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May 2017 General Mtg. Minutes

Western North Carolina Pilots Association

General Membership Meeting

Lacy Griffin Building

Asheville Regional Airport

16 May 2017


I.  Call to Order by President Tim Anderson at 6:52 PM.


Tim began the meeting by acknowledging that the air conditioning was not working properly.  Tim announced that A-B Tech held its graduation ceremony this past Saturday (13 May) and the Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology Program produced ten graduates.  Gil played a short video from the graduation that featured the aviation program.  Of note was that Melena Mullins, a WNCPA Educational Foundation Grant recipient, graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Tim welcomed Mr. Wiley who is a newcomer to the Asheville area and he runs a non-profit organization that takes wounded combat veterans for flights around the local area.  He hopes to work with the WNCPA in the future.  Donald Short gave a brief presentation on his recent 10-day trip to the Bahamas providing some valuable “lessons learned” concerning flight plans, Customs requirements both U.S. and Bahamian, forms for Homeland Security and renting life vests for flying over water in a single engine aircraft and flying among the various islands of the Bahamas.  An informative, entertaining and most amusing presentation.


Secretary: (Tim Fox) Due to some technical issues the minutes of the last general meeting of 18 April were not available to the membership for their review.  The April meeting minutes will be presented for review and approval along with the minutes of this meeting (16 May) at the June general membership meeting (20 June).  

Treasurer: (Elizabeth Henry) Elizabeth stated that the Association has $14,770.15 in the bank. 

Membership: (Dave Bolser) Dave stated that he still has 50 name tags for members to pick up and he asked that if you don’t have a name tag please see Dave and he can sort through the box of name tags to determine if your name tag is there.    

Programs: (Cindy Carter) Cindy restated that the June program will be the Education Foundation’s grant awards program.  July is the Association’s annual cook-out.  August’s program will be a presentation by Eddie Shields and titled “The FAA’s Compliance Philosophy” and is a Wings eligible program.  September’s program will be a presentation by WNCPA member Skip Capone titled “Five Dirty Little Secrets about the FAR’s That You Didn’t Know”.  Cindy is still working to get this program Wings eligible.  Unfortunately, Cindy will be on a “seminar run” in October so her presentation will be pushed to next year.  Cindy is diligently working to get a replacement program for October.  November will be “Spotlight on a Member” (Arnie Andresen) and December is the Association’s annual Christmas Dinner and Cindy is looking for a guest speaker for that event, so if anyone has any suggestions to please forward them to Cindy.

Fly-Outs:  The combined fly-out with the Spartanburg Pilots Association (SPA) to Asheboro, NC (KHBI) finally (after several attempts) went with only WNCPA members Martin Braswell and Susan Van Fleet able to participate.  The weather in Asheville that day was marginal and limited members participation. Tim indicated we would get together with the SPA in the future.  The June fly-out for the Association will be the Owens-Hamilton Airport (KCUB) in Columbia, SC on Saturday 17 June, with lunch at Doc’s Barbeque and Southern Buffet.    

Educational Foundation: (Arnie Andresen) Arnie stated that the Foundation has awarded $14K in grants to 7 of the 12 applicants.  The Foundation increased the dollar amount of the award.  The award letter has gone out to the successful applicants.  Arnie thanked the selection committee for the efforts.  The committee was chaired by Gary Hancock and committee members were Nancy Marstall, Ruffin Benton, Don Watson and Andy Guenette.  The grant award program will be at the June General Membership meeting (20 June) and Arnie encouraged members to come and meet these fine young aspiring aviators.  

II. New Business:

Nancy briefed the members on the status of the preparations for the Association’s annual Christmas Dinner. Nancy, Cindy and Elizabeth crunched the numbers comparing the costs of last year’s venue (The Hilton at Biltmore Park) to a former location (The Broadmoor Golf Links).  The Broadmoor has a new chef and the prices compare favorably.  The Broadmoor Golf Links is available on our traditional date of the first Tuesday in December.  The committee recommended that the Association return to the Broadmoor Golf Links for its annual Christmas Dinner.  More information concerning the menu and cost will be forthcoming in the months ahead.   

Tim adjourned the meeting at 7:10 PM

Feature Program: Cindy introduced Tom Freeman of the NC-DOT who, along with Dave Allison, a retired US Air Maintenance Supervisor and eye witness gave an informative and interesting presentation titled “Flight 1581 Unraveled”.  The presentation concerned US Air Express Flight 1581 that crashed shortly after take-off on a flight from Charlotte/Douglas International (KCLT) to Greenville/Spartanburg Airport (KGSP) the morning of 8 January 2003 and looked at the events that led up to this fatal crash and how it could have been prevented.  The presentation was a FAA Wings eligible presentation. 

Submitted by: Tim Fox, Secretary