Nancy Benscoter, APA President
Here are some other aviation events outside of the APA that are worthwhile to attend. On March 31st, Falcon field hosts its open house. On April 14th at Goodyear Airport the skykids.org group will be hosting a benefit for special needs kids. They are looking to give special-needs kids an airplane ride at no cost. Pilots and planes are needed to participate in this terrific event. Please consider volunteering. For more info go to skykids.org to register or become a volunteer.
Calling all APA Members… Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 26th, 2012! We will have our APA Annual Members meeting. The Air Force's Glendale Civil Air Patrol unit at Glendale Airport will host this event in their new building. Our guest speaker is Col. Bob Ashby, a Tuskegee Airman. He is the recipient of the Presidential Master Pilot Award & the 50 Year Master Pilot Award. He graduated from flight training at the Tuskegee Institute (1945) and was assigned to Japan as part of the US occupying force. Later he flew the B-26’s in combat during the Korean conflict (1952). Col. Ashby then began his commercial aviation career as a Flight Operations Instructor with United Airlines and helped write the training program for the Boeing 747 aircraft. Ashby went on to become the first black pilot for Frontier Airlines and retired as a Captain with over 30,000 flying hours (1986). Come meet this legend and hear his amazing story!