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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

December 6: Annual Christmas Party 

January 19: TBD 

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

January 15: (tentatively) 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.

Hemann Gucinski Teaching STEM Series on Soaring

Our own, Hermann Gucinski will be teaching classes in January about Soaring as part of the UNC Asheville's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute STEM series.

At our General Meeting in November, Hermann presented a short video on soaring. Click (here) to view that video posted on Facebook. Scroll down to the October 3 posting.

For anyone who wants to learn more about soaring, click (here) for the Carolina Soaring Association's website.

Hermann's STEM series, entitled, "Airplanes without Engines," begins January 13. Click (here) for more information and/or to register.


2016 Annual Christmas Dinner!

Reminder, if you haven't already rsvp'd for the Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 6, it's not too late. You should have received an invitation in the mail by now. Just mail back the rsvp with your payment and it'll get to us just in time. Click (here) to view the invite!

Please do join us for a special evening at the Hilton Bilmore Park. Award-winning auther, educator, and aviation humorist, Ralph Hood will be our featured speaker. Click (here) for more info about Mr. Hood. A reception begins at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm.

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season and we hope to see you Tuesday night, December 6!


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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