By CJP President Kirk Samuelson

CJP-2017-Kirk Samuelson-HeadshotIt’s hard to believe that just four months remain until CJP’s Convention in Phoenix, AZ and there’s a great deal of work ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure this will be the most substantive gathering yet, with added emphasis on topics to make us all more proficient, and safer, Citation jet pilots.

At the very top of this list will be CJP’s Safety Standdown, taking place the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 5. This comprehensive event will include a thorough review of recent accidents, and the lessons we may take from them, followed by a candid, collaborative discussion with training providers on ways to improve the level of training we receive for operating our aircraft.

Another important aspect of the Safety Standdown will be the presentation of the inaugural CJP Gold Standard Safety Award(s), encouraging our members to pursue ever-improving performance in our day-to-day flying.

As CJP Safety Committee chairman Charlie Precourt noted in the most recent edition of CJP’s “Right Seat” safety dispatch, we’re seeking feedback from CJP members on award criteria, including what you feel this award should represent to other pilots, whether they’re flying Citations or other general aviation aircraft. I encourage you to take a moment and submit your ideas for the CJP Gold Standard Award to

Although safety will be the overriding theme at our 2017 convention, it won’t be the only aspect in providing helpful operating tips. From new avionics and other aircraft equipment, to learning about the latest maintenance procedures and news about ADS-B equipage, this year’s maintenance roundtables and operator breakout sessions will address several aspects of Citation ownership and operation.


For 2017, we aim to present these sessions as smaller and more focused group conversations, providing CJP members with valuable information about the topics of most concern and interest to them. Our esteemed partners will be also available to answer all your questions about their products and programs.

Of course, entertainment is another hallmark of all CJP events, and the 2017 convention will be a trendsetter. Attendees will find the Arizona Biltmore to be a sublime venue, with so many interesting things to do… and there isn’t a better time to be in Phoenix than early Fall.

Now, I don’t want to steal Russell’s thunder by letting the cat out of the bag too soon about some of these events… but I can say that, from a diverse range of speakers to fun and exciting group activities (including what promises to be the most entertaining CJP auction yet!) this year’s convention will be off the charts!