This weekend the Mountain Air Pilots Association (MAPA) had their annual Airway-Fairway golf outing. Twenty groups representing eighty players from North and South Carolina and
Tennessee attended. The weather was perfect with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70’s. We had representation from ATC in Asheville, Greenville-Spartanburg, and Tennessee in
attendance, along with friends and guests of same.

Our registration desk, led by Rose Ray and Myrna Stevens arrived at 10AM to find GSP people waiting to get registered so they could go to the driving range and do some putting. By the
time our volunteers had set up for mulligans, the Jet Blue raffle, and the long drive contest we had a crowd waiting. All of the cart girls were busy loading clubs onto the carts, and directing traffic for parking.

Lunch was served in the Clubhouse at 11AM, followed by final preparations and announcements at noon. After thanking the controllers for all of the help they provide to
Mountain Air pilots coming to and from the mountain safely, and outlining what the Mountain Air Community Fund does, in conjunction with MAPA to give back to the needy of Yancey
County, play began with the twenty groups in a shotgun format.

A few people got lost navigating the mountain course, but when they did, there was a resident, or a cart person to provide directions. The course was in terrific shape, and the greens and pin placements were tough, but several groups figured it out. Even though each group was required to have two tee shots from each person there were a few groups who did very well. By the time scores were tabulated and closest to pin cards were brought to the clubhouse, it was about 5:15, and time was approaching for the long drive contest.

But before that could happen, the winners were awarded. Here’s how the prizes broke down:

1st Gross – Richard Phillips, Bill Bales, Pat Cubreth, Jay Harlen – Score of 59
2nd Gross – Charlie Helliboe, Judi Helliboe, Tom Loney, Harriett Loney – Score of 61
1st Net – Josh Banks, Ken Castelloe, Wes Castelloe, Bruce Murrey – Score of 45
2nd Net – Ernie Euler, Tina Euler, George Krumenacker, Mike Renfro – Score of 47

1st Gross – James Gross, Richard Gross, Michael Ogden, Jonathan Giles – Score of 59
2nd Gross – Mike Silvius, Cher Silvius, Dennis Carter, Karen Carter – Score of 61
1st Net – Tom Newberry, Drew Drew, Danny Newell, Brian Powell – Score of 43
2nd Net – Jim Smith, Mary Anne Smith, Richard Milam, Katharine Milam – Score of 43

#2 – Jeff Christianson #5 – Tim Corliss
#10 – Pete Johnson #12 – Jim Smith #14 – Wes Conner

Josh Banks took home the Jet Blue raffle tickets, and was he a happy camper!!

Jake Mittelman won the long drive contest.

As everyone was packing up and readying to leave for home, one group came and said, “Is there any way that we could stay overnight next year?” That is a sign of people who had fun. We have to do it again next year!!

Airway Fairway Invitation

Dear All,
A committee of our peers hit the tie down area this morning and looked at all the wonderful airplanes on the tarmac. Phillip Patton’s gyro plane took the honors. There was a very close second and we want that person to bring his plane back next year. It is a beauty.
A special thanks to the volunteers who took time out of their schedule of having fun on the mountain to select this years award winner.

Congratulations Phillip!
-Ken Durkee


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MAPOA is pleased to announce that we are again hosting Porsche Cars and Coffee on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 – 12:30. This event is being sponsored by Harmony Motors Asheville Porsche. The Cars and Coffee event last year drew 55 participants and was a first class event. This year’s gathering will be no different. It is difficult to predict an exact number but we anticipate a larger turnout this year.

This is a display oriented show and ALL MOUNTAIN AIR OWNERS are invited to come and mix and mingle. Coffee and pastries/bagels are being provided compliments of Porsche.

Mountain Air owners with other makes – Ferrari, Audi, Corvette, BMW, etc. – are welcome to participate as well. Bring your car down and join the lineup!

Hours again will be Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 – 12:30.

The airstrip will be closed for flight operations from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Pilots will have an early window to get out if needed and the full afternoon available.

We are excited that for the first time ever, Mountain Air will have a booth at Sun N Fun!  Stop by and see us April 2-7, 2019 in Lakeland, FL.  We’ll be sharing a booth with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, booth #s A-028-29.  MAPA pilots will be manning the booth and ready to talk about airplanes and Mountain Air!

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The 21st Annual Mountain Air Pilots Association Airway-Fairway Golf Tournament was supposed to be held on September 15, 2018. Unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate and it was rained out. Despite the lack of play, the fundraising for our local charities was a huge success!  Thank you to all our generous donors.  Signage was displayed around the Pro Shop to honor and recognize our donors.

The Airway-Fairway Golf Tournament is the largest fund-raiser each year to support the charitable work of MAPA.

Everyone is looking forward to the 22ns Annual Airway-Fairway to be held on September 21st, 2019.  Make sure you put it on your calendar and plan to attend.  They say lightning doesn’t strike twice!!