Those Who Serve

­Chairman of the Board—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.

President—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.

Vice-President—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—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—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.

Director—Fred Fritz

The Indianapolis Aero Club, throughout its long history, attracts top talent, and that’s one reason Fred Fritz agreed to join the Board of Directors. Indeed, the Board wistfully ponders the same question the old admiral asks in the closing scene of The Bridges at Toko-Ri, “where do we get such men?”

Fred’s 1981 graduation from DePauw University became the first chapter in his autobiography of success after success. He went on to become President and CEO of Growers Automobile Insurance Association and Indiana Aviation Executive Director. Concurrently, Fred earned his MBA from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

Fred Fritz is a man of action, everywhere, all the time. He is a past aircrew member (Certified First Responder) with the Indiana Air Search and Rescue, as well as their Search and Rescue training coordinator. That work dovetailed into Fred’s duties as Education Officer of the Commemorative Air Force, and he served with distinction and creativity on the Wings Over Indiana Planning Committee.

While engaged in his active business career, Fred also found time to serve on the DePauw Greek Community Board, President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Regional Council, and he is a member of the John Moseley Leadership School Faculty. He’s also a former broadcaster with Radio Station WIFE—AM in Indianapolis, and Fred is a student pilot flying a Cessna Skyhawk.

If past is prologue, Fred Fritz taking a seat on the Indianapolis Aero Club Board of Directors means he’ll be shaking things up and doing very little sitting.

Director—Chuck Poland

Chuck Poland logged his first flight in 1977, and he joined the Aero Club over ten years ago. Chuck is a multi-engine pilot and owns a Baron BE95-55. His favorite airplanes to fly are the Baron, of course, as well as Supercubs and RV-10s. Chuck previously served as a Director, and anyone who knows him can testify to his willingness to serve and determination to make the Indianapolis Aero Club a stand-out organization.

Officers
President: Jeff Ucchino
Vice-President: Rodney Davis
Secretary: Lenora King
Treasurer: Ken Yale
Sergeant at Arms: Brad Damon

Board of Directors
Chairman: Paul King
Director: Martin Weaver
Director: Fred Fritz
Director: Ken Yale
Director: Chuck Poland

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