Our Family

Meet the Staff

Erin Pierce

President

Erin pierce

Jessica Mina

CSR

Jessica mina

Audrey Foret

CSR

Audrey foret

Amos Vinyard

Lineman/Mechanic

Amos vinyard

Charles Pela

Lineman/Mechanic

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Erin Pierce
President

Photo of ErinErin Patrick Pierce of Pierce Aviation is primarily an Eclipse Jet pilot and instructor. He also holds a PIC type rating in the Hawker 1000 and is a CFII/MEI for all classes of airplane (Land and Sea). In addition, he is an honors graduate from Vanderbilt’s Commercial Banking program (whatever that means).

Fun facts about Erin:

  • He was unanimously voted the sexiest pilot in the Bahamian Islands Snow Skiing Club.
  • Queen Elizabeth II regarded him as “indispensable” for his role in the great whisky rebellion of 1996. On that occasion, he led a group of over three hundred Pacific Islanders to drink roughly twenty barrels of single malt scotch before it could be destroyed by fire.
  • NASA recently drafted Erin into service as a test subject, and he is hopeful to have a shot at going into space. In preparation for a big push toward space tourism, NASA decided to test the effects of weightlessness on pilots who are both functional alcoholics, and have a body mass index over 30. (Project “Floating Lush”)

Jessica Mina
Customer Service Representative

Photo of JessicaJessica is another member of the front desk crew. After starting at Hammond Air Center in February 2014, she discovered her fascination with aviation. Ask her what her favorite parts of the job are, and she’ll reply: “Making the customers feel appreciated and, of course, giving out free beer”. When she isn’t working the desk, Jessica keeps herself busy by pursuing her Master’s Degree in English, going on walks through Downtown Hammond with her dog Big Suze, and refining her red wine palate.

Fun facts about Jessica:

  • At 21 years old, Jessica wrote the next great American novel. Unfortunately, this masterpiece was penned while under the influence of cheap whiskey. The next morning, she awoke with not only the hangover from Hell, but the discovery that all she had done was retype William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury word-for-word.
  • Jessica once consumed an entire 96- ounce medium rare steak and then requested to see a dessert menu.
  • There are several patents pending under Jessica’s name, including the silent nose hair trimmer, electric socks, and vitamin-enriched cigarettes.

Audrey Foret
Customer Service Representative

Photo of AudreyAudrey is the latest edition to our front desk crew, and a good one at that! Possibly one of the sweetest people you could ever meet, Mrs. Foret is a natural when it comes to customer service. Even when juggling the phones, booking reservations, and relaying fuel orders to the line, she executes her desk duties with the utmost care and consideration. While still relatively new to aviation, we’ve been trying to convince her to get her pilot’s license, to which she responds with her signature giggle.

Fun facts about Audrey:

  • Audrey once pursued a career as a lion tamer. During her first public performance, her co-star, Simba, ruined the show by hacking up a giant hairball and having one too many catnip treats. After that debacle, she perfected her famous “ear trick” and continued working with the circus.
  • In 2011, Audrey was selected to provide the voice for the villain of a popular animated children’s show. However, before the pilot aired, a focus group deemed her portrayal “too menacing for young audiences”.
  • Due to a highly improbable clerical error, Audrey was placed on the ballot for mayor of a small Midwestern town. She won the election by a landslide.

Amos Vinyard
Line Technician / Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

Photo of AmosIn his mid-teens, Amos found himself sitting in the left seat of a Cessna 172. With his love for aviation instilled at an early age, Amos went on to learn all aspects of the industry—from the history and piloting to maintenance and repair. If you ask him what his favorite aircraft is, he’ll begin with a long, thoughtful pause before answering: “Do I have to pick just one?” When he isn’t busy repairing planes or stacking hangars, Amos tends to the family stables where his wife Kelly teaches horseback riding lessons. But even a hardworking man and father of three like Amos finds time to unwind, whether it be taking the family out for a camping trip or cruising around on his Goldwing.

Fun facts about Amos:

  • Before joining the Hammond Air Center crew, Amos won an aerobatic Bonanza in a whiskey-fueled arm wrestling contest.
  • According to a French Quarter psychic, Amos was a wildly successful burlesque dancer from New York City in a past life.
  • While attending college, Amos joined a hair metal cover band. Due to a minor pyrotechnic mishap which scorched the lead singer’s righteously permed mullet, the group disbanded and Amos shaved off his Mohawk before returning to school.

Charles Pela
Line Technician / Diesel Mechanic

Photo of CharlesSince joining Hammond Air Center’s League of Extraordinary Linemen, Charles has become an integral part of our company. From his customer service skills to his extensive technical and mechanical knowledge, Charles knows exactly how to make our visitors feel at home. When he isn’t striking line poses on the ramp, he spends his free time with his family and rebuilding his first motorcycle.

Fun facts about Charles:

  • Charles should have won the Unofficial National Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2012, but was disqualified for consuming four non-regulation bratwursts. To this day, Charles’ fans and supporters are convinced that his opponents planted the disqualifying brats as part of an intricate sabotage plan.
  • Before his son Gage was born, Charles was a renowned tap dancer and ballet instructor. Alas, his career obligations began demanding more time away from his newborn, so he hung up his leotards and tap shoes in exchange for Pampers and burp cloths.
  • After catching a six foot alligator with his bare hands near Lake Maurepas, Charles explained how he did it: “The Pela family has handed down a secret gator lullaby for the past 10 generations. I sing it in my best Aaron Neville falsetto and within minutes I can scoop them out of the water like a baby.”