Welcome back, everyone! What an exciting past couple of months it has been for the North Dakota Aviation Association (NDAA)! We were thrilled to host the second annual Summerfest event in Williston this past August. It was a day of clay shooting and golfing for aviation enthusiasts across the state, who came together to network and raise money for scholarships. An exciting evening followed, with a steak dinner hosted by Overland Aviation and the Williston Air Show performers, who showed off their aerobatic talents the next day at the airport. It was two days of awesome events led by a great group of volunteers.
October brought the third annual Career Expo, held at the Fargo Air Museum in Fargo, ND. This event consists of industry leaders, exhibitors, aircraft displays, guest speakers, and of course scholarships! The goal is to provide students with information and resources that will help them look beyond the horizon and develop a vision for their future. There were static displays of aircrafts from all aspects of the industry and numerous companies exhibiting at the event, who shared with students what their role is in aviation. In addition, we award over $13,000 in scholarships to deserving aviation students. Again, this event was led by an amazing group of volunteers, and we were thrilled to have over 170 students, instructors, exhibitors, and supporters in attendance.
Finally, the NDAA was honored to be recognized by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) with the Excellence Award by a Regional Group for all the progress this organization has made over the past few years! Several members of the board attended the NBAA national conference in Orlando, FL, to receive this prestigious award.
We would also like to offer a huge thank you to all the hard-working volunteers and committed NDAA board members, who see all the possibilities of this industry in our great state. It also couldn’t be done without the support of every member, sponsor, exhibitor, and friend to our industry. Your continued support and participation are noticed and recognized. Preparations have already started for the 2023 Fly-ND Conference, which will be held March 5-7 in Bismarck, ND. If you have any ideas for speakers or sessions, we encourage you to reach out and share your ideas with us. We are looking forward to another great conference and hope to see you there!
As the new year fast approaches, I love the last few months of the year almost as much as the first day of January! The last few months feel like the best time to end the year strong and feeling prepared for the best start of the new year. It is time to start ramping up for a great start to 2023. What a perfect time to get involved and give back! What might that look like for you? Well, there are so many options to get involved in the NDAA; I hope you consider how you can make a difference!
Stacy & Mike Krumwiede
NDAA Executive Director