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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