AOPA’s president and CEO Craig Fuller to retire

Craig Fuller, president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, said he will retire from the pilot organization later this year.

Fuller, 62, plans to stay in the position while the Board of Trustees conducts a national search for a new president and a replacement is named, AOPA said.

Fuller took office in January 2009.

“Craig has been a highly effective champion for the general aviation community, in large part because he has been a cohesive figure with a big-picture perspective,” said Ed Bolen, National Business Aviation Association president and CEO, in a statement. “He has always understood that by working together and leveraging our strengths, a group as large and diverse as the (general aviation) community can accomplish great things.”