Classic Jet Aircraft Association

Preserving our Tactical Jet Heritage

Runway Overruns - New FAA Advisory Circular

Sep 24, 2014 - Runway overruns during the landing phase of flight account for approximately 10 incidents or accidents every year with varying degrees of severity, with many accidents resulting in fatalities. To address this issue, the FAA recently published Advisory Circular (AC) 91-79A to help pilots identify, understand, and mitigate many of the risks associated with runway overruns.

CJAA Member Phil Fogg wins Reno Gold

Sep 15, 2014 - Shortly after announcing his retirement from air racing after the 2014 races, CJAA Member Phil Fogg proceeded to school the entire Jet Class, winning Sunday's gold heat by a full seven seconds over second place Rick Vandam.

Phil has raced his L-39 "Fast Company" since the Jet Class was established in 2001, always finishing high in the Jet Class Gold, but this was his first overall win. Phil's average speed was 495.244 MPH, fastest of all Reno winners, Unlimited Class included.

Flown West - Lee Behel

Sep 9, 2014 - The Classic Jet Aircraft Association joins the entire air race family in mourning the loss of our mentor, competitor and friend, Lee Behel. Lee passed Sep. 8, 2014, while piloting his beloved GP-5 (“Sweet Dreams”) during qualification testing for the 2014 Reno Air Races.

Lee helped found the Reno Jet Class (formerly “Challenge Cup”) in 2001, raced jets every year since, and was scheduled to race another L-39 in the 2014 races.

CJAA Operations at Oshkosh

Sep 7, 2014 - Another beautiful example of CJAA Members in action at Oshkosh! Vlado Lenoch, Paul Keppler, Carl Schwermann and John Swartz exhibiting the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star or CT-133 Silver Star in a classic Diamond Formation pass for the spectators at Oshkosh 2014. Well done guys!


Oshkosh 2014 Revisited

Sep 2, 2014 - Oshkosh 2014 was a wonderful event, full of all the things pilots and aviation enthusiasts love to see, smell and hear. If you didn't make it this year, here is a wonderful video summary of the event including clips of CJAA members and their Classic Jet Warbird formation passes during some of the daily Warbird demonstration flights. As you think about your plans for 2015, please consider bringing your Classic Jet to Oshkosh. I hope to see you there!

Mark Peterson. CJAA President

2014 St George Jet Blast Registration Open

Aug 31, 2014 - October is a great time of the year to fly in beautiful Southwestern Utah. Jack Hunter has applied for wavered airspace providing participants with almost unlimited airspace to fly in. As usual, St. George's local FBO will provide discounted fuel.

Reminder - CJAA Membership Benefit

Aug 22, 2014 - Just a reminder that your annual CJAA membership includes a 8-issue subscription to the CJAA Jet Journal, a  custom version of Warbirds International magazine. The CJAA Jet Journal adds 8-12 pages of Classic Jet-specific information and articles related to jet ownership, maintenance and operation. In addition to the 8 editions of WI that contain the CJAA Jet Journal, you will also receive 4 additional editions that are published each year that focus on the P-51 Mustang.

FAA's list of 1,129 N-registered Classic Jets

Aug 18, 2014 - Every week, the FAA updates their entire aircraft registration database. From the Aug 15, 2014 publication, CJAA has extracted the 1,129 currently registered Classic Jets. The number is lower than last year, owing to the FAA's efforts to clean up their database, as well as aircraft lost or exported. On the other hand, there have been other new imports that helped grow the number.

AW&ST honors CJAA Member Jared Isaacman

Aug 14, 2014 - Every year, Aviation Week & Space Technology honors rising stars in the aerospace and defense industry with their 40 Under Forty award. The award winners are top industry talent who are younger than 40 years old and are "technically superb, exhibit strong leadership skills and possess a smart and fearless approach to business." Draken CEO Jared Isaacman is the first CJAA member to be so honored.

CJP names CJAA Member Jon Huggins as Exec. Dir.

Aug 4, 2014 - CJAA members also flying biz jets will be pleased to hear that CJAA Member, convention speaker and regular instructor/participant at Jet Blasts and Formation Clinics, Lt. Col. Jon Huggins, has been named by the Citation Jet Pilots (CJP) as their new executive director.

"Huggy" has accumulated over 7,000 hours of flight time as an instructor/evaluator pilot on the Lockheed U-2, Northrop T-38 Talon and King Air 350ER, and has on more than one occasion, shared his experience at CJAA conventions.

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