5th Annual CJP Convention Was
An Outstanding Event;
Plans Already Underway for 2014
Save the Date!
6th Annual Convention
Sept. 17-20, 2014
Greenbrier Resort, WV
CJP held its fourth annual convention Oct. 2-6, 2013 in Tucson, Ariz. The four-day event, held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass hotel, featured A-list speakers and special guests, including Russ Meyer, Jr., and supersonic survivor Brian Udell. In addition, the convention includes more than 25 hours of educational seminars, from topics ranging from upset training to advanced avionics techniques, to pilot decision-making.
Centered on the theme of “Pride, Passion, and Professionalism,” the convention attracted hundreds of CJP members, companions and special guests. A number of aviation companies were attendance in support of the convention, including Cessna, Garmin, Jeppesen, Pratt & Whitney Canada, FlightSafety, ProFlight and many others. Also, exhibits of leading companies supporting the Citation fleet were displayed with company representatives available throughout the event to answer questions and meet with owners.
During the convention’s opening session, CJP unveiled a special award for Citation owners who have reached major operational milestones. The “CJP Citation Wings” is a stunning gold lapel pin with a Citation resting atop and adorned with a diamond for each 1,000 hours of Citation flight time. These special pins were presented on stage to owner-members attending the convention who have achieved these milestones.
One of the most valuable and worthwhile events was the Citation type Roundtables. Each session focused on one type family: the 525, 510 and legacy models. These sessions featured several experienced 525 CJP owners who shared their best practices, experiences and lessons learned with the group. The relaxed, give-and-take format gave all members a chance to ask questions or add to the discussion. Tim White, CEO of Kansas Aircraft, moderated the 525 Roundtable, Kansas Aircraft VP John Young moderated the 510 group, and the legacy group was led by Sierra Industries’ CEO Mark Huffstutler.
“This was a fantastic addition to the convention. Everyone in the room was involved in the discussions and walked away with new information that will help them operate their Citations better,” said White. “Several members mentioned this was one of the most valuable sessions they attended and hoped they would continue it in the future.”
In addition, the ever-popular companion training program, led by Jet Aviva, taught non-pilot companions the basics of airmanship and radio communication followed by a two-hour training session flying their actual Citation.
Each night featured outstanding social events, including a western-style opening reception sponsored by ProFlight, a hangar party sponsored by Cessna, and the highly successful awards dinner and auction fundraiser. This year, the auction raised more than $351,000 to help fund CJP programs, scholarships and the Russ Meyer Library.
On the final night of the convention, Bruce E. Peterman was inducted into the CJP Hall of Honor. A 43-year Cessna veteran, Bruce was involved in the design and engineering of all Citation models through the Citation X. Cessna Chairman Emeritus Russ Meyer, last year’s inaugural inductee, served as host of the 2013 ceremony and present the award to Mr. Peterman.
“The 2013 Convention theme was “Pride, Passion, and Professionalism,” which reflects the common mission and goals shared by all CJP members. This year’s convention addressed and celebrated every aspect of Citation ownership and operation,” said Convention Chairman Tom Poberezny.
The 2014 CJP Convention team is already hard at work to put together an even more exciting and educational event for next year. Stay tuned for more information!