CJP Brings its Annual Convention to New Orleans
From its first gathering in 2009, the Citation Jet Pilots Owner/Pilot Association (CJP) has always strived to bring its members the most impressive, entertaining and educational annual conventions in the owner-flown aviation community. For the 2016 convention, more than 400 Citation owners, operators and pilots will gather at the fabled Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 19-23, marking three full days of excitement, information, and – above all – fun!
Originally opened in 1893, the Roosevelt is a landmark hotel that is close to New Orleans nightlife, dining and culture, providing an elegant sanctuary in a vibrant Mardi Gras town. The Roosevelt reopened in 2009, following an extensive restoration in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and today serves as a hallmark of its city’s resurgent spirit, with furnishings and grandeur recalling the hotel’s heyday in the 1920s and 1930s.
Experiencing an equally impressive comeback from Katrina’s devastation is New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW), home to this year’s host FBO, FlightLine Services. As in years past, CJP has negotiated the waiving of landing, ramp or overnight fees for Convention attendees, in addition to a special CJP rate for Jet-A.
“CJP is excited to bring our annual gathering to ‘The Big Easy,’ where our members will share in the excitement of the French Quarter and Bourbon Street with their fellow Citation owners and pilots, all while experiencing a diverse mix of educational and entertainment opportunities,” noted CJP Chairman David Miller.
Educational Opportunities Abound
CJP events always feature a robust mix of engaging and educational presentations. This year’s roster of speakers includes a mix of popular returning presenters – including CFII Neil Singer, CJ3 instructor and ProFlight 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, 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, earning her pilot’s license – by using her feet.
Following extremely positive reception at the 2014 and 2015 CJP Conventions, for 2016 CJP has further 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 available to the Citation owner community.
The annual CJP Live Auction supports many charitable activities, including the CJP Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship that is presented annually to two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students. Proceeds also go towards other CJP programs, such as the Russ Meyer Citation Library (RMCL), a unique online resource that will provide unparalleled operational, maintenance, and safety information for CJP Members, and CJP’s support for various youth and veterans’ initiatives.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to enhance the experience for everyone attending the CJP Annual Convention,” explained CJP President Russell Boyd. “What we have planned for 2016 is so amazing that the event even has its own app. Attendees will have access to real-time schedule updates, speaker information, photos, and activities about all-things CJP, right on their mobile device.”
Expanded Focus on Companion Activities in 2016
CJP has also ensured that non-flying spouses and partners, or Companions, have plenty of interesting and exciting activities during their stay. “Our aim is to build on our experience from previous years, and develop a program that makes the CJP Annual Convention the aviation meeting that Companions look forward to most each year,” Boyd added. “Our industry partners have really stepped up to help us take the Companion experience to the next level this year. CJP sincerely appreciates their support, and we can’t wait for everyone to experience what the team has put together.”
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.
For the second year in a row, Textron Aviation will bring acclaimed chef, restaurateur, author, and television host Guy Fieri to CJP, where he will host an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable interactive cooking experience, introducing Companions to a variety of bayou favorites in an exciting opportunity to work alongside one of today’s most prolific and well-regarded chefs.
Fieri’s cuisine will also be featured at the Friday Night Hangar Party at KNEW, hosted by Textron Aviation, spotlighting the aircraft product line against the backdrop of tastes and sounds that can only be found in New Orleans.
In what has become a CJP Annual Convention tradition, jetAVIVA CEO Cyrus Sigari will return to teach his 2-hour Companion Ground School, and jetAVIVA instructor pilots will also be on hand for the Companion Flying Training Course. These courses 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 of aircraft.
Saturday evening, CJP attendees and their Companions will experience an exclusive private tour of the National WWII Museum, showcasing why the war was fought, how it was won, and why it matters today. Opened on June 6, 2006 as the National D-Day Museum and founded by author and historian Stephen Ambrose, the museum was officially designated by Congress as the National WWII Museum and aims to ensure that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired.
“Every year, CJP looks to build upon our previous successes to bring our Members the most interesting, entertaining, and informative annual Convention of any owner/pilot group,” Miller concluded. “We fully expect that the 2016 CJP annual Convention will be THE premier aircraft owner meeting this year, and we encourage anyone who’s been on the fence about joining our association to sign up now and experience these and other impressive benefits of being part of CJP.”
For more information and to register for CJP 2016 in New Orleans, visit www.citationjetpilots.com/cjp-2016-annual-convention-october-19-23.