|Craig Fuller (left) is presented with the EAA Chairman's Award on Tuesday by EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. (photo by Dennis Biela)
By Gary Flick
July 30, 2013 - Craig Fuller, AOPA president/CEO, was presented with the EAA Chairman's Award from EAA Chairman Jack Pelton Tuesday for representing the essence of EAA in the highest standard.
The award was presented at Tuesday's Stronger Together forum at the Welcome Center.
"Craig has worked tirelessly over the last five years as the leader of AOPA to protect and grow general aviation," Pelton said. "As an active pilot he understands the general aviation environment as well as anyone."
Fuller has been president of AOPA since January 2009 and has been very instrumental in creating stronger bonds between AOPA and other aviation organizations like EAA and GAMA, as well as government regulators.
Fuller is no stranger to Washington as he worked on the White House staff from 1981-1989. He was also involved in public affairs in the private sector.
Fuller acts as publisher for AOPA Pilot and is a contributing writer to both the magazine and AOPA's online content.
A pilot for more than 40 years, Fuller owns a Beechcraft Bonanza on which he logs about 200 hours annually.
Fuller was born into flying, as his father was an instructor in the Army Air Corps during World War II. At 16, Fuller made a deal with his father to help him pay for half the cost of his flight training. He had his private pilot certificate a year later and also added an instrument rating.
With a firm background in aviation and government relations, Fuller has been a leader and a great help in the negotiations with the FAA regarding ATCs.
"He always worked to apply his common sense and a collaborative approach to resolve many tough issues," Pelton said.
"We salute his legacy and appreciate his working so closely with EAA over the past three years."