After the long winter we had this year, I anticipate there may be many pilots with an itch to get back in the air. If you are looking for a reason to get in the air, consider participating in the North Dakota Airport Passport Program. To date we have had 97 individuals complete the program, by landing at all 89 public use airports in the state. Starting this summer, in addition to the paper book and stamps located at each airport, users can collect check-ins digitally using an app. This collaboration with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will make it even easier for pilots to collect check-ins. If you already have a book with stamps, don’t worry, we can combine the physical check-ins with those on the app. Check-ins with the AOPA app will be enabled VERY soon!
How to participate
Download the AOPA app on your mobile device.
Open the Pilot Passport.
Under the state programs tab, select North Dakota and opt-in to the North Dakota Airport Passport Program when it becomes available.
Once that is completed, you can then start flying to airports, attending safety seminars, and visiting North Dakota’s aviation museums. When you have obtained the proper number of check-ins at airports, aviation museums, and safety seminars, the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission will award your prizes to you.
There is no deadline for completing the North Dakota Airport Passport Program, as long as the program remains in operation. Awards and recognition will be given at the annual Fly-ND Conference (formerly known as UMAS.)
Mike McHugh, Aviation Education Coordinator
North Dakota Aeronautics Commission
701-328-9650 | firstname.lastname@example.org