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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 

Find us on Facebook and YouTube!


WNCPA Program Schedule

September 20: "Proper Maintenance Procedures for the Owner/Operator" with Belle Aircraft's Mike Everhart--WINGS

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

October 15: Big Splash Seaplane Fly-in, Hickory, NC (KHKY)

November 5 (tentative): 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.

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. 

A Dinner Cruise by Lake Hickory Adventures from Wittenberg Access will be at Wittenberg Access at 5PM. The Public is invited to participate in all the festivities. For more information please contact Susan VanFleet at 828-413-3636 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or visit vfaviation.com.


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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