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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

May 20 - MAMA Chief Pilot Dutch Fridd
June 17 - Cross Country Flight with John Gaitskill (WINGS)
July 15 - Annual Cookout, no feature program
August 19 - Darwin Jones on Stabilized Approaches (WINGS)
September 16 - Public Benefit Flying with Darwin Jones

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

May 16-17 - Pensacola, FL (KPNS)

WNCPA Fly-out Weather Policy

2013 WNCPAEF Grant Recipient, Mark Stepp, Earns Private Pilots Certificate!

On Thursday, April 17, Mark Stepp passed his FAA check ride to earn his private pilot certificate. Mark was a recipient of an aviation grant from the WNCPAEF in 2013. John Fadok, of Aerolina in Hendersonville, has been his flight instructor. Mark lives in Hendersonville with his wife and new baby daughter. Congratulations Mark! Click (here) to meet Mark.....


Women's Fly-in at Hickory Airport, April 26

Our own Susan Van Fleet invites all of us back to the Hickory Airport for an event she is co-sponsoring with the airport. The Hickory Airport and Van Fleet Aviation will host the Women’s Fly-in for the April Sabre Society Program on Saturday, April 26. Retired Air Force General Larry Huggins will speak at the Sabre Society at 1:00 pm at the Hickory Airport Terminal Building. The public is welcome. If you top off at the FBO or self-serve, you get one free lunch at the Crosswinds! Click (here) for more information about the event and the participants.


Announcing the 2014 WNC Air Museum Air Fair, June 7 and 8

Our friends at the Western North Carolina Air Museum have announced the dates for their annual air fair in June. This year is the silver anniversary of the air fair. That's right, they've been having hosting their air fair now for 25 years! Mark your calendars, the dates for the 2014 air fair are June 7-8. As always, the museum is looking for volunteers to help in various capacities, pilots, ground crew, food prep., and ticket sales. Contact Jerry Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help. Click (here) to view and print out the new air fair poster.


WNC Aviation has the New Atlanta Sectionals

WNC Aviation's David Shields has the new Atlanta sectionals. These expire August 21. He also has current Charlotte and Cincinnati sectionals too. David tries to stock the sectionals most used by our members. Cost per sectional is $9.85. So if you like paper and you need current sectionals, contact David at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Fly-out to Pensacola, FL, May 16 and 17--Reserve Your Hotel Room Now!

This May we're flying to Florida in search of warm weather! Our destination is the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola. Note this will be an overnight excursion and is planned for Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17.

Reserve your room now! We have a block of discounted rooms held for us at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Pensacola airport. The reservation deadline is April 25. Rooms will be offered to us at our discounted rate after April 25 but availability cannot be guaranteed. So if you are even thinking about going, reserve your room now. If you find you cannot go, you can cancel up to the day of arrival.

Click (here) for hotel contact details and more trip information.


Asheville Weather

Asheville, NC, US

39°F, Windchill: 39°F
Wind: 3 mph SE
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 0 mi
pressure: 30.09 in rising
Sunrise: 6:44 am
Sunset: 8:08 pm
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AM Thundershowers
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