Thursday, February 11, 2016
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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

February 16: Glenn Gonzales from Honda Jet 
March 15: Attorney Chris Hudson on Legal Aspects

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

February 20: Crosswind Cafe, Hickory, NC (KHKY)
March 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.

STEM Lecture on Spatial Disorientation, this Wed., Feb. 10

There is a lecture in UNCA's STEM lecture series about spatial disorientation and aviation safety that is relevent to any of us who fly. Note, this lecture is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10. It will be held at UNCA, Reuter Center 102 - The Manheimer Room, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Click (here) for the official announcement. Hope to see some of you there!


Chili at Triple Tree this Saturday, Feb. 13!

It's their third annual "Chilly Chili Fly-in. Click (here) to purchase tickets and get their arrival procedures. Note, you must purchase tickets online by 7:00 pm on Friday, Februay 12.


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 19 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.


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.


2015 Christmas Dinner Pics

On Tuesday, December 1, over 70 members and guests celebrated the season at our annual Christmas Dinner held once again at the elegant Biltmore Park Hilton. Mc'd by President, Nancy Marstall, the dinner and program were perfect for a simply delightful evening. Long-time friend, humorist, and highly sought-after Air Safety Institute Instructor, Mark Grady was our featured speaker. 

Many thanks to all involved in making the Dinner a great success! Click (here) for some of the sights and sounds!

Recent Info on the New AVL Runway

The new temporary runway 17/34 is now in use. Please use caution as there are new run-up areas.

For a runway/taxiway diagram and recent articles about the new runway, click (here).


WANTED: Co-ownership Airplane Share

Remember, the WNCPA Classifieds are not just for selling things--if you want something, chances are someone else here might have it. We not only feature aviation-related items for sale, but also wanted items, services, or partnerships.

This week's featured ad is from WNCPA member Chris Fink, who is looking for a co-ownership share in a two- or four-seat airplane.

Click (here) to see Chris's "Wanted" ad in the WNCPA Classifieds. And while you're there, check out other wanted and/or for sale listings posted by your fellow WNCPA members! Or click on "Classifieds" in the menu bar above.


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