In 1970, Verne was one of the first members of IAC having joined shortly after the club’s formation. He was the editor of Sport Aerobatics magazine when it was first published in 1971, and took over as the organization’s second president in 1973. During his five years in office, the IAC’s chapter network expanded, the contest schedule bloomed, and the membership grew.
Verne was an active competition pilot in the Advanced category flying a Pitts Special S-1S, and in 1971, he sat down with Bob Davis and Mike Heuer to create the rules for IAC’s Achievement Awards program. The program recognizes pilots for their aerobatic skills, both outside and within competition. Today, pilots who have been awarded the achievement award patches, pins, and decals number in the thousands.
After leaving the presidency in 1978, Verne continued on the IAC board of directors and also joined the EAA board where he served for many years. Additionally, he headed up the air show operation at EAA AirVenture for 33 years and was always on hand to fly museum aircraft. Verne is a retired United Airlines pilot, is married to Shari, who is a partner in much of his aviation activities and work, and lives in McHenry, Illinois.
Thomas H. Adams Jr.
Sean D. Tucker
R.A. (Bob) Hoover
J.G. "Tex" Rankin
Betty Skelton Frankman