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
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:
Will you be FLYING IN CALIFORNIA NEAR MARCH ARB?
HAPPENING NOW! in ARIZONA
Compiled by SCAUWG.ORG Contributing Editor: Lee Unger
BREAKING NEWS & EVENTS!
06/30/2022 Ryan Field Hybrid Pilot Controller Forum Thursday June 30 2022 at 4 pm AZ 2300GMT - Your input as a pilot, ground operator, safety advocate is requested in preparation for the upcoming KRYN Runway Safety Meeting. - Thursday, June 30, 2022, starting at 16:00 Arizona - Speakers: ATCT Personnel, FAA Runway Safety, Airport Administration, FAASTeam Managers
Military, Airline, Cargo, General Aviation pilots, Ground Operators and safety advocates are welcome and encouraged to attend. This meeting includes a presentation of the recent incident history at Ryan Field Airport and an open discussion of Runway Safety.
Participants are asked to help develop recommendations and solutions to enhance surface safety by eliminating wrong surface landings, runway incursions, pilot deviations and jet blast incidents and accidents. Your recommendations will assist the Runway Safety Team as they continue their efforts to improve safety at Ryan Field Airport.
This forum is in preparation of the Ryan Field (KRYN) Runway Safety Action Team Meeting to be held on Thursday, July 14, 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 AZ (1700-1900 GMT)
9700 W. Ajo Highway, Tucson, AZ 85735
Please register for only one using the appropriate method below.
In person registration instructions:
Note: Prior to attending a safety seminar in person please review and abide by current CDC, State and Local health guidelines.
Ryan Field Airport Terminal Building Conference Room - Seating is limited to 100.
Register on https://www.faasafety.gov/. An faasafety.gov account is not required for registration though it is welcomed and encouraged.
For WINGS credit:
In person: On the Attendance Roster provided on site, initial for attendance if registered or sign in on the Attendance Roster using your faasafety.gov name, email and zip code.
Fly-ins: Taxi to the parking apron. Meeting is in the Terminal Building south of the ramp.
Driving: From Tucson on I-19 south take Exit 99, SR 86/Ajo Way. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Stay on Ajo Way for 14 miles, the airport will be on the right.
Driving: I-19 northbound take exit 95, Valencia Rd. At the top of the ramp turn left and head west approximately 14 miles. Valencia Rd. ends at W. Ajo Highway at the airport's east entrance. Turn left onto W. Ajo Highway. The terminal is approximately 1/4 mile on the right.
Instructions for attending via Zoom Preregistration for Zoom is not required, complete Zoom information for June 30, 2022; 1600-1800 AZ is below.
For WINGS credit:
On Zoom : Please write the name and email you use for your https://www.faasafety.gov/ account in the Chat.
FAA ZoomGov Meeting Optional ways to join are:
Click to Join: FAA ZoomGov Meeting:
• Passcode: 781052
• If prompted, accept the Zoom application as instructed.
• Download the ‘Zoom Cloud Meetings’ App.
• Select ‘Join a Meeting’ and enter Meeting ID: 160 135 9647
• Passcode: 781052
Phone Audio Only:
• Call 1-888-924-3239; enter Meeting ID: 160 135 9647
• Passcode: 781052
• Unmute or mute yourself by pressing *6.
Please email your suggestions, comments and/or questions to
Aaron Funari, Ryan Field Air Traffic Control Tower, Manager:
Please Include your name and phone number.
This meeting is expected to adjourn by 6:00 p.m. Arizona time (0100 GMT) - Contact Information: Lee Unger email@example.com
This event would not be possible without the active participation and collaboration among air traffic control, airport management, Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office, and airport users.
Runway incursions are a major factor in aviation safety. While many things have been done to reduce the accident rate in General Aviation and the Air Carrier Industry, both sides of the aviation house are still experiencing far too many runway incursions. This could be the result of "Read back - Hear back" issues, poor airport signage, pilot inattention/knowledge, expectation bias, or a combination of factors.
Runway safety is a major concern for all pilots.
Prior to attending a safety seminar, please review and abide by current CDC, State, and Local health guidelines.
KRYN Airport Diagram effective date: June 16 - July 13, 2022
KRYN Chart Supplement effective date: May 19 - July 14, 2022
FAA Runway Safety https://www.faa.gov/airports/runway_safety/videos/
"From the Flight Deck" video series provides pilots with actual runway approach and airport taxiway footage captured with cockpit mounted cameras, combined with diagrams and visual graphics to clearly identify hot spots and other safety-sensitive items.
"Runway Safety Pilot Simulator" video series a self-guided resource to assist flight instructors with teaching student pilots surface safety best practices, before they step foot into the cockpit.
New Ways to Preflight Your Destination By Susan K. Parson, FAA Safety Briefing Editor
This event would not be possible without the active participation and collaboration amongst FAA Runway Safety, Air Traffic Control, Airport Management, and Airport Users.
Aaron Funari, Ryan Field Air Traffic Control Tower, Manager
Joe Santoro, FAA Western Pacific Region, Runway Safety Program Manager
Allen Kinnison, Director Airside Operations, Tucson Airport Authority, Airport Management
Clo Maskell, Airside Operations Officer, Tucson Airport Authority, Airport Management
Craig A. Tompkins, FAA Safety Team Program Manager (Operations) Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office
Ernest R. Copeland, FAA Safety Team Program Manager (Airworthiness) Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office
Thank you Tucson Airport Authority for providing your Conference Room in the Ryan Field Airport Terminal Building and for your continued dedication to aviation safety!
06/17/2022 FLIGHT ADVISORY - GPS Interference Testing - Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona 21-24 June 2022 - Centered at 325456N1142426W or the BZA034013 - The entire flight advisory may be accessed and downloaded at the following address:
Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area. NOTAMs will be published at least 24 hours in advance of any GPS tests.
05/13/2022 - The FAA Airport Grant Program Awards Grants to general aviation and community-serving airports. The latest Awards include:
- Two grants totaling more than $1.29 million for Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City, AZ, to renovate the existing passenger terminal public restrooms within the existing footprint and reconstruct airfield guidance signs and the taxiway. Renovations will comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
Posted 5/11/2022 - The Ninth Summit of the Americas is to be held in Los Angeles, United States, from June 6th thru the 10th, 2022. The theme is "Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future". The White House announced Los Angeles, California as the host city in January 2022. As host, the US selects the site of the summit and its attendees. At least foreign leaders from 32 countries have been invited. TFRs Can Be EXPECTED During this period, primarily located over the downtown area covering 1 mile. 3 miles, & 5 miles, as well as a section of V186 and the N/S routes over LAX will be affected. 30NM TFR's might be issued depending upon who the visiting V.I.P is. Pilots visiting LA during this time period should be TFR vigilant.
05/16/2022 Tucson KTUS Pilot-Controller Forum. All Airport Users are welcome and encouraged to attend Monday, May 16, 2022, starting at 09:00 Arizona (09:00 PDT, 10:00 MDT, 11:00 CDT, 12:00 EDT, 06:00 HST, 08:00 AKDT, 16:00 GMT)https://faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=112422&caller=/SPANS/events/ModifyEventList.aspx?type=2
05/18/2022 ASAG Monthly Zoom Meeting Wed. May 18, 2022, 12:00 Arizona (19:00 GMT) Pilots, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Airport Managers, Air Traffic Controllers etc. are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Please register in advance on this Zoom link for the May meeting:https://faavideo.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItd-uqqjIvG7qthJXi6hq14DBwJL1pV8A
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a unique and personalized (not to be shared) Meeting ID, Passcode and Zoom link.Register for WINGS and find more information here https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=112412&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx
05/21/2022 Glendale Airport Pilot/Controller Forum - SEMINAR - This is a Pilot and Controller Forum held in advance to Glendale Airport’s Runway Safety Action Team meeting. Saturday, May 21, 2022, starting at 10:00 Arizona - Speaker(s): Jura Mohair, Joseph Husband, Craig Tompkins - If you have questions about why the controllers take the actions they do, this is your opportunity to learn why. Conversely, this is your opportunity to let the controllers know what you and your aircraft are capable of when flying in the pattern or Luke AFB's airspace. Glendale is becoming a very busy location for student training in both light-sport and traditional training aircraft and it is seeing an increase level of business jet traffic. The controllers must balance all this in time critical situations. The airport manager will also be available to discuss plans for the airport and general operations philosophy. You can expect the event to last about two hours. - West-Mec Central Campus, 6997 N Glen Harbor Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85307 - Click here to register online now!
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.
03/23/2022 Goodyear Airport Annual Local Runway Safety Action Team - Discuss Pilot deviations, Hot Spots, Airport improvements, wild life threats & other safety issues or potential hazards. - Wednesday, March 23, 2022, starting at 09:00 Arizona (09:00 PDT, 10:00 MDT, 11:00 CDT, 12:00 EDT, 06:00 HST, 08:00 AKDT, 16:00 GMT) - Dan Moss - Runway incursions remain a serious concern nationally. One important component of our ongoing efforts to improve surface safety at GYR Airport involves conducting a Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT) meeting at least once each year. In conjunction with airport management, we will be conducting a local RSAT meeting on March 23, 2022. The meeting is scheduled from 0900, and will online via the TEAMS link. Your participation is important and your input is welcomed.
Please RSVP to Dan Moss at Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the name, organization, phone number and email address of those who will be attending. If you have questions or need more information, please let me know. I can be reached at 602-379-6565 or at Daniel.email@example.com. - Webinar Information: Phoenix Goodyear Annual Local Runway Safety Action Team Meeting Click here to register online now!
02/28/2022 Update Feb 28, 2022 Air-to-air frequencies for Phoenix, Arizona training areas: 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.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)
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.
02/28/2022 March 16 Zoom Meeting Scheduled! Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona, Inc. (ASAG) Monthly https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=110426&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspxHope to see you there!ASAG is made up of volunteers throughout Arizona and beyond working to educate & promote safe aviation practices. Please join us! Wednesday, March 16, 2022, starting at 12:00 PDT (12:00 MST, 13:00 MDT, 14:00 CDT, 15:00 EDT, 09:00 HST, 11:00 AKDT, 19:00 GMT) Please see the SPANS (online Safety Program Airmen Notification System) for WINGS registration and Zoom information.
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
24 - 26. Outlaw STOL: The Husky National STOL series will host its first National STOL series event of the year, Outlaw STOL, at Somerton Airport in Somerton, Arizona, February 24 through 26. The fly-in and camping event will have practice days for competitors as well as aircraft vendors, food vendors, and a fly-out.
2/25/2022 25. The shortest distance between two points - - is ALWAYS a straight line TRACKING a BEARING to a waypoint ... Old-School style.https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=110201&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx - Friday, February 25, 2022, starting at 18:00 PST (16:00 Hawaiian Standard Time, 18:00 PST, 19:00 MST, 20:00 CST, 21:00 EST, 17:00 AKST, 19:00 Arizona, 02:00 GMT)United States Air Force Boeing CT-43A crashed on approach to Dubrovnik, Croatia, April 3, 1996. - See the SPANS for details, background, WINGS and Zoom information -
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
02/16/2022 Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona, Inc. (ASAG) VIRTUAL February 16, 2022 Monthly Webinar - ASAG is made up of volunteers working to educate and promote safe aviation practices. - Pilots, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Airport Managers, Air Traffic Controllers etc. are all welcome and encouraged to attend. - Please join us! - Wednesday, February 16, 2022, starting at 11:00 PST (12:00 Arizona , 12:00 MST, 13:00 CST, 14:00 EST, 09:00 HST, 10:00 AKST, 19:00 GMT)
Please see the SPANS (online Safety Program Airmen Notification System) for WINGS and Zoom information. https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=109847&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspxThe new ASAG brochure is on the SPANS in Additional Documents.
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. "
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?"
With Scottsdale FAASTeam Representatives Brian Stamper, Lee Unger and Sarah Nilsson. Thank you 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 your input, guidance, support and resources for this safety project. Per Craig, “Pilots on both sides of the operation should remain diligent, communicate, keep their heads on a swivel, and be prepared to do whatever is necessary to maintain a safe airport environment. Flexibility and situational awareness are key.“ "Stay and Fly Safe!" - Lee Unger
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
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