Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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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: Dave Bolser, President

Email: board@flywncpa.org 

Find us on Facebook and YouTube!


WNCPA Program Schedule

January 16: "A Modern Look at Avionics" with Michael Doornbos

February 20: Annual Chili Cookoff

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

January 27The Runway Cafe, Greenville, SC (KGMU)

February 24The Flying Machine Restaurant, Gwinnett Co, GA (KLZU) (tentative)

"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.


NOTE: We are cancelling our monthly meeting tonight (Tuesday, January 16) due to the forecasted winter weather. Like how all our flying decisions should be made, we make the best decisions possible with the info we have. And right now we are under a winter weather advisory that starts at 6:00 pm tonight. Since many of you travel some miles to the meeting, we're going to play it safe and cancel tonight. So nevermind our email reminders, stay in and out of the cold toninght. We'll see you next month (Tuesday, February 20) for our Annual Chili Cook-off!


Jim Tyson Teaching Course on AirCraft Carriers!

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Our own Jim Tyson will be teaching a course in January and February at UNC in the OLLI program on Aircraft Carriers. Jim has thousands of  carrier landings, so can there be a more expert expert!!??

Click (here) for the catalog listing for Jim's course. For more info on the OLLI program, go to olliasheville.com. Or just call Jim at 828-254-3454. Classes start January 10!


Merry Christmas!

Wishing all our flying friends and families peace, joy, and safe travels. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Click (here) for photos of our 2017 Christmas party!


Cessna 172 Wanted!

As you know, we had some nasty weather earlier this week but it seems that most of us in the immediate Asheville area just got wet (okay, very wet!).

Our friend and fellow member, Susan Van Fleet was not so lucky. As you may know, her flight school and aircraft are based in Hickory, NC which was hit hard by the storm. The hangar at the Hickory airport that housed her aircraft was completely destroyed as was her Cessna 172.

Please contact Susan if you know of anyone with a Cessna 172 for sale! Click (here) for a note to you all from Susan along with her contact info.


WNCPA Scenic Flights Postponed

Typically, the WNCPA offers scenic flights every on a weekend in October. This year we have decided to postpone our flights to a weekend in the spring.

The Asheville Airport is currently in the process a major runway reconstruction project. This work along with the anticipated heavy volume of air traffic in late October is likely to cause signifcant taxi, take-off, and landing delays.

When new dates have been decided, we will post them here. Please check back and thank you for your interest in our scenic flights.


Latest KAVL Runway Construction Update

Michael Reisman, Airport Authority Deputy Executive Director has forwarded the most recent update on the Airfield Re-development Project. Per Michael, work on Phase IV of the project has unfortunately fallen behind due to a combination of issues encountered by the contractor and the wet weather we have had over the summer months.

Click (here) to continue reading.


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