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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

November 15: Mississippi River Pilot, Donald Short

December 6: Annual Christmas Party 

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

November 19: North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, Asheboro, NC (KHBI)

"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.

Scenic Flights are "ON" for Sun., Oct. 23

Hello again Friends. Our Scenic Flights scheduled for Sunday, October 23 are 'ON!" Finally the wind has died down. 

Our apologies for having to cancel the Saturday flights, but we always want our passengers to be comfortable and feel safe with us when we fly and we couldn't guarantee either when the wind was gusting over 40 mph!

So come on out any time between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. It's shaping up to be a nice day for flying. If you are uncertain about the weather, check back here for our flight status before you head out.

Best regards,

Your WNCPA friends


2016 Annual Scenic Flights Weekend, Oct. 22-23

ANNOUNCEMENT: The WNCPA will conduct its 2016 Annual WNCPA Scenic Flights Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Asheville Regional Airport.

 Please come out and join us as we share our beautiful mountain foliage from above. Cameras and cell phone photos are encouraged! Flights will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and will cost $50 for adults and $25 for children under twelve. Check back here for last-minute weather status. For directions and parking, click (here).

Click (here) for a detailed description of the flights. For a birdseye view of some of the sights, check out the YouTube video below.


Photos from Last Year's Scenic Flights

Click (here) for some of the sights from last year's event.

In addition to seeing the sights, our passengers get to observe the behind-the-scenes protocols used by pilots and air traffic controllers designed to ensure safety for all the planes flying into and around Asheville. 

So whether you just want to see the fall foliage or you're curious about aviation or flying in smaller airplanes, won't you fly with us this year?


AOPA Air Safety Institute Safety Seminar, Tues., Nov. 1

Signature Flight Support and the WNCPA are sponsoring "Trivia Night!" a free AOPA Air Safety Institute Safety Seminar on Tuesday, November 1, starting at 7:00 pm at the WNC Ag. Center.

Come join us! From vintage navaids to aerodynamics and little-known aircraft, the AOPA folks have put together a collection of questions sure to put your knowledge to the test—and make you a safer pilot.


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!


Fly-out to Asheboro, NC (KHBI), Sat., Nov. 19

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 19, 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! 


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Asheville Weather

°F | °C
Humidity: 68%
1.4 mph
Chance of a Thunderstorm
52 | 73
11 | 22
Partly Cloudy
46 | 74
7 | 23
50 | 79
10 | 26
52 | 78
11 | 25

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