No matter if you were a first-time attendee, or an experienced member of the Citation Jet Pilots community, the 2014 CJP Convention offered a wealth of information and wonderful opportunities to socialize with other members, all in one of the most luxurious and picturesque environments the United States has to offer.

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But, don’t take it from us – listen to your fellow CJP members!

Rick Schwartz purchased his first Citation, an M2, in January. This year’s Convention was his first CJP event, and he said he came to speak with representatives with Garmin and ProFlight about their offerings. “I’d been to TBM conventions and I knew how great the experience was,” he said. “It’s a great time to ask all the questions that you may be afraid to ask, and you’ll get great, frank answers.”

When asked what he would say to someone considering attending their first CJP event, Schwartz termed the experience a great investment. “There’s more return than cost, and the networking is phenomenal. You’ll meet lifelong friends,” he added.

By comparison, this year’s Convention marked the fifth attended by John Hinshaw. “It’s important to speak about different aspects of operating our aircraft,” said Hinshaw, who is also a familiar presence on the CJP Member Forum. “A side benefit is that if we attend enough [safety] seminars, we can submit that to our insurance carrier for a discount.”

Ron Ward just joined CJP in July, right before purchasing a Citation Mustang. He said the Greenbrier resort promised to be a fantastic venue for the Convention, and that he’d already experienced some of the benefits from CJP events through attending the Regional Forum this year in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. “Shortly after that, I became a member,” he added. “I got to understand the group’s mandate, and I really liked the format of it.

“It’s a great opportunity to talk about these jets with fellow owners and pilots,” Ward continued. “You should definitely put this event on your calendar for next year.”