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Cactus Fly-In 2012

By: Category: AirshowsCasa GrandeEventsFly-inWarbird

Last Friday and Saturday the Cactus Fly-In was held in Casa Grande (CGZ). One of two fly-ins in the area that that, the other being the monthlt Coolidge Fly-In, it was packed with fun and lots of airplanes. I was able to squeeze those two events and a visit to Sky Harbor all the same day (as well as the drive to and from Prescott), mainly to see how much I could handle and also for the variety.

Now, those that know me well probably have heard that I have been chasing a particular plane for almost a year now, and that was the main reason I HAD to drive down to the fly in...

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Deer Valley Spotting

By: Category: Deer ValleySpotting

Well, a few days ago Jason asked me to write something about a spotting location. Not wanting to run out of options for Sky Harbor, I decided on Deer Valley.

Deer Valley is the 2nd busiest airport in the Valley, with just a few thousand operations less than Sky Harbor, it is also (according to some older statistics) the busiest GA airport in the nation. And I think it’s a bit underrated in terms of spotting. The terminal building has a publicly accessible observation deck where photography is more than allowed, there’s also 3 speakers to listen to different ATC frequencies, also, the first level area offers limited angles to get ground level photos of the planes parked on the transient ramp, as well as a restaurant (where I have yet to eat).

What makes this airport interesting is that you...

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Pleasant Valley (P48) Backcountry Fly-In [Feb 11, 2012]

By: Category: EventsFly-in

When I heard of this event earlier last week, I knew I had to make space for it in the calendar. I couldn’t really pass up an opportunity to go to a small fly-in not too far away from me, especially after missing several Coolidge fly-ins. As I started digging through, I realized this was a pretty cool opportunity.

As I found out once I got there, Pleasant Valley makes Coolidge look like Schipol. The pavement ends at the access road (at least on one of the sides). There are four runways, according to Google Maps only one of them is paved and marked.

The airport is home to a gliding school that seems to be the only permanent user. A couple of Piper Pawnees and a Luscombe live there...

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