Morristown pilot Karen Hughes Collins has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Aviation Association.
Collins is an active general aviation advocate and Airport Support Network volunteer for the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, a member of Women in Aviation International, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the 99’s International Organization of Women Pilots.
“Karen Hughes Collins is one of East Tennessee’s most energetic and dedicated general aviation proponents,” said Bob Minter, TAA executive director. “Her passion is connecting communities with their local aviation resources, organizing aviation events and activities and introducing youngsters to flying and careers in aviation.”
Her personal airplane is based at the Morristown Regional Airport.
Collins graduated from MTSU in 1981 with a degree in Computer Science.
Her career began with Burroughs/Unisys in Atlanta. She then worked in the banking sector and healthcare.
She retired from McKesson where she helped develop, implement and measure new division-wide initiatives related to healthcare systems. After returning to Tennessee, she learned to fly and earned her pilot’s license.
The Tennessee Aviation Association is an advocacy and public policy coalition of Tennessee’s airports, primarily the 76 general aviation airports serving local communities.
These critical air transportation assets provide aviation access to attract industrial development, critical cargo delivery, assist local, regional and national law enforcement, provide emergency medical services, encourage tourism, and serve agriculture.