Arizona

9/25 BEWARE - TFR - LONG BCH GRAND PRIX 9/26    9/25 LNG BCH GRAND PRIX PARACHUTE JUMPS 9/25/26 HERE    9/24 HOUSE PASSES AMENDMENT TO REVERSE FAA FLIGHT TRAINING POLICY- HERE    9/24 2021 September IA refresher course provider extension letter - HERE    Volocopter teams with Urban Movement Labs to explore Los Angeles market - HERE    9/20 Criminal Charges Coming For MAX Chief Technical Pilot - HERE    9/18 All-electric aircraft from Rolls-Royce completes maiden flight in Britain - HERE    9/17 NASA, Joby Complete eVTOL Flight Tests - HERE    9/14 PUBLIC SAFETY SPOTLIGHTED IN EFFORT TO CURB AIRCRAFT LASER STRIKES - HERE    Environmental Groups Renew Fight To Ban 100LL - HERE    9/10 FAA Approves G-1 Certification Basis For Archer eVTOL - HERE    9/4 Hensel Phelps Keeps Discovering Profitable Uses for Construction Drones - HERE    9/01 FAA ISSUES FINAL RULE ON PILOT RECORDS DATABASE - HERE    9/01 Collins to acquire FlightAware - Here    8/26 Archer Announces Deal That Will Bring eVTOL Landing Sites to Major Cities - HERE    8/23 KWHP Airport Commission Webinar 7 p.m. 8/25 - See Events    8/18 The 2021 LA Air Show in Lancaster at Fox Field has been cancelled- HERE    8/16 Canada Mandates Vaccinations For Airline Workers, Passengers - HERE    8/10 U.S. Senate confirms Homendy to head transportation safety board - here    8/10 Tasked with converting helicopter pilots to civilians, LBPD still looking for solution - HERE    8/4 Infrastructure Package Calls for $25B More for Aviation - HERE    7/31 NASA SELECTS PARTNERS IN AIR MOBILITY QUEST 7/22 - HERE    7/31 Mysterious ‘Jetpack Man’ may have been spotted again in the skies near LAX - HERE    7/30 'A big deal': $550 billion infrastructure spending deal passes key test vote in Senate - HERE    7/28 Western Aviation Fuel Shortage Spreading - HERE    7/26 Space Tycoons Aren’t Astronauts Says FAA - Here    7/23 Wisk Partners with NASA to Develop Standards for Urban Air Mobility - HERE-    7/19 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) opened a safety field office in Houston to increase its oversight of commercial space operations in Texas and New Mexico.    7/14 ‘Scary’: Fuel shortage could ground firefighting aircraft - Podcast from Stars & Stripes - Here    7/13 HHR EVENING INSTRUMENT APPROACH ACTIVE NOW!!    7/10 Committee to Address Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight Drone Operations - HERE    6/03 AVIATION GROUPS WANT TO HELP IMPLEMENT REAL-TIME SUA NOTIFICATIONS - HERE    4/04 AOPA SEEKS TO HAVE GLIDER PILOTS SQUAWK 1202 FOR ALL VFR OPS - HERE    3/29 Quieter Airplanes Creating Far More Noise Complaints - HERE    2/23 REMINDER: VFR CHARTS TO GO ON 56-DAY CYCLE STARTING 2/25 - 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.

 

 

 
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 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

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.

 

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:

Tombstone Lights Out NVG Pamphlet

 

HAPPENING NOW!   in ARIZONA

Compiled by SCAUWG.ORG Contributing Editor: Lee Unger

BREAKING NEWS!

09/22/2021  Below  is the SPANS link for the Ryan Field Airport Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT) Meeting -   Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 09:00 Arizona -   Hybrid - Zoom or  Ryan Field KRYN in-person -  WP07107917
https://faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=107917&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx
<https://faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=107917&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx>

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) !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTBHrJnpGeo

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:
https://www.faa.gov/go/fromtheflightd...
https://www.asagaz.org
https://www.aftw.org
https://www.faasafety.gov

09/16/2021  YOU ARE INVITED - Ryan Field (KRYN) Pilot-Controller VIRTUAL Forum - This meeting includes a presentation of the recent incident history at Ryan Field (KRYN) and an open discussion of Runway Safety. - Your input as a pilot, ground operator, safety advocate is requested in preparation for the KRYN Runway Safety Action Team meeting (RSAT) later in the month. - Thursday, September 16, 2021, starting at 13:00 Arizona

Speakers : Craig Tompkins, Host and Meeting Facilitator: Aviation Safety, FAASTeam PM, Op’s, AFG-SDL-FSDO-07
J. Fernando Morales III ,  FAA Runway Safety Program Manager, AWP Runway Safety Group
Stephen Corcoran, KRYN Tower Manager
Allen Kinnison, Director of Airside Operations for Tucson Airport Authority, Airport Management
Cary Grant, President, Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group (ASAG)
Scott Woodworth, Deputy / Pilot Pima County Sheriff's Department Air Unit  - Laser strikes

Here’s the registration link for the KRYN Pilot-Controller VIRTUAL Forum -  Register in advance for this meeting:

https://faavideo.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsf-yqpzMuEqadmksZo0s2pBB10aTO1TQ

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. - A SPANs is forthcoming. - Hope to see you there! - The FAASTeam

9/15/2021  Aviation Safety Advisory Group - VIRTUAL Monthly Webinar -Wednesday, September 15, 2021, starting at 12:00 Arizona (1900 GMT) until 14:00 Arizona (2100 GMT) - Pilots, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Airport Managers, Air Traffic Controllers etc. are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Below is the ASAG meeting registration link. -  Register in advance for this Sept 15th meeting by clicking on this link:

https://faavideo.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsc--hqjwsGhOD3vF3pLs3Jgtu-vCjXuk

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a Zoom Link and password. - A SPANS is forthcoming.

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.

09/02/2021  KTUS Pilot / Controller Forum - WEBINAR - See EVENT Page on SCAUWG.ORG for info!

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.

08/07/2021   Arizona Aviation Safety Advisory Group (ASAG) - VIRTUAL Monthly Webinar - Wednesday, August 18, 2021, starting at 12:00 Arizona - https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=106329&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx

Pilots, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Airport Managers, Air Traffic Controllers etc. are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

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.

 

06/01/21

Upcoming Safety Seminars in Arizona:

VMC Club Meeting - Mastering the Art of Aviation - Pilot Awareness of Phoenix Airspace Deviations - Wednesday, June 2, 2021, starting at 18:30 Arizona (18:30 PDT, 19:30 MDT, 20:30 CDT, 21:30 EDT, 15:30 HST, 17:30 AKDT, 01:30 GMT) - Speakers: Cary Grant and Jim Anderson
https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=105305&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx
"
We are seeing an alarming trend of runway and airspace incursions, especially in the east valley airports and airspace. Please Join our guest speakers Cary Grant and Jim Anderson for this always important  and timely topic, as they bring to light the facts relating to these recent incursions, a discussion of the intricacies  of the Phoenix airspace, airport operations, and how you can avoid those same mistakes. Presentation, discussion and Q&A. Webinar length 2-2.5 hours. Qualifies for 1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 1 and 1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3"

Deer Valley Airport Pilot/Controller Forum - DVT users and air traffic discussion on airport safety - Monday, June 7, 2021, starting at 17:00 Arizona (17:00 PDT, 18:00 MDT, 19:00 CDT, 20:00 EDT, 14:00 HST, 16:00 AKDT, 00:00 GMT) Speaker(s): SDL FAASTeam and DVT ATC - https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=105192&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx

"This one hour meeting will discuss the new airport geometry, moved hold lines, runway incursion history, and incursion locations over the last 5 years. Ample time is set aside for DVT users to ask questions, make suggestions, and provide input into runway and airport safety."

Please register in advance on https://www.faasafety.gov/ and also register in advance (separately through the link in the SPANS) for the Zoom information.
Both of these Zoom safety meetings provide WINGS credit.

Hope to see you there!
Lee Unger

 

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.
Sadly Arizona had 2 accidents, one with 2 fatalities; and one incident Friday-Sunday.. Tragic. Winslow, Sedona and Marana.

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)

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#/

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

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)

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

 

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