Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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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

Email: timanderson@flywncpa.org 

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WNCPA Program Schedule

January 17: Forest Fire Fighting, Bruce MacDonald and Andy Miranda, NC Forestry Svc. 

Februay 21: TBD

March 21: TBD

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

January 21: Runway Cafe, Greenville, SC (KGMU)

February 18: (tentatively) North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, Asheboro, NC (KHBI)

March 18: TBD



"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.

Transylvania Community Airport Seeking Airport Manager

NEEDED: a full-time Manager at Transylvania Community Airport in Brevard. Weekends and other times needed covered by an Assistant Manager. Perfect for retiree. Must be a pilot. Call Dave Parlier, at 828-877-5801 to discuss duties or stop by airport.


First Meeting of 2017 is this Tuesday, Jan. 17!

REMINDER, our next monthly meeting is this Tuesday night, January 17, at the Asheville Regional Airport, in the Lacy Griffin Building.

Our feature program this month is about aerial firefighting with our own WNCPA member, Bruce MacDonald along with special guest, Andy Meranda. Both are with the NC Forestry Service. For a brief bio of Andy, click (here).

We hope to see you Tuesday night! As always, we'll have a light dinner at 6:15 PM, followed by our general meeting at 7:00 and feature program at 7:30.

Come in out of the cold and join us Tuesday for a great evening!


Reminder, Membership Dues Deadline is Almost Here--Jan. 17

Attention WNCPA members! If you've already paid your annual membership dues, thank you! If you haven't, then note that the deadline is January 17. Dues remain the same as last year at $25 for members and $10 for spouses. Download the membership renewal form (here) and mail it to Dave Bolser, 60 Hidden Meadow Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28792. If you are not already a member, won't you consider joining? Click (here) for a membership application.


WNCPA Board Welcomes New Directors

The WNCPA Board of Directors held its first meeting of 2017 this past Tuesday, Janauary 10 and welcomed four new directors. We are very pleased to have two longtime friends of the Association rejoin the Board, Cindy Carter and Elizabeth Henry. Cindy, also a beloved past-president, is taking on the role (again!) of Program Director and is well on the way to having a full year of exciting programs lined-up! And Elizabeth, has once again assumed the Treasurer's position and will be sure to keep us on sound financial footing! We are also very pleased to welcome two new faces to the Board, Bruce MacDonald and Jeff Moore. These two gentlemen may be new to the Board, but they are by no means new to the Association and Aviation! Welcome all and here's to a new year of good friends, great meetings, and safe flying!

Click (here) to meet our entire 2017 Board!


Piper Saratoga for Sale!

WNCPA member Bill Bolton has a 1981 Piper Turbocharged Saratoga (PA-32-301T) for sale. For all of you who don't like retracts because you're afraid you'll forget to put the gear down; no worries, it's the fixed gear version!

Click (here) for all the details in the WNCPA Classifieds. And while you're there, check out other items listed by your fellow WNCPA members!


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