jimmyFive Minutes with Jimmy Hayes

  • CJP Member Since: 2014
  • Occupation: Retired. Former CEO of Cox Enterprises, Inc.
  • Current Aircraft: CJ3+, SNJ-4, Pilatus PC-7, Pilatus PC-9, L-39 Albatros
  • Home Base: KSRQ
  • Number of Years Flying: 43
  • Total Time: 5,500 hours
  1. Can you summarize your background in aviation?

I obtained my license shortly after graduate school in 1976, but most of my flying has been in the last 15 years. I’ve flown myself to 37 countries and am a FAST-qualified formation pilot.

  1. What led to your purchase of a Citation? Your typical mission?

I purchased the Citation in 2014 following a trip around the world in a Pilatus PC-12. After the journey, I began to reflect on the fact that I did not want to end my flying days without achieving a jet type rating. I considered several options, but ultimately chose the CJ3+ based on range and useful load criteria. My typical mission is the lower 48 states but I’ve completed several Atlantic crossings as well.

  1. How does Citation ownership benefit and enhance your life?

It’s really all about family for me. My wife is a competitive ballroom dancer, and I fly her to competitions across the country. We also travel to visit our children in Colorado and the east coast of Florida.

  1. What do you find is the most valuable part of being a member of CJP?

Friendship with terrific people who share common interests and passion for aviation and information.

  1. Can you describe your most memorable trip in a Citation?

There have been many memorable trips. One that was particularly memorable was flying to Havana, Cuba for a ballroom competition in 2016. Given the history of Cuba and the United States, it was certainly a memorable occasion that few pilots have the opportunity to do. Trips we have taken with Air Journey to different countries have all been memorable, too.