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Be sure to mark your calendars for the APA annual meeting on May 26 at Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU). The meeting this year will be hosted by the Civil Air Patrol in their facility at the south end of the airport.

If you want to fly in, ground control will be able to direct you to the CAP facility. If you are driving in, from the airport entrance, drive south to gate 15 for the CAP facility. Parking will be outside the gate and someone will be stationed at the gate to let you in and direct you to the nearby CAP building entrance.

The meeting is scheduled from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and a Continental Breakfast will be available to get the meeting started. We have a well rounded out program planned that will be both informative and entertaining. Our guest speaker will be Col. Bob Ashby (Ret.), 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. 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. Come meet this legend and hear his amazing story!

A small part of the meeting will be devoted to the election of directors of your association for the coming year. This year there are six director’s positions up for election. At this point, the candidates that we have for these positions are as follows;

  • Craig Burch
  • Fred Gibbs
  • Toby Pulsipher
  • Mark Spencer
  • Tommy Thomason

We will be taking additional nominations from the floor at the meeting. If you would like to volunteer as a candidate or submit a name before the meeting, please contact the President, Executive Director or any of the directors with your suggestion. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a dedicated gro p of individuals working to preserve and promote general aviation and serve their fellow pilots in Ari ona.

We have collected a number of door prizes for those that attend. Here are some of the door prizes we have so far. There are many more that we are planning on receiving

  • 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Class Airman Medical by Dr. Bryman
  • 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Class Airman Medical by Dr. Raniolo
  • Anzio's Landing Restaurant gift certificate
  • Deer Valley Restaurant gift certificate
  • Lorenzo's Pizza gift certificate
  • Zipp's Sports Bar & Grill gift certificate
  • Goldie's Sports Bar & Grill gift certificate

This is just the start of all the exciting door prizes we will have for you. Be sure to come out for the annual meeting, we will be looking forward to seeing you there.

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