Five Minutes With:
- CJP Member Since: 2010
- Occupation: Cosmetic Surgeon
- Spouse: Gail
- Current Aircraft: Citation 501 Stallion
- Home Base: Abilene, TX
- Number of Years Flying: 52 years
- Total Time: 6,000+ hours
- You have been flying for over 52 years. Can you describe your introduction to aviation?
Ultimately, my Dad channeled me into medicine, but in the back of my mind, I always knew I also wanted to fly. I eventually dedicated $10/week for flying lessons – this equated to one hour of training per week in a Cessna 172. Funnily enough, after 20 weeks of training, I earned my license the day my son was born. For my first airplane, I bought a K-model Bonanza. I went on to own a Cessna 310, Cessna 340, a Cheyenne…I kept each airplane roughly five years then would move up. Once I got the jet bug, I bought the 501.
- What led to your purchase of a Citation? Your typical mission?
Why would anyone want a jet? The Cheyenne fit my needs perfectly, but I wanted to experience a jet. I originally thought I would keep it five years, but I still have it today (27 years later). I would guess I have the oldest airplane and am the oldest person flying single-pilot within CJP. We have flown it all over the world – Alaska, South America, etc. In the beginning, I largely used it for my business, occasionally flying patients into the clinic. Now, it is primarily used for charity flying like the Veteran’s Airlift.
- What is the most memorable trip you have made in your Citation?
Probably the two Air Journey flights. My wife and I completed one to the Galapagos and one to Iceland/Greenland. Both wonderful flying and vacations. And Air Journey does all of the work. They are truly a first-class organization.
- What is the most valuable part of being a member of CJP?
The discussion panels by far. You learn a lot by hearing and reading what others are doing. Though I might not always agree with some of what I am reading, it stimulates me to think about my own techniques and operation.
- In 2018, you were awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. What did this honorable recognition mean to you?
I was quite flattered. The FAA came down and gave a nice presentation – even reminding me of some accomplishments of mine that I had forgotten. I really am quite proud of my flying and for going 50 years without ever having an accident or incident. Flying has been very important in my life, and this was a great recognition.