ENTERPRISE, Florida — The Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association (CJP) has officially opened the Russ Meyer Citation Library (RMCL), an online repository of information regarding all aspects of the line of Cessna Citation light business jets.
The library was formally unveiled during the 2015 CJP Annual Convention, held Sept. 9-13 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“This has been an incredibly fun project to work on,” said CJP Member Steve Vollum, who along with CJP Director and Treasurer Tracy Forrest spearheaded creation of the RMCL. “I’ve waited for years to stand on this stage and announce that the Russ Meyer Citation Library has become a reality.”
The culmination of more than four years of work by CJP and a network of volunteers, the RMCL offers extensive information about the development of the Citation line, as well as operating guidelines and maintenance requirements for the owner/pilot community.
To date, more than 900 articles have been loaded into a resource that, over time, may ultimately include thousands of pages of information for Citation operators. That content was organized and curated from across a wide range of sources by a team of students at the Prescott, Ariz., campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, led by ERAU faculty member Randy Rehbach.
“CJP, as an organization, began in 2008 as an information exchange,” Vollum noted. “It has evolved into the organization we see today, with more than 900 members from 30 countries, many of them sharing their knowledge and experiences through our online forums. That has created a vast social exchange for information, but our success also led to information overload.”
Organizing that information in a concise and easily-referenced manner, in addition to drawing from content relevant to the Citation owner community from across the broad spectrum of the business aviation industry, were the primary goals for the RMCL team comprised of researchers, software engineers and web designers, and CJP members who volunteered their time and resources to build the library.
Among the items unique to the RMCL is a complete set of Cessna’s “Specification & Description” documents for each Citation model. Content also includes a growing selection of training and maintenance materials, plus accident analysis, pilot reports and many diverse articles selected specifically to interest CJP members, as well as Citation pilots and owners.
“I’m still in awe of the tremendous amount of material up here,” said Cessna chairman emeritus and RMCL namesake Russ Meyer, Jr., who joined Vollum and the CJP team at the 2015 CJP Annual Convention for the rollout announcement. “When we developed the very first Citation more than 40 years ago, we gave as much thought to supporting the product as we did to the aerodynamics and engineering. The RMCL is a natural, 21st-century continuation of that ideal, and it is an honor to participate in this rollout that is not only a milestone for CJP, but also for the entire industry.”