Those Who Serve

­Chairman of the Board—Don Born

Don Born grew up in North Judson, Indiana and holds degrees from Purdue and Butler Universities. He and Judy were married in 1964 and have two sons and four grandchildren.

It was Don’s good fortune to fly the Lockheed EC-121 Super Constellation during his eighteen-month (121 combat mission) Vietnam tour. He proudly received the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and three Bronze Stars. After serving his country, Don and Judy moved to Indianapolis and became involved in the family’s tool and die business. In 1996 they started Born Aviation Products Inc., which is still their daily pursuit.

Don is a past president of the Aero Club and an active member of several aviation organizations, and he is a published author, as well. He owns a Grumman Tiger and has over five thousand accident and incident free flying hours, for which he was awarded the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot award for over fifty years of safe flying.

­President—Paul King

Paul King is a long-time member if the Indianapolis Aero Club and has served in many positions within the Club. He is a passionate aviation enthusiast who began flying in 1992 following in the footsteps of his Father who purchased his first airplane after returning from the Korean War. Paul is the former Commander of Warbirds of America Squadron 3 and was elected to the President of the Aero Club in December of 2016. With 40 years of experience in the real estate business, Mr. King currently serves as President and Managing Broker of Pro Group Real Estate Associates.

Director—Ken Yale

New York City born Ken Yale graduated with an accounting degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. His business experience runs the gamut from small companies to fortune 500 firms. After five years traveling the United States, he settled in Indianapolis as the Controller of an Indiana based retail chain.

In addition to his commercial pilot and instrument certificate, Ken is also a licensed real estate broker and a general contractor. Ken’s extensive business experience led him to invest in several businesses on his own. He and his wife Vicki have one son and two stepdaughters.

Director—Jeff Ucchino

Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Jeff learned to fly at age 14.  He graduated from John Carroll University and Creighton University School of Law.  After earning his single-engine and instrument ratings, he flew anything he could get his hands on; Jeff flew into his mid-thirties.   Today he is a scale airplane pilot building his collection of RC aircraft.   Jeff still flies full scale whenever he can and loves all things aviation.

Director—Rodney Davis

Rodney grew up in Pekin, IL.  He then served in the USAF as an Aircrew Life Support Specialist, separating in 1991 at the rank of Sgt.  He then pursued his RN, graduating from Stanly Community College in Albemarle, NC, then finishing a BSN at the University of Indianapolis.  He currently works as an RN clinical specialist at Philips Healthcare.

He has been an Indianapolis Aero Club member for several years and was elected to the board in 2018.  He also has the honor of being amongst the elite who have been awarded the famous Flying Jackass!  Rodney has been a private pilot since 2006, learning in a Piper Archer. He subsequently earned a tailwheel endorsement as well as high performance & complex ratings. He currently owns & flies a 1945 Stinson L5 and also flies a friend’s L-17 Navion from time to time.

He has been married since 1994 to his wife, Elaine.  Their other hobbies include historical reenacting (WW2/ Civil War/ War of 1812), vintage cars, camping, fishing, and hunting.  Rodney also tries to golf (hack) every so often.

Director—Martin Weaver

Martin Weaver grew up in Orange County, Indiana and graduated from Indiana State University. He learned to fly Cessnas at Terre Haute’s Hulman Field in 1971, and he still flies at every opportunity.  He holds an Airline Transport Certificate and Commercial helicopter and instrument ratings. Martin and Jane live in Martinsville and base their Skylane at KBMG.

Officers
President: Paul King
Secretary: Lenora King
Treasurer: Elaine Davis
Sergeant at Arms: Brad Damon

Board of Directors
Chairman: Don Born
Director: Rodney Davis
Director: Martin Weaver
Director: Jeff Ucchino
Director: Ken Yale

Committee Chairman
Membership: Don Born
Program: Paul King
Directory: Judy Born
Photographer: Ron Schafer
Scholarship: Frank Merrill