We've just completed the election for our Board of Directors for this year. Stefanie Spencer, Chris Nugent, and Mike Andresen were re-elected to the board and Trent Heidtke was elected to the board for the first time. We thank you for your participation in the election and I personally thank each of the serving directors for the leadership of your APA. As a reminder, the board is 100% volunteer. Their volunteer service ensures APA continues to meet the needs of Arizona pilots across the state. From local legislative challenges that threaten airport access or funding, to managing and maintaining public-user airstrips for the Forest Service, to coordinating destination fly-out events, this dedicated group of volunteers remains ready to serve the membership. Thank you for your support!
I've briefly mentioned it before and I'll tease it again here, but APA partnered with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University last semester to develop a custom app. Computer Science students and Project Management students teamed together to create The FlyAZ Passport app that will soon be available to Arizona pilots. The app will allow pilots to simply scan a QR code at any public use airport in Arizona, or at participating airport restaurants or aviation-themed attractions, and track progress towards prizes. While several states have passport programs, ours is the first that is app-based. The primary purposes are to give pilots a reason to fly to airports they may not normally fly, to attract pilots to the scenic sights, or small businesses surrounding even some of our most remote airports. Pay attention here for more information as we roll this program out in the next few months.
Lastly, we are planning an in-person membership meeting in July. After being postponed for the past two years, we are sincerely looking forward to meeting with you. While the venue has not been established at the time of this writing, we will provide plenty of notice via email and our Facebook/Instagram pages. We look forward to sharing our progress, sharing our plans, and listening to a great guest speaker. Details will follow as they become available, so please stay tuned.