Holly Roe is a recently retired, 27 year veteran controller whose primary duty location was Birmingham, Alabama. Holly is also a commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings and she is now pursuing her dream of flying as a corporate pilot. She started flying at the age of 16 and passed her private pilot checkride two weeks after high school graduation. She attended Auburn University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and a minor in Aviation Management. In 1987, she was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Control Specialist and went to Oklahoma City to attend the FAA Academy. After a rigorous 3 1/2 month training program, she went to her first duty location of DeKalb-Peachtree ATCT in Atlanta. While there, she was a trainer and participated in pilot/controller seminars. She also worked temporary towers for University of Georgia football games. In 1991, she was promoted to Birmingham ATCT in order to learn to be a radar controller. After completing her training, she was active with Operation Rainchecks and other Pilot/controller seminars. She has worked temporary towers at Talladega and Tara Field for NASCAR events and worked as a controller at Sun n Fun for 5 years. In 2013, she was able to fulfill a controller's ultimate bucket list item - she was selected to work at Oshkosh for Airventure. She was invited back and worked Oshkosh again in 2014.
Holly flew from 1999 - 2008 as a contract pilot for a variety of FAR Part 91 and 135 companies in Citations and King Airs. In September of 2014, she decided it was time to hang up the controller headset in favor of a Telex Airman. Since then, she has been busy flying contract in Citation 550/560s, 525s and the King Air 350. She's already passed the ATP written exam and hopes to complete the ATP very soon. She is a member of the Alabama 99's, WIA, AOPA and serves on the Board of Governors for the Birmingham Aero Club. She also is very involved with the Southern Museum of Flight, serving as Chairman of the Foundation Board. In her spare time, she sings with the Alabama Symphony Chorus.
James-Paul Dice has over 20 years' experience tracking storms and forecasting all kinds of weather including snowstorms and tornado outbreaks. He has worked for television stations in Florida and Alabama. James-Paul was the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) in Alabama and also holds the National Weather Association Seal of Approval.
In 2004, he led the development team for the first dual-polarity Doppler radar used in broadcast television. Dual-pol Doppler radar is now a standard in the United States and offers enhanced tornado debris and precipitation type detection.
James-Paul's passion is aviation. He is an instrument and commercial rated pilot and owns a Piper Archer. He's had the privilege of flying in a variety of aircraft including an F/A-18 Hornet, Boeing B-17, Consolidated B-24, T-6 Texan, Boeing Stearman, and Ford Tri-Motor.
James-Paul's passion for meteorology and aviation led him to develop a series of seminars focused on using data, technology, and the science of forecasting to make flying safer.