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September 2017 General Mtg. Minutes

Western North Carolina Pilots Association

General Membership Meeting

Lacy Griffin Building

Asheville Regional Airport

19 September 2017


I.  Call to Order by President Tim Anderson at 6:45 PM 


Tim began the meeting by recognizing several guests and visitors.  Peter Montgomery and his wife Linda are from Hickory, NC but they fly out of Laurel Creek (NC27).  They are here for the FAASTeam Seminar and a first-time visitor.  Dave Tucker from Shelby, NC, a first-time visitor and he is here for the seminar as well.  Also welcomed as new members were Amy and Richard Fried.  Tim introduced Corey Schumacher, one of his aviation students at A-B Tech.

Secretary: (Tim Fox) The minutes of the 20 August general membership meeting were approved.  

Treasurer: (Elizabeth Henry) Elizabeth announced that the Association has $14,381.29 in the bank.  

Membership: (Jeff Moore) Jeff announced that he name-tags to distribute, see him after the meeting.  If you need a name tag you can see Jeff after the meeting or email him.   

Programs: (Tim Anderson) The October program will feature John Pruden who is with PF Flyers at Donaldson Airfield (KGYH) and he will give a presentation on the FAA’s NextGen mandated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. November’s program, will be Spotlight on a Member and Arnie Andresen is the subject of that program.  And December is the Association’s Annual Christmas Dinner.

Fly-Outs:  The September fly-out is to Blue Ridge Airport on Martinsville, VA (KMTV) with lunch at the on-airport restaurant “Simply Suzanne’s Café.”  

Announcements:  Tim introduced Wiley Loughran, the founder of Wings of Appreciation, an organization that, with the help of the local Veterans Administration hospital or clinic, takes combat wounded veterans for a 45-minute to one-hour flight around the local area and then provides them lunch.  Wiley is looking for at least one and ideally two pilots and one and hopefully two aircraft capable of carrying at least one passenger for the upcoming first ever Asheville Wing of Appreciation event.  The event is scheduled for Saturday 30 September with a rain date of Sunday 1 October.  Because he is new to the area Wiley solicited help from the WNCPA pilots in planning a route that would last no more that 1-hour and hit the major points of interest in and around Asheville.  Tim announce that there is a link on the WNCPA web site to the Wings of Appreciation web site, so if anyone is interested in supporting this most worthwhile event please go to the site for more information or to contact Wiley Loughran.   

Tim offered an update from Michael Reisman, the Deputy Executive Director, Development and Operations concerning some upcoming events in the ongoing Project SOAR construction.  Pilots who will be flying in to or out of KAVL this week during the hours of 1730 to mid-night can expect up to 15-minute delays.  Also, back taxiing the length of the runway will be limited, so intersection departures would be appreciated, if able.  

Michael Doornbos a member of the local EAA chapter announce that they will be hosting a Ford Tri-Motor vintage aircraft here at KAVL 5 thru 8 October.  Flights in the Tri-Motor are considerably cheaper than a flight in the vintage B-17H that the EAA hosted here last year.  Flights are $70.00 for adults and $50.00 for children (compared to $475.00 for a 30-minute flight in the B-17H).  Michael also indicated that the EAA could use some volunteer help during the event.  Anyone interested in volunteering please see Michael.

Arnie Andresen, who is a member of the local chapter of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) detailed a fundraising effort specifically a Military Appreciation Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday 23 September at the Broadmoor Golf Club.  The cost is $80 per golfer and will include range balls and a B-B-Q lunch.  Twenty dollars of the entry fee will go to support the local CAP chapter.  Arnie asked any interested golfers to come to the Broadmoor Golf Club and help support the local CAP chapter.  Mark Meadows the Congressman from western North Carolina will be there. 

Marvin Braswell offered that the film “American Made” starring Tom Cruz will have a premiere showing at the Camelot Cinema, an independent theater located a short drive from the Greenville-Downtown Airport’s East Ramp, they are considering an airport shuttle from the airport to the theater.  Also, hotel accommodations are available for those who may need or want a room.  “American Made” is a fun movie about airplanes and aviation.  The premiere is Saturday 25 September and tickets are $8.00. 

Tim offered the that Signature Flight Support is back up pumping 100LL after being down for about a week.

Also, Tim announced that due to the airport construction project, the shortage of pilots and the fact that the Association’s coffers are in good stead, he announced that regrettably the Association will postpone our annual Scenic/Leaf Flight fundraiser normally conducted in October and reschedule the event in the Spring, hopefully in conjunction with the airport’s 5K run that is expected to start up again after a couple of year layoff.

Our annual Christmas Dinner will be on Tuesday, 5 December at the Broadmoor Golf Club.  The featured speaker will be Bernadette Darnell, who is the Mission Coordinator for Angel Flight.

Tim announced the proposed ballot for the Board of Directors election to be held at the October General meeting and will also constitute the Association’s Annual meeting.

The ballot is:

Dave Bolser President

Jeff Moore Vice President

Laura Moore Membership

Michael Doornbos Director at Large

Michael Wheeler Director at Large 

Bill Whitehead Director at Large

Tim also thanked the Board members who will be rotating off the Board, Mark Lancaster, Susan VanFleet and Cindy Carter.  Thank you for you service to the Association!

One final announcement, a U.S. Navy P3 Orion submarine hunter aircraft will visit Hickory (KHKY) on Wednesday 20 September between 11:00 and 11:30 for a static display.

Corbin Clouser from Asheville ATC was available if anyone had any ATC related questions or issues.  He discussed delays for Wake Turbulence.  Basically, if the aircraft taking off in front of you and it’s not a “heavy” the pilot in command can waive the takeoff delay, ATC cannot solicit the pilot that they can waive the delay. 

II. New Business:  None

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 PM

Feature Program:  The program for the evening was a Wings eligible presentation titled “Aviation Law and the FAR’s, How the NTSB and FAA Interpret Them” or “Five Dirty Little Secrets About the FAR’s You May Not Know About.”  The program was presented by WNCPA member Skip Capone.  He presented five different actual cases brought before the courts regarding incidents involving pilot actions.  It was also an audience participation presentation that was very well presented by Skip and very informative and entertaining as well. 


Submitted by: Tim Fox, Secretary