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February 2017 General Mtg. Minutes

Western North Carolina Pilots Association

General Membership Meeting

Lacy Griffin Building

Asheville Regional Airport

21 February 2017


I.  Call to Order by President Tim Anderson at 6:55 PM 


Tim thanked all who provide the chili for tonight’s dinner: Craig and Elaine Kirkpatrick, Gary and Laree Jones, Nancy and Jerry Marstall, Katherine Harris, Elizabeth Henry and Karen Bork, as well as those who provided cornbread and other condiments. 


II. Reports


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

Treasurer: (Elizabeth Henry) The Association has $14,378.13.  There were no other transactions to report.

Membership: (Dave Bolser) Dave reminded everyone who hasn’t renewed their membership to please do so.  Dave also announced that he has jackets ready for pick-up for those who have ordered them and that anyone interested in ordering a WNCPA logo jacket to see him after the meeting.  

Programs: (Cindy Carter) The program for the March meeting will be “There I was – Risk Analysis After the Fact”.  Dave Bolser, Richard Feeman, Wally Courtney and Ron Wolff have agreed to help Cindy with this Wings eligible program.  April’s program will be on the FAA’s new Basic Med initiative that takes effect on 1 May.  Dr. Ruffin Benton will be the presenter.  It also will be a Wings eligible program.  May’s program is titled “Flight 5481 Unraveled”; it will be presented by Tom Freeman from the NC-DOT and is Wings eligible as well.  June is the Education Foundation’s awards program and July will be the Association’s annual cookout. For August the program will be “Compliance Philosophy” and will be presented by Eddie Shields and will be Wings eligible.  The September program with be presented by WNCPA member Skip Capone and will cover various aspects of aviation law.  Cindy is holding October’s presentation as a surprise and November will be “Spotlight on a Member”.  This year’s member spot light will be on Arnie Andresen.  December will be the Association’s annual Christmas social.  Cindy has developed a very interesting and varied slate of subject matter for our members’ entertainment and continuing aviation related education.  Kudos to Cindy for her efforts. 

Fly-Outs:  Our February Fly-out will be this weekend (25 Feb) and the destination will be Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU).  In March we will try again, with the Spartanburg Pilots Association (SPA), to fly to Asheboro, NC (KHBI).  The April Fly-Out will be to the Hamilton-Owens Airport (KCUB) in Columbia, SC.  Lunch will be at Doc’s BBQ.   

III. New Business:

Tim recognized new members and visitors attending the meeting; Al Jackson, a new member, who holds ATP, CFII and Ground Instructor ratings and has 5K hours.  Also, Dick Ridx was in attendance.  He flies a Debonair (F33) and hasn’t flown in a while, and hopes to join the Association. 

Education Foundation: (Arnie Andresen) Arnie presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Henry Johnson for his considerable efforts in founding the Education Foundation.  Henry wrote the Education Foundation’s by-laws and did a myriad of other things that were required to establish the Foundation as the viable and recognized organization it is today.

Announcements:  Tim reminded members that on 14 March the AOPA-ASI will conduct a program titled “Non-Towered Airports Case Studies – What went wrong?”  It will be held at the AG Center and begin at 7:00 PM.  It is sponsored by Signature Flight Services and the WNCPA.  Signature is providing the food and the Association is providing the door prizes.  Also, John Gaitskill is conducting a CFI forum on how to teach a student or rated pilot on how to react to a startled response.  The forum is for CFI’s but any interested pilot is welcome to attend.  It will be Monday, 6 March at 6:00 PM in the Lacy Griffin Building.   

Cindy queried Corbin Clouser from the Asheville Air Traffic Control Tower (ACTC) if they conducted tours of the ACTC facility.  Corbin indicated that they do conduct tours of the ACTC facility.  Tours are limited in size to 10 people; also, everyone needs to be an American citizen.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM

Featured Program: Cindy Carter introduced Rocky Flemming and Richard Feeman who gave a very informative presentation on the Mountain Flyers Flying Club.  The Club, based at KAVL, is a not-for-profit organization has been in operation since 1959 and is, without a doubt, the best way to save money flying and enjoy access to very well maintained aircraft. You can go to their web site or contact Rocky or Richard for additional information.       

Submitted by: Tim Fox, Secretary