Chairman’s Update

by Kirk Samuelson

CJP-2017-Kirk Samuelson-HeadshotIn mid-May, the CJP Board congregated in Wichita, Kansas for a Spring Board meeting. Not only was it a great opportunity to discuss an already exciting year for the organization, but also valued time with Textron Aviation affiliates during their annual customer conference. Attendees enjoyed company presentations, product updates (with new aircraft on display) and meetings with vendors. We appreciate Textron Aviation’s hosting of the event and continued active involvement with CJP.

The Board meeting was also a chance to reflect upon our two recent April events – the CJP Regional in Bentonville, Arkansas and a CJP Safety and Education Foundation event held at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. (you will find recounts of both trips in this newsletter). I am happy to report the events were widely seen as successes. CJP members were treated to exclusive experiences ranging from behind-the-scenes tours, private dinners, air shows, unique presentations and more. For those who attended, we thank you and hope you enjoyed your experience. I take pride in the comradery displayed at happenings such as these and look forward to our next gathering at EAA in July.

Speaking of events, I am also pleased to share an exciting announcement regarding our annual convention in October…attendees will officially be treated to a private concert performed by multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, Dierks Bentley. The performance is sure to be fantastic, and extra special is the fact that Dierks is a Citation pilot himself. The concert will be in addition to other great social events and educational content at this year’s San Antonio convention. We hope to see you all there.

On the safety front, we are pleased to announce the CJP Safety and Education Foundation has been approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization! This is a wonderful milestone.  The CJP Safety Committee is already making great progress on a number of our safety initiatives, many of them connected to our Gold Standard Safety Award. As a reminder, the Gold Standard was developed as a means of addressing gaps in knowledge, proficiency, piloting skills and single-pilot competency. One of the criteria for the award is completing a training event of your choice (beyond the 61.58 requirements for Citation currency).

All CJP Safety Committee members, including myself, have now partaken in the enrichment training offered either by TRU or FlightSafety. Both were created with CJP’s input and are receiving high marks. I’d encourage everyone to consider pursuing the Gold Standard as one of your 2018 aviation goals. There is still time to apply as the deadline was recently extended to August 31. (You can follow this link to find the application as well as the March issue of Right Seat where we share our training experiences).

In addition, we have exciting new 2018 partnerships and enhanced benefits currently in development. You can expect those announcements to appear in the coming months – each originated by the common goal of helping members get more out of their jets and more out of their membership. I look forward to sharing more soon.