2019 February Newsletter

CJAA Newsletter Feb 2019


CJAA President Zach “Z” McNeill reports, “At the beginning of 2019, we are financially sound. We are starting out the year with reserves to sustain our organization for 12 months. Nevertheless, we are facing a challenge common in the warbird community…our annual membership is on a gradual decline. We’re down from around 300 members ten years ago to approximately 220-250 today, while also reducing annual membership dues. We are looking to increase our funding through creative marketing and sponsorship agreements.”


Z notes that there are some 400 airplanes registered in the US that could fall under the purview of the CJAA. “We represent only about half of them, so we’d love to reach out and add them to our membership. We have a lot to offer jet warbird owners far beyond our sponsored barbecues at Sun ‘n Fun and AirVenture at `Oshkosh.” He mentions several goals for 2019, including increasing the number of CJAA fly-in events, representing membership in a myriad of regulatory issues, and being a two-way conduit of information with the FAA, NTSB, and FAST.


He points out that fly-ins are much more important than simply boys playing with their toys.” Most warbird pilots are interested in aerobatics and/or formation flying. CJAA is dedicated to training our pilots to develop and improve their skills in these disciplines in order to STAY ALIVE! We generally do this through formation flying clinics such as the upcoming 2019 Presidential Fly in and Convention, to be held in Fairhope AL from 27 February until 3 March.” Z says he’s expecting a record 26 participating jet aircraft, along with some interesting visitors. “These clinics focus on heavy interaction between pilots and instructors/check pilots in order to hone their skills. They also give us a chance to fly, talk shop, and socialize with other pilots sharing similar interests. We can exchange helpful tips for everything from holding position in an echelon turn, to finding better ways to upgrade an avionics suite. We also have discussions about safety, which includes information that comes to us from FAST and its other signatories. We all learn from each other, since many of the skillsets overlap each other, despite our unique demands on airspace and speed.”


In the regulatory world, CJAA represents the jet warbird community on many different levels. Z continues, “We are working closely with the government as it begins implementation of FAA Order 8900.1 Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS). Some of these changes in the rewrite affect the licensing of people and experimental aircraft in our membership. In addition, the safety record in every corner of the warbird community comes under scrutiny by the FAA and NTSB, as well as other components of the government that don’t necessarily understand the fine points of aviation as well. So, EVERYTHING in the warbird can influence us. Through FAST, we continue to strengthen our ties with other FAST signatories and exchange information


At the 2019 Presidential Fly in and Convention in Fairhope, the CJAA will hold its annual membership meeting. This will be YOUR opportunity to have your voice heard on a variety of issues that will affect our organization. Most participants will be arriving on Wednesday, 27 February. Thursday and Friday will be spend flying, flying and flying. This is the real heart of the fly in, where pilots can earn their FAST Wingman or Lead certifications. On Saturday, the group will be treated to a tour of the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, followed by the annual CJAA Convention Meeting. This promises to be the largest gathering of CJAA members ever at Fairhope so if you have not yet registered, please do so ASAP.


Watch this space for a recap of the Fairhope gathering, as well as a preview of future CJAA events.


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Pensacola Naval Base - UPDATE

Members Pensacola- UPDATE


All members you must enter the Naval Air Station via the west gate at 1878 S. Blue Angel Pkwy, Pensacola, 32508.

This adds 25 minutes minimum to your commute from the Pensacola side of the base.

All 18 years of age and over must present a REAL ID compliant form of identification--NO exceptions.

Visitors to NAS Pensacola who are not in possession of an approved government issued credential or state driver’s license compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005 must present an additional form of ID. State driver’s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and identification cards from American Samoa are non-compliant with the Real ID Act. Additional information and guidance regarding NAS Pensacola access can be found at the NAS Pensacola website or by contacting the Visitor’s Control Center at (850) 452-4153.


Ride share services such as Lyft and Uber are not allowed on NAS Pensacola. Standard taxi services are allowed to enter the base via the West Gate provided the taxi driver has a valid base pass.

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Presidential Fly in and Convention ( Update):

Presidential Fly in and Convention (UPDATE):


On the evening of Feb 27th 1730 upstairs in the FBO at KCQF Scott "Gomez" Glaser will be teaching the formation Wing (Lead if needed) ground school to whomever has not received the school and would like to be eligible for a wing card.

The Continental FBO will provide a second JET A truck for the event so we do not have the delays we experienced last year.

If you want to be considered for a CJAA Wing or Lead card you are required to complete a ground school. CJAA standardization (Check) pilots may consider other organizations wing or lead cards as having completed a ground school.

Charlie "V-12" Vandenbossche has been diligently collecting all annual FPR's and will receive any course completion e-mails from Gomez. If you cannot remember if you have the class or sent your FPR feel free to call "V-12". Need his number give me a call 619-227-3327.

As a reminder for an applicant to be eligible for a CJAA wing card they must have done the following:

  1. Attend ground school
  2. Received a recommendation for check ride from CJAA FAST Lead or Check airman.
  3. Every rec and check ride has to have a FAST carded individual in each airplane.


Just so we are clear if you do not have a record of completing an event ......... It did not happen. Better to get a nice review then miss an opportunity.

So far we have 26 warbird jets and several surprise opportunities scheduled.  I recently learned from my local FAA contacts that the Temporary low level aerobatic box is still on track. Expect and update late next week on its approval.

Final Plan of events for Saturday will be promulgated in about 10 days. We are working with the Air Wing to pack as much military exposure that time will allow.



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