GEORGE H. KRISS

Here are some pictures for those who've known me over a number of years.

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A brief synopsis from my days as a professional pilot.

Learjet

After retiring from corporate work I did some contract flying between 1989 and 2002


Some detailed information - my background encompasses over 30 years of flying experience including the position as a corporate pilot operating turboprop, turbojet and turbofan aircraft. Extensive world wide experience includes Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The western hemisphere includes North and South America. Operated a King Air 200 and a Learjet 25 for the Northrop Aircraft Company while living in Daharan Saudi Arabia for three years in the 1970's. After return from overseas in 1980 I flew a Learjet a short time for the guys who owned and crewed of the Double Eagle balloon that made the first Atlantic crossing. Spent extended periods in the early 1990's as a contract pilot in Geneva Switzerland and Sao Paulo Brazil. North Atlantic and Pacific crossings were often included in flights originating or ending in the continental United States. The operation in Switzerland required establishment and management of the flight department including initiation of the maintenance program at a local facility. This Learjet was operated regularly between the home base in Geneva Switzerland and France, the United Kingdom and Canada. The Learjet flown in Brazil was operated extensively in country as well as other South American countries, the Caribbean and to the United States.

The 1980's were spent with the Learjet factory in Tucson Arizona as a Factory Marketing Demonstration Pilot. These duties included corporate transport, company representation at aviation conventions like the Paris Air Show or the National Business Aircraft Association. Many times it was necessary to fly a customers trips and assist the company officials while their crew members were in ground training at Flight Safety. An important aspect of our job was the training of customer crews including Air Force C-21 pilots. Some of my collateral duties included occasional production flight testing which included stall flights and aircraft certification. Support of the marketing department required transporting corporate executives of companies interested in purchasing a new airplane, or fleet, as well as Heads of State. Often we operated in and out of diverse airports and remote locations that a routine flight operation may never experience. I've flown the Learjet into airports located in narrow valleys in the Swiss and Italian Alps as well as dirt strips in other countries.

Our duties occasionally included test flights of experimental or new production aircraft. These airplanes ranged from conventional to all glass (EFIS) cockpits and flight test procedures involved all realms of flight including both ends of the flight envelope to insure the aircraft met the FAA safety standards for pilot operations and passenger safety. We even flew "experimental" planes beyond the high speed limits. One flight that was certainly out of the realm of normal was demonstrating some special target tow equipment to the British Royal Air Force and simulating a Dog Fight with an F-15 and a Lightning over the North Sea. All of these very different aspects of our work gave us the chance to see and learn how to handle a jet airplane at its' extremes of the envelope. The job with Learjet gave us an opportunity to fly with and share time with some very well known people which included, for myself, the FAA Administrator, Neil Armstrong and others. The experience gained in those early days with Learjet was something that was priceless and gave us a depth of knowledge about the Learjet airplane and the flight testing of jet airplanes that today's pilots out flying the line will never experience. This type of flight certainly keeps one knowledgeable, respectful and understanding of an airplanes limits. It develops confidence in the airplane.

I began experimenting with long range operations while living in the Middle East and this eventually became one of my specialties. I formulated a long range profile for the Learjet 55 prior to the publishing of the Pilots Manual in 1982. This profile was used by some of the Learjet pilots who had access to these numbers. However, they were not widely published out of concern that the attention to the scope and detail required more than that of normal pilot activities on a daily basis. The president of the company and myself achieved six world records in 1983 that were recognized by both the Federation Aeronautique Internationale and the National Aeronautic Association of the United States. These included Los Angeles-Paris-Los Angeles in a Learjet 55LR. On a separate occasion in 1982 I conducted the first nonstop flight in a standard Learjet 55 from San Francisco to Honolulu. I left Learjet as the Senior Captain in 1989 and continued residing in Arizona after Learjet was sold and operations were moved to Kansas.

In 2000-2002 I provided contract pilot services primarily on the Gulfstream and the Learjet to top rated Part 91 operators including Corporate Flight Departments and Managed Aircraft. My services were offered to Part 135 operators only on a limited basis after close scrutiny of the operation and their maintenance practices.

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I retired from professional flying in 2002.

FAA ratings- ATP ASEL, ATP AMEL, Com'l Glider,
G1159 (Gulfstream) type rating, LR (Learjet) type rating,
CFI-A&I, A&P Mechanic.

Experience --------------------to the nearest 1000
Flight Time ----------------------------- 13,000 hrs +
Total Jet ---------------------------------- 6,000 hrs +
Turbine------------------------------------ 8,000 hrs
Learjet factory instructor -------------- 1,000 hrs
Total instructor time------------------- 5,000 hrs
King Air 200 ----------------------------- 2,000 hrs
Twin Cessna ----------------------------- 1,000 hrs

Current CL604 Second-in-Command check
June 2002

Simuflite PPE Gulfstream III (61.58 12/24 month) and
Part 135.293 & Part 135.297
March 2001

Simuflite Gulfstream II differences (Part 135.293)
June 2001

Flight Safety PPE Learjet 20 thru 55 (61.58 12/24 month)
and Part 135.293 & 135.297
August 2000

Emergency & Water Survival training
March 2001

 

In 1995 I purchased a Cessna 421C for use associated with
my electronics manufacturing company that was founded in
1988. I retired in 2018 and sold the plane the same year.cessna 421 -1
cessna 421 -2

cessna 172
Those from my years in the Van Nuys area will remember my
Cessna 172 purchased in 1971. I overhauled the engine, installed the new interior and painted it in 1975. It was again refurbished including new paint in 1993. It was sold in 2018.

 

This web page replaced the business web site. For those who know I started an electronics manufacturing company in 1988 I'm very pleased to say my retirement in 2018 freed me from the complexities dealing with national retail sales and the challenges of maintaining a reliable workforce. It was much different than working in the cockpit of a jet airplane with other professionals.

 


My retirement allows me to enjoy my home of over 40 years with great projects and care of the landscaping.

Staying home during the pandemic was not difficult. No inconvenience as I started preparing in 2016.
I purchased refrigeration and freezer equipment in 2015 and began stocking my service pantry. I'm sure people
thought I was crazy when saying I'm getting ready for the pandemic. Goes to show, don't bet against George Kriss.

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kriss-pool area


My Truth
After many years of a good life with some mistakes and some not so good choices I have only one major regret.
I lacked the wisdom and failed to choose "a phenomenal woman". Yes, the meaning is just as it sounds.
In 1986 there was one memorable young lady in Toledo, Ohio I met, spent some time with
and should have brought home but dumb prevailed and I never found another or forgot her.

However, alone is much better than a bad one or a "really bad one" which I did once with terrible results.
She was mendacious and duplicitous to the point of it resulting in entrapment. Her cost was in the six figures.

Some truth for you guys about your neurotic girl friends.

Be honest, many American women are money grubbers.
The older they get the more dangerous they become.

American women can be manipulative selfish spoiled brats.
A good one will be with rare exception.
It's up to her to prove she's honest and a keeper.

 

George H. Kriss

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