As we all start to wrap up our year, and reflect upon 2021, IVAO would like to take the time to thank each and every one of our members, and staff, all over the world, for the countless hours you spend with us here at IVAO flying, controlling, and working in unison to make IVAO better and better, every single day. We cannot stress enough what it means to work hand in hand with people from all over the globe, to make this Family what we have.
So, thank you. Thank you for being here, learning with us, flying with us, controlling with us, being patient with us and enduring the pains with us, as we worked through difficulties and even taking this journey to the next level with us, as we continue to improve our software and infrastructure, all in the best interests of our members, to provide you with the best possible experience.
Over the last 23 years, IVAO has become a family for many of us, creating friendships that last lifetimes, and experiences that get better and better as the next generation of flight simulation enthusiasts discover our community and join our family, contributing to its success year after year.
2021 was a year of learning for all of us as we continued to struggle with COVID regulations reducing the number of real world events, thus the IVAO Events Department really stepped up to the plate and tried to provide you guys with wonderful events all year long. But we did manage to hold a few PDE's this year during some of the relaxations taking place, such as FSExpo, where the North America Region represented IVAO as a Gold Sponsor, or the Aeronautical Technology Expo that the Venezuela Division worked tirelessly to partner with Gruevi7 on.
2021 also brought along the creation of Community Partnership and Content Creators Programmes, allowing IVAO to partner with Content Creators and Aviation Groups, for you to join on their wonderful flight adventures. In addition to the creation of these programmes, IVAO welcomed the Malaysia and Singapore MCD to the family, increasing our reach in those areas.
We welcomed over 25,000 new members to the IVAO Family. We controlled more than 500,000 hours, our pilots flew more than 4.5 million flight hours, and filed over 3 million flight plans! Our community discord has over 4,600 members, sharing screenshots, ideas, group flights, and seeking technical support from our User Support team, and more than 320 servers following our announcements being published.
Our Training Department helped our members pass more than 1100 exams this year (averaging 91 exams per month) and is continuously improving our documentation and training standards.
Our Development Operations Department has been working tirelessly to improve and better the IVAO infrastructure as they are continuously making improvements not only to the software, but also the backend systems to ensure that your experience continues to be the best.
Additionally, the IVAO Board of Governors would like to thank all of those who participated in the User Survey. Over 1000 responses have been received and Craig, the IVAO President, has read and noted every single one! Craig has written a summary for each department on items that you, our members, would like us to focus on and he is meeting with each HQ Department, in conjunction with the Executive Council, to find solutions to your comments and work towards a better IVAO.
With 2022 just around the corner, IVAO will continue to strive to bring the community the best possible experiences across the board. We have many improvements continuing to be worked on as the year begins, and several projects in the works to be launched as the year progresses.
Once again, we cannot thank you enough for being a part of our Family. We wish you and your families a very safe and happy holiday, and a prosperous New Year.