Captain Lee Collins
Captain Lee Collins currently serves as the President of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations. Captain Collins is a 31-year veteran of the airline industry with an extensive professional background in Airline and Aviation Safety, Airline Security, Domestic and International Flight Operations; and many years of Industry/Governmental Legislative Affairs.
As an Airline Transport rated (ATP) pilot and current line Captain with United Parcel Service Airlines (UPS), he has logged over 18,000 flight hours and is type rated in the B-727, B-757/ 767, MD-11 aircraft. Captain Collins comes to CAPA from the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) in Louisville, Kentucky where he currently serves as the Chairman of Government and Legislative Affairs.
From 2001 to 2004, Captain Collins served as the Director of Airline Security for the IPA, as well as a member of the CAPA Security Committee. During that time, he worked diligently as a member of the Aviation Security Advisory committee (ASAC) to facilitate new Airline Security regulations and policies in the post 9/11 airline environment.
In 2004, Captain Collins returned from his work in Washington, D.C. to assume the role of Director of Flight Operations IPA, based in Louisville Kentucky. In 2007, Captain Collins again returned to his Governmental Affairs work when he assumed his current position as Chairman-IPA Government and Legislative Affairs.
Captain Collins holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
He is a native of Louisville, Kentucky where he currently resides with wife, Michelle, his three grown children, and two grandchildren.