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!
Big Splash Seaplane Fly-in, Lake Hickory, NC, Sat., Oct. 15
The Big Splash Seaplane Fly In on Lake Hickory, NC on October 15 will start with a Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 at the Wittenberg Access. Pilots and passengers landing at the Hickory Airport (KHKY) may take the free shuttle to and from the Wittenberg Access for the breakfast and viewing the seaplanes land and take off.
The "Fly Over" Downtown Hickory will begin at noon with the seaplanes leading and land aircraft following. Land Aircraft Pilot Briefing will be at 10:00 AM at the FBO. Seaplane Pilot Briefing will be at the Wittenberg Access at 11:00 After the Fly By, the land and amphibian seaplanes will land at the Hickory airport for lunch at the Crosswinds and then free tours of the Hickory Aviation Museum.
Fly-out to Asheboro, NC (KHBI), (tentatively) Sat., Nov. 5
For our November fly-out, we will try once again to join up with the Spartanburg Pilots Association and fly to Asheboro, NC (KHBI).
Doing a joint event with the Spartanburg folks is something we've been talking about for years and we we going to do this in August but Mother Nature intervened. Recall the reason for the destination is that the North Carolina Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame is located right on the field!
So our fly-out plan is on Saturday, November 5 (date tentative), to fly to Asheboro, NC (KHBI) for a noon arrival. We will have a pizza lunch with the Spartanburg Pilots Association inside the North Carolina Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame. Following lunch anyone who wants to can tour the museum. Museum admission is $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors). It's quite a fabulous collection. Click (here) to check out the museum website to see for yourself!
Burgers, Brats, and out Best Attended Cookout Yet!
MANY THANKS to all who came out to our annual cookout Tuesday, July, 19 and for making it our best attended monthly meeting in many years! Special thanks also to our own Chuck Buckland and Signature Flight Support for providing us their North Hangar. With over 100 attendees, we'd likely have broken the fire code limit in our regular meeting venue!
Very special thanks also to Gary Schmidt of Just Aircraft and his pilots Harrison, and Chris for bringing not two, but three aircraft over for static display and a demo flight. Go to justaircraft.com to learn more about these amazing airplanes.
And finally, heartfelt thanks for all those who toiled and sweated in setting up and cleaning up! Click (here) for pics of all the food, folks, and fun!
Great Fly-out to London, KY
What a great day we had flying to London, KY (KLOZ), last Saturday, June 25, for their annual open house. The staff at Weaver's Landing (the new restaurant) were friendly and the food was great. And to top it off, the airport gave WNCPA pilots half-price fuel. Needless to say several of us did top-offs! Best count, we had 22 WNCPA folks in over 10 planes! Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to all the friendly folks at the London-Corbin airport! Click (here) for some pictures.
AVL Airport Wins Award for Runway Project!
At the Annual Conference of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, held in Greenville, South Carolina in May, Asheville Regional Airport received a significant award. AVL received the "Commercial Airport Project of the Year" award for its construction of its Temporary Runway 17-35 and Taxiway B. Click (here) to read more.
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!
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