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To join WNCPA, or renew your membership online, click HERE
The WNCPA supports General Aviation by promoting aviation safety, providing aviation education, and furthering interest in flying. We hold monthly meetings, plan flying events, host social activities, and fund an aviation education scholarship program.
Meetings. We meet the third Tuesday of each month at the Lacy Griffin Aviation Center adjacent to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). The street address is: 21 Aviation Way, Fletcher, NC 28732. Our meetings start with a light dinner at 6:15 pm. A general meeting begins at 7:00 pm followed by a feature program on various aviation topics. For upcoming feature programs, see the WNCPA Program Schedule below.
Fly-outs. We also plan monthly luncheon fly-outs, typically the third Saturday of each month. All flights are weather-permitting, of course. See the WNCPA Fly-out Schedule below for upcoming fly-outs. For more about our fly-outs, please email us.
Educational Foundation. The Western North Carolina Pilots Association Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, charitable organization that provides scholarship grants to pilots in training. For more about the Foundation, how to contribute, or how to apply for a grant, click (here).
All flying enthusiasts are welcomed! You do not have to live in North Carolina, own a plane, or be a pilot. For more information about us, our activities, meeting location, and membership or renewal, please email us!
Contact: Dave Bolser, President
WNCPA PROGRAM SCHEDULE
On July 16th at 6:15 p.m., we will have our annual cookout at our usual location (Lacy Griffin Aviation Center). Join us for Brats, Dogs, Burgers, and lots of hanger-flying.
In August, the program will be “How to become a controller” (details to be announced later).
Our Christmas party planning is underway already, likely at Bay Breeze on Tuesday, December 10. Details later.
WNCPA FLY-OUT SCHEDULE
For our next fly-out lunch at noon on July 20th, we will go to Columbia (CUB). Arrangements have been made for transportation from the airport to Doc’s BBQ restaurant, so it is especially important that you arrive as close to noon as possible. Don’t miss the bus!
Two of our WNCPA pilot friends were lost to us in a tragic accident on June 26th. You can find the obituary for Mal Beckham HERE; a memorial service for Mal will be held in the hangar located at 184 Lower Brush Creek Road, Fletcher, NC from 6:00-8:00pm on Saturday, July 13th. The obituary and memorial service plans for John Gaitskill will be posted here as soon as the details are known.
Our good friend and fellow pilot Frank Henry passed away on May 21st. He and his wife Elizabeth asked that donations in his memory be given to our WNCPA Educational Foundation or to Four Seasons Compassion for Life. You will find his complete obituary HERE.