Chairman’s Update

A Closer Look at CJP Happenings

by Marc Dulude

CJP2016-Marc Dulude-HeadshotOne of my stated goals going into 2019 was to add opportunities for members to gather and share experiences and socialize – in addition to our already-popular current events. Well, we are already halfway through the year, and it is safe to say we are fulfilling that mission! In fact, I get the sense that when we take a step back and outline everything that we have been delivering as an organization, it may be surprising.

So, to help shed light on all of CJP’s happenings, below is a roundup of the 2019 events thus far, followed by a more in-depth preview of the upcoming main attraction – the CJP Annual Convention.

2019 Recap of Events


CJP Regional Event (Deer Valley, Utah)


CJP Member Dinner (Naples, FL)


CJP Member Dinner (Sarasota, FL)

CJP Member Dinner (Wellington, FL)


Flight Research Upset Recovery Training Event (Mojave, CA)

CJP Member Dinner (Sanford, FL)


CJP Regional Event (Mackinac Island, MI)

2019 CJP Convention

The convention is fast approaching and based on the momentum we are seeing with the membership, partners and events, it will undoubtedly be another special year.

We will be returning to one of CJP’s top-rated locations – the legendary Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The Broadmoor offers incredible amenities such as a five-star day spa, top-rated restaurants, 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, indoor/outdoor pools, retail shops and activities for guests of all ages and interests. If you have not yet registered, I highly encourage you to do so as the CJP room block is nearly full.

On Wednesday, you will definitely want to take advantage of our first-ever radar course presented by Erik Eliel from Radar Training International. This is a four-hour, comprehensive radar course designed specifically for CJP members. Erik’s experience in radar runs deeps, and he has presented to flight departments of Fortune 500 companies, aviation associations, a major airline and the military, as well as dispatchers and meteorologists of aviation-related companies.

The Safety Standdown will again be an integral part of the convention with an in-depth review of accidents/incidents and presentations to help enhance your safe operations. It will include a panel discussion with highly qualified Citation instructor pilots and mentors and be led by Charlie Precourt, Neil Singer and David Miller.

CJP will also be offering its annual Companion Ground School and In-Flight Training. The course is designed to enable companions to be more comfortable in the flying environment, refresh the principles of the pinch hitter course and increase safety and knowledge of their model aircraft. The 2-hour ground school is open to everyone for $150 and space is limited.

Textron Aviation will continue to lend incredible support at the convention with executive leadership presentations, breakout session speakers, companion programming, a Thursday night event and a special concert on Friday night following the auction. The private concert will feature multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, Brett Young.

Avionics Training

I want to also note upcoming training opportunities such as the Garmin and Collins Aerospace avionics training. We introduced these sessions last year, which were highly rated by attendees – and sold out quickly.

The Collins course will take place August 15-16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This event is limited to CJP members operating Pro Line Fusion or Pro Line 21 equipment and will include a full day of educational sessions featuring a multitude of topics like CPDLC/datalink, spatial disorientation and tips from industry experts.

The Garmin event will take place the following month, September 19-20 at the company’s headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. Courses will entail 6.5 hours of hands-on, scenario-based training across the G3000, G1000 NXi and GTN. Each class is limited to 10 seats and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Another plus – either avionics training event mentioned above will count towards the third requirement of the CJP Gold Standard Safety Award. As a reminder, applicants need to apply for the award by August 7 (click here to download the application). We hope to again recognize 40-plus recipients at this year’s convention.