Spring 2021 FlyOut
April 29 - May 2, 2021
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains lies the picturesque town of Asheville. Started as a resort town in the 1800s, Asheville has grown into a popular tourist city for its rich history and many outdoor activities.
The key attraction is the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America. It features trails for hiking, running or walking, as well as horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking and even rock climbing in the mountains. If you love history or the outdoors, this will be the flyout for you.
WINGS Safety Seminar
USPA safety seminars are open to everyone, and we encourage local pilots to attend whether they are USPA members or not. Safety seminars normally involve a guest speaker on a safety-related topic of interest and are eligible for WINGS credits.
George Washington Vanderbilt purchased 125,000 acres of farmland and turned it into a grandiose estate. Frederick Law Olmsted and Richard Morris Hunt set out in 1890 to transform over 900 drawings and the acreages of over-used farmland into a perfectly designed house and gardens with a custom forest.
After 6 years of construction, the 175,000 square foot French Chateau themed mansion opened with more than 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. While not all spaces are open to the public, many of the rooms have been renovated to preserve the estate’s historic splendor and open for viewing on the tour.
During the tour of the house, you will wrap through the house to view displays of art, furniture and more that illustrate the lives of the Vanderbilt family, their guests, and employees during the Gilded Age. The winter garden, main dining room, breakfast room, library, bedrooms, and even the indoor swimming pool are just a few of the rooms you will see. An audio guide will tell you about each room you stop in.
Biltmore Antler Hill Village and Winery
Antler Hill highlights George Vanderbilt's farming legacy with opportunities for learning, relaxation, and entertainment. The Antler Hill Farm will give you a glimpse into farm life and farm animals that were an integral part of life on the estate. Watch time-honored traditions that are kept alive by blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other craftspeople.
If outdoors is your thing, take out at your own pace and explore the nearly 22 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy a walk along the French Broad River, through lush green forests, or in the open meadows of the estate.
Enjoy a tour and complementary tasting at the Biltmore Winery.
North Carolina Arboretum
Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina System by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at the Biltmore Estate.
Enjoy a 1.5 hour tour with a Garden Guide that will lead the group through three acres of exhibit gardens and may include descriptions of garden design, seasonal plants, the Arboretum’s history, art and general gardening information. Gardens on the tour include the Heritage Garden, signature Quilt Garden, Stream Garden, Bonsai Exhibition Garden (general information only) and the Plants of Promise Garden.
Zipline through the Smoky Mountains
Is adventure more you thing? Back in the 1970's, wildlife biologists working in Central America started stringing cables from tree to tree to more easily move about the tropical rainforest canopy. That system allowed scientists to study the local ecosystems without destroying the flora and fauna on the rainforest floor. Today ziplines are used as a fun way to explore nature and look at an area from a different viewpoint.
Asheville has a number of different ziplines and canopy adventures to explore the Smoky Mountains and rolling hills.
Ziplining through the Smoky Mountains is an optional tour that replaces the North Carolina Arboretum. The optional activity will be offered based on interest and a minimum number of participants.
|Thursday, April 29|
|7pm - 9pm||Safety Seminar|
|Friday, April 30|
|9am||Biltmore House Tour|
|1:30pm||Explore Antler Hill Village|
|Saturday, May 1|
|9am||Member Meeting and Board Meeting|
|2pm||Afternoon Activities: NC Arboretum or Zipline|
|6:30pm||Group Dinner and Speaker|
|Sunday, May 2|
|Depart at your leisure or stay and enjoy Asheville.|
Airport and FBO
KAVL - FBO: Signature Flight Support
Please coordinate through the FBO for delivery and return.
Holiday Inn and Suites Asheville Airport
9 Brian Boulevard
Arden, NC 28704
P: (828) 684-6000
Reservations can be made online using the link below or by calling the hotel reservations department at 828-684-6000.
Make sure you tell them you are with United States Pilots Association and use Group Code USP.
Double Queen - $105/night plus tax
Single King - $115/night plus tax
Rates apply several days before and after our flyout dates, include breakfast (up to 2 people per room), and free parking.
No penalty cancellation if made more than 24 hours prior to check-in.
Biltmore Estate $115/person - Includes house tour, audio guide, lunch, grounds access, Antler Hill Village, and wine tasting.
North Carolina Arboretum $5/person - General Admission and Guided Tour.
Smoky Mountain Zipline - $75-100/person. Dependent on interest and minimum number of participants.
Meals - Any meal other than Lunch at the Biltmore is not included and will be the responsibility of the participant.
We understand with small airplanes and the weather that plans may need to be flexible or change. With COVID-19 and personal situations you may also need to change your travel plans. You may cancel your registration for a full refund or credit towards another FlyOut if canceled before April 9, 2021. After April 9, 2021, the Biltmore and Zipline activities are non-refundable.
COVID-19 has had different impact depending on where you are in the world. With current social distancing guidelines and local ordinances, participants may be required to wear a mask or face covering for indoor venues and any group activities where social distancing is not possible. Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing whenever possible. More information will be provided to registrants closer to the date of the FlyOut based on information we receive from local authorities and event venues.
USPA Member General Registration: $20/person
USPA Non-Member General Registration: $40/person
*Please note that members will need to login for the member discount to apply.
Registration fees for USPA events include snacks, soft drinks and a hospitality room in the designated hotel where members can freely congregate. Participants at USPA events must make their own hotel and rental car reservations except where otherwise indicated. USPA events are organized by USPA volunteers, providing discounted group rates for hotels and events, but spaces can be limited, so register and make reservations early to ensure you enjoy the discounted rates.