Board of Directors

Richard Norris

Rick is a trial attorney and Mediator with Norris Choplin Schroeder LLP. He is an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates with many legal articles and presentations authored.

He is an active pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings. He is also a Certified Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft and instruments and has logged more than 3,400 hours of flight time, and stays active as a speaker at aviation functions.

In 2015, Rick received the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for his skills in aviation and safe operations for more than 50 years. Outside the office, Rick stays active with the non-profit Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc. which provides gap-funding scholarships to underprivileged high school students in Indianapolis.

Robert Duncan

For 41 years, Bob Duncan was Executive Director, General Counsel, and Special Advisor to the CEO with the Indianapolis Airport Authority. A practicing lawyer, he held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Aviation Law at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law for many years. As for flying, Bob holds Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor certificates for single and multi-engine aircraft with 8,300 hours logged.

He served as Chief Flight Instructor at several Indianapolis-area flight training facilities and for 34 years served as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. Bob was recognized with the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for more than 50 years of accident-free flying; was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2011; and named Aviation Indiana’s Person of the Year in 1998. He was instrumental in writing and updating numerous, significant aviation-related Indiana statutes involving owner liability, airport zoning and taxation.

His community activity includes serving as a director and legislative chairperson for Aviation Indiana, as well as a board member of charitable foundations and the Brownsburg Public Library.

Bruce Montigney

Bruce is a former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector who retired as the manager of the Indianapolis Flight Standards District Office. During 28 years with the FAA he held numerous general aviation and air carrier positions, including principal operations inspector for ATA Airlines, then the nation’s 10th largest airline.  

Before joining the FAA, Bruce was the King Air program manager at FlightSafety International’s Toledo Learning Center and chief pilot for Gladieux Refinery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He earned a B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University with majors in Political Science and History.  

His aviation credentials include an Airline Transport Pilot certificate (single and multiengine land) and type ratings in BE1900, B727, B757/767, and CE500 aircraft. He also holds a Flight Instructor certificate with Airplane Single and Multiengine and Instrument ratings, a Ground Instructor certificate with Advanced and Instrument ratings, and a Flight Engineer certificate with a Turbojet rating.

Don Born

Don is the owner of Born Aviation Products, Inc., a manufacturer and wholesaler of aviation related gift items. He holds a BS in economics from Purdue University and a MBA from Butler University.

Don is a former US Air Force pilot, flying EC-121D Super Constellation AWAC aircraft. He served 1 ½ years in Vietnam, flying 127 combat missions. He has authored several articles on the ED-121, its role in Vietnam and as a forerunner to today’s E-3. He is still an active pilot holding commercial, single and multi-engine ratings with instruments. Don received the FAA Wright Brother’s Master Pilot Award for 50 years of safe operations in January 2015. During this time he has logged over 6,000 hours.

Don is a past Board Member of the Indiana War Memorial and a current Board Member of EAA’s Warbird Squadron 3. Don is also very active with the Indianapolis Aero Club and has served as President and Chairman of the Board. In 2009 Don was awarded the City of Indianapolis, Distinguished Citizen’s Award by Mayor Bart Peterson for his work with the youth.

JC Buehler

JC is an attorney and pilot. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with airplane and helicopter privileges; a flight instructor certificate; and type ratings in the IA-JET, CE500, B727, B737, and B757/B767 aircraft. He attended Indiana University and the IU McKinney School of Law. His practice is concentrated in aviation and insurance law and mediation. 

From 1983 to 2008, JC was with ATA Airlines as a line pilot, check airman and corporate counsel. When not flying the line, he represented the airline before the FAA, NTSB, and DOT and was a member of the ICAO Disruptive Passenger Task Force, the Nav Database Working Group, and the Litigation Committee of the Airlines for America. He is now operations director and captain for a Part 135 charter company and an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.  

His professional activities include several aviation and law articles and lecturing at legal education classes. He is an adjunct professor of Aviation Law at the I.U. McKinney School of Law and previously lectured in business law at the IU Kelley School of Business and the University of Indianapolis.

JC is a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, the International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association, and Quiet Birdmen. He serves on the boards of Science on Tap, Inc. and Heroes Club, Inc. and volunteers with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.

Zachary J. Grant

Zachary Grant is a captain for a major US airline.  He is a long time member of the Indiana aviation community and the son of the late FAA Master Pilot Award honoree, Berl Grant.  Zach holds B.S. degrees in Aviation Management and Flight Technology from Florida Institute of Technology where he also served as an alumni advisor to the College of Aeronautics.

Zach holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with type ratings in the A320, B737, B757, B767, BA3100, BE300, CE500, DC-8, DC-10, and SF-340, as well as Single Engine Land and Sea ratings.  Zach also maintains Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane, Instrument and Multi-engine certificates, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic certificates, and is active as a Check Airman. His aviation career spans 35 years and 24,000 hours, having flown over 300 different aircraft types. 

His flight experience includes general aviation, flight instruction, corporate flight, Part 121 and Part 135 scheduled and charter air carrier experience.  Zach has extensive experience in domestic and global flight operations as well as corporate and air carrier management, serving as Chief Pilot, Instructor and Check Airman.  Zach has flown with Chautauqua Airlines, American Trans Air (ATA Airlines), Air Transport International (ATI), North American Airlines, and United Airlines. Zach was responsible for advancing Solutions Air Charter to a full authority Part 135 certificate and for the carrier’s initial proving runs. 

In his spare time, Zach is an avid aircraft owner, an EAA Flight Advisor, past President of the International Comanche Society, and an instructor pilot and check airman for training and certification in multiple corporate aircraft types.

David Newill

Dave is a former Executive for Rolls-Royce and the past President of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust – Allison Branch-James A. Allison Exhibition. An American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow (AIAA) he is also a former USAF Pilot and holds Commercial Single, Multi, Jet, Glider and Instrument ratings. He is a regular Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles volunteer pilot, and is recognized as an aviation historian with presentations at the Aircraft Engine Historical Society and Smithsonian Air & Space Common Concerns Conferences.

As a turbine engine engineer and new engine program manager, he traveled internationally supporting both large turboprop and helicopter engine fleets and customers. David was formerly a Soaring Society of America Director and head of its Clubs and Growth & Development committees. He also served as a Director of the AIAA successfully leading the corporate membership development team.

Jennifer Mullett

Jenny is a professional pilot. She was taught to fly at 16 by her father, an international corporate pilot. Her aviation career began at Purdue University where she earned a B.S. in Aviation Technology in 1992 and served as Vice President of the professional collegiate aviation fraternity, Alpha Eta Rho.

Her diverse flying career includes an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with Flight Instructor and Flight Engineer certificates. She holds type ratings in CE525S, HS-125, SF340, CE560XL, B757/767, B787 and G-IV and has over 10,000 hours flight time. 

Jenny has flown with American Airlines since 2001 and recently upgraded to B787 first officer. She previously flew the B757 and B767 in domestic and international operations. Prior to American, Jenny served as the Chief Part 141 Flight Instructor for Metro Aviation before advancing into the Part 135 Charter Department eventually becoming Chief Pilot. 

In her corporate flying career, Jenny flew the Hawker 800 and Saab 340 aircraft types for Cummins Engine Co. and as a Gulfstream G-IV captain for Eli Lilly and Co.

In her spare time, Jenny is an active flight instructor, and volunteers at High School Career days to pass along her flying passion and encouragement to aspiring aviators.

Christopher Gray

Chris is the managing director of Graysmark Business Systems, an Indiana-based consulting, research, and design firm specializing in bridging technology strategy, advanced systems architecture, software engineering, and developmental research services to global companies, medium sized businesses, and government agencies.

Chris served in the United States Navy from 1985-1992 as an aviation electronics technician stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.  As a “Viking” assigned to VAQ-129, Chris participated in several blue-water airwing detachments aboard various capital ships, including USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68).

Chris was also a fixture at the Whidbey Island Navy Flying Club (WINFC) where, in 1988, he earned his private pilot license while flying a variety of aircraft, including the C150, C152, C172, PA-28-140, PA-28-180, and T-34B.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in IT Management and a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University.  In 2020, Chris earned a Certificate of Leadership and Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris participates in several community outreach programs and, in 2018, was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award by President Donald J. Trump for contributing over 4000 hours of community service.

Robert “Mitch” Grundman II    (1946-2017)

Mitch Grundman was a Professor Emeritus of Aviation Technology at Purdue University and an original founding Director of the Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame. Mitch’s long and distinguished flying career began with a Private Pilot certificate in 1964 and remained his passion until his passing in 2017.

He graduated from Purdue in 1968 with a major in Management and minor in Aviation Technology, then found a home at Purdue as flight instructor where he taught and inspired hundreds of pilots as a flight, ground and simulator instructor.

He served as Chief Instructor for 18 years and flew the Purdue staff transport aircraft to all contiguous 48 states. To interact with students, Mitch spent 36 years as a faculty fellow at Purdue’s Fowler Courts and Hillenbrand Hall. Mitch’s career in Purdue’s Aviation Technology Department spanned 46 years and included 21,000 flight hours and serving 46 years as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner before he retired in May, 2014.

Upon his retirement, Purdue initiated the “Mitch Grundman Flight Instructor of the Month Award.” In 2014, Mitch was presented with the FAA’s Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award.