By Rob Finfrock

Following last year’s extremely successful gathering at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, for 2016 CJP swaps the Rocky Mountains for the excitement and joie de vivre of Bourbon Street for the 2016 CJP Annual Convention. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding this year’s event, which will take place Oct. 19-23 in New Orleans, LA.

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Where Are We Going?

N’awlins! Really, what else needs to be said? (Although those unfamiliar with the land of Mardi Gras and The Big Easy will find the Official New Orleans Guide a valuable resource in telling what makes New Orleans such a unique experience that stands alone among all other U.S. cities.)

Where Are We Staying?

The fabled Waldorf Astora Roosevelt Hotel of New Orleans. While there are many hotels out there with memorable pasts, not many can claim that 80 miles of highway were built to their door just so the governor could get his favorite drink. Originally opened in 1893 as the lavish Grunewald Hotel, this iconic property represents everything that makes New Orleans one of the world’s greatest destinations.

New Orleans' Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the 2016 CJP Convention, as seen in the 1940s.

New Orleans’ Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the 2016 CJP Convention, as seen in the 1940s.

The Roosevelt was restored and reopened in 2009 and today serves as a hallmark of its city’s resurgent spirit after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana coast in August 200, with furnishings and grandeur recalling the hotel’s heyday in the 1920s and 1930s.

Where Do I Fly To?

New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW) is home to this year’s host FBO, FlightLine Services, and located about 20 minutes from The Roosevelt. CJP has negotiated no landing, ramp or overnight fees for Convention attendees, and a special CJP rate for Jet-A will be announced before the event.

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Plan to arrive at The Roosevelt no later than Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. if you wish to make all the seminars and events. Transportation between the FBO to the hotel will be provided compliments of CJP on Tuesday & Wednesday (11:00-7:00), and on Sunday (6:30-12:00). If you arrive or depart outside of those windows, your options are to get a taxi, Uber or rent a car.

What Presentations May I Look Forward To?

CJP2016-Greg Feith-FB-0916Offering a robust mix of engaging and educational presentations is another hallmark of CJP events. This year’s roster of speakers includes a mix of popular returning presenters – including CFII Neil Singer, CJ3 instructor and TRU Simulation Part 135 Compliance Manager Chuck Hosmer, and Boeing 747-400 captain Dann Runik, who recently served as executive director for advanced training at FlightSafety – along with former 20-year NTSB investigator Greg Feith (left), who will provide an overview of Citation accident and safety data.

Another featured speaker for CJP 2016 will be Jessica Cox, who has overcome the challenge of being born without arms to earn a college degree and a Taekwondo black belt, as well as learning to operate a car – and, in 2008, an airplane – with her feet.

Shouldn’t You Avoid Ending Questions with Prepositions?

Umm… To what are you referring?

Never Mind. So, What Are Some Other Events Planned for CJP2016?

CJP has expanded the roster of opportunities for attendees to share experiences with their fellow CJP members. These include roundtable discussions focused on operator issues, as well as specific Citation airframes and avionics. In addition, more than 40 vendor displays will highlight the latest products and services specific to your Citation.

Photo by Peter Stratton

Photo by Peter Stratton

Non-flying spouses and partners, or Companions, also have plenty of interesting and exciting activities to choose from during their stay. Returning for 2016, after an extremely well-regarded introduction at last year’s Convention, is the Jet Design Experience, offering the opportunity to let your creativity soar as you specify your own custom aircraft interior and exterior paint scheme under the guidance of the industry-leading Textron Aviation Design team.

Platinum-Plus sponsor Textron Aviation will also host the Friday Night Hangar Party at KNEW, spotlighting the aircraft product line against the backdrop of tastes and sounds that can only be found in New Orleans.

CJP-Guy Fieri-Official Press Photo-072016Acclaimed chef, restaurateur, author, and television host Guy Fieri (left) returns to CJP for the second year in a row to host an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable interactive cooking experience, introducing Companions to a variety of bayou favorites and the exciting opportunity to work alongside one of today’s most prolific and well-regarded chefs.

The Companion Ground School, and Companion Flying Training Course, are designed to enable Companions to be more comfortable in the flying environment, refresh the principles of the pinch hitter course, and increase Companion safety and knowledge of their model aircraft. (The 2-hour Ground School is open to everyone, while the Flying Training Course is limited to 13 Companions who did not fly at the 2015 CJP Convention.

Saturday evening, CJP attendees and their Companions will experience a private, exclusive tour of the National WWII Museum, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war.

Sounds Great! So, How Do I Register?

You may complete the online form here to register for the 2016 CJP Convention. You will receive an email from the system confirming your registration and from our credit card company (or PayPal) confirming payment. You will also be able to print out an invoice for your files (the link will be in your registration email or you can return to this page and click on “Download Invoice”).

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Please note that you will not be able to make a reservation at The Roosevelt until you have registered and paid your CJP registration fee. You will receive an email confirming your registration, which will also include your hotel reservation code. You will not be able to make a reservation without that code.

Make your plans to attend now, and we hope to see you there!