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Business Observer Sunday, Apr. 18, 2021 1 year ago

Flight school names airline industry official senior VP

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Lee Collins was a captain and pilot for 20 years with UPS.

FORT MYERS — Paragon Flight Training has named airline pilot industry official Lee Collins senior vice president.

Collins, with experience in policy development and governance, will be responsible for setting and achieving business goals, leading strategic direction and overseeing operations for the flight academy that trains and educates aviators worldwide, according to a statement. He was a captain and pilot for 20 years with UPS, the release adds, and has extensive community involvement with nonprofit organizations as a board member and other engagements.

Prior to joining Paragon Flight, Collins was president of the 30,000-member Coalition of Airline Pilots Association in Washington, D.C., addressing safety, security, legislative and regulatory issues. He took the helm of that trade group after several years as its executive vice president, the release states. In both positions he was charged with boosting the association's relevancy and public image, energizing the organization's impact on the aviation industry and restoring it as an industry leader.

“Lee is a great addition to our team of professionals and the industry as he brings extensive strategic thinking and significant accomplishments from various high-level positions,” Paragon President and Chairman Chris Schoensee says in the statement.

Paragon Flight Training offers pilot training and education to people worldwide who want to fly for recreation or as a profession, including commercial, military and government pilots. It operates a modernized fleet, including digital electronics that require specialized tools, training and maintenance. The company recently announced it signed a 10-year contract with Lee County Port Authority that will triple its available ramp space for up to 55 aircraft at Page Field.

 

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