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Western North Carolina Pilots Association

The WNCPA supports General Aviation by promoting aviation safety, providing aviation education, and furthering interest in flying. We hold monthly meetings, plan flying events, host social activities, and fund an aviation education scholarship program. 

Meetings. We meet the third Tuesday of each month at the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). Our meetings start with a light dinner at 6:15 pm. A general meeting begins at 7:00 pm followed by a feature program on various aviation topics.

Fly-outs. We also plan monthly luncheon fly-outs, typically the third Saturday of each month. All flights are weather-permitting, of course. For details about our next fly-out, click (here).

Educational Foundation. The Western North Carolina Pilots Association Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, charitable organization that provides scholarship grants to pilots in training. For more about the Foudation, how to contribute, or how to apply for a grant, click (here).

For more information about us, our activities, meeting location, and membership or renewal, click (here)

All flying enthusiasts are welcomed! You do not have to own a plane or be a pilot.

Contact: Nancy Marstall, President


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WNCPA Program Schedule

January 20: "Piloting the Harrier" by WNCPA Member, Jim Blackburn
February 17: WINGS Program: "Stabilized Approaches and Crosswind Landings" with Darwin Jones

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

January 24: Hickory, NC (KHKY) Crosswind Cafe (note date change)
February 21: Winder, GA (KWDR) The Spitfire Restaurant
"Pilot-in-Command" Reminder and Fly-out Weather Policy


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Made in the Shade Nancy and Jerry rating landings at the annual Triple Tree Fly-in.
Lunch Bunch A well-attended fly-out to the Runway Cafe at the Greenville Downtown Airport.
Cool Plane Garry, Joyce, Don, and John at the Air Force Museum in Dayton.
BBQ Our WNCPA folks out for BBQ in Morganton.
More BBQ Here we are again chowing on BBQ at the Flying Pig in Shelby.
Nice Ride Craig, and friends, Don and John, with Craig's Mooney in Asheboro.

WNCPA Places

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Cloud Color Never understood how so many folks hate cloudy days. A pilot's perspective, enough said!
Smoky Mountain Rain Remember the saying, "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute, it'll change"? Summer rain storms in the mountains are often hard and furious and just as often over in a flash!
Biltmore Park Arrival Turning inbound inside of Biltmore Park. What a severe clear day! Often in the wintertime, you can see for miles and miles. Looks chilly outside though!
VFR on Top Don't the clouds look so soft and puffy? Careful, there are rocks in those clouds!
Biltmore House Ask for a Biltmore departure and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Biltmore Estate. Biltmore in Asheville, NC, is a National Historic Landmark with America's largest home, gardens, winery, and world-class luxury inn.
Leaf Flying Leaf flying in the Blue Ridge mountains is always a "must-do" when visiting Western North Carolina. The pilots of the Western North Carolina Pilots Association offer scenic "leaf flights" to the public each year, usually in October.
Winter Flying Experience spectacular views while winter flying in Western North Carolina.
Smoky Mountain Sunset A pilot's sunset, ridge upon ridge of forest that straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited national park.

2014 WNCPA Christmas Dinner

On Tuesday, December 2, nearly 100 members and guests celebrated the season at our annual Christmas Dinner held once again at the Biltmore Park Hilton. We were very honored to have as our special guests, AOPA CEO Mark Baker and AOPA Pilot Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tom Haines. Many thanks to all involved in making the Dinner a great success. Special thanks, however, to Jan Jones, Nancy Marstall, Garry Hancock, and Cindy Carter for making this year's dinner extra special. What a great way to round out a great year. Click (here) to see the photos.


Dave Bolser Gives the Gift of Flight

Or to be more accurate, "free-fall!" Dave gave wife, Debbie, her first-ever skydive for her birthday this year. Dave and Debbie flew last Friday Dec. 12, with Tim Anderson to the Marion County Airport, in Jasper, Tenn., just west of Chattanooga, for the special event. Click (here) for several photos. What a great birthday gift!


Congratulations Lew!

Congratulations are in order for Lew Bleiweis, Executive Director of the Asheville Regional Airport (and fellow WNCPA member!). Lew was recently tapped to chair the Airports Coucil International - North America (ACI-NA) U.S. Policy Board. Lew will serve a two year term. Click (here) to view a press release about Lew's appointment.


Dave Bolser and Susan Van Fleet Join Board

We are pleased to welcome Dave and Susan to the WNCPA Board of Directors. Nominated at the September General Meeting and elected by the membership in October, Dave and Susan replace Ruffin Benton and John Mitchell whose terms expire at the end of 2014. Many thanks to Ruffin and John for their commitment and contributions to our association's success. Both Dave and Susan are super enthusiastic aviators each bringing their unique experiences to the Board. With Susan's float plane and Dave's sky-diving experience, we are filling in some of the lesser used logbook columns for sure! Welcome Dave and Susan!


Donate in 2014 to the Educational Foundation

It's hard to believe the clock has almost run out on 2014! As Ruffin requested at our Christmas Dinner, if you are considering any charitable giving this year, please remember the Educational Foundation. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductable as the organization is a 501(c)3 charitable entity. Most important, however, your donations help provide funding, support, and mentoring for future pilots. If you care to donate, please make your checks payable to the Western North Carolina Pilots Association Educational Foundation and mail them to:

Ruffin Benton 

For more information about the Foundation, click on the "Educational Foundation" pull-down menu above.

Landmark Offers Fuel Discount

From Chuck Buckland, General Manager of AVL Landmark Aviation…

“I want to pass on a promotional fuel program for Saturdays and Sundays only of October, November and December 2014 for all of our 100LL fuel buyers. Each weekend in October, November and December 2014, I will be offering my “weekend special.” Any GA 100LL fuel buyer will receive a discount of $0.75/gal off our retail price.”  


Asheville Weather

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