CJP’s third and final regional event of 2016 is right around the corner. If you haven’t already made plans to fly to Mackinac Island from June 9-12, there’s still time to book your reservations and fuel your Citation!

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Hosted by CJP Member Steven Foote, this unique and exciting event will take place at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Covering 3.8 square miles in land area and located on Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is listed as a National Historic Landmark… and the only way around this island is by bicycle or horse drawn carriage, as motorized vehicles have been prohibited since 1898!

Attendees will have the option to fly in to Mackinac Island Airport (MCD, 3,501’ x 75’) or to the larger Pellston Regional Airport (PLN). Regardless of where you land, transportation will be pre-arranged to get you to Grand Hotel located on the island.

Although the island may be small, the activities and schedule we have planned for attendees is anything but! Mornings will consist of education seminars, with afternoons providing numerous options for action or relaxing. Attendees will gather back together each evening in some of the most incredible venues to enjoy the company of your fellow CJP Members coupled with fantastic meals CJP has planned!

After arriving on Thursday, June 9, attendees will gather for a Welcome Reception held on Grand Hotel’s Front Porch (at 660 feet, it’s the longest in the world) followed by a five-course dinner in the picturesque Main Dining room, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.

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Friday morning following breakfast, Dr. David Strahle will present an education session on the proper use of NEXRAD weather in the cockpit. Dr. Strahle is one of the foremost experts on aviation weather radar, as well as an avid pilot and graduate of Kent State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Technology. Friday afternoon, attendees may participate in the CJP Golf Outing; “Back of the House” Tour with Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel Historian; Island Carriage Tours; or many other options, ranging from tennis and hiking, to spa treatments and lounging around the pool. Programs are available for children, as well!

After a day of enjoyable activities, attendees will enjoy carriage Rides to the Tea Room at Fort Mackinac for dinner. Fort Mackinac was founded by the British during the American Revolution, relocating in 1780 from the earlier Fort Michilimackinac at what is now Mackinaw City. Americans took control in 1796, and held the territory until the first U.S. land engagement of the War of 1812 when the British retook control. After unsuccessful attempts by the Americans to retake the fort, it was returned to the United States after the war.

On Saturday, attendees will benefit from breakout sessions with Garmin’s Dan Lind, and John Spellmeyer from Rockwell Collins, who will each offer Tips & Techniques for getting the most out of your avionics, as well as answering your questions about the operation of those systems.


Saturday afternoon, attendees may enjoy a West Bluff Victorian Cottage Tour with Bob Tagatz, or participate in a wide range of alternate activities. The event’s final dinner will take place Saturday evening at Woods Restaurant, with attendees again enjoying carriage transportation into the wooded interior of Mackinac Island. CJP Members will depart Mackinac throughout the day on Sunday.

To order your tickets, visit here.