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IN MEMORIAM
BELOVED
EDITOR
SUCCUMBS
TO COVID-19

MIKE COLLINS LEAVES A LEGACY OF
CONTRIBUTIONS TO AVIATION, AOPA
MIKE COLLINS, AOPA technical editor and

director of business development, died
February 25 from COVID-19. He was an
integral part of the AOPA media team for
nearly 30 years. He was 59.
Mike was a photojournalism graduate
of Western Kentucky University, cofounder of The Southern Aviator, and held
many key editorial roles at AOPA Pilot,
Flight Training, and AOPA Online. He was a
gifted writer, photographer, and an instrument-rated pilot and drone pilot. One of his
most memorable stories was a 25-day flight
around the world in 2013 with Mike Laver
in Laver's Mitsubishi MU-2.
Mike was well known in the aviation
industry-and widely admired for his big
grin and helpful attitude. When tasked
with helping the average aircraft owner to
understand the emerging ADS-B mandate, Mike, as usual, dove into the topic
and soon became an industry expert on
the subject, writing dozens of stories and
speaking at events.
" Mike's always positive and helpful
attitude opened many doors for him and
gained him great respect here at AOPA and
around the industry, " said AOPA President
and CEO Mark Baker. " All of us in aviation
have suffered a loss with his untimely
passing. "
Mike is survived by his wife, Janette, a
member of the AOPA Pilot Information
Center, and his children Jennifer, Matthew, and Bridget.
" Words cannot convey the grief we feel
with the passing of our friend and colleague, " said Tom Haines, AOPA vice
president of media, communications, and
outreach, and editor in chief. " Anyone who
has ever read a story in our magazines or
our email newsletters has benefited from
Mike's expertise. He and Janette are a part
of our family here at AOPA. His passion

for knowledge and educating will be
missed for years to come. "
Memorial donations are appreciated to
Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp., 499
Kirkland Avenue, Irvine, Kentucky 40336;
the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson
County, 23 Poor Farm Road, Kearneysville,
West Virginia 25430; the AOPA Foundation
(aopa.org), or the charity of your choice. If
you're able, donate blood or platelets in his
memory-even one pint makes a difference
(Mike regularly donated).
For more on Mike Collins's life and
legacy, please read AOPA's story online.
aopa.org/mikecollins
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