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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

June 21: WNCPA Ed. Foundation Grant Awards
July 18: Summer Cook-out
August 16: John Gaitskill, FAASteam, "FSS Weather"--WINGS

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

May 21: AOPA Southern Region Fly-in, Beaufort, NC (KMRH) 

"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.

Education Foundation Announces 2016 Grant Recipients!

At the May 17 General Meeting, Arnie Andresen announced the 2016 WNCPA Education Foundation grant recipients. There were a total of twelve grants awarded, seven of which are students in the A-B Tech Aviation Program. Recipients include, Joushua Billings, Rob Bruner, Dan Gurin, Katherine Harris, Greg Larson, Gwen Lassez, Bruce MacDonald, Baylor Manning, Melena Mullens, Zach Smith, Jacob Tallent, and Michael Wheeler. Congratulations all!


Congratulations Michael Wheeler!

Hearty Congrats to WNCPA member and A-B Tech Aviation student, Michael Wheeler for his first solo flight on Tuesday, May 10 at the Rutherford County Airport (KFQD). Michael's instructor had been our very own, Patrick Reynolds (until he got an airline job!). Michael's new instructor is Donald Gibson of WNC Aviation. Why Rutherfordton? Well, when the wind is blowing covers off airplanes in Asheville, it's probably to windy for the first solo. Per Micahel, "I had fun, I did my three landings (not counting the bouncing)!" Well done, Michael!


Runway Construction Job Opportunities

WNCPA member Mark Stepp has let us know his company, GLF Construction, has been awarded the next phase of runway work at the Asheville Airport. To do this work, they will need to hire six to eight taxiway crossing guards. 

Contact Mark at 828-575-6188 if you know of anyone looking for work, especially folks with some aviation experience since these positions requires communication with ATC.

Click (here) for more information about these positions!


Billy Turns 95!

At this week's March 2016 WNCPA General Meeting, we celebrated fellow-member Billy Welch and his 95th birthday. After singing a loud "Happy Birthday," Billy was presented a cake sporting his 1943 likeness!

After several calls for a "speech," Billy spoke of his experience as a P-51 bomber escort fighter pilot over Germany in WWII. Then WNCPA member, Anthony Pretorius presented slides about Billy's wartime experience and their most recent trip together last summer to Oshkosh. Click (here) for some photos!

Thank you, Billy for your service. We are honored to have you in the WNCPA. We wish you a happy birthday and many more!


Signature is Here!

That's right, our friends at Landmark are now our friends at Signature! Signature Flight Support has bought all Landmark locations, including our FBO here in Asheville. All the same folks we know will continue to provide all the same services. Click (here) for more info about Signature from Chuck Buckland. 


Join Our WNCPilot Yahoo Group!

To all WNCPA members who have already signed up, thank you! If you are a WNCPA member and you haven't signed up, please consider doing it. The WNCPilot email group is a great way for members to communicate quickly and efficiently about WNCPA activities. Click (here) to learn more and for sign-up directions.


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