Saturday, August 23, 2014
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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

August 19 - Public Benefit Flying with Darwin Jones
Sept. 16 - Darwin Jones, Stabilized Approaches (WINGS)

WNCPA Fly-out Schedule

September 20 - Spruce Pine, NC (7A8) (tentative)
October 18 - Shelby, NC (KEHO)
"Pilot-in-Command" Reminder and Fly-out Weather Policy

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!


Triple Tree Fly-in, Sept. 3-7

It's that time of the year again. "What time would that be?" you ask. It's Triple Tree Time! The dates of the annual fly-in are fast approaching, September 3 - 7. If you are thinking you might be interested, click (here) to view their promo flyer. The flyer has links to the Triple Tree Aerodrome website for all the info you'll need. Check it out, this fly-in is one event that should be on every aviator's bucket list!


Congratulations Phil Creasman!

Kudos to Phil for successfully passing his Private Pilot check ride yesterday afternoon! We are especially proud of Phil since he was one of our 2014 WNCPA Education Foundation grant recipients. Click (here) to see Phil following his check ride.


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.


WNCPA Represented at Robert Morgan Ceremony

Nancy and Jerry Marstall represented WNCPA at the Colonel Robert Knight Morgan (B-17 Memphis Belle Pilot) Memorial Unveiling on August 14, downtown Asheville. Click (here) for a photo of Nancy and Jerry with Col. Morgan's youngest daughter, Peggy Morgan Parton. Did you know that Col. Morgan was a WNCPA member?


WNCPA Represented at AVL Runway Groundbreaking

WNCPA's Nancy and Jerry Marstall and Tim Anderson represented the association at the groundbreaking ceremony of Project Soar, the construction of the new runway at the Asheville Airport. The August 8 event was well attended by local dignitaries despite heavy rain. Click (here) for some event photos.


CFI Patrick Reynolds!

We were very excited to hear that Patrick Reynolds, a 2013 Education Foundation grant recipient, completed all requirements this July for his certified flight instructor certificate! Click (here) to hear more from Patrick. Congratulations Patrick!


Asheville Weather

Asheville, NC, US

Mostly Cloudy
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pressure: 30.08 in steady
Sunrise: 6:54 am
Sunset: 8:08 pm
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