The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has appointed Brian H. Corliss as its Northeast regional representative. Corliss will represent AOPA in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
"Brian comes from a New England aviation family," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "His passion for aviation and the region, plus his experience working with government agencies and state legislatures, makes him uniquely qualified to represent the interests of general aviation pilots in the Northeast."
A former special agent pilot for the FBI, Corliss currently owns and operates Corliss Associates, which provides commercial aviation services including aerial survey and photography services. He also flies forest patrols for the New Hampshire State Forestry Service and serves as a consultant to several local governments.
Corliss is a director and past president of the Aviation Association of New Hampshire. In that role he has been a forceful advocate for general aviation with state agencies and the state legislature.
Many area pilots will know Corliss from the fly-ins he has helped organize, including the annual New Hampshire Winter Ice Fly-In at Lake Winnepesaukee.
He learned to fly in 1964 in an Aeronca Champ. His flight instructor was his father, Harvey "Cannonball" Corliss, who had earned fame after World War II as a show pilot in a traveling Flying Circus.
Brian Corliss owns a Cessna Cardinal RG and has accumulated more than 4,000 hours flying experience. He holds a commercial pilot certificate with single-engine land and sea, instrument, and multiengine ratings.
He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Speech and Drama. He resides in Derry, New Hampshire, with his wife Janet.
AOPA has 13 regional representatives working on state and regional issues nationwide for the 370,000-member pilot association. More than 30,000 pilots in AOPA's seven-state Northeast region are AOPA members.