Arizona

10/19 District Court Dismisses NBAA Case To Preserve SMO - Read the bad news Here    10/19 EASA Ready To Approve MAX Return To Service - Read it Here    10/4 FAA Extends COVID-19-Driven SFAR 118 - From NBAA - Read it HERE    10/4 FAA Gets Reprieve with Stopgap Bill - From AIN - Here    9/28 Harrison Ford Cleared To Keep Flying - READ IT HERE     9/28 Dickson To Fly MAX Sept. 30 - Read it HERE    NTSB Cites Pilot Error in Earnhardt Crash - Read it    9/23 Senate Proposes Additional Airline Aid - from AVweb - Here     9/14 NBAA Urges FAA to Implement Standardized, Scalable Minimum Equipment List Processes - READ MORE     9/12 Wyoming Army National Guard activated to assist with California wildfires - READ MORE    9/10 NBAA Supports FCC Recommendation of C-Band Frequency for Drones - READ MORE    9/9 FAA Launches Aviation Maintenance Workforce Grant Program - READ HERE     9/8 GA advocates lobby for more time for COVID-19 extensions - Read it Here    9/6 FBI Narrows Down Sighting Location of Man Flying in Jet Pack Near LAX - More Here    9/6 Blocked ILS Signals Prompt Whistleblower Complaint - AVweb - READ MORE    9/6 CAL Guard Helicopters on Fire Duty - Makes Rescues! Read Here    9/01 Peoria-based guardsmen, Chinook to deploy to California to fight wildfires - Read Here    9/01 2 soldiers killed, 3 injured in Army Black Hawk helicopter crash on San Clemente Island - Read Here    8/23 FAA Takes Drone Safety to Spanish-speaking Community - READ HERE    8/15 Joe Finnell retires as SoCal Pilots President - Scroll to Read SCAUWG.ORG comments in Info Warehouse 2 Here    8/10 Survey Says FAA Inspectors Feel Pressure To Accommodate Business - AVweb - Here     8/9 LA County Fire Dept. Adds Two Firehawk Helicopters - Read it Here    8/9 FAA gives preliminary approval on design fixes for 737 Max - Read it Here    8/02 FAA Moves Toward Regulation, Deployment of Airport Counter-UAS Technology - Read it Here.    8/02 SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts return to Earth - Read it Here     7/19 Rep. Rouda creates Coastal Orange County Aircraft Noise Mitigation Task Force - read here    7/18 NEC ACR Optimization Project Timeline Slips Due to Pandemic - read more    6/28 NATA Cheers SAF Inclusion in House Bill - AINOnline - Here    6/21 FAA TO EXTEND PANDEMIC SFAR BEYOND JUNE 30 - from AOPA - HERE    6/21 Senate Panel Moves To Pause Ligado Cellular Network - From AINonline - Here    6/01 Coalition CONCERNED About Radio Altimeter Integrity Vs FCC - From AIN - Here    5/13 Company creates disinfectant-spritzing drones to kill coronavirus in stadiums    5/04 Relief for Certain Persons and Operations during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) Outbreak - FINAL RULE - HERE    4/15 FAA bars active pilots from taking chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus - From CNN - Read it Here    FAA STATEMENT UPDATE 737 MAX - READ ABOUT MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS HERE

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.

 

HAPPENING NOW!   in ARIZONA

Compiled by SCAUWG.ORG Contributing Editor: Lee Unger

 

VIP Movement Notification - Bullhead City, AZ
Notice Number: NOTC1503

October 28, 2020
Bullhead City, AZ
30/10 NMR - 17,999 FT MSL

Specific instructions and restrictions are available at http://tfr.faa.gov once the NOTAM has been issued.
*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.

 

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. "

 

 

 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/

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/

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.

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)