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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

October 21 - Chief Kevan Smith (AVL DPS) & David Nantz (AVL Operations)

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

October 18 - Shelby, NC (KEHO)
"Pilot-in-Command" Reminder and Fly-out Weather Policy

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WNCPA Offering Scenic Flights, October 25-26!

Once again the pilots of the Western North Carolina Pilots Association will be giving scenic flights Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26 from 10 am to 6 pm. Flights will cost $40 for adults and $20 for children under twelve. To participate, just come out to the airport and follow the neon yellow "Plane Rides" signs or for a $5 discount, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up in advance. Click (here) to view an event poster or for more information, click (here).


Upcoming Events

So many really exciting events are going on in the next couple months. Hopefully we'll see you this fall at some of these events!

Fri. and Sat., Sept. 26 and 27 - Southeast Aviation Expo in Greenville, SC (KGMU). Programs begin at 1 pm Fri. and continue thru 5 pm Sun. For and event flyer, click (here)

Wed., October 15 - "Real World Weather" safety seminar sponsored by AOPA. Greenville Marriott, One Parkway East, Greenville, SC, 7 pm to 9 pm. WINGS credit available. For details and/or to register, click (here).

Sat., Oct. 18 - WNCPA fly-out to Shelby Regional Airport Annual Open House and Fly-in in Shelby, NC (KEHO). Plan to arrive at KEHO for lunch at noon.

Click (here) for more events.


Mark Your Calendars, AOPA's Southern Region Fly-in, November 8

A little advance notice here, AOPA's Southern Region Fly-in will be held in St. Simons, GA (KSSI) on November 8. And yes, Mark Baker will be there. Follow the link below for more details. It'd be really great for WNCPA to be there......


FAA Recognizes WNCPA Pilots

On Tuesday, August 19, we were honored to have Mark Kramer, Manager of the FAA Charlotte Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), visit us again to make two special presentations. One was to our very own Cindy Carter, who was named the FAA 2013 FAASTeam Representative of the Year. Click (here) to see Cindy! In addition, Mark Kramer presented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to WNCPA member Ken Hawkins. This award was presented to Ken for practicing and promoting safe aircraft flight operations for more than 50 consecutive years! Click (here) to meet Ken. Congratulations both!


WNCPA Flies to Charlotte-Douglas!

On Saturday, August 16, for our August fly-out, five WNCPA planes and 12 folks flew to the Charlotte-Douglas airport to visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Upon landing we were transported to lunch at Mr. G's and then to the museum by the great folks at Wilson Air. The weather, however, threw us a bit of a monkey wrench with a stubborn overcast layer at 900 feet over KCLT and diverted several of our planes to KGMU. But judging by their smiling faces in the photo, it wasn't all that bad. Click (here) for all the photos. New photos added as of 8/24.


Asheville Weather

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