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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 Lacy Griffin Aviation Center adjacent to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). The street address is: 21 Aviation Way, Fletcher, NC 28732. 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, please email us.
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, please email us!
Contact: Dave Bolser, President
WNCPA PROGRAM SCHEDULE
October 16: J. J. Boyd will discuss the RV-10 Flying Club. Meal: Chicken
WNCPA FLY-OUT SCHEDULE
Weather has not been our ally recently! The September fly-out to Hickory was cancelled because of forecast thunderstorms…which never materialized.
We would like to remind everyone that, as “pilot in command” you are 100% responsible for determining whether a given flight is within your capabilities and experience. Going forward, we will not cancel fly-outs based on a forecast, since (for example) an IFR rated pilot might want to attend a fly-out blanketed in clouds that would prevent a VFR pilot from attending. Going forward, it is “your call” for each event. But remember: it is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than to be in the air wishing you were on the ground! Please review our fly-out weather policy below…and consider attending the AOPA-ASI lecture mentioned below to hone your “go/no go” skills!
Our next fly-out is not yet scheduled. Possible destinations are the Cirrus delivery center in Knoxville, TN or the restaurant/museum in Hickory.
An AOPA-Air Safety Institute lecture on “Weather Accidents” in scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM at AB Tech in the Magnolia building.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Why getting the big weather picture is important
- How to improve your go/no-go decision-making process
- Tips to “weatherize” your mindset and avoid traps like flying VFR into IMC
- Why technology can be a great tool and your worst enemy in weather flying
Our annual Holiday dinner is fast approaching. Details will be announced at our next general meeting. We have a great speaker scheduled!
Chuck Buckland of Signature asked that we post this announcement: If you have an active hangar agreement at AVL, you can now renew it for up to 3 years. This can be done with a simple one page amendment assuming nothing drastic has changed. Caveat: there will still be annual CPI increases but at least you can avoid signing papers each year.