PresidentNed has been a member of the club for four years. He is a retired engineer still working part time in dairy processing plants. He has worked in many industries including nuclear, pharmaceutical, security, textiles, and various manufacturing plants. He is an aircraft owner with a commercial and instrument rating and instrument rating and more than 1500 hours.
The aircraft is a Piper Turbo Dakota, the rarest in the PA28 series. He got his pilot license in 1968 at Waukegan IL (KUGN) while working at the airport. He returned to flying in 2009 after a 35 year hiatus. He is now an active Angel Flight pilot and flies about 200 hrs. a year.
TreasurerChris obtained his PPL in 2012 on a day in which an uncoordinated driver decided to pull out in front him causing a head on collision just hours before the FAA checkride. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries but previously planned prep time was all but eliminated making for above average stressful day. In the end, everything worked out fulfilling a dream firmly set in stone since childhood. After graduating from Purdue with a BSME, Chris has been employed at Honda for his entire career starting on the Auto side as project leader for the Acura TL and Accord lines, then moving over to Honda Aero where Honda's gas turbine engines are made as Quality Manager, then finally at his current job as Supplier Development Lead at Honda Aircraft.
Hobbies include an lifelong obsession with anything two wheels (motorcycling or biking) or aviation related. Major racing fanatic of Formula One, MotoGP and IndyCar (had attended 30 consecutive Indy 500s). Golfing, Hiking. Recently enjoyed new adventures finding flying destinations for lunch with the wife and two kids.
SecretaryLeRoy Walker, Jr. attended Durham public schools, graduated from Hillside High School and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) before joining IBM as a Systems Engineer in New York City. He worked for IBM in the NYC Greater Metropolitan Area supporting insurance industry accounts for 9 years before transferring to the Washington DC area. During the 19 years in the DC area, he spent 7 years in 1st line management, and 12 years in project management and application design.
After graduating from NCCU, LeRoy married Judith Faye Burton of Durham, NC. They have two children, Shawn and Melodie, and three grandchildren, Desmond, Maddison and Makayla.
An avid aviator, LeRoy received his pilot’s license in 1981. After flying regularly for 13 years, he was out of aviation for 15 years, resuming his joy of being in the cockpit in 2009. He has accumulated a little over 800 hours of flight time and is certified in 8 different aircraft. He joined the Heart of Carolina Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in 2007 and currently serves as its president. He has flown missions for Pilots & Paws, an animal rescue association, and Angel Flight. He is also a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots’ Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
LeRoy has been a member of Piedmont Aero Club for 2 years and currently serves as its secretary.
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WebmasterRamone Hemphill is a Systems Engineer who started his career in commercial aircraft avionics at Rockwell Collins. Since then, he has taken on various projects at Honda Aircraft Company (Simulation/Integration), Bendix King (Flight Test) and Moog Aircraft (DARPA), eventually returning to what is now Collins Aerospace to develop ADS-B compliant Mode-S Transponders.
Ramone has been designing websites as a hobby since 2005 from small businesses and engineering communities, to social clubs and greek organizations. A native of Charlotte, Ramone is a Certified SAFe Scrum Master and holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.
Ramone is an instrument rated private pilot with a complex endorsement; sharing flight compilations annually, advocating for a stronger African American presence within STEM and aviation. He is a lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., a former Grand Lecturer within Prince Hall Freemasonry and a former Squadron Commander in the Arnold Air Society.