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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: Dave Bolser, President


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WNCPA Program Schedule

May 15: "Our T-38 Pilots!"

June 19: Our very own John Gaitskill!  

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

May 19: New Airport Restaurant, Winder, GA (KWDR)

June 23
: Doc's BBQ Restaurant, Columbia, SC (KCUB)

"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.

Latest KAVL Runway Construction Update

Michael Reisman, Airport Authority Deputy Executive Director has forwarded the most recent update on the Airfield Re-development Project. Per Michael, expect the new runway to be commissioned in "late 2018." Please be sure to read to the end of the document for runway closure and navaid outage projections.

Click (here) for all the details.


Van Fleet Aviation Back is in Business!

Long-time friend and fellow-WNCPA member, Susan Van Fleet and Van Fleet Aviation are back in business in Hickory after losing her prized Cessna 172, "Rose Bud" during last fall's tornados. Susan just aquired a a new Cessna, "Blue Belle" and is having a "Back in Business" celebration on Thursday, May 10, at 8:30 am at the Yount Terminal Building at the Hickory Airport (KHKY). Everyone is invited! Click (here) to view her personal invitation to everyone.


Plane Partnership Wanted

from Andrew Copeland.... 

I'm looking for partnership in an aircraft. I'm happy to buy into the right deal or look together for an acquisition. I've owned a Comanche 250 and a Bonanza in the past. I'd prefer an IFR-certified aircraft but will consider any offer or number of partners.

If interested, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


9th Annual Wings and Wheels, KLQK on Apr. 28!

The Pickens County Meals on Wheels will be hosting its 9th Annual Wings & Wheels for Meals fundraising event at the Pickens County Airport on Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

This is a 150+ car show with airplane rides, children's activities, and food. Organizers expect 4-5000 attendants throughout the day, so arrive early! Click (here) to go to their website for more information or click (here) promo flyer.


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