Thursday, May 24, 2018
Text Size

October 2017 General Mtg. Minutes

Western North Carolina Pilots Association

General Membership Meeting

Lacy Griffin Building

Asheville Regional Airport

17 October 2017


I.  Call to Order by President Tim Anderson at 6:50 PM.  This meeting of the general membership is considered the Association’s Annual Meeting in accordance with the Associations By-Laws.


Tim began the meeting by recognizing several guests and visitors.  Mr. Mike Walton offered some of his experiences flying and asked if anyone, who might be flying to Massachusetts in the near future, would be interested in sharing expenses for the trip.  Mr. Walton lost his wife earlier in October and one of her last requests was to bring her ashes to Massachusetts.  Also present as a guest was Gary Scacat, while not a pilot, he recently retired from the FAA after 29 plus years as an ATC specialist.  In fact, he had worked at the Asheville Control Tower in the late 90’s.  Gary has taken a part time position with the Transylvania Community Airport FBO.  Tim also recognized several of his current and former AB Tech students who were in attendance.  Tim also acknowledged Chuck Buckland of Signature Flight Support.  Wiley Loughran took this opportunity to publicly thank Chuck and Signature Flight Support for their support of Wiley’s Wings of Appreciation flights for wounded veterans back in late September.  Tim also noted that Chuck and Signature Flight Support would provide the food and drink for the November general membership meeting.  

Secretary: (Tim Fox) The minutes of the September general membership meeting were approved as submitted.  

Treasurer: (Elizabeth Henry) Elizabeth announced that the Association has $14,285.25 in the bank.  

Membership: (Jeff Moore) Jeff announced that he continues to work on the membership roster. If anyone feels they are not getting emails from the Association, please email Jeff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  If you need a name tag you can see Jeff after the meeting or email him.   

Aviation Medicine: (Dr. Ruffin Benton) Ruffin offered, by way of an update, information on the FAA’s “Basic Med”.  He reminded everyone that a person going for their initial private pilot certificate must have been issued, at least, Class III medical certificate.  After the initial Class III the pilot can use the “Basic Med” medical update process.  Ruffin also reminded everyone that there are three categories of disqualifying conditions, cardiac issues (heart attack, heart disease that requires treatment, heart valve replacement and a heart transplant), neurological conditions (loss of conscienceness etc.) and certain personality disorders (psychosis, bi-polar disorder, etc.).  Please see Ruffin if you have any questions or need additional clarification on Basic Med.

Programs: (Tim Anderson) 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 on Tuesday 5 December at the Broadmoor Golf Course.  The featured speaker will be Bernadette Darnell, who is the Mission Coordinator for Angel Flight.

Fly-Outs:  The October fly-out (21 Oct) is to Hickory Regional Airport KHKY, with lunch at the on-airport restaurant “Crosswinds Café.”  

Announcements:  Craig Kirkpatrick offered an engine oil heater for sale.  Craig recently had the engine of his Mooney overhauled and had an engine heater installed as part of the overhaul and he no longer needs the portable heater.  Anyone interested in the heater please see him after the meeting.  

Bob Herlin has a 2005 Cessna 182 Turbo with an all glass panel and the aircraft is based at KAVL.  Bob is looking for an ownership partner.  

John Hart stated that the Transylvania Community Airport will hold a customer appreciation day Saturday, 21 October. They will serve food from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  You are welcome to fly in to the airport, however, if you haven’t registered your aircraft with the airport and reviewed the unique and sensitive noise abatement procedures please go to and register and watch the video.  You can also find more information regarding the Customer Appreciation day event on the web site. 

AOPA Air Safety Institute will present a program titled “Night Flight” at the AG Center on Tuesday 31 October at 7:00pm.  The sponsors for the event are the WNCPA, Signature Flight Support and AB Tech.  It is an FAA Wings eligible program.

Jim Tyson announced that he is a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and teaches on the campus of UNC-Asheville.  In January 2018, Jim will be teaching a course titled “The History of Aircraft Carriers”.  If you’re not a member of OLLI you can join for a nominal fee and register to take the course.  Tim offered that he would put the information on the Association’s web site.


Tim announced the ballot for the Board of Directors election.

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

Board Members not standing for election but who will continue to serve in their current capacity are:

Tim Fox Secretary

Elizabeth Henry Treasurer

Also noted is that Tim Anderson will remain on the Board of Directors as an “ex officio” member.

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!

Tim called for a motion to vote on the slate of officers.

The motion was proposed by Skip Capone.

The motion was seconded by Jim Tyson

The vote of the assembled members was unanimous in favor of the ballot.

II. New Business:  None

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 PM

Feature Program:  Mr. Ray Davies an FAAST Team Representative for Western North Carolina (along with John Gaitskill) introduced John Pruden, the owner of PF Flyers, an Avionics Shop based at Donaldson Field (KGYH). The program for the evening was a presentation titled “The FAA NextGen Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) System Mandate”.  John Pruden gave a very informative and well-presented program concerning the ADS-B equipment and capabilities requirements and the rapidly approaching deadline of 1 January 2020 when every aircraft will have to have an ADS-B Out receiver installed in their aircraft to fly in controlled airspace. 


Submitted by: Tim Fox, Secretary