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Nov. 2016 General Mtg. Minutes

Western North Carolina Pilots Association

General Membership Meeting

Lacy Griffin Building

Asheville Regional Airport

15 November 2016


I.  Call to Order by President Tim Anderson at 6:50 PM 


Tim introduced returning member Jim Davis.  Jim has moved back to Asheville from Ohio and has an aerial photography business, Dan Gurin who is working on his private pilot’s license and new member Lee Nichols who is just starting his private pilot training.


II. Reports


Secretary: (Tim Fox) the minutes of the October general membership meeting were presented and a motion to approve the minutes as written was seconded and the motion was approved unanimously.  

Treasurer: (Don Short) The Association has $19,515.33; the Scenic/Leaf flights netted $3,868.21.  The Treasurer’s report was approved.  This was Don’s last report as treasurer as he will be handing over the books to Elizabeth Henry. 

Membership: (Dave Bolser) Dave reminded everyone to have their RSVP into him by 28 November.  Also membership renewals will be in the mail mid-December.  Dave presented examples of the two styles of light-weight jackets with the Association’s logo sewn on the jacket.  The Association will offer these to members for purchase.  Depending on the style the jacket the cost will be either $30.00 or $40.00.    

Programs: (Susan VanFleet) The program for the November meeting will be the last of the year.  Tim thanked Susan VanFleet, the program director for 2016 for putting together varied and interesting programs, many of which were for Wings credit.  The task of scheduling and organizing the briefers took a lot of work but the monthly programs are what brings people to our meetings and directly contributes to new memberships.

Fly-Outs:  Our November Fly-out will be with the Spartanburg Pilots Association (SPA) to Asheboro, NC (KHBI) which will be on November 19th.  This is the last fly-out of the year.   

Tim introduced Lew Bleweis who updated everyone on the progress of the runway replacement project.  Construction of the new parking garage for the terminal has begun and should be completed within a year.  Tours of the control tower are available and can be scheduled through the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT).  

Education Foundation: (Arnie Andresen) Arnie reported that the Foundation was doing well and has two new Board members.  He made his annual appeal to the Association for tax deductible donations to the Foundation.  The Foundation had been an IRS 501-3(c) organization for the past three years.  Donations can be made through the membership renewal form or you can donate through the Foundation’s web site. 

Medical: (Dr. Ruffin Benton) Ruffin talked about the insidious effects of Hypoxia.  Being able to recognize the onset of hypoxia is critically important to safe flying.  At Flight Level 180 the atmosphere contains ½ the oxygen at sea level.  There are 14 altitude chambers throughout the country.  You can schedule an appointment through the FAA.  See Ruffin if you are interested.

Tim thanked all who helped make the scenic/Leaf flights a success from the pilots to the ground crew to the air traffic controllers. Well done!

Herman Kazinski presented a short film on glider launches using a winch launch technique instead of a tow airplane from Spartanburg Downtown airport (KSPA).  He also reminded everyone that he will be presenting a seminar at Western North Carolina University in January titled “Airplane without Engines: What makes them Stay Up?” 

Tim reminded everyone that the association’s annual Christmas Party is Tuesday 6 December at the Hilton at Biltmore Park.  Ralph Hood and note aviation humorist and author will be the guest speaker. RSVP to Dave Bolser by Monday 28 November.

III. New Business:  


Meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM

Featured Program: Susan VanFleet introduced Donald Short who provided a very informative and entertaining presentation on his experiences as a New Orleans River Pilot on the Mississippi River.

Submitted by: Tim Fox, Secretary