CJP Member Since: 2017
Occupation: Technology Management and Consulting
Current Aircraft: It’s complicated (see below)
Home Base: Nashville, TN (KJWN)
Number of Years Flying: 20
Total Time: 4500
- Can you summarize your background in aviation?
I’ve always been fascinated by flying. While in college, ground school was offered as an elective. I started my business in college and quickly realized how GA could be useful to further business. I was hooked. I’m now seven airplanes and 20 years later. Man, I’m getting old.
- What led to your purchase of a Citation? Your typical mission?
The typical business mission is me plus one or two other people. A typical personal mission is me, my wife and our four kids. Around 400 to 600 nm for either business or personal, and for that mission, the Mustang is a perfect fit. I chose the Mustang primarily because of simplicity, economics and the support from Textron Aviation.
- In your opinion, what is the most valuable part of being a member of CJP?
The collective knowledge and experience available from being part of this group is second to none. If I ever have a question, there is no shortage of people I can call or who are willing to answer my forum post.
- The recent Nashville tornado impacted your airplane/airport. Can you describe the magnitude of the event?
Sadly, my beloved Mustang 510-0328 was presumed destroyed. I say presumed because, as I write this, 12 days later, they still have not recovered the aircraft from the rubble. Certainly, the airplane is insured, but the process of getting a new aircraft is painful, especially when you really loved the one you had. Throw in the coronavirus crisis in the middle, and this has been really challenging. I’m taking the time to evaluate my next options.
- What is your plan for your airplane and flying going forward?
As I type this, I’m getting a type rating in a 501/SP (just to try it out, and it’s on the list). I am also considering another Mustang, of course, as well as the Phenom 100. No matter what happens, I’ll have a plane. It’s such an important part of my personal and professional life.
“Whenever we want to go, we go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and hull and deck and sails. That’s what a ship needs. But what a ship really is – is freedom.” – Captain Jack Sparrow
Couldn’t have said it better myself.