Citation Owner Pilots Gather
Likely the biggest concentration of Citations outside of Wichita was in Aspen on the long weekend and it's not even ski season. The first convention of the Citation Jet Pilots owner pilot association was held at the Colorado resort and more than 40 aircraft and 150 people attended. "The event helped owners learn more about their aircraft as well as provide feedback to Cessna and the major system providers to the Citation fleet," said CJP President John Hayes, who founded the organization almost a year ago. Although there was undoubtedly some pleasure to be found in the Colorado ski town, the group spent a lot of time on business, too.
Keynote speakers were NBAA President Ed Bolen and AOPA President Craig Fuller (who's also a CJP member and CJ3 owner) and they likely found a sympathetic reception for their pitch o the No Plane No Gain and GA Serves America programs. Representatives of Cessna and major vendors such as Flight Safety International, Pratt and Whitney Canada, Williams International, Rockwell Collins and Garmin International gave presentations and pressed the flesh with the end users of their equipment. John and Martha King were also on hand to offer input in the Jet Training Roundtable.