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CJP Partnerships Continue to Grow

by Andrew Broom

CJP is experiencing record numbers across the board. This includes our membership, forum activity and convention registration. We also continue to add CJP partners, with the newest ones highlighted below.

  • Platinum – Aviat Aircraft
  • Silver – Avidyne Corporation
  • Diamond – SmartSky Networks
  • Patron – Best Tugs, ForeFlight, QS Partners, Sandel Avionics

Please make sure to visit all of these partners and additional vendors during the CJP Convention in October. We are excited to welcome a record number of total exhibitors at the show.

If you would like additional information on our recently-added partners and their offerings, continue reading. I look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Aviat Aircraft

aviatAviat Aircraft, CJP’s newest Platinum partner, is offering CJP members unique backcountry and training experiences in the Husky, along with upset recovery training in the Pitts. These opportunities will be auctioned at the convention and throughout the year. Already, several CJP members own the legendary Husky in addition to their Citation.

Crafted with pride in Afton, WY since 1941, Aviat Aircraft is the oldest continuously operating aircraft manufacturer in the United States. Whether working on a Husky, Pitts or Eagle kit airplane, each person at Aviat Aircraft possess a passion for perfection and pride of craftsmanship that results in the world’s finest, safest and most robust short takeoff and landing style aircraft, making Aviat the choice of pilots for decades.

Aviat is excited to bring some very unique offers and experiences to CJP members including the newly announced ownership program. This exclusive purchase pathway includes gratis option selections, discounts and highly personalized training options.

Additionally, the company is hosting a few incredible flight experience options including Spin and Aerobatic Training in the Pitts biplane, 3-day Idaho backcountry experiences (hosted at the stunning Middle Fork Lodge) and the biggest auction item, a five-star flying adventure at the gorgeous Gateway Canyons Resort which offers flying, rafting, a spa, Jeep driving, horseback riding and ATV excursion options in some of the most picturesque scenery in the United States.

For more information, visit www.AviatAircraft.com or call our CJP sales representative, Matt Hofeldt at (608) 332-6110.


avidyneAvidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, recently announced they have received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval of dual hybrid-touchscreen IFD550/540 Series FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems, for installation in Cessna CitationJet 525 and 525A models with Collins Pro Line 21 and the FGC-3000 Digital Flight Control System.

Upgrading to the Avidyne IFD Series gives CJ owners significant new capabilities that extend the mission profile of their aircraft while reducing pilot workload and providing enhanced situational awareness. In addition to getting an easy-to-use, hybrid-touch FMS and compliance with the ADS-B mandate, this STC provides autopilot-coupled LPV approach capability, while adding 3D synthetic vision views of nearby terrain, obstacles, and traffic, plus integrated wireless connectivity to the IFD100 and many third-party apps including ForeFlight.

Avidyne’s IFD550 is a full-featured FMS/GPS/NAV/COM with hybrid-touch user interface that offers pilots the best of touch screen operation, along with dedicated knobs and buttons for easy control through all phases of flight. It features an integrated Attitude Reference Sensor (ARS). The ARS detects pitch and roll motion and enables the display of dynamic Synthetic Vision (SVS) with full-motion three-dimensional “out-the-window” views as well as exocentric “in-trail” views of the aircraft and nearby terrain, obstacles, traffic and terrain. The IFD550 also gives pilots the ability to overlay Horizontal and Vertical Deviation Indicators, a Total Velocity Vector (TVV)/Flight Path Marker and adjustable field of regard. Avidyne is expecting the IFD550/540 series to be available on other CJ airframes in the near future.

For more information contact Avidyne at (321) 751-8520, sales@avidyne.com or visit www.Avidyne.com.

SmartSky Networks

smartskyHeadquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, SmartSky Networks was formed in 2011 by senior aviation and telecommunications executives seeking to transform aviation through the use of disruptive communications technologies and related tools. Working with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky has begun the rollout of its innovative, air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G LTE. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity.

SmartSky 4G LTE delivers data to the aircraft at rates comparable with next generation satellite solutions and provides unmatched capacity for data transmissions from the aircraft to the ground. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky 4G LTE a key enabler for the new and enhanced apps, services and hardware that will usher in the digitization of the aviation industry.

For more information, visit: www.smartskynetworks.com.

Best Tugs

best tugsBest Tugs is a family-owned company that specializes in high quality and technologically advanced tugs. The new Echo line with its custom 11-inch touchscreen display, power steering and Smart Tug technology can safely pull your aircraft of up to 24,000 pounds. The Echo also has an air compressor, built-in storage compartments and the ability to power up your aircraft with its on-board GPU.

For more information, visit: www.besttugs.com


PrintForeFlight was founded in 2007 by aviation entrepreneurs who set out to build elegant, high-performing flight planning and flight bag apps for pilots. ForeFlight Mobile, the company’s flagship product, is used by individual pilots and professional flight crews all over the world to efficiently gather weather and destination information, route plan and file, access and manage electronic charts and maps, organize flight publications, reference as an enroute navigation aid, and manage iPad deployments. ForeFlight serves pilots in all segments of aviation, including personal, business, commercial and military. In addition, the company’s Fanatical Pilot Support Team delivers amazingly fast and friendly customer service. Click the links below to read more about our recent announcements.

Mobile Pre-Departure Clearance and Digital ATIS Available in ForeFlight

ForeFlight now offers mobile Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automated Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) at over 70 U.S. airports. The PDC service, in partnership with Satcom Direct, automatically delivers your IFR clearance and current ATIS information via text message and email.

ForeFlight Launches Trip Assistant, a Door-to-Door Flight and Fuel Stop Planner

Never miss a meeting time! ForeFlight’s new Trip Assistant is a simple-to-use planning tool for anyone involved in mission planning that quickly computes total trip time, factoring in drive time, flight time and fuel stops to create a detailed itinerary showing exactly when to leave in order to arrive on time at the final destination.

For more information, visit www.foreflight.com.

QS Partners

qspartnersQS Partners is an aircraft sales, brokerage and acquisitions company based in Boulder, Colorado. As a subsidiary of NetJets, we have a global network of resources, a history of aviation innovation and unparalleled capital strength, which allows QS Partners to deliver custom solutions to our clients worldwide. Our colleagues Paul Kirby and Troy Lawson are proud to attend the annual CJP Convention and all of us at QS Partners look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.

For more information, visit www.QSPartners.com.

Sandel Avionics

sandelSandel Avionics Inc., is a privately held company specializing in compact integrated display systems for general aviation, business aviation, air transport and regional aircraft. Sandel is a leading manufacturer and innovator in Part 25 retrofit displays and TAWS technology. All engineering, design, research and development, testing, manufacturing, sales, marketing and administration are headquartered in Vista, CA.

Today, Sandel is finalizing certification efforts for their new retrofit avionics flight deck called Avilon. Avilon is a complete avionics flight deck integrating all components and functions required for navigation, communication and surveillance. Avilon will offer aircraft owners and operators a highly advanced flight deck that enables a revolutionary approach as to how modern cockpit avionics are designed, built and installed.

Founded in 1998 by aviation enthusiast and inventor Gerry Block, Sandel is managed by an independent board of directors, with the stated business purpose of enhancing the capabilities of pilots and their aircraft.

For more information, visit www.sandel.com.