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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

October 17: "NextGen and ADS-B" with John Pruden of PF Flyers

November 21: "Member Spotlight" with Arnie Andresen

December 5: Annual Christmas Dinner with special guest, Bernadette Darnell of Angel Flight




WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

October 21: Crosswinds Cafe, Hickory, NC (KHKY)

November 18Runway Cafe, Greenville, SC (KGMU) 

"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.

WNCPA Monthly Meeting this Tues., Oct. 17

Reminder, our October monthly meeting is next week, Tuesday night, October 17. Per usual, we'll have a light dinner at 6:15, the meeting at 7:00 pm, and then the program at 7:30 pm. However since this meeting is also our official Annual Meeting, we're splurging for fried chicken! for our main dinner entree.

The key feature of our annual meeting is electing new directors and officers for our Board of Directors. The slate of nominees is included in the minutes from the September monthly meeting. To view a draft of these minutes, click (here).

 Another key feature of Tuesdays meeting will be our feature program! As we all hopefully know by now, the FAA is requiring ADS-B by 2020. And 2020 is just around the corner. So we are bringing in someone who can fill us all in on what we need to be doing between now and then and to talk about the options we have available to us. Our featured speaker will be John Pruden, co-founder of PF Flyers in Greenville, SC. Click (here) for a bio of John and to check out the PF Flyers website.

 Hope to see you all Tuesday!


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.


Drone Application Classes Offered this Fall!

The A-B Tech Continuing Education Division is offering drone application classes this fall! Prepare for the FAA remote pilot certificate exam or develop the skills needed for commercial applications. Class sessions start October 7 and October 17.

For more information click (here) for a flyer or contact Maria Spadaro at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Private Pilot Andrew Moore!

On Tuesday, May 9, WNCPA member, (and son of proud Pappy Jeff!) Andrew Moore successfully completed his private pilot checkride! Andrew's instructor is Zach Byere from Rutherfordton. Congratulations, Andrew, we're proud of you! Click (here) for pics of Andrew and his really cool plane!


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