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Western North Carolina Pilots Association

The purpose of the WNCPA is to support General Aviation by promoting aviation safety, supporting 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 of interest.

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).

For more information about us, our activities, meeting location and directions, 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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Cool Plane Garry, Joyce, Don, and John at the Air Force Museum in Dayton.
BBQ Our WNCPA folks out for BBQ in Morganton.
Nice Ride Craig, and friends, Don and John, bringing Craig's Mooney home from Asheboro following autopilot work.
More BBQ Here we are again chowing-down on some BBQ, this time at the Flying Pig in Shelby.

WNCPA Places

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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 Flight Leaf flying in the Blue Ridge mountains is always a "must do" when visiting Western North Carolina.  Leaf Flight is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Pilots Association and is held every 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 straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this is America’s most visited national park.

WNCPA Program Schedule

December 2: Christmas Dinner, AOPA CEO Mark Baker, featured guest
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 17: Hickory, NC (KHKY) Crosswind Cafe
February 21: Winder, GA (KWDR) The Spitfire Restaurant
"Pilot-in-Command" Reminder and Fly-out Weather Policy

Kudos David Shields!

Congratulations to our very own FAA Designated Flight Examiner, David Shields, for adding additional feathers to his examiner cap. Specifically, David added the FIE (Flight Instructor Examiner) designation to his examiner authorization. So he's now able to give Airplane Single Engine and Instrument Airplane Flight Instructor practical tests. David's achievement is extra special to us because it occurred simultaneously to fellow WNCPA member, Patrick Reynolds successfully passing his CFI checkride on July 30. While David was evaluating Patrick's performance, an FAA inspector was evaluating David. Well done David!


Congratulations Cindy Carter!

Kudos to Cindy for earning her tail wheel endorsement on September 29! Click (here) to see Cindy with her trainer JJ Greenway in Frederick, MD.


2014 Scenic Flights Weekend Success

Many thanks to WNCPA pilots, ground crew, registration table workers, and organizers for all the hard work and dedication this past weekend and over the last several months. Together we planned for and carried out a huge, successful Scenic Flight weekend. Over two days, 12 pilots flew 91 flights and carried 190 passengers! We are also very grateful for the promotional support provided by the Asheville Regional Airport and Travel Guide.

We are also especially grateful for all of our passengers who came out to fly with us. Together, we enjoyed our beautiful mountain scenery, made memories, and perhaps even inspired future aviators. 

We will be creating an online album to capture and keep some of the memories we've made. If pilots, crew, or passengers have any pictures, video or testimonials to share, feel free to email them to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Again, many, many thanks!


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.”  


Like Us on Facebook!

That's right, we are now on Facebook! View photos and videos of our recent activities as well as promos for upcoming events. Click the Facebook badge to check it out!


Join Our WNCPilot Yahoo Group!

To all WNCPA members who have already signed up, thank you! If you are a WNCPA member and you haven't signed up, please consider doing it. The WNCPilot email group is a great way for members to communicate quickly and efficiently about WNCPA activities. Click (here) to learn more and for sign-up directions.


You Just Might Be An Aviator

Click (here) for a good read on some of the "right stuff" it takes to be an aviator by Jim Lauerman, Past Avemco President and Retired CFI. Submitted by Ruffin Benton.


Asheville Weather

Asheville, NC, US

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