GEORGE H. KRISS
Here are some pictures for those who've known me over a number of years.
(Yes, I grew up in Arcadia, California)
Today - I'm much wiser!
Learjet pilot in Tucson, AZ
A brief synopsis from my days as a professional pilot.
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 the Double Eagle balloon that made the first Atlantic crossing. I joined the Learjet Corporation in 1980 at the Tucson facility. After ferrying a Learjet to Geneva Switzerland in the 1980's and a brief stay I then did some crew training in Sao Paulo Brazil. The owner in Switzerland used the Learjet between his home base in Geneva Switzerland and France, the United Kingdom and Canada. The Learjet in Brazil was used 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. North Atlantic and Pacific crossings were often included in flights originating or ending in the continental United States. One assignment in 1985 covered Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Spain and lasted for one month.
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.
FAA ratings- ATP ASEL, ATP AMEL, Com'l Glider,
Experience --------------------to the nearest 1000
Prior to taking a position overseas in 1977 I spent a number
I considered doing some flying in 2001 and invested in the
Flight Safety PPE Learjet 20 thru 55 (61.58 12/24 month)
Simuflite Gulfstream II differences (Part 135.293)
Emergency & Water Survival training
CL604 Second-in-Command check.
Is my domain name for sale? Not at this time but when it's made available it will be to someone in Europe who supports freedom and democracy.
|This web page replaced the business web site. For those who know I started a small electronics manufacturing company in 1986 I'm very pleased to say my retirement in 2018 freed me from the complexities dealing with sales to a market where quality wasn't valued. I've always had difficulty with those who only want cheap. Everyone chooses how they want to live, I chose quality. It was much different than working in the cockpit of a jet airplane with 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 first stage of the pandemic was not difficult. No inconvenience as I started preparing in 2016.
From a recent research paper “People want to have the freedom not only to allow themselves
The only thing to truly say is these are BAD people full of rage and anger with demographic changes in the country.
Over the years when at a social gathering I've been asked if anything really scary happened when flying. I'd always answer, Nope,
In high school a classmate told me women would be my downfall. He was a smart young man. My first love and wife in 1958 wasn't
and manipulated me into moving in with her. She was separated but still married and eventually said she
she would ask how
I finally said "as long as it takes".
she said "I'll take you for everything
got". She didn't even try to hide her viciousness. She got
The brutal truth for you young guys about your girl friends.
It's unfortunate but many American women are money grubbers.
In 1986 there was one memorable young lady I met in Toledo, Ohio, spent some wonderful time with and should have
George H. Kriss