- CJP Member Since: 2015
- Occupation: Pharmaceutical Regulatory Consultant
- Current Aircraft: CJ3
- Home base: Kenosha, Wisconsin (ENW)
- Number of years flying: 45
- Total time: 4,000+
- You have more than 40 years of piloting experience. Can you describe your introduction to aviation?
I was 18 years old and dating a young lady who had a brother with a Mooney. He took me up one day, and I was instantly hooked. So, as soon as I had enough funds, I did my training and soloed in a Piper Colt.
After that, I was in and out of aviation until I started flying more seriously for business. My first real business airplane was a Travel Air. I went from that to a Baron, to a Cessna 340, to a King Air 90, to a Citation II. I’ve now been flying a Citation for five years, and currently own a CJ3.
I just love flying. I get a rush every time I sit in the cockpit – puts a big grin on my face. It really is like a magic carpet that requires a lot of thinking and skill.
- What led to your purchase of a Citation? Your typical mission?
It was based on a business need. As the company expanded, the King Air didn’t really meet our mission anymore. We are based just outside of Milwaukee and also have offices around the country. We needed to go faster, farther and higher.
Today, I fly around three to four times per month, with a typical mission of three hours. I am single-pilot rated and fly coworkers and clients from Wisconsin to cities like Tampa, Colorado, Boston or New York.
- How does Citation ownership benefit and enhance your career?
I think it helps us be in the right place at the right time. And we can do it in a way much more beneficial to our employees – making their work less stressful and more productive.
There is also a quality of life aspect. We can depart early in the morning and our employees are back home with our families the same night.
Another big plus is confidential matters can be freely discussed in the airplane itself. Privacy and security are huge benefits compared to commercial travel.
- In your opinion, what is the most valuable part of being a member of CJP?
In my mind, there are three parts: 1) The safety culture. This encompasses all of the positive safety attributes pushed and presented by CJP such as the SOPs. Safety initiatives like this make us better pilots. 2) Advocacy for members. As a group, we have a lot more leverage to help members out with issues and problems. 3) The comradery. CJP is a great group of like-minded people. I’ve been to several of the regional events and annual meetings and always have a great time.
- You also dedicate time flying patients in need of specialized medical care. Can you tell us about one of your most memorable missions?
Yes, I volunteer with Angel Flight and also helped create Spirit Air. We provide free air transport for medically challenged juvenile to and from treatment when they really could not travel otherwise due to their condition. It is very rewarding and something I love to do. We use our company airplane about once per month or quarter – depending on when we hear from our connections with hospitals or social service.
Years ago, I flew a five-year-old boy several times from Tucson to a children’s hospital in California. He was a cancer patient and did not have a good prognosis. The poor child had to undergo multiple surgeries, radiation and chemo. But I just saw him recently, eight years later, and he’s a perfectly happy, healthy 13-year-old. It was not the flights that were memorable necessarily, but seeing him healthy.