Andrew G. Morgan Jr. | CEO
Andrew (Gil) has over 30 years of experience in the airline industry serving as President & Chief Operating Officer of World Airways, Chief Operations Officer of Eos Airlines, and other various leadership positions at AirTran, ValuJet, Delta and Southern Airways. He was a co-founder of the consulting firm Aviation Science & Commerce from 2002-2004. Gil has served in many volunteer leadership positions at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Rotary Club, The United Way and the Woodward Academy Alumni Association. Gil graduated with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with Highest Honors; and earned an MBA from Georgia State University. He is a co-founder of Propeller Investments.
Charles Dixon | Chief Scientist
Chuck has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace field with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company as a Senior Research Scientist and later as the founder and president of his own aerospace consulting company. Chuck has extensive experience in virtually all areas of Flight Sciences and is a nationally recognized expert in the field of vortex flow phenomenon. He is the originator of the Company's proprietary aerodynamic prediction software, which has the unique capability of predicting vortex flow and post-stall aerodynamic characteristics for aircraft. He is the patent holder of two innovative devices for vortex flow applications: one delays wing stall (VC Eaglets), and the second reduces drag on upward swept fuselage aircraft (VC Finlets). He has also conducted investigations on a variety of R&D projects, including extensive work on both passive and powered high lift concepts. These investigations included both analytical and experimental programs. Chuck's education includes a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), has authored 7 AIAA technical papers and is author/co-author of multiple US patents. He was the recipient of the Ben T. Epps award in 2007 for the best aerospace invention in Georgia granted by the Aerospace Innovation Center of Georgia.
Derek Roberts | Chief Financial Officer
Derek has over 10 years of airline industry experience with ever increasing responsibilities within Treasury/Corporate Finance. Prior to coming to Propeller Investments he was VP and Treasurer of Eos Airlines. He was one of the original crewmembers of JetBlue Airways having worked there from 1999 through 2006. He has significant transaction experience, having completed over $1.5 billion of aircraft and property financing within both the public and private markets. Derek was a founding board member and VP and Treasurer of the JetBlue Crewmember Crisis Fund, a 501(c)(3) corporation set up to assist JetBlue crewmembers in times of hardship. Derek holds a BS in Finance from Florida State University and has also served in the United States Navy.
John R. Hooker | Chief Engineer
John R. Hooker (Rick) is Chief Engineer of VCT. He was previously a Senior Engineer at Lockheed Martin (LM) and led the Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) organization in Marietta, Georgia. Rick also led Lockheed Martin's entry into NASA's X-plane demonstrator, a Hybrid Wing Body configuration and was the driving force in the development of Microvanes, an innovative drag reduction technology. He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University. After graduation he worked at NASA Langley, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including two prestigious LM Aero Star Awards (awarded for outstanding technical contributions); two time winner of the LM Engineer of the Month Award; 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Applied Aerodynamics Best Paper Winner (co-author); member of the team that received NASA's 2015 ARMD Associate Administrator Honorable Mention Award for Technology; Chief Engineer of the 2013 Aviation Week Laurette Awarded Speed Agile Concept Demonstrator (SACD) program; and his work has also been featured on two covers of Aviation Week.