Looking back on 15 years as secretary general of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations, John Sheehan stands in admiration at how much ground its 69 countries’ pilot organizations have covered over time.
“They are coming of age around the world,” he said. Consider Europe. Its 27 aircraft owner and pilot associations “used to be bystanders in the regulatory process. They had no credibility, no representation. They just took what they got.” Not anymore. “They have become a real powerhouse in determining their own destinies,” http://www.aopa.org/advocacy/articles/2012/120410sheehan-world-aopas-coming-of-age.html