Annual Meeting – 2 February 2019

The 2019 annual all-hands meeting will be on Saturday, 2 February 2019. We will meet for an unhosted social breakfast at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant at 9:30am. [Google Calendar event]

After breakfast, we will move upstairs to the 2nd floor conference room for the meeting, approximately at 10:30am, adjourning at approximately noon. [Google Calendar event]


We will certainly be discussing the sale of N9014P and the plans for its replacement.

There will also be specific discussion on how to increase social interactions within our club. Certainly our private Facebook group is a fun place to collaborate, but the real world — and its skies — beckon.

Four officers’ positions are also up for election:

  • President, currently handled by Jeff.
  • Vice President, currently handled by Neil.
  • Maintenance Officer, currently handled by Ken.
  • Secretary, currently vacant.


Please RSVP at this link:

Selling N9014P, our Comanche 260B

It’s never an easy decision to part with a good friend, but it has come time to list our fast-mover Piper Comanche for sale.

N9014P has been a very good aircraft for Phoenix Flyers, with more than three decades of solid, admirable service to our club members.

Exterior Pictures

N9014P is a well-equipped aircraft.  Excellent maintenance, care, and history put this one on the top of the list. All AD’s are in compliance, complete and continuous logbooks. Fast. Australian horn STC added in 2018.

  • TTAF is 11400h
  • Engine 1100h
  • Prop 440h


  • Power: 260 HP
  • Seating: 4+2 Place
  • Navigation: IFR, Garmin GNS 430, Autopilot
  • S/N: 24-4475
  • Fuel Injected Lycoming IO-540, 260 HP
  • Six Place, Useful Load 1,250 Lbs.
  • Fair Interior
  • Solid IFR performer, and current for IFR Flight
  • KMA-24 King Audio Panel With Marker Beacon
  • Garmin GNS 430 COM/GPS/ILS/VOR
  • KX-155 King Nav/Comm With Glide Slope
  • KN-64 King DME (With Remote Function)
  • KR-87 King ADF
  • Garmin GTX 327 Transponder / Altitude Encoder
  • S-Tec System 50 Autopilot
  • PS PM1000 II 4-Place Intercom
  • Electric Trim
  • Strobe Lights

Interior Pictures

The interior is in good-shape (6 out of 10), most notably there is a tough brake-fluid stain in the front carpet.

Panel pictures

Panorama of the panel

Where it’s listed

What’s next?

It’s hard to say for sure. Certainly it will be a major subject of our upcoming Annual Meeting. In keeping with our general policies though, it will be a 2000s-era high performance single.

Updated Operations Manual

The Board has issued a new version of the Operations Manual, dated June 2018. It’s available to download here:


The updates include codifying our reciprocity between glass-cockpit, non-glass, and non-high-performance aircraft. A tabular form of that reciprocity is on the FAQ for ‘What are the requirements for an aircraft checkout?

List of updates

Sections 3.5, 5.2, 5.9, and 10.7 Updated references to the removed appendices to point to the Aircraft Clubs document repository.
Section 5.5 Defined annual checkride reciprocity from glass-cockpit aircraft to non-glass aircraft.
Section 6.3 Removed outdated reference to a phone reservation system.
Section 8.8 Deleted references to annotating CHD and DVT fuel receipts, which is no longer needed.
Section 12.3.3 Deleted section for submitting CHD and DVT fuel receipts, which are now delivered electronically.
Section 12.3.6 Noted that membership shares are always repaid by the club, even with a waitlist, and removed that permitted refund of a member’s application fee while a waitlist was in effect.
Section 14.5 Updated website reference to include Aircraft Clubs.


Chandler Airport Runway Safety Meeting – 20 Sept

The local safety action team annual meeting for KCHD is scheduled for 20 September 2018 at 0900 in the Chandler Airport Terminal:

The runway safety action team (RSAT) meeting provides an opportunity for airport users and tenants to discuss airport surface safety concerns in an effort to reduce risk. The agenda items for the meeting include a discussion of runway and/or taxiway changes, markings, lighting, electrical, signage, and procedures. The team will also discuss open and recently closed action items, and review runway incursions and surface deviations that have occurred in the past 12 months. The meeting is open to all airport users and tenants.

Mark your calendars if you’d like to be involved in safety decisions for Chandler Airport!

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.

How available is our fleet?

One of the frequently asked questions from prospective members is: how difficult is it to schedule an aircraft?

Using data from, we’ve assembled some Fleet Usage and Availability Statistics on their own page. Most notably, over the last two years:

  • There are usually two aircraft available on any given day, and
  • Our aircraft are usually scheduled every two days.

Have a look, and we’ll keep improving the data there over time.

AOPA Regional Fly In, 14-15 Sept 2018 in Santa Fe, NM

Bob Ballou is putting together a group to attend AOPA’s Regional Fly In. If you’re interested in joining the crew, please reach out to him! Remember, contact information is available in AircraftClubs. See his recent announcement:

Greetings fellow club members,

AOPA is conducting a regional fly in on 14-15 September in Santa Fe NM. Aside from possible adverse weather this is a nice cross country flight that can be done without a refueling stop (350 nm plus or minus depending on route). So, at our annual meeting I asked if anyone was interested in going and it was suggested I put out this global message. With the thought in mind that perhaps, if there is enough interest, we could pool resources and share the ride. Considering room availability (or maybe camping?) the time to plan is now.

If there is any interest please let me know. I’m not big on planning but I will put together a list of those interested and share with those interested.

Keep the sunny side up,

Bob Ballou

N47601 Gets New Avionics, ADS-B, and a New Interior

Our Archer II, N47601, has come back from its annual with new avionics and a whole new interior! The new fabric is a Douglas Interiors breathable mesh, and should be comfortable and beautiful for many years.

The panel now has a Garmin 530W navigator, a new Garmin GTX-345 ADS-B like we installed in N493JL, and a PS Engineering Audio Panel. The old LORAN is removed. We’ll plan to refresh the panel color to better match the new interior in the next year or so.