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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

July 18: WNCPA Annual Cookout

August 15: "Compliance Philosophy," Eddie Shields, Charlotte FSDO 

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

July 15: Doc's BBQ, Columbia, SC (KCUB)--CANCELLED

August 19: Runway 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.

2017 Annual Cookout, Tues., July 18

We invite all our aviation friends to join us this Tuesday, July 18, at 6:15 for our annual summer cookout. The agenda is good food, great folks, and of course lots of hangar flying! We’ll have plenty burgers and brats. They’re free—just bring yourself! If you just have to bring something, covered dishes are always welcomed!

Plus, Asheville Airport DPS will be joining us and bringing several of their amazing airport firefighting vehicles for static display. 

Remember, Tuesday, July 18, at 6:15, at the Signature Flight Support North Hangar. 

Directions: To get to the Signature North Hangar, turn right at the stop sign in front of the Lacy Griffin building onto Wright Brothers Way and go down the divided road until you see parking lots on the left. These are the Signature lots. Park as close to the large hangar to the north. That's the North Hangar. You can enter through the side door.

See you there! 


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!


In Memorium, Ray Anders

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of fellow WNCPA member, Ray Anders on May 17, 2017. Jim Tyson noted, "Ray was a genuine stalwart for the WNCPA. He kept it going for years and years. He was one of the good guys!" Click the link below to his obituary.

May Ray always be with us in our hearts.


Runway Construction Update from Michael Reisman

Michael Reisman, Airport Authority Deputy Executive Director has forwarded the most recent update on the Airfield Re-development Project. Note the "new news" is about one-third the way into the document. As of this most recent update, the new runway 17/35 is due to open this December 7! Click (here) for all the details.


June 17 Fly-out to Doc's BBQ in Columbia, SC

Looking forward to our June fly-out, we're planning to fly to Columbia, SC to the downtown airport (KCUB) for some down-home BBQ at Doc' Barbeque and Southern Buffet. Our own Tim Fox has worked out transportation with Eagle Aviation (the FBO) to get us from the airport to the restaurant. We'll plan for our usual noon arrival. The buffet deal is about $12.00 or you can order off their menu. Hope you can join us! If you want to go and need a ride, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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