Arizona Pilots Association
Asa Dean, Editor
News from your APA President
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I look forward to this year
and being a part of your Arizona Pilots Association. Your Board of
Directors, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster and many additional volunteers
continue to work hard to bring you information, programs and represent
you at the many functions held in our state! It is my hope that through
these efforts you and aviation in the state of AZ will continue to grow and
benefit. For example, this month we are hosting 3 different safety
seminars and participating in the Aviation Day at the Capital. Please take
a close look at Jim Timm's Executive Director Report as it is full of
current and future happenings in the aviation community. In addition, I
hope you are able to attend one or more of our FAA Safety Seminars. A
lot of work and planning goes into putting these programs together for
your benefit. I have included the schedule here and it is on our web site www.azpilots.org
Enjoy & Fly Safe
President, Arizona Pilots Association
Executive Director’s Report
2010 January - Jim Timm, Executive Director
In case you haven’t seen the notice yet, the Arizona Antique Aircraft
Association is having their 52nd annual Cactus Fly-In at Casa
Grande Municipal Airport on March 5 and 6. This is a great event to
get a chance to see some beautifully restored airplanes from years past
and meet some of the people that have restored them and fly them.
APA will have a tent in the vendor display area so please drop by for a
visit. We always look forward to meeting members and talking with
you. For more information on the event check the fly in website:
Have you received your Arizona aircraft registration bill for 2010 yet?
You should have by now, the fees are due February 28. You can register and pay your fees on line if you
wish on the secure state transportation website “Service Arizona”. The question has been asked if in the
future will we be able to register and pay the fees via telephone, similar to the system used for auto
registrations. It is something that is being looked at, but for now, the same two people that have always
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been processing your aircraft registrations are still doing the same job as before. But perhaps in the
future it will get more streamlined with both internet and automated phone registration available.
The final preparations are in progress for the Arizona Aviation Day at the Capitol on January 20. This
is a mid-day event planned for reaching out to the state legislators to inform the legislative members and
staff of the Arizona State Government of the benefits and economic impact of aviation within the State
of Arizona. The purpose is also to introduce these individuals to the significant contributions made by
the many businesses, organizations and associations which support aviation in their communities and
throughout the State. Aviation industry representatives and many association representatives including
APA will be on hand to meet with the legislators. To stimulate their interest we plan to have some
helicopters, airplanes and hot air balloons on display on the lawn and street in front of the Capitol.
The Luke AFB Special Air Traffic Rule (SATR) has been released by the FAA and will be
implemented with the May 6 charting cycle. While I haven’t seen the final result, I have been advised
the final configuration is pretty much the same as what was in the final proposal with some very slight
adjustments made in the GYR and GEU airport areas. The SATR will be active during official daylight
hours Monday thru Friday while LAFB pilot training is underway as broadcast on the local ATIS. When
it is active at other times, pilots will be notified by NOTAM and the local ATIS broadcast. Establishing
radio contact with Luke Approach Control will be required before entering the SATAR airspace.
Between now and the implementation date, APA will attempt to have the Luke Fight Safety Team
provide briefings at several meetings around the valley to help pilots understand the new SATR
We continue to be involved with several airports in the state in the process of updating their Airport
Master Plans. We try to represent the general aviation user and their needs in this process. Presently in
progress is the Eloy Municipal Airport, Coolidge Municipal Airport, Eric Marcus Municipal Airport in
Ajo and the Winslow - Lindbergh Regional Airport.
For places to fly for breakfast, the fly in breakfast at Coolidge Municipal Airport is the first Saturday of
the month and the fly in breakfast at Casa Grande Municipal Airport is the last Saturday of the month.
Also important to note: All FUEL PRICES DURING THE CASA GRANDE BREAKFAST will be
reduced by 10 cents below their already low posted prices.
Please try to fly friendly and follow the noise abatement at the airports you fly out of. Noise issues
continue to be a “hot issue” at many airports around the state.
Let’s Go Flying & Please Fly Safe.
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Achieving and Maintaining Pilot Health
by Dr. David Bryman
Senior Aviation medical examiner
FAA, Transport Canada, JAA, Australia, New Zealand
Pilots in general are fit to fly in regards to meeting minimal health
standards set forth by the FAA. It’s very rare that a pilot will fail an
FAA medical with some unknown disqualifying medical condition
discovered at the time of their AME exam.
It is well known that simply passing an FAA medical doesn’t mean
the pilot is healthy. I always encourage my pilots to be thoroughly
evaluated by their physician with a good wellness exam that includes
lab work and tests such as cancer screenings that are not usually done at the AME’s office.
Occasionally I’m asked questions regarding health maintenance and fitness. In discussing healthy life
styles I think that there are a few basics that lead to good health. In my opinion, the most important of
these are healthy eating, exercising, sleep and controlling stress.
It’s obvious in our country that overweight and obesity is of epidemic proportions. Unfortunately this
problem is as prevalent in our pilot population as in the general population. Male pilots 40-60 years old
with a 3rd class medical are 50% overweight and 25% obese (females 40-60 years-old are 27%
overweight, 14% obese-sorry guys). I think much of the problem with overweight and obesity stems
from poor food choices, too many calories consumed, sedentary life style and genetic predisposition.
It is absolutely essential for health maintenance and well being to decrease your weight if overweight.
Even a 10% weight loss will add years of life and decrease health risks. One simple solution is to
decrease the amount of calories consumed. I bet most pilots can decrease their portion of food by 50%
and not even notice an increase in appetite. We really do super-size meals to ridiculous levels when
going out to eat at a restaurant. A normal portion for one person at a Mexican or Italian restaurant can
generally feed a family of four in my observation.
The quality of food is also as important as the amount consumed. High protein food is much better than
high fat or high carbohydrate foods. For example, baked chicken, fish and lean meat rather than pasta,
potatoes and French fries. Try to avoid a lot of red meat, fried or fatty foods.
Very few pilots that I know of can eat a cheese burger for lunch and not gain weight during that day.
Also, remember alcohol has no nutrition value at all. It is the ultimate empty calorie and consumption
should be in reasonable moderation.
Exercise is very important for overall fitness and endurance. A pilot should exercise at least 3 times per
week with varied exercises and weight lifting if possible to maintain lean body mass. Cardiovascular
fitness is improved if the heart rate is increased to 80% maximum heart rate (220- age = maximum heart
rate). Maintain this heart rate for at least 15 minutes (longer time is better if possible). A brisk walk is an
excellent exercise and can easily be done 3-4 times per week. There is no need for expensive gym
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Pilots are notorious for working schedules that are not conducive to getting a good night's sleep. Early
departures, jet lag and working more than one job all add to the problem. Good restorative sleep is
unaided by alcohol or sleeping pills and lasts approximately 7-8 hrs per night. If a pilot sleeps less, they
will develop a sleep debt and will need to sleep longer to pay their debt. Lack of good sleep will cause
daytime fatigue, irritability, overeating, obesity, difficulty in concentrating and more errors. A tired pilot
is potentially dangerous because most times they are unaware of their fatigue and make the flight
anyway. I rarely every hear a pilot admit that they are too tired to fly.
Managing stress is perhaps the most difficult task for the healthy pilot to accomplish. It is difficult to not
allow stress to keep us up at night worrying. Stress can lead to depression, anxiety and unhappiness if
we allow it to rule our lives. Stress can be better managed by increasing exercise and following a healthy
diet. It’s easy to advise pilots not to worry about things out of their control, but I know we all do it. Once
in a while it is good to evaluate your stress level to see if you are allowing it to get out of control.
Flying our aircraft is a complicated task that requires us to be as fit as possible. Our bodies are machines
just like our airplanes and must be maintained, fueled properly and have rest between flight in order to
function well. It’s odd that we pour anything we want into our bodies without a second thought. We
would never treat our airplanes in that way. I think it’s obvious that if we use the wrong fuel or fail to
maintain them they will get sick and wind up out of service.
The views and opinions in this article are Dr Bryman’s and do not represent the FAA, Transport
Canada, Australia CASA or the New Zealand CAA.
Sim-Savvy's Massive Scenery
Larry Woodson, Owner Sim-Savvy
Many student pilots use Microsoft Flight Simulator as an enhancement to "real" flight lessons. Even
veteran, licensed Private Pilots use the program as a means of becoming familiar with the en-route flight
path and the area around an airport as part of their flight planning.
Massive Scenery : American West has 11 states of Photo-real Scenery including Arizona, California,
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Generated
from USDA NAIP 1 meter aerial photography, this scenery allows students simulated flight over the
"real thing," not just computer simulated scenery.
FREE samples and screen shots can be found at www.sim-savvy.com.
As an incentive to reach this desired market, I will send Pilot Organization members, such as APA, a
FREE copy, of "any specific area" covered, on a 4G flash drive. Send Requests to email@example.com
Thank You - Student Pilot Larry
4333 Cr 240
Durango, Co 81301
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VFR into IMC
by Howard Deevers, CFII
The ARIZONA PILOTS ASSOCIATION does seminars on this subject, almost every year. AOPA does
seminars on it. EAA does seminars on it. Instructors talk about it
all the time. Yet it is still the most deadly event in aviation; pilots,
even with an instrument rating, flying into Instrument
Meteorological Conditions (IMC) on a VFR flight.
As an instrument instructor, this is something I teach and talk
about a lot. I also read every article I can find on the subject, and
read NTSB reports as well. But, something really got to me this
I’m sure that you get the AOPA PILOT Magazine. In the January
2010 issue on page 29 is a letter to the editor: VFR into IMC.
Written by a non pilot, non member of AOPA about a family
member lost to this deadly event. It was published without
comment. If you read it, you will see that no comment is required.
It is well written for a non-pilot. I quote: “How is it that those two pilots with a combined experience of
55-plus years and 3,800-plus hours could make such an error of judgment?”
That is the question that we ask every time. What is it that drives us to make bad decisions, even with
the experience and training that we have had? Jefferson Koonce writes in HUMAN FACTORS IN THE
TRAINING OF PILOTS: “Aviation truism: Vertigo is when your brain is maneuvering differently than
the airplane.” Spatial disorientation is deadly.
Even the FAR’s require us to keep current on instruments by flying at least a minimum number of
approaches and other maneuvers within six months, or fly with an instrument instructor for recurrent
We can’t possibly delve into all of the human factors associated with this event in such a short article as
this. I encourage you to keep current on instrument, and if not instrument rated, learn the 180 degree
turn from an instructor. It could save your life. And the final sentence in that letter to the editor says it
all: “There is absolutely no flight so critical that it can’t wait until better weather.”
Howard Deevers CFII
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by Fred Gibbs
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Historic Coolidge WWII Hangar Targeted to be Demolished
Submitted by Larry Ryerson & Jim Timm
Attention Friends of General Aviation:
The Coolidge City Council will meet at 7:00pm on the 25th of January. This Council Meeting should
concern all Arizona Aviators. The council plans to vote to tear down the WWII Hangar at the Coolidge
Airport this year. We hope to stir up some interest and prevent it from happening.
Your voice is needed to prevent this historic old hangar from being demolished. If you care but can’t
attend the meeting, send a note via e-mail to: Norma Ortiz, City Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org and
Steve Warner, Airport Director: email@example.com. Ask them to let the City Council know your
From: Larry Ryerson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Hangar for sale, Prescott
Prescott, Arizona Airport (PRC)
#9B, Prescott Hangar Owners' Association
38' wide portable t-hangar and pad, 808 sq. ft., electricity, pressurized air,
ground maintenance. Located on the north ramp.
$2,000.00 City of Prescott transfer of ownership fee
$892.50 annual association fee
For more information, please call Marsha Hunter
Submitted by Jim Timm
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2010 Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Submitted by Lee Unger
The 21st Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is being held Saturday, April 17, 2010,
5:30pm to 10:00pm. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30 PM followed by the dinner
program and induction ceremony at 6:30 PM. This years inductees are: Barbara Lee Harper, Maj. Gen.
Donald L. Owens (AANG,Ret.), and Clifford M. Sterrenberg. Tickets are $125.00 per person ($80.00
per person of the total amount is tax deductible). See the Pima Air Events Calendar and the April 17th
Event. Contact: Meghan Hobrock – 520.618.4818 or email@example.com
If you are not a member of APA you are encouraged to join and help us keep General Aviation
available, safe and fun for all. Your support is very much appreciated. For details and to sign up, please
visit our website (http://www.azpilots.org/how_to_join.htm) where you can use PayPal. The dues are
$25.00 per year, per member with additional household members for $5.00 each, per member per year.
Save with the 2-year rate which is $45.00 or the 3-year rate is $68.00. If you have questions, contact
Nancy Benscoter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-580-0974. Please send your application and check to:
Arizona Pilots Association, P.O. Box 61242, Phoenix, Az 85082. You can also help APA by purchasing
some of our logo items, Caps, T-Shirts and Patches.
Caps, T-Shirts and Patches
These t-shirts are soft & comfortable! Perfect for your next fly-in. They are
available in large or extra large. Only $18.00. Caps $12.00. Patches $3.00.
Contact Nancy Benscoter at email@example.com or call 480-580-0974 to order
your caps and t-shirts. You may also contact any APA board member if you
have questions or need additional information concerning caps and shirts.
Please visit our website for the latest information.
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