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Western North Carolina Pilots Association

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 Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). 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, click (here).

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, click (here).

Contact: Tim Anderson, President


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WNCPA Program Schedule

March 21: "Risk Analysis After the Fact," moderated by Cindy Carter (WINGS credit event)

April 18: "Third Class Medical Reform," with Ruffin Benton and Cindy Carter

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

March 18: North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, Asheboro, NC (KHBI)

April 15: Doc's BBQ, Columbia, SC (KCUB)

"Pilot-in-Command" Reminder and Fly-out Weather Policy 



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Planes or Lunch? Or both! WNCPA folk lunch at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Pigeon Forge.
Two Men and a Plane Henry Johnson and Donald Short out to lunch at the Runway Cafe in Greenville.
New Flight School Susan Van Fleet opens Van Fleet Aviation in Hickory.
Made in the Shade Nancy and Jerry rating landings at the annual Triple Tree Fly-in.
Lunch Bunch A well-attended fly-out to the Runway Cafe at the Greenville Downtown Airport.
Cool Plane Garry, Joyce, Don, and John at the Air Force Museum in Dayton.

WNCPA Places

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Morning Over Asheville The Asheville skyline bathed in morning sunlight. A pilots view.
Smoky Mountains Now you know why they're named Smoky Mountains! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the distinction of being America's most visited national park. But few see it from here!
Cloud Color Never understood how so many folks hate cloudy days. Clouds above, clouds below. Color evrywhere. A pilot's perspective, enough said!
Smoky Mountain Rain Remember the saying, "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute, it'll change"? Summer rain storms in the mountains are often hard and furious and just as often over in a flash!
Biltmore Park Arrival Turning inbound inside of Biltmore Park. What a severe clear day! Often in the wintertime, you can see for miles and miles. Looks chilly outside though!
VFR on Top Don't the clouds look so soft and puffy? Careful, there are rocks in those clouds!
Biltmore House Ask for a Biltmore departure and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Biltmore Estate. Biltmore in Asheville, NC, is a National Historic Landmark with America's largest home, gardens, winery, and world-class luxury inn.
Leaf Flying Leaf flying in the Blue Ridge mountains is always a "must-do" when visiting Western North Carolina. The pilots of the Western North Carolina Pilots Association offer scenic "leaf flights" to the public each year, usually in October.

AOPA ASI Safety Seminar, this Tues., Mar. 14

Another great safety seminar is coming to Asheville! The AOPA Air Safety Institute is bringing their "Nontowered Case Studies - What Went Wrong?" seminar to the WNC Ag. Center in Fletcher this Tuesday, March 14, starting at 7:00 pm. 

The seminar will shine a spotlight on real-life accidents in the nontowered environment and try to figure out what went wrong, and why. For more information and directions click the (here). We invite all our WNCPA members and friends to come out and participate in what is sure to be a very informative and worthwhile safety seminar.

For more information and directions, click (here). Hope to see you there!


Airport Manager Position Available at Transylvania Community Airport

The Transylvania Community Airport is seeking a full-time (5 days per week) airport manager. Must be a pilot. Weekend duties handled by the assistant manager. For details, please call Dave Parlier, Assist. Mgr., at 828-877-5801 or stop by the airport.


AVL ACT Tour, Sat. March 25

Our very new (but very familiar!) program chair, Cindy Carter has arranged for us to tour the Asheville Control Tower on Saturday, March 25, at 10:00 am. We will meet in the parking lot by the Lacy Griffin Building at 9:30 am and walk over to the tower. Please bring a government-issued photo ID (and no weapons!).

If you want to participate, please email Cindy your name, phone number, and e-mail address to RSVP. We need to limit the size to10 people. If you can’t make this tour no worry, Cindy is planning to schedule more tours in the future. Contact Cindy to RSVP at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

One more thing, participation counts for WINGS credit! Thanks Cindy!!


WNCPA Educational Foundation Announces 2017 Application Procedures

The WNCPA Educational Foundation has announced its 2017 grant application process. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, charitable organization that provides educational grants to pilots in training. For more information about the Foundation, click (here). Application materials must be submitted by April 1, 2017. Click (here) to view the 2017 grant award application procedures.


Reminder, Membership Dues Are Now Due

Attention WNCPA members! If you've already paid your annual membership dues, thank you! If you haven't, then note that the deadline was January 17 and has already passed. But that's okay, we won't mention who you are if you pay up ASAP!

Don't be a deadbeat! Download the membership renewal form (here) and mail it to the WNCPA mailing address, attention, Dave Bolser.


Transylvania Community Airport Seeking Airport Manager

NEEDED: a full-time Manager at Transylvania Community Airport in Brevard. Weekends and other times needed covered by an Assistant Manager. Perfect for retiree. Must be a pilot. Call Dave Parlier, at 828-877-5801 to discuss duties or stop by airport.


WNCPA Board Welcomes New Directors

The WNCPA Board of Directors held its first meeting of 2017 this past Tuesday, Janauary 10 and welcomed four new directors. We are very pleased to have two longtime friends of the Association rejoin the Board, Cindy Carter and Elizabeth Henry. Cindy, also a beloved past-president, is taking on the role (again!) of Program Director and is well on the way to having a full year of exciting programs lined-up! And Elizabeth, has once again assumed the Treasurer's position and will be sure to keep us on sound financial footing! We are also very pleased to welcome two new faces to the Board, Bruce MacDonald and Jeff Moore. These two gentlemen may be new to the Board, but they are by no means new to the Association and Aviation! Welcome all and here's to a new year of good friends, great meetings, and safe flying!

Click (here) to meet our entire 2017 Board!


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Asheville Weather

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Humidity: 31%
2.7 mph
32 | 57
0 | 13
37 | 53
2 | 11
45 | 64
7 | 17
Mostly Cloudy
51 | 65
10 | 18

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