Category Events

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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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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Spirit Airlines’ Inaugural Service to Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport

By: Category: EventsMesaSpottingUncategorized

February 9, 2012 marked Spirit Airlines’ Inaugural Service to Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport.  Spirit Airlines, headquartered in Miramar, FL, launched the $28.79 fare from Phoenix-Mesa to Las Vegas this morning and the event was topped off with a water cannon welcome.  With hundreds in attendance Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Chairman Mayor John Lewis formally welcomed Spirit Airlines to the Valley.  At approximately 12:40pm the Airbus A319, tail number N534NK, touched down at the former Williams Air Force Base.  Crowds were allowed out on the ramp between the terminal and the Gateway Aviation Services FBO.  Lunch was catered by Paradise Bakery for all guests and Vegas showgirls were available for photo ops...
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