We welcome you to our Piedmont Aero Club Website. The P.A.C. was officially formed in 2012, after what was an employee only Flying Club since 2009, and we saw the need to offer up the gift and excitement of aviation to the entire Community. We offer an opportunity for aviation enthusiasts in the Triad to meet and share aviation.

Whether you are a pilot, flight instructor or someone who just has a passion for aviation, this is the right Club for you. We have engaged in many activities over the past four years, and have many members who own aircraft and often have empty seats for our many fly-ins, offering many of our non-pilot, or inspiring pilots, to engage in flying activities.

We encourage you to visit our site, as we are constantly updating its features. Look for activities that interest you, and become a member.

Piedmont Aero Club
PO Box 18134
Greensboro, NC 27419

President

Wes is an original member of the Club, having been a member since 2010. Wes is a Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine rated pilot with over 1,500 hours in gliders and powered aircraft since 1978. Wes is also an A&P mechanic, and an Avionics/Electrical Engineer. Wes currently owns 2 airplanes (a Lancair 360 & a Beech Skipper) and is a partner in a third (An experimental RV-3.)

In 2014 Wes flew his homebuilt Zodiac 601 XLB to show at Triple Tree Fly in and Sun N Fun. This airplane was one of the first to have a full vinyl "wrap" instead of paint, and it also sported a "glass cockpit." More recently, Wes flew his Lancair 360 to AirVenture 2016 (Oshkosh) and participated in the 2016 AirVenture Cup Race placing 3rd with an average speed of 238mph. Not bad for a carbureted engine, and a fixed pitch propeller. Wes has a keen interest in all things aviation, and can be found most evenings, after work, at his hanger, always working waaay too many projects at once.

You are always welcome to drop by and join in with the "hanger flying!"

Oh Yes….Other hobbies include Motorcycles, and Hot Rods!

Vice

Greensboro native John Longphre is an 800 hour total time multi-engine instrument rated private pilot. He grew up around airplanes and is a third generation Mooney owner (behind his father and grandfather).

He enjoys telling people at fly-ins how many Nazis he shot down during the War in his 1969 Mooney E-model with various mods including the Lycoming IO-390 210HP upgrade.

Treasurer

Chris 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.

Secretary

LeRoy 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.

Activities

Living in Greensboro (near W88) for eight years, Al Lawless and his wife Laura are raising three little ones who keep them hopping until they all pass out each night. The kids love flying the way mom used to (karma). He also serves as the local PTA Treasurer and HOA President, so would very much like others to assist running PAC activities!

Al has a commercial/multi/instrument ticket, 1000+ PIC hours and stick time in over 40 types including the HondaJet and a few fast burners. Along with fellow member Bob Taylor, he owns half of a Cherokee 180 kept at Air Harbor and would like to get more use out of his much-loved ratings for gliders and motor gliders (a European thing). Wants more sea plane time too!

A career flight tester, Al is a USAF veteran of various F-111, F-16, and research programs. As a flight test engineer, he chased tests from T-38s and F-4s – one of which still bears his name in Boron, CA. He worked around the globe instructing for the National Test Pilot School, FTE-ing for Cessna, Grob in Germany, and now Honda. He’s been the Technical Council Chairman for the Society of Flight Test Engineers since 2004, written numerous text books and SFTE’s ubiquitous Reference Handbook. Professional recognition includes NTPS’s Instructor of the Year and SFTE’s 2015 Kelly Johnson awards.

Operations

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Marketing

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Webmaster

Ramone Hemphill is an Avionic Systems Engineer and has been with Bendix King (a Honeywell company) since June 2014 after a three year stint at Honda Aircraft Company. He manages test environments across multiple programs and performs in-flight evaluations as Flight Test Engineer for Part 23 STC compliance. Prior to Honda, he took on quite a few roles at Rockwell Collins in Iowa, including Bombardier's C-Series program and a host of other systems integration projects.

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 holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

Ramone is an instrument rated private pilot. He is a lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the National Society of Black Engineers, Prince Hall Freemasonry and a former Squadron Commander of the Arnold Air Socety.

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