The Board of Trustees for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) elected two new members to the board Sept. 11: AOPA President and CEO Craig L. Fuller, and James G. “Jay” Tuthill III, chairman and CEO of the Tuthill Corp.
“In the eight months since Craig took the controls at AOPA, he has urged the board to take some bold steps,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Trimble. “We look forward to his continued insight during our discussions.”
The board’s action continues the tradition established with the previous two presidents of having the person in day-to-day command of AOPA serve as a member of the board of trustees.
“Having the president sit as a member – but not the chair – ensures transparent oversight of the association and an unequivocal understanding by the board of the operation of AOPA,” said Fuller. “The board knows firsthand where the association is headed and the association, in turn, knows directly the vision of the board.”
Tuthill is the fourth generation of his family to head the Tuthill Corp., which his great-grandfather founded as an industrial pump company. It now manufactures a wide range of industrial products. Tuthill is an instrument-rated single- and multi-engine land private pilot, as well as a multi-engine sea pilot. He currently flies a TBM 700. He has been a member of AOPA since 1978.
With more than 415,000 members, AOPA is the world’s largest civil aviation association, working to protect the interests of general aviation and providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistance. About 70% of all U.S. pilots are members of AOPA, according to association officials.
For more information: AOPA.org.