PresidentRobert Vinroot is originally from Charlotte but has lived in Waxhaw, NC (N52) for about 14 years until moving to Summerfield last July. He commuted back-n-forth for about 4 years and got involved with PAC at the time just to get to know some other aviation folks.
Robert's family moved to the area to be near children and grandchildren. He retired in 2003 from the airline industry where he flew as a line pilot, check airman and sim instructor. Robert is still working (when he wants to) as a flight instructor out of Air Harbor (W88).
ViceNed 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.
ActivitiesLiving 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.
MarketingWes 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!
WebmasterRamone 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.