February 21, 2013
By AOPA Communications staff
AOPA’s new Eastern Regional Manager Sean Collins will focus on building government relations and local aviation communities in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. He is one of seven regional managers that AOPA has deployed nationwide to meet the growing demand for active participation in state government decision making.
Collins joined AOPA in 2007 and has served as an aviation technical specialist and senior technical specialist. In his previous role as manager of AOPA’s Pilot Information Center, Collins directed staff who answered members’ aviation inquiries, and he worked closely with AOPA’s Medical Certification staff.
“We’re thrilled to have Sean as our new eastern regional manager,” said Michelle Peterson, vice president of membership. “His time here at headquarters leading the Pilot Information Center is invaluable to us from a membership development perspective. Member service has been Sean’s focus during his entire time at AOPA.”
Collins will replace former Eastern Regional Manager Craig Dotlo, who resigned from his post in 2012.
“Having grown up in New England, I have a real appreciation for rural airports and the pilots who rely on them,” Collins said. “Keeping general aviation on the minds of state leaders and ensuring that airports stay open are my primary objectives, while enjoying the opportunity to meet AOPA members and new friends.”
Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation science and is a commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings.
Pilot Health and Medical
The FAA needs to be more efficient and complete critical projects, House leaders said during a hearing on FAA reauthorization.
AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.
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