500 feet msl (Stanfield Traffic 122.7)
5. IFR holding at BANYO between the Northwest and Northeast Practice areas.
6. Heavy inbound/outbound transition traffic from the Federal prison (FCI Phoenix-33º49’58.12”N/112º09’54.72”W) southward to
the Canal crossing I-17 to KDVT, between 2500 and 4000 MSL.
This training area is further subdivided (see maps at www.AFTW.ORG) into five practice areas:
NorthWest – 122.75; NorthEast – 122.75; SouthEast – 122.85; SouthWest – 122.85; Rainbow Valley (128.925). When transiting
this area, it would be well advised to use flight following; monitor these frequencies; and also, monitor traffic (ADS–B, TIS, TAS,
TACS, PCAS, etc.).
Much More Arizona News where these notices are from! Check out the Chart Supplement Bulletin ! Find it HERE.
Flying over Grand Canyon?
The Grand Canyon Special Flight Rules Area is a complex set of flight rules. Flight Free Zones below 8,000' and 14,000' MSL. Specific altitudes, frequencies and altimeter settings for each sector on the chart. Familiarize yourself with the flight rules that are published for this airspace under 14 CFR § 93 Subpart U, and the notes on the Grand Canyon VFR Aeronautical Chart.(https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/productcatalog/vfrcharts/grandcanyon/).
If it's summer, the temperatures will be high. That means density altitude will be a factor, so be sure to recognize (and calculate) your aircraft’s limitations, as well as your own. Gusty winds and thunderstorms are a factor, too. Preflight planning to include a check of the forecast weather is essential.
Tombstone MOA News
Check NOTAMS. Lights Out/NVG (night vision goggle) training in the Tombstone MOA. A lights out NOTAM will be published 48 hours prior to scheduled Lights Out/NVG military flight training. For DETAILS see the .pdf file below:
- New version posted on January 11. 2023 Download your GPS overlay of the practice areas today and start using it in Foreflight and Garmin Pilot!- Get it HERE now! - All Practice Areas – version 13
Will you be FLYING IN CALIFORNIA NEAR MARCH ARB?
A Note About ARIZONA Time:
- Today, most of the US, with the exception of Hawaii, Arizona, and many US territories, recognizes daylight-saving time.
YouTube Feature: "Non-Towered Airports: In Control or Out of Control?"
Here is something important from Aviation Safety Advisory Group on Facebook August 5, 2020, that warrants repeating:
Aviation Safety Advisory Group on Facebook August 5, 2020
"Embry-Riddle has advised us the PRC aerobatic box is going to be used more than it has in the past.
The location for this, as well as all aerobatic operations, can be found in the Chart Supplement.
One may also find it using the AFTW chart overlays for Foreflight available by visiting the AFTW web site.
The PRC box is 5 NMR DRK215013."
PRESCOTT RGNL – ERNEST A LOVE FLD (PRC) (KPRC)
Arizona Flight Training Workgroup
Aerobatic Practice Areas in Arizona and Elsewhere - Do YOU know about them?
A new, informative and comprehensive paper on "Aerobatic Practice Areas" by James R. Ward.
https://tinyurl.com/JRWonAPAs The author is a longtime pilot, flight instructor, aerobatic competitor and judge. He lives in Seattle and Tucson. Views expressed are his. With thanks to Jim Ward!
Pilots: Read this article! Why? Because it is no fun to fly in an area where acro pilots make a practice of flying upside down, straight up via hammerheads, and straight down via spins, and do so without even knowing you could meet one of them by accident! - Webmaster
From the Flight Deck Videos Currently Available for Arizona Airports
|Deer Valley Airport (DVT)
|Falcon Field Airport, Mesa, AZ (FFZ)
|Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)
|Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA)
|Prescott Regional Airport - Ernest A Love Field (PRC)
About From the Flight Deck
The FAA’s From the Flight Deck video series addresses runway safety at airports across the nation. The short videos use aircraft-mounted cameras to capture runway and taxiway footage, combined with diagrams and visual graphics to highlight hot spots and other safety-sensitive items. The videos give a general aviation pilot’s viewpoint, and are a helpful tool for preflight planning. Link to the FLIGHT DECK Video Series HERE.
HAPPENING NOW! in ARIZONA
Compiled by SCAUWG.ORG Contributing Editor: Lee Unger
Events - Breaking News - Airport List
15. Pilot and Center Controller Forum and IMC Club Meeting - Question and answer session with an active ARTCC Controller. - Thursday, February 15, 2024, starting at 18:30 Arizona Download Calendar File - Speaker(s): Howard Deevers, Nathan Knorrek - This is an opportunity to pose questions to an active ARTCC Controller. The controller is visiting from the Chicago Center, and will answer any questions you may have about dealing with ATC while en route. This is casual and informative, especially if you have specific questions about how ATC handles different situations. - Ryan Airfield Meeting Room, 9698 W Tucson-Ajo Hwy, Tucson, AZ 85735
16.-18, AOPA Fly-In - Buckeye Air Fair - Buckeye, AZ (KNX) - Read about it Here.
20. Phoenix TRACON Operation Raincheck (Private Event) - Briefing and Tour of the Phoenix TRACON and Phoenix Air Traffic Control Tower.- Date and Time: Tuesday, February 20, 2024, starting at 18:00 Arizona Download Calendar File - Speaker(s): Air Traffic Controllers from TRACON and Tower - Brief Description: DUE TO SECURITY REQUIREMENTS, ONLY OPEN TO U.S. CITIZENS UNLESS COORDINATED AT LEAST 25 DAYS PRIOR. PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND.- REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS PRIVATE EVENT.
Please join us at Phoenix TRACON for Operation Raincheck, presented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the FAA. This program allows controllers and pilots to interact one-on-one with a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. Discussions will include best operating practices, review of Phoenix area hot spots, Class Bravo transition and general overview of what controllers do at the TRACON. We will conclude with a tour of the TRACON and PHX Tower.
21. Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona Inc ASAG Wed Feb 21 2024 12pm AZ 1900 GMT Monthly Webinar - Educate & Promote Safe Aviation Practices in Arizona. Date and Time: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, starting at 12:00 Arizona (11:00 PST; 12:00 MST; 13:00 CST; 14:00 EST; 09:00 HST; 10:00 AKST; 19:00 GMT) - Speaker(s): ASAG Members Brief Description:
This (2-hour) VIRTUAL ONLY meeting will include a review of recent accidents/incidents and pilot deviations in the state of Arizona. Many thanks to James Timm, Arizona Pilot's Association, Executive Director, for presenting the review; James Price, ASAG, Secretary, for the graphics; Craig Tompkins, FAA Safety Team Program Manager (Operations) for providing data.
Pilots, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Airport Managers, Air Traffic Controllers etc. from throughout the country are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Agenda will be available prior to the event. - Webinar Information
This Zoom meeting can be accessed by computer, mobile device, or telephone. To register for the Zoom Meeting click the link below. If the link fails, you can cut/paste the link into a browser.
You are invited to a ZoomGov meeting.
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 12:00 PM Arizona (1900 GMT) until 14:00 Arizona (2100 GMT)
We recommend registering prior to the meeting to avoid last minute delays logging on.
For an online only meeting such as this, registering for Zoom now also registers you for WINGS credit if you have an FAASafety.gov account.
There is no need and no option to also register on https://www.faasafety.gov/
However, if your Zoom email is different from your FAASafety.gov email, please enter the name and email you use on https://www.faasafety.gov/ in the Chat.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If the above hyperlink does not work, please cut/paste it into a browser. - Contact Information:
President: Cary B. Grant
Vice President: Brian Schultz
Treasurer: James Anderson
Secretary: James D. Price
Arizona Pilots Association monthly newsletter
KRYN Ryan Airfield Recommended NW Entries
by Brian Stamper, Ph.D. and the KRYN Workgroup
Save the Date - The evening of Saturday, February 24, 2024
Aviation Safety Advisory Group (ASAG) and the Scottsdale FSDO present
The 50th Annual Arizona Safety Awards Banquet
Details are here https://asagaz.org/
Keynote Speaker Jessica Cox!
Hope to see you there!
Please print a Banquet Flyer and post it at your FBO, Flight Planning Room,
Flight School, etc. Click on this link:
Congratulations to All Nominees! Thank you for your nominations!
Nominations for CFI, Maintenance Technician and FAASTeam Representative of the Year are closed for this year https://www.generalaviationawards.com/
Nominations for Arizona Airport of the Year and Arizona ATC Communicator of the Year, sent to Craig Tompkins, are closed for this year. https://asagaz.org/
The ASAG would like to thank the Scottsdale FSDO's Ken Nettles, Office Manager; Tina Buskirk, Assistant Office Manager; Jeffrey Larson, Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office, Front Line Manager (Operations); Ernest R. Copeland, FAA Safety Team Program Manager (Airworthiness); Craig Tompkins, FAA Safety Team Program Manager (Operations) and Terri L. Wolcott, Las Vegas, FAASTeam Program Manager (Operations) for their support of this and numerous aviation safety events and products.
4. Pilot/Controller Forum - KPRC - An Open Forum Among Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers (Representing PRC ATC Tower and Phoenix Approach) - Monday, March 4, 2024, starting at 18:30 Arizona Download Calendar File - Speaker(s): Mik Quesenberry: ERAU (co-host), Brian Roggow: FAASTeam Lead Rep (co-host); KPRC ATC Tower and Phoenix Approach Personnel - Brief Description:
The pilot/controller forum provides a means to discuss safety and operational concerns, as well as to address common errors. All pilots are welcome to attend, regardless of experience level. Please bring questions, uncertainties, or concerns that can be civilly discussed among the attendees.
Please register in advance to help us plan for refreshments!
3700 Willow Creek Rd.
Davis Learning Center (DLC), Bldg. 20
Prescott, AZ 86301
***Entering at Dan Carrell Dr.*** Enter the ERAU campus from Willow Creek Rd. at the intersection of Dan Carrell Dr. and Heritage Park Rd. At the round-about, exit at the first opportunity - north on Dobberteen Dr.. The Davis Learning Center (DLC), building 20, is on the left side, about 0.1 miles from the round-about.
***Entering at Haas Blvd.*** Enter the ERAU campus from Willow Creek Rd., northernmost entrance, on Haas Blvd. At the first four-way intersection, turn left on Dobberteen Dr. The Davis Learning Center (DLC), building 20, is on the right side, about 0.1 miles from the intersection.
Please park in lot G or F. - The event safety presentation is 2 hours in length. Registration Information: Click here to register online now!
02/04/2024 Pilots Can Learn from NTSB Final Report on Bonanza Accident in Arizona - The agency’s findings focus on errors in fuel management. - "A recent National Transportation Safety Board final report on an emergency landing accident in Arizona is a reminder that fuel management entails more than monitoring the fuel level in the tanks and position of the selector valve. - According to the NTSB report, the accident aircraft, a 1975 Beechcraft F33A Bonanza, departed H. A. Clark Memorial Field Airport (KCMR) in Williams, Arizona, on January 26, 2022, at about 10:55 a.m. MST. The pilot had planned to fly to Eagle Airpark (A09) in Bullhead City, Arizona.
The pilot reported to NTSB investigators that following departure, as the aircraft climbed through about 700 to 800 feet agl, the engine lost power and..." Continue Here.
01/16/2023 Updated: Balloon Crash Kills Four - From AVweb - "Four people died, including the pilot, and one is critically injured after a hot-air balloon crash in Eloy, Arizona, about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix, on Sunday. The balloon, identified on Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board as a Czech Republic-made Kubicek BB 85, took off with 13 people in the basket, including eight skydivers. After the skydivers jumped “something catastrophic occurred with..." Continue
01/11/2024 Arizona Accident Pilot Arrested In Utah After Four Years At Large - From AVweb - "The St George News (Utah) reported today (Jan.10) that, as the result of a traffic stop, the Utah State Highway Patrol has arrested a man facing charges related to a four-year-old fatal aircraft accident. Arizonan Christopher Anderson, 47, was wanted on federal charges including involuntary manslaughter related to the crash of a 1958 Piper PA-22 he was flying in January 2019. The passenger, his girlfriend of 3.5 years, was killed. - Among other discrepancies related to the accident investigation, FAA records revealed that Anderson was issued a student pilot certificate in 2014, but despite numerous reports that he regularly flew with..." Continue Here.
12/23/2023 December ASAG meeting Minutes Follow. Because the PAUWG (Phoenix Airspace User Workgroup) November 16th meeting is referenced in our minutes, their minutes follow: https://scauwg.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/ASAGMinurtes-Dec23.pdf https://scauwg.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/11-16-23-PAUWG-Mtng-notes.pdf
12/10/2023 Airpark may be coming to Peoria, Ariz. - "Peoria, Ariz., is in the initial planning stages of building an airpark to accommodate private and corporate flights, with the area near the vacant Pleasant Valley Airport being discussed as a potential site. Some officials in Phoenix have expressed concerns about the plan, noting the metro's already congested airspace and possible location near other airports." Full Story: KTVK-TV/KPHO-TV (Phoenix)
11/27/2023 87-Year-Old ARIZONA Pilot Killed In Go-Around Attempt - "A Mooney M20C that crashed Tuesday outside of a strip mall in Plano, Texas, killing the 87-year-old pilot, was reportedly attempting a go-around, according to a newly released incident report. - The aircraft crashed within a mile of Air-Park Dallas Airport—a nearby uncontrolled field. Witnesses told the Dallas Morning News they heard a loud boom and also saw the right wing dip before the crash. The aircraft ended up in..." Finish Story Here.
11/18/2023 ASAG's November Meeting was held on the 15th. Always a pertinent event! You can catch up with ASAG by viewing the meeting minutes HERE.
11/11/2023 Tucson Airport Changes - Two Year Program - See HERE.
10/31/2023 Ukrainian Pilots’ F-16 Training Underway in Arizona - From Flying - "A small number of pilots will train in F-16 fundamentals over the next several months at Morris Air National Guard Base in Tucson. - Ukrainian fighter pilots began F-16 flight training this week at Morris Air National Guard Base, Arizona.
“The 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard [ANG], located in Tucson, began training a small number of Ukrainian pilots this week in F-16 fundamentals,” a spokesperson for the unit told FLYING. “The training curriculum consists of both academic and flight training, which will align with the foundational knowledge and skills of each pilot and is expected to last several months.” - "Called the “face of the USAF to the world,” the ANG Wing has trained pilots from 25 countries to fly the F-16. - The Ukrainian Air Force said recently..." Full Article Here.
10/31/2023 Epic Flight Academy Opens Arizona Location - From Flying - "The new facility will serve as a satellite location for the Florida-based flight school. - “We chose the location because of the climate and variety of airspace, so the pilots get to experience the full range,” said Cindy Lovell, director of education for Epic Flight Academy." Read the Full Report Here.
10/25/2023 Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X Engine Passes 2,000 Hours - "First flight test example is being prepared for test before year-end - Rolls-Royce’s Pearl 10X engine—selected by Dassault for the forthcoming Falcon 10X—has now passed the 2,000-hour milestone in ground-testing. Rated at more than 18,000 pounds of thrust, the engine met its thrust objectives on its first run and testing has run smoothly to date.
The first flight trials engine has been delivered from Rolls-Royce's Dahlewitz factory near Berlin to L3Harris in Waco, Texas, for installation on the company’s Boeing 747 testbed, with a first flight expected before the end of the year. Flight trials will be conducted at Rolls-Royce's test site in Tucson, Arizona." Full Story Here.
10/23/2023 Arizona Safey Advisory Group (ASAG) October 18, 2023, Meeting Minutes - Click Here.
10/17/2023 TUS AIRFIELD Changes! They Take Effect 11/30/2023 - The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA), certificated operator of Tucson International Airport (TUS), is engaged in a multi-year $400+ million Airfield Safety Enhancement (ASE) Program, a project that will transform the airfield layout at TUS to meet current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards. This project, designed to enhance airfield safety, will include the demolition of an existing runway (RWY 11R/29L; 75’ x 8,000’) with a new, relocated parallel runway (150’ x 11,000’) that will serve the Southern Arizona region for decades into the future. Read About the Changes HERE.
10/16/2023 New announcement below is from Cary Grant, President of ASAG. - Cottonwood Airport (P52) From the Flight Deck on YouTube. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpOS4yi7oGM
09/29/2023 Spruced up’ Colorado City airport named best in Arizona in time for annual fly-in, airshow - "The Aeronautics Group for the Arizona Department of Transportation said in a news release that community engagement and recent upgrades secured the award for the airport." More Here.
09/29/2023 ASAG September 20 Meeting Minutes - ASAG Minutes-Sep23
09/29/2023 Mid-Aug – Mid-Sep 2023 Accident Report and Pilot - Deviation Summary – Jim Timm & Craig Tompkins - Sep23-Accidents-Incidents-Devs
09/29/2023 This drone strike occurred near the intersection of Cave Creek Rd and Carefree Highway, approximately 13nm NE of DVT. - The narrative is attached. Read it Here: Drone Issue For ASAG Info.
09/23/2023 VIP Notice - Phoenix, AZ - Notice Number: NOTC3211 - Notice: Expect VIP movement September 27-28, 2023 in the vicinity of Phoenix, AZ. Pilots can expect temporary airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement.
The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs OFTEN for temporary airspace restrictions prior to operations within this region.
*Depicted TFR data may not be a complete listing. Pilots should not use the information on this website for flight planning purposes. For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.
09/02/2023 CELL TOWER PROPOSAL DENIED AFTER AOPA, PILOTS MOBILIZE - "A prompt and thorough response from local pilots and AOPA airport advocacy experts helped strike down a plan to build a cellphone tower close to an Arizona airport’s landing area—for fear it would put pilots flying in the vicinity at risk." From AOPA Online - HERE.
08/23/2023 ASAG August 16, 2023 Meeting Minutes - Click Here.
08/23/2023 ASAG addresses Parachute Jumping. President Cary Grant explains about ASAG and parachute jumping to AOPA's Jim McClay (SCAUWG Member). During the ASAG meeting in July, a topic that took up a great amount of our attention, was the increasing use of the state’s airspace for parachute jumping and equipment operations. You can read President Grant's letter to Mr. McClay Here.
08/16/2023 CAU RECEIVES PART 141 APPROVAL IN PHOENIX - NEWS - From AOPA - "California Aeronautical University announced FAR Part 141 approval for the school's Phoenix campus." - Full Story: AOPA Online (8/7)
07/10/2023 Letter from ASAG to SCAUWG (Southern California Airspace Users Working Group)
The frequencies we are requesting are 121.950 MHz, 122.775 MHz, 122.850 MHz, and 123.300 MHz.
ASAG's Request for Waiver can be viewed here
07/07/2023 RNAV (GPS) RWY 25L: Deer Valley, Arizona -Flying into the swarm of training, pilots can use this approach for alignment. Visit Flying's CHART WISE Here.
07/03/2023 Arizona Airpark Keeps Pilot’s Dream Aloft for Decades - From Flying - "The 1,200-acre facility is nearly 60 years old and sits about 20 miles from Tucson's city center. - Seth Koppenhaver of Tucson, Arizona, has been an airpark resident for three years. But he had long hoped to live at a specific fly-in community that has been around for nearly six decades.
“After high school, I went straight into the Air Force as an enlisted guy,” Koppenhaver said. “Growing up in Glendale, just north of Phoenix, the Air Force sent me all the way to Tucson, which is just a hundred or so miles away. I became an air traffic controller at Davis-Monthan [Air Force Base] in the 1990s. And I was lucky enough that they had an aero club on the base with good prices. So, I started plugging away towards getting my civilian ratings.” - It was during his stint in the tower that Koppenhaver first heard about..." Full Story Here.
07/01/2023 FALCON FIELD - FROM THE FLIGHT DECK VIDEO - Falcon Field Airport (FFZ) is a medium sized primarily general and business aviation airport. It is located approximately 14 miles east of Phoenix Sky Harbor. This location makes it convenient for general aviation and corporate traffic trying to avoid the congestion at the larger airport. As with most airports with parallel runways with staggered thresholds, Falcon Field is susceptible to wrong runway landings. In addition to parallel runways, there is also a parallel taxiway that has been confused as a runway.
SEE THE NEW VIDEO HERE.
07/01/2023 ASAG JUNE 2023 MEETING MINUTES - Always meaningful and inciteful. See them HERE.
06/20/2023 KRYN Recommended NW Patter Entry Procedure: Click Here for the Data Sheet.
06/19/2023 LUKE MACA Pamphlet - "Capt Cody “Lock” Malone recently joined the AFTW. He's currently serving as the 56th Fighter Wing's Flight Safety Officer at Luke AFB. Attached is their updated "MACA Pamphlet." as posted on FACEBOOK. Click HERE for the MACA Pamphlet Luke AFB AZ
06/19/2023 ASAG May - June Pilot Deviation Report - You can Access it HERE!
06/19/2023 ASAG May - June Near Mid Air Collision (NMAC) Report - You can Access it HERE!
06/19/2023 ASAG June Accident Report - You can Access it HERE!
06/14/2023 ARIZONA FLYERS ALERT: Picacho ARNG Workgroup (Jim Timm, Howard Deevers, Cary Grant, Lee Unger) https://skyvector.com/?ll=32.61312288999675,-111.345030314623&chart=301&zoom=2 - Picacho ARNG (KPCA) and its lack of a full-fledged air traffic control tower (ATCT) with associated Class D airspace is a safety concern. As some understand it, this airport does not have Class D because the required climatic information equipment is not on the field nor is such equipment within allowed proximity, Pinal is close but not close enough to qualify.
Picacho must build a case demonstrating why we need Class D. Recommendations include:Enforce FAR Part 91.126d (Operating on or in the vicinity of an airport in Class G airspace) to the best of your ability and report these incidents. This will build your case.
- Work with the FSDO office to reach out to all the encroaching operators and try to work things out. Document the discussions with them and the FSDO. If the FSDO cannot resolve the problem, then perhaps the FSDO can start a local SRM panel with all of them to identify unacceptable risks and determine appropriate mitigations/solutions. This could result in a recommendation for Class D airspace or something else.
- Reinstate the Sectional Chart warning that was discontinued back in 2020.
- Continue to obtain the weather observation and reporting requirements per FAAO JO 7400.2 section 17-2-10: either a federally certified weather observer or a federally commissioned automated weather observing system.
- Exhaust all other actions taken and document the action/result.
Our team at Picacho has begun implementing tracking of incidents in order to establish a case, while also still seeking to obtain the weather station capability.
05/29/2023 FAA Releases BVLOS Waiver Requests for Public Comment - Phoenix Air Unmanned, uAvionix, Zipline, and UPS Flight Forward are seeking relief from FAA restrictions. - "Earlier this week, the FAA announced it’s eyeing beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) exemption approvals for four top aviation firms, opening the door to expanded unmanned operations. Now we know exactly what permissions they’re asking for.
On Thursday, the FAA published the requests of the four companies—Phoenix Air Unmanned, uAvionix, UPS Flight Forward, and Zipline—and is seeking comments from the public. Stakeholders have until June 14 to share..." Continue.
05/23/2023 Arizona’s ‘Flying Realtor’ Finds an Edge - From Flying - "Being a pilot has been a competitive advantage, especially within the saturated real estate market, according to a Scottsdale, Arizona, broker. - After more than a decade of selling homes, pilot Robert Clarfield understands how knowing about aviation and how it relates to the property he is selling can serve him well.- I think that being a pilot helps. That’s because, here is the thing—with an airport, you know whether this hangar is going to fit a twin. If this 3,500-foot runway will fit a jet, or you need 5,500 feet of runway,” said Clarfield, who works as a real estate broker in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’m getting asked questions like, ‘What is..." Read it Here.
05/23/2023 ASAG MAY 17, 2023 MEETING MINUTES - These are VERY, VERY Useful! - View Them Here.
05/23/2023 ABC News exclusive: FAA giving airports more than $100M to prevent runway incursions - THIS MEANS MONEY FOR TUCSON - Read about it Here. VIDEO & STORY.
05/22/2023 Phoenix Airspace Users Work Group (PAUWG) - May 18, 2023 Meeting Notes - You can view the Notes Here.
05/09/2023 Attached are notes on the KRYN Pilot-Controller Forum held April 22, 2023, written by Michelle Colgan, Chair of the Tucson Ninety-Nines. You can read the Notes by CLICKING HERE.
04/23/2023 ASAG APRIL MEETING Minutes - A Very Well Produced Journal that diligently describes the Aviation World of Arizona Pilot Safety. You can View it Here. 2023-APR-ASAGminutes
04/12/2023 ARIZONA ON PATH TO AVIATION INVESTMENT - BILL AWAITS GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE - "AOPA provided written testimony and a letter of support for Arizona H.B.2643, which, if approved, would invest $26 million in funding for the state’s aviation fund to support the current and ongoing aviation needs for Arizona’s airport infrastructure, with $6 million going to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. More HERE,
04/09/2023 RYAN AIRPORT NEWSLETTER - RUWAY CLOSURE - WEBSITE LINK - GOOD INFO - April 2023 - It is hard to believe that springtime is here. We hope that you are taking advantage of the beautiful weather to enjoy as much flight time as you can. That said, please remember warm weather also brings out wildlife. Please DO NOT feed any animals around Ryan Airfield (RYN). We do not want to attract animals or have any unexpected incursions due to wildlife.
News from the Tower:
RYN Tower Manager Geoff Kusel (SERCO NA) has updated the ATIS template to define which frequency to call when pilots are inbound to Ryan Airfield and both Local control frequencies are open. They are as follows:
· Inbound west through northeast, contact 120.35
· Inbound east through southwest, contact 125.8
· When staffing requires Ground to be combined with Local Control 1, contact 125.8 for taxi
Everyone will have an opportunity to learn more about this change and ask questions at two upcoming events.
A Pilot/Controller forum has been scheduled for Saturday, April 22. The meeting will be in the RYN conference room beginning at 11:00 a.m. Please bring your questions, comments and concerns, and tower staff will do their best to address them.
An RSAT (Runway Safety Action Team) meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. in the RYN conference room.
Local and Regional Weather:
For weather conditions and forecasts, refer to this link from the National Weather Service. For current conditions, enter KRYN in the “Enter Location…” box on the top left corner of the webpage.
Runway 6L was closed on Friday, March 31 due to some large cracks that opened in the runway. While this closure may be inconvenient for some, it is in the best interest for all RYN users. There are still two available runways at RYN and you can also use TUS.
The Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) at RYN is aware of the situation. The Tower Manager has assured the TAA that staff will communicate with users how to best navigate the airspace and airfield in times of heavy traffic.
We are currently working on runway repair and plan to complete it in the next few weeks. We will reopen the runway as quickly possible when it is safe to do so. Thank you for your patience in this matter.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to share your comments with the RYN team at AirsideOpsNewsletter@flytucson.com.
Did you know? [or you knew but forgot]
It is important to know the operating rules and regulations at Ryan Airfield. To stay current, you can download the RYN Airfield Operating Rules and Regulations from our website. Click here for the link to our website.
Wright Flight is flying out of RYN. We are happy they have joined the RYN family! Their typical flying days are Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
Three Points Fire Department has scheduled its Closed Course Driver’s training for Tuesday, April 25 thru Thursday, April 27. This training allows emergency responders to safely practice tight cornering maneuvers in large vehicles. As mutual aid partners, the TAA has welcomed Three Points Fire Department and its training program for years. - The training will take place west of the wash rack and the Tower Ramp will remain open. We will send a Tenant Advisory as we get closer to the event. - As always, we are available for any questions or comments regarding operations at RYN.
Sincerely, TAA RYN Airside Operations
04/01/2023 First Engine, Then Parachute Failed In Cirrus Incident - A Takeoff from Tucson Turned Bad - "The pilot took off from Tucson, Arizona, on the afternoon of March 28, 2021, and told investigators all was normal until he reached 10,000 feet when the engine stopped making power and started..." More.
03/27/2023 My fellow Aviators and Friends,
It is with great sadness I have learned Dr. Barbra Harper has flown West today after a brief battle against Cancer. I learned she was facing this battle about a month ago, but she requested the news be kept private and I respected her wishes. To many within the Arizona Aviation Community this news may come as a complete shock as she was a strong advocate for aviation safety issues right up to the end. She fiercely fought to improve safety around Marana Regional Airport and was instrumental in aviation issues throughout Pima County. She was a pioneer woman Captain for Continental Airlines, a skilled aviatrix, instructor, mentor, educator, a contributor to the Arizona Pilot’s Association, the Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group, and an inductee to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. We will miss Barbra greatly as we have lost someone near and dear to us and we are richer for her contribution to our lives. We send our condolences to her family, and I will update you on the family’s plans for a memorial service as I learn them. - May God bless Barbra, her family, and I hope each of you will keep them in your prayers.
Cary B. Grant, President, Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group
3/21/2023 ASAG MARCH MEETING MINUTES - Minutes from the meeting held 3/15 as called to order by ASAG President Cary Grant are found by clicking ASAG March 2023 Meeting Minutes Here.
03/16/2023 Chandler approves $2.4 million in municipal airport projects - AIRPORT NEWS - From KTAR - "PHOENIX — The city of Chandler approved more than $2.4 million in funding for airport improvement projects, officials said. - The East Valley suburb’s City Council approved three grants last week that will go toward extending a taxiway, aviation market assessment and pavement improvement at Chandler Municipal Airport. - The largest allocation, $2,035,200, is covering the first phase..." Continue Here.
03/08/2023 Ukrainian Pilots At Tucson Guard F-16 Wing For ‘Assessment’ - NEWS - From AVweb - "Multiple sources are reporting that two Ukrainian air force pilots are in the U.S. flying F-16 simulators as part of an “assessment” of their skills. The outlets, all quoting unnamed sources, say the two Ukrainians have been at an Air National Guard unit in Tucson, Arizona, for a week and will be there for at least..." Continue Here.
03/07/2023 StandardAero Upgrading Arizona Sheriff’s Helicopter For Hot, High, And Heavy Operations - "SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – March 6, 2023 – StandardAero is actively completing Phase 2 and 3 of a 3 phase program to upgrade the Pinal County Sheriff Office (PCSO), Arizona, Bell UH-1H helicopter for hot, high, and heavy operations in Arizona. The program called UH-1H3 Hot, High and Heavy, which is underway at StandardAero’s helicopter airframe facility in British Columbia, is expected to be completed in the March 2023. - Included in the modifications are airframe modifications to the lift beam, main beams, and..." More Here.
02/15/2023 Arizona Safety Advisory Group (ASAG) is unsurpassed for diligence and Aviation Safety commitment. Meetings are held Monthy and no matter where one might live and fly, viewing their meeting notes is a learning experience and well worth the time. ASAG Meeting Feb. 2023 Minutes can be Viewed Here.
01/27/2023 What GA Pilots Need to Know About Super Bowl LVII - GA pilots flying near Phoenix from Feb. 8-13, 2023, must be aware of temporary flight restrictions, follow special air traffic procedures (faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/domesticnotices/dom22044_sp.html), and comply with additional operational requirements that will be in effect for Super Bowl LVII. The FAA will soon issue a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) (notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch) about the procedures for the game and specific arrival and departure route requirements.
Special air traffic procedures to minimize delays and ensure safety will be in effect for the following airports: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT); Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR); Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA); Scottsdale Airport (SDL); Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU); Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD); and Falcon Field Airport (FFZ). You can find additional information about effected Phoenix-area airports and airspace on FAA’s Super Bowl webpage (faa.gov/superbowl).
The FAA will publish a Special Event Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for Super Bowl LVII centered on State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The FAA expects the TFR will be active from 3:30 - 9 p.m. local time on Sunday, Feb. 12. The TFR will have a 10-nautical-mile inner core and a 30-nautical-mile outer ring.
Super Bowl LVII also is a No Drone Zone. As a designated National Security Special Event, additional unmanned aircraft restrictions will be in place before, during and after the game.
The FAA will post the full text and graphic depiction of the Super Bowl LVII TFR in February. Read more on the FAA’s Super Bowl safety plan at faa.gov/superbowl or see the press release here faa.gov/newsroom/ready-kickoff-what-ga-pilots-need-know-about-super-bowl-lvii.
01/26/2023 First Class Graduates From ARIZONA'S United Flight School. "United Airlines has graduated its first class of new pilots from its Aviate Academy in Arizona. The first class of 51 new pilots, 80 percent of them women or people of color, got their wings earlier this week. United wants to crank out 5,000 new pilots from the school over the next seven years and it wants at least half of them to be female and/or people of color. It called the graduation “an important step towards training the next generation of talented, qualified, and motivated aviators.” Read More.
01/25/2023 The FAA has a Superbowl Safety Plan - You can visit it HERE.
01/24/2023 FAA Runway Safety has released the New Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD) FROM THE FLIGHT DECK VIDEO. You can see it HERE.
01/15/2023 Seeing Possibility in the Impossible - (An Arizona Story) - Kaiya Armstrong flew a Cessna from Scottsdale, Arizona, to Washington, D.C. in October. She's also legally blind. - "Kaiya lost her sight at the age of 14. Developing a disability is almost always a more significant challenge than being born with one, and I can only imagine the obstacles Kaiya faced. " Webmaster: Not only an interesting story, but one authored by Jessica Cox, herself born with a significant physical challenge. Read the Story Here.
01/11/2023 Glendale Municipal Airport prepares for hundreds of private planes to arrive for Super Bowl LVII - FOX 10-TV - "GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Glendale Municipal Airport is busy preparing to welcome hundreds of people as two high-profile events are making their way to the Valley – at the same time. For now, the airport may look quiet, but soon everyone will be arriving as it’s located just two miles west of State Farm Stadium where Super Bowl LVII will be held on Feb. 12. - As the closest airport to State Farm Stadium, Glendale Airport Administrator Matthew Smith was excited to take off with a new challenge." VIDEO & STORY Here.
01/09/2023 NEW FREQUENCY PROGRESS! Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona Inc (ASAG) is in the process of vetting 123.30 Mhz as our fourth frequency to request waiver. Our outreach regarding 123.30 MHz is currently focused on, but not limited to, the Soaring communities of Arizona.
01/09/2023 To: All interested entities including Tucson Soaring Club, Arizona Soaring, Inc. and Prescott Soaring, - Please share this information as you deem appropriate.
11/16/2022 Volunteers Pull Together To Recondition A Popular Backcountry Airfield - NEWS - From AVweb - "Supporters of backcountry aviation gave more than just their time, cash and energy to repave the 3,800-foot runway at Grapevine Airstrip (88AZ) in Roosevelt, Arizona. The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF), 99s and the Arizona Pilots Association (APA) all contributed, and RAF Arizona liaison Mark Spencer added, “Hundreds … gave their time, money, sweat, and even blood—everything has thorns in the Sonoran Desert.” - The volunteers worked with..." Continue.
10/14/2022 Blind pilot flying from Arizona to Washington, DC - NEWS - From KTVH - "PHOENIX, Ariz. (KNXV) — Twenty-one-year-old Kaiya Armstrong is on her way to Washington, D.C. Armstrong lost her sight when she was 14 years old. She spent months learning to fly a plane so she could make the cross-country trip. - “There’s so many people out there that don’t realize that they don’t have limitations,” said Kaiya. “I want this flight to prove to everyone, to the world, to stop limiting yourself.” - The Foundation for Blind Children is helping Armstong realize her..." Read More.
10/14/2022 Aviation Scholarships Available in Arizona - NEWS - From FLYING - "The Arizona Pilots Association provides a $3,000 scholarship to Arizona-based students pursuing a variety of aviation careers." - "One way to advance aviation in your state is to provide scholarships to people seeking careers in the industry—that’s what is happening in Arizona, as the Arizona Pilots Association (APA) is in the final stretches of taking applications for its annual scholarship program. - APA hands out six to eight scholarships a year to students enrolled in aviation-related programs at accredited colleges, universities, and vocational and technical institutions, according to Chris Nugent, vice president of the APA scholarship committee. The students are eligible for these scholarships, even if they’re attending schools outside of the Copper State." More.
08/09/2022 News from Arizona - Editor Lee Unger - The FAA Spectrum - FCC air to air frequencies in PHX flight training areas project continues to progress. The growth of United Aviate Academy (UAA), now with about 180 flight students and projected to have 500 in 2023, reiterates the need for these air-to-air frequencies.
07/01/2022 Falcon Field Airport unveils new aircraft viewing area - "Mesa residents have a new place to delight in aviation with the opening of a newly renovated aircraft viewing area at Falcon Field Airport. The viewing area is located adjacent to the airport terminal building and air traffic control tower at 4800 E. Falcon Drive. It was dedicated in a brief ceremony June 29.
“This area offers Mesa residents of all ages an opportunity to share in the excitement of flight and aviation,” said District 5 Councilmember David Luna. “It supports the City Council’s priority of placemaking and cultivating unique, vibrant spaces for residents and visitors.” More Here.
04/25/2022 FAA Investigating [ARIZONA] Failed Red Bull Airplane Swap - NEWS / VIDEO - From Flying - "Agency says it had denied organizers’ request for permission to perform the stunt. ...vigorously promoted Red Bull Plane Swap missed the mark in more ways than one. Not only did the swap fail, but the maneuver and resulting aircraft crash irked the FAA, which said it “will investigate Sunday evenings attempted Red Bull Plane Swap in Arizona.” Flight Video & Pilot Interview included. Read and See More Here.
04/25/2022 'Super Scooper' pilot training to fight Arizona wildfires from the air - LOCAL NEWS / VIDEO - From 12 News - "Fire crews have spent weeks training in Mesa to fly air tankers. " Read / see the story Here.
04/19/2022 Honeywell develops advanced radar system at new Arizona Lab - TECH NEWS - From Aviationa Today - "Honeywell Aerospace is developing advanced air mobility technology at a new lab in Phoenix. The RDR-84K radar system, which features autonomous detect-and-avoid capabilities, weighs around 1.5 pounds and is suitable for drone applications." Full Story: Here.
03/21/2022 Safety aspects of flying into the Sedona Airport (KSEZ). Produced by the Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona. Webmaster: A Great New Airport Safety Video!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWrb-xCK1rA
03/18/2022 Phoenix Sky Harbor launches virtual checkpoint queuing program - AIRPORT NEWS - "Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is set to pilot a virtual check-in queuing program, to help ensure that passengers’ security experience and overall airport journey is seamless and stress-free." Find Out More Here.
02/28/2022 Update Feb 28, 2022 Air-to-air frequencies for Phoenix, Arizona training areas:
To increase safety in the air and on the ground, Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona, Inc. (ASAG) continues to coordinate a statewide effort to obtain dedicated air-to-air communication frequencies for flight training areas in the Phoenix, Arizona airspace. Patrick Carey, Co-Founder Co-Chairman of Southern California Airspace Users Working Group (SCAUWG) https://scauwg.org/, working with Mr. Sydney Bradfield and his FAA WSA Spectrum Engineering Services Office, successfully obtained air-to-air frequencies for training areas in the Los Angeles airspace; Thanks to Pat Carey's introduction, Mr. Bradfield and his the FAA WSA Spectrum Engineering Services Office are instrumental in Arizona's efforts to request waivers of the Federal Communications Commission for four frequencies.
As ASAG continues our project in Arizona, we are honored to be included in the process as Charles Gunderson works toward air-to-air frequencies for flight training areas in the San Diego airspace. As in the LA airspace, air-to-air frequencies, approved exclusively for flight training, improve communications, help make the airspace safer and protect those in the air and on the ground from midair collisions. Arizona thanks Pat Carey and SCAUWG , Mr.Sydney Bradfield and FAA WSA Spectrum Engineering Services Office, the Federal Communications Commission and Aviation Spectrum Resources Inc.(ASRI®) for their continued support.
02/19/2022 Arizona aviation groups are working on responding to: Proposed Action: "The U.S. Air Force is proposing to modify existing Military Operations Areas (MOAs) to address existing and future training deficiencies for aircrews stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Luke Air Force Base, and Morris Air National Guard Base." Comments are due no later than March 4, 2022https://www.arizonaregionalairspaceeis.com/https://www.arizonaregionalairspaceeis.com/media/zfsp4rwt/1_what-is-the-airforce-proposing-poster-final.pdf
Follow this link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/1l76wIvt_cs Meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pK_7qUm-wcE_eaD5ZWup_1hQYVxjAL8QjAU-BP0KqeU/edit?usp=sharing
FROM the FLIGHT DECK VIDEO: Prescott Regional Airport - Earnest A Love Field - (PRC) - A wonderful Safety Video from FAA Runway Safety. You can view it by Clicking HERE.
Scott Tinnesand, Arizona FAASTeam Representative - "Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Scott Tinnesand as the recipient of the Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award." https://rotormedia.com/scott-tinnesand-receives-hais-salute-to-excellence-w-a-dub-blessing-flight-instructor-of-the-year-award/?fbclid=IwAR1w6OgjttVjo47VC33xL6RN29Y8qWs0m2FBmTpv2bZ33LLgb9dEmQBWMXY
12/26/2021 KAVQ Marana Regional Airport Voluntary Noise Abatement Program - https://www.maranaaz.gov/s/Noise-Abatement-Flyers-PILOTS-Reduced.pdf - Detailed Procedures are illustrated HERE. Take a Look! 🙂
11/15/2021 Gulfstream to Build New Arizona Service Center - NEWS - From AVweb - "Gulfstream Aerospace has announced plans to build a new aircraft service center at Arizona’s Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA). The 225,000-square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility represents a more than $70 million investment for the company. According to Gulfstream, the[…]" Read this article
10/24/2021 A 51-Year-Old, Newly Minted Pilot Shares His Story - Commentary - From Flying Online - "Richard Donaldson of Arizona recently earned his private pilot license at the age of 51 and reflects on the exhilaration and challenges of the training process. Learning to fly was a lifelong dream, but Donaldson says now is the perfect time because of all the blogs, apps, videos and other online resources that are readily accessible. Full Story Here.
10/04/2021 Arizona is deeply saddened by the loss of two lives in a midair collision of an airplane and a helicopter on October 1, 2021, near Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD). http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2021/10/piper-pa-28-and-robinson-r22-fatal.html
10/01/2021 FAA, NASA Finish Air Traffic Management Software Testing - NEWS - AVweb - "The FAA and NASA have wrapped up research and testing on software designed to minimize taxi delays and ease ramp congestion along with saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions. The new NASA-developed software capability, which is designed to calculate gate pushbacks to allow aircraft to “roll directly to the runway and to take off,” will be part of the FAA’s Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) program. The agency initially plans to roll the TFDM program out to 27 hub airports beginning with Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) next year." More Here.
09/19/2021 Teacher to teach lesson flying over her school - NEWS - KGUN 9 - "TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Schools teach young students to aim high. Now a teacher at Marana’s DeGrazia Elementary is taking that idea to a new height. Sometimes the best way to reach someone with a lesson is to show how it applies in the real world. Teacher Aimee Katz has been teaching her 6th graders about the math and science that help airplanes fly." Read More & How the CAP is helping HERE.
09/18/2021 Here is Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group's New Safety VIDEO for Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ) !
From YouTube: Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group - From the Flight Deck video for Marana, Arizona is the first in a series of videos from the Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group (ASAG) produced to complement the FAA's From the Flight Deck videos. ASAG's focus is to raise pilot's awareness of potential problems before they visit an unfamiliar non-towered airports or airspace in Arizona, and is not intended as a substitute for thorough preflight planning. Nor is it possible for us to cover all potential hazards a pilot might encounter during a flight. We encourage all pilots to visit these web sites to compliment their normal flight preparation:
09/05/2021 ATC Tapes Reveal Capabilities Of Mystery Drone - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "The Drive has posted ATC audio of a bizarre police chase in the skies over Tucson last February that, beyond the security and safety concerns, had all involved wondering just what they were witnessing. As we reported last May, the FBI was called in to investigate the mysterious encounter, which included an aerial tour of Davis Monthan Air Force base and ended when the drone shot up to 10,000 feet never to be seen again." Continue Here.
09/04/2021 Pilot loses power to helicopter, still rescues hikers in Yavapai County - NEWS - STORY - From azfamily.com - KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) "A helicopter pilot performing a search and rescue mission for stranded hikers on a mountain near Black Canyon City, Ariz., managed to safely land after losing power when the helicopter's rotor hit a tree amid windy conditions. The weather prevented..." Full Story & Photos Here.
08/28/2021 Yuma International Airport awards local contractor nearly $2.5M for makeover - NEWS - From NEWS 11 - "Goal is to improve approximately 98,000 square yards of paved runways" "
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Yuma International Airport announced Tuesday plans to renovate runway area through a $2,492,820.50 construction contract to local Yuma contractor Cemex Construction Materials South, LLC. - “This project is part of the Airport’s Improvement Program and Yuma International Airport appreciates Federal grant funding received from the FAA for its successful completion.” comments Airport Director, Gladys Brown. She says these federally granted funds would... Continue Here.
07/27/2021 Drone Footage - Dust Cloud over Phoenix - VIDEO - Weather agency issues dust advisory for Phoenix, warns of low visibility and gusty winds. Video credit: Instagram @JoeGrana. See it Here.
06/30/21 AVIATION GROUPS SPEAK OUT AGAINST DANGEROUS AIRPORT PRECEDENT - NEWS - From AOPA - AOPA, NBAA, HAI JOIN US PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION TO STICK UP FOR SKYDIVING COMPANY - "What started out as a win for Phoenix Area Skydive at Casa Grande Airport in Arizona not only ended up as a setback for the company, it set a dangerous precedent for any tenant that an airport may consider “undesirable.” This case would seem to be possibly pivotal. Read the details Here.
05/24/21 High Altitude Drone Encounter Prompts FBI Investigation - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "The FBI has joined the hunt for the operator of some kind of high-performance drone that flew “dangerously close” to a Customs and Border Protection helicopter over southern Arizona last Feb. 9. According to report from KOLD News, the Tucson CBS affiliate, the drone buzzed the CBP helicopter near Davis Monthan Air Force Base and then followed it for an hour, going as high as 14,000 feet. That’s well beyond the capabilities of commercially available drones and it clearly has the feds concerned." For More Click Here.
05/18/21 Sedona pilot flies Mexican wolves again - ARTICLE - From Sedona NEWS - "This spring, Sedona pilot Mike Schroeder flew from the Sedona Airport to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in St. Louis. He checked into a hotel to get some sleep, because his St. Louis passengers — five 11-day-old Mexican wolves — needed to leave at 5:30 a.m. for their flight to eastern Arizona." Continue Reading
04/30/21 ARIZONA ADDITIONAL FREQUENCY PROJECT - SCAUWG.ORG and SCAUWG has been helping Lee Unger who has been very instrumental in the quest to obtain more frequencies for ARIZONA airspace, with the goal of safer airspace separation in mind. SCAUWG member Mr. Bradfield (FAA) "is being very helpful!! What an opportunity... for Arizona!..."
04/27/2021 - Today it was confirmed Marana Regional has a new Airport Director. Steve Miller was very dedicated to safety and will be missed. I spoke with the Interim Director and he said the air traffic control tower project remains on track.
01/24/2021: News from Tucson:
- Tucson International Airport (KTUS) and Ryan Field (KRYN) air traffic control towers have been operating their normal hours of operation. Like always, check NOTAMS for possible changes.
- Congratulations Tucson International Airport (KTUS) upon being awarded the Arizona Airport Safety Award for 2021! The award was presented by the Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group and
the Scottsdale FAA Flight Standards District Office at their virtual awards ceremony January 23, 2021. The Arizona Airport Safety Award recognizes an outstanding Arizona airport that has made significant contributionsto safety at an airport facility. The goal of this program is to recognize an airport operator's efforts for making procedural and/or physical improvements to enhance safety and foster efficient operations at the airport. Congratulations KTUS for this well-deserved award! https://asagaz.org/
Tucson International Airport's contributions to safety include their Airfield Safety Enhancement (ASE) Program, a program that was initiated in large part to reduce runway incursions by correcting the remaining two of four “Hot Spots”,
a project expected to be completed in 4½ to 5 years . Also contributing to this award was KTUS's making of airport and runway safety videos working with FAASTeam Program Managers and Representatives, AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteers and others.
12/18/2020: From Tucson Airport Authority Air Traffic Control Zero - See info under TUCSON below.
12/14/2020: TUCSON KRYN: Gloria Calhoun, Ryan Tower Manager, sadly has passed away. Many of us know and admire Gloria and have appreciated her fine work as Ryan Tower Manager over the years. Our most sincere condolences are offered to Gloria's Family. EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, DEC 15TH, 2020, the Ryan Airfield (KRYN) Tower is set to CLOSE until further notice. Check NOTAMs. See below for further details. "Very sad news." - Lee Unger
Airport gets lighting, safety improvements - ARTICLE _ From Payson Roundup - "For years, the Payson Municipal Airport — Rich Henry Field has steadily been making changes to help it compete with other regional airports in the state. These improvements haven’t gone unnoticed. The airport has seen a steady increase in flights and recently, an increase in charter flights. - Dennis Dueker, airport coordinator, said many of the pilots that fly or charter guests end up buying a home in Payson after flying in and seeing not only the beauty of the area, but the amenities the community has to offer." Read More Here.
"Special Air Traffic Rule (SATR) for aircraft conducting VFR Operations in the vicinity of Luke Air Force Base, AZ. Procedural rule necessary to reduce the potential for midair collisions between military/civilian and midair collisions between military/civilian and civilian/civilian operating under VFR in vicinity of Luke."
The following information is provided by AFTW on their PHX Terminal Area Chart Overlays page of the AFTW website:
Please scroll down to see related Overlays and Letter of Agreement http://aftw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Luke%20SATR%20Procedures.pdf
More from Tucson.com
"The new main runway is expected to be operational by 2023 and the entire project is planned for completion in 2024 or 2025, with the pace of construction largely dictated by the release of federal funding."
"During a socially distanced ceremony at TIA, a Federal Aviation Administration official said the project will help make the airfield safer by reducing runway “incursions,” when planes, people or ground vehicles enter runways and related protected areas without authorization. With an airfield design dating back to the 1950s, TIA has had problems with certain “hot spots” where the number of incursions were unacceptably high, said Mark McClardy, FAA Western-Pacific regional director. TIA has had some close calls but has not recorded any collisions resulting from incursions. “The airport is safe today,” McClardy said. “But just like you put a median on a freeway, you want to enhance it as much as you can. It really got to the point where there were some stubborn hot spots for runway incursions that had to get addressed, and the only solution was changing the airfield geometry,” he said. "
An Airport List Follows:- (Included are some destinations that Arizona Pilots might fly to)
Casa Grande Airport - 6/30/21 News From AOPA - AVIATION GROUPS SPEAK OUT AGAINST DANGEROUS AIRPORT PRECEDENT - NEWS - From AOPA - AOPA, NBAA, HAI JOIN US PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION TO STICK UP FOR SKYDIVING COMPANY - "What started out as a win for Phoenix Area Skydive at Casa Grande Airport in Arizona not only ended up as a setback for the company, it set a dangerous precedent for any tenant that an airport may consider “undesirable.” This case would seem to be possibly pivotal. Read the details Here.
Colorado Ski Country Airports
If you are planning to fly in to one or more of Colorado’s ski country airports this season, please be advised that due to increased traffic ATC has instituted some new procedures. - Required routes will be used into ski country airports on days of significant demand. These route structures aid Denver Center in creating the most efficient flows into the mountain airports. These required routes will be sent out daily in the Air Traffic Command Center Advisories < https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/advAdvisoryForm.jsp>. Additional airports have been added to the ski country required routes this year to include the following: ASE – Aspen; EGE – Eagle; RIL – Rifle; GJT – Grand Junction; GUC – Gunnison; HDN – Hayden; MTJ – Montrose; TEX – Telluride
View the required routing and graphical depiction in the specific Letter to Airmen, which can be found by completing a NOTAM search for your destination (SKI COUNTRY) airport: https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/nsapp.html#/
Marana Regional (KAVQ). - The July issue of the Arizona Pilots Association newsletter included text written about Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations. General illustrations were added that do not apply to Marana Regional during parachute operations so the data found via the following link with the Drop Zone diagram attached is designed to help get the word out about Marana Regional (KAVQ). Get the info by clicking here: https://scauwg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AVQ-Parachute-Drop-Zones-r-2020-1.pdf
The problem is at some airports overflying the field and performing midfield entries to the traffic pattern is unsafe. The AWOS at Marana Regional (KAVQ) announces do not overfly the field and do not fly missed approach procedures for the RNAV/GPS 12 and RNAV/GPS‐E approaches during parachute operations. Both the RNAV/GPS 12 and RNAV/GPS‐E missed approach procedures have trajectories that pass directly through the drop zone (DZ), as can overflying and midfield pattern entries. Here is a link to the Chart Supplement for more information on AVQ and nearby Pinal Airpark (MZJ) https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/digital_products/dafd/search/
Video “Non-towered airports: In control or out of control?” - by Scottsdale FAASTeam Representatives Brian Stamper, Sarah Nilsson and Lee Unger.
With thanks to Tina Buskirk, Aviation Safety, Scottsdale FSDO Frontline Manager, Operations; Ernest R. Copeland, SDL FAA Safety Team Program Manager; and Craig Tompkins, SDL FAA Safety Team Program Manager; for their input, guidance, support and resources for this project. From Craig “Pilots on both sides of the operation should remain diligent, communicate, head on a swivel, and be prepared to do whatever is necessary to maintain a safe airport environment. Flexibility and situational awareness are key.“
This version is focused on Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ)
MEXICO ?? Are you planning a trip to Baja or MEXICO? - READ THIS REPORT FROM BAJA BUSH PILOTS - RE: MEXICO REGULATIONS BEING ENFORCED!! AIRPORTS NEED CURRENT MEXICO LICENSING!! ESTABLISHED RULES + NOW + BEING ENFORCED - a link to the Baja Bush Pilots Website where you can access Flight Plan and Mexico WebCam info is HERE More Info about the CURRENT Airport Regulations Click: READ MORE HERE For a list of registered airports and a lot of other Mexican Airport information from (IN SPANISH) Click Here.
Payson Airport (IATA: PJB, ICAO: KPAN, FAA LID: PAN) is a public airport located 1 mile (0.87 nmi; 1.6 km) west of the central business district of Payson, a town in Gila County, Arizona, United States. The airport covers 80 acres (32 ha) and has one runway and one helipad. It is mostly used for general aviation, and is host to a number of fire-fighting aircraft during the summer fire season. (see Payson Airport above)
Tucson AZ TUS - Phase 1 taxiway rehab - possibly starts Nov. 4 - DETAILS Here
12/18/2020: From Tucson Airport Authority Air Traffic Control Zero
"While Tucson Tower is closed, Tucson TRACON will control traffic coming in and out of Tucson. The hours of operation for the tower are subject to change.
Pilots and aircrews should continuously check NOTAMs and check ATIS on 123.8 for the current operating status of Tucson Tower and procedures for flying into and out of TUS. More INFO HERE