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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: scauwg@earthlink.net  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

 

 

 

 

Arizona Pilot's Association  (APA)https://azpilots.org/
and on Facebook as Arizona Pilot's Association

 

 

Las Vegas Metroplex begins 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

Ex.: Presidential TFR

 

 

 

"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 yearslong 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 HEREView the Guide HERE.

 

 

HAPPENING NOW!   in ARIZONA

Compiled by SCAUWG.ORG Contributing Editor: Lee Unger

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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:

http://aftw.org/arizona-practice-areas/

Please scroll down to see related Overlays and Letter of Agreement   http://aftw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Luke%20SATR%20Procedures.pdf

Other Overlays

DVT/Luke SATR LOA Sector ForeFlight/Garmin Pilot Overlay

(Updated on 11-14-2018) Explanation of DVT/Luke LOA.Official LOA.

 

October 17, 2020
Like always, check NOTAMS and TFRs. Arizona is expecting numerous TFRs in the weeks ahead.
https://www.faa.gov/pilots/safety/notams_tfr/
https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/

Tucson Airport Authority, Airfield Safety Enhancement Project (ASE) Groundbreaking
https://www.flytucson.com/articles/tucson-airport-authority-breaks-ground-on-largest-project-in-airports-history/
"More than a decade in the planning, environmental study and design, ASE is now ready to begin construction, which is expected to take at least five years with an estimated cost of $300 million. Construction will be divided into four different focus areas and will require precise coordination with the FAA, commercial and cargo airlines, the Air National Guard and general aviation users."

More from Tucson.com
https://tucson.com/business/tucson-airport-breaks-ground-on-300m-airfield-improvements-project/article_2e267053-d85f-5738-8b18-b172e11d8649.html
"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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9JDjr0Q03I&feature=youtu.be

 

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)
https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/digital_products/dafd/search/

Arizona Flight Training Workgroup
http://aftw.org/arizona-practice-areas/

 

Aerobatic Practice Areas in Arizona and Elsewhere - Do YOU know about them?

Marana Regional Aerobatic Area

 

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)

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#/

Deer Valley Airport (KDVT) Safety Videos

Honolulu International Airport Runway Safety Video

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/

With thanks to Jim Pitman, Arizona Fight Training Workgroup http://aftw.org/ has a new page.   Marana Airport Operations    http://aftw.org/kavq-operations

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 KRYN: Gloria Calhoun, Ryan Tower Manager, sadly has passed away. Many Arizona pilots know and admire Gloria and have appreciated her fine work as Ryan Tower Manager over the years.  EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, DEC 15TH, 2020, the Ryan Airfield (KRYN) Tower is set to CLOSE until further notice. Check NOTAMs. - With this sad news, and as ATC Zero events continue, the following information is shared:
Safety at Non-Towered Airports, Reference AC 90-66B - Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations
“Non-towered airports: In control or out  of control?” https://youtu.be/VecFfPIfQ4I

Tucson AZ TUS - Airport General Information

Tucson AZ TUS - Phase 1 taxiway rehab - possibly starts Nov. 4 - DETAILS Here

Tucson AZ TUS - runway Safety and Local Practice areas / Reporting Points  18 Min. Version

Tucson AZ TUS - runway Safety Video - details HotSpots - 4 Min Version (Brand New)

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