Special Operations

On Tuesday May 16th, Wes Rogers, the chief of the Special Operations division of the Asheville fire department, will discuss the duties and procedures used by his division when responding to urgent citizen needs. This includes the operation of their very sophisticated drones, inside and outside of protected airspace that we may share.

The meeting begins at 6:15 with sub sandwiches as our meal, followed by the presentation is in the Lacy Griffin aviation center. Parking continues to be affected by construction; if no space is available in front of the building, use the spaces in the adjacent maintenance yard (gate 24) or in the viewing area down the road. There are now also an additional 10 spaces available in the lot catty-cornered to the Lacy Griffin center.

Meetings scheduled for the next few months will include “a day in the life of an Allegiant A320 pilot,” our annual picnic, drone operations and regulations, and the dog air rescue operation called “Pilots N PAWS.”

We will try again for a Fly-In Lunch to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge airport (GKT, 54NM west northwest of AVL) on Saturday, May 20,. Hopefully the weather gods will be more agreeable this time! If you need a ride, text Bill Whitehead at 828-676-5868; there may be a few empty seats available.

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