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.
Advocacy and Legislation,
Pilot Health and Medical
AOPA and EAA leaders will expand the collaboration begun in recent years, pledging to cooperate on wide-ranging issues from youth programs to member events.
AOPA members are being encouraged to contact their representatives in support of a bill that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process.
Fellow members, your AMEs should know exactly what these conditions are, but I am here to let you all in on them! Part 67.401 in simple English says that if an airman has a specifically disqualifying medical condition the pilot must demonstrate to the Federal Air Surgeon that he/she is safe to fly for the duration of that medical certificate. In order to demonstrate this, the airman may need to provide evaluations and testing. Once the airman is granted a waiver, they must re-demonstrate that they are safe to fly at regular intervals.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.