Team Credentials and Positions

Chief Pilot


Jerry "Vlad" Conley

     Jerry Conley "VLAD" Vampire Pilot

    Jerry Conley, President of Vampire Aviation, LLC. and chief pilot. Jerry’s flying career started at eight years old when he got a kids book titled "Jerry the Jet" and the rest is history.

    STEM Certified Pilot 

    • B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The Florida State University, College of Engineering. (1990)
    • Graduating in the top of his class being a member of the prestigious Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.
    • Laboratory instructor designing  experiments for engineering courses at two major Universities.
    • Member  of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. 
    • Laboratory Instructor Florida State University COE (1984-1990)
    • Senior Engineer Tyndall AFB for BDM International Gulf War received company Quality Award of Excellence. (1990-1991)
    • Senior design engineer Mason and Hanger Engineering (1991-1993)
    • Consultant for NASA, DARPA, Dept of Army, USAF (1990-present)
    • President Red Alert Inc. (2004-2016)
    • President Vampire Aviation (2016-present)
    • Senior VP Sales PonyPay 2013-Present
    • Jerry is proud to have served our country in the United States Air Force and is an honorably discharged veteran. (1980-1986)

    Flight Experience

    • Having 42 years experience, Jerry’s flying experience includes aircraft such as Beecraft Bonanza, Cessna 172, Citabria, Super Decathalon, SAI Marchetti, Bell Helicopters, HA-200 Casa Jet, Dehavilland DH-115 Vampire, Dehavilland DH-112 Swiss Venom, L-39, and AVL-29 and BAC Strikemaster. 
    • Jerry has performed at Airshows across the country fly high performance jet aircraft for 20 years.
    • His ratings include Comercial, Instrument, Multi Engine, Helicopter, and multiple jet type ratings. 
    • Jerry holds a Surface Level Aerobatic card with Solo Jet certification, and dogfight.
    • Jerry is the Highest time Vampire pilot currently flying with over 700 hours in the Vampire.

    Ferry Pilot and reserve Airshow Pilot

    Colonel Andrew Malousek USAF

    STEM Certified Pilot

    • B.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1996).
    • M.A. in Leadership Studies from Marshall University (2018).
    • Distinguished Graduate from USAF Pilot Training.
    • Distinguished Graduate from KC-135R Initial Course.
    • Instructor and Evaluator Pilot in the Nebraska Air National Guard since 1999 flying the KC-135R and deployed flying the RC-700A.
    • Former pilot of the USDA flying Turbine Beech 18’s.
    • Former pilot for the US Department of State flying Casa’s, Twin Otters, Porters and DC-3TP’s.
    • Boeing 727 Flight Engineer, Boeing 727 First Officer, Boeing 757 First Officer, Boeing 777 First Officer and current Boeing 777 Captain at a major Airline.
    • His ratings include ATP MEL, Commercial SEL, SES, MES, and Glider, CFI, CFII, MEI, Flight Engineer-Turbojet, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.

    Flight Experience:

    • B-777, B-767, B-757, B-707, B-720, BBD700, DC-3TP, BE400, BE300, CN295, MU300
    • Pitts S-1C, Pitts S-2B, Yak-52, Yak-55, Super Decathalon, Zlin 526, T-6
    • AF aircraft..T-37, T-1A, KC-135R, RC-700
    • Total hours 16,500

    Vampire Cat

    Ferry Pilot and reserve Airshow Pilot

    MSgt. USAF Ret. Mike Hamernik

    Flight Experience

    • Flight Instructor and ATP rated pilot with more than 4000 hours total time in over 65 unique types of aircraft.CE-560 and PC-12 Corporate pilot.
    • Ag pilot with more than 2100 hours of agricultural application time flying turbine Air Tractors and Thrushes.
    • Military ServiceMSgt. USAF Ret.21 years of military serviceKC-135R Evaluator/Instructor Boom Operator with 2250 hours and 800 hours of combat time.

    Pilot and Jack of all trades

    Chief Master Sergeant Mat “Rainman” Ellison USAF

    Aviation Experience

    • Single and Multi-Engine Commercial rated pilot with more than 1,100 hours in over 30 unique aircraft types, including T-34, T-6, PC-12, B-24A, MAI-890, Stearman, PZL Wilga, F-16D and the Yak-52.
    • Experienced warbird pilot and maintainer primarily operating and maintaining the B-29A, B-24A, T-6, Beech 18, Stearman, P-51, T-34, Yak-52, PZL Wilga, MAI-890
    • FAA Certificated Reciprocating Flight Engineer with ratings in both the B-29A and B-24/LB-30 Bombers
    • FAA Certificated Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

    32 Years US Air Force service. 6 Years as an RF-4C and KC-135 Crew Chief, 26 Years as a KC-135 Instructor/Evaluator Boom Operator.  Over 5,200 military flight hours including over 1,100 combat hours.