In February of 2013, we lost one of the most beloved members of the crew. Zack Marzec started his career with the company as a dune instructor and worked his way up to a instructor. Zack's positive attitude and passion for impacted many of the instructors and the students he taught during his time at .

In memory of Zack, one individual from Kitty Hawk Kites is awarded the Zack Marzec Spark each year. The winner is chosen through an internal voting process, allowing members of the Kitty Hawk Kites crew to choose who they think most embodies the spirit of Zack. This year, hang gliding and instructor Mike Appel was chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Spark Award.