Any resemblance to Howard Tobin's egg timer is coincidental.FIVE MINUTES WITH… 


Dave Lenz



CJP Member Since: 2008
Occupation: Hotel Developer/Owner/Operator (NCG Hotels)
Spouse/Partner: Kris
Current Aircraft: 2007 CJ3, 2018 Aviat Husky A1-C, Glasair III Experimental
Home Base: Madison/Middleton, WI
Number of Years Flying: 53
Total Time: 7,000+

  1. Can you describe your introduction to general aviation?

Soloed at the age of 16 in a 170B. I then joined the 115th Fighter Wing of Wisconsin Air National Guard in ‘68, trained with USAF and returned to Madison to fly the F-102, O2-A, A-37 and A-10 for 14 years. At the same time, I also worked a civilian job in the finance and real estate industry.

  1. What do you enjoy most about the Citation?

I have been a raving fan of Cessna, flying the T-41 (C-172), T-37, A-37, C-177, C-182, C-310, C-414A, CJ1, CJ2, CJ3 and the M2. Cessna aircraft, especially the Citation, are easy to fly, well supported by the manufacturer and have a great ramp presence. The best part about the CJ3 is that it hauls a lot and goes fast, over 400kts.

  1. Can you describe your typical mission?

My son Jeff, who is also typed, and I fly for both business and pleasure. Our business missions entail visiting our hotels in the Midwest and in Arizona. Our pleasure flying is going to the cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, flying to see our grandkids play sports and visiting exciting places with my wife, our three grown children and nine grandchildren.

  1. What led you to recently acquire an Aviat Husky?

The new 2018 A-1C Husky is much improved over my previous 2011 model. The trim system is now a tab instead of bungy cords, the pilot seat adjusts and the landing gear is beefed up with extended legs, stance and skirts. The Husky is my favorite airplane to fly. Getting back to stick and rudder flying in the backcountry is both fun and eye-opening. You get to see some of the most beautiful country in the U.S. up close and personal. In its environment, it is every bit as challenging to “fly well” as the Citation.

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

I like the forums on the web for sharing and exchanging experiences or just answering questions. The educational aspect of the annual convention is a major part of the value of the organization, but the best part is the people you meet and the friendships you make, all who share your passion for flying.