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)

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Learjet pilot in Tucson, AZ

A brief synopsis from my days as a professional pilot.

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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.

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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

Prior to taking a position overseas in 1977 I spent a number
of years obtaining my advanced ratings, teaching flying and
working on airplanes from the Van Nuys airport in the Los
Angeles area of California.

I considered doing some flying in 2001 and invested in the
training to meet the currency requirements but after the
Sep. 11 attacks aviation was mostly reduced so this idea
didn't work out and was abandoned. It turned out aviation didn't recover for a number of years.

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

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

Emergency & Water Survival training
March 2001

CL604 Second-in-Command check.

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In 1995 I purchased a 1976 Cessna 421C for travel
to conventions and sales trips for my small electronics
manufacturing company that was founded in 1988.
A result of the 2003 recession and then the Great
Recession it sat for 15 years. After considerable
expense and a years work getting it flyable it was
finally sold in 2018 and I retired the same year.cessna 421 -1
cessna 421 -2

cessna 172
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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 sat for 20 years so the avionics was obsolete and unusable. It was sold in 2018.

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 1988 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. Thus, I'm emphasizing my primary and original career identity and relegating the other stuff to that of old forgotten history.

 

 


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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My Truth - This story is being conveyed primarily to show how an unsuspecting and trusting fellow can be duped. It reveals my vulnerabilities at the time, of which I'm willing to admit, and have no choice but take responsibility for allowing it to happen.
(I'm glad to share this in the hope it saves some poor guy from a bad woman. One man I knew - she drove him to suicide)
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 courage to choose "a phenomenal woman". I foolishly just let it happen rather than choose.


This story is not for anyone who can't handle the brutal and harsh truth. It's almost hard to believe but it is true, every word of it.

My first love and wife in 1958 wasn't bad at all, we were simply too young. For background, she was killed by a drunk driver
in 1977. Our son who moved to France in 1987 died there in 2004. As tragic as this is it's minor compared to the dishonest
person I became entangled with and have since learned being alone is much better than a bad one or a really bad one. In
1971 she seduced me and manipulated me into moving in with her. At one point I tried to get out but succumbed to her tears
of I don't want you to leave. In 1974 she manipulated me into marrying her saying "if I didn't she'd move out". If I'd been smart
I would have said how fast can you pack your bags. I wasn't smart. Convenience prevailed so her coercion succeeded. Later
she'd say she knew I'd leave her one day if I found someone else. I never could have loved this woman so she was probably
correct. Not long ago I watched a British drama where a young woman was told relationships won't last
long when you trap a
man between your legs. I was clear about not wanting another child. She pulled the same trick on her previous husband that
she eventually pulled on me, he managed to escape without paying any child support. She never went after him and probably
figured I had better potential. I was really naive, and very stupid, not recognizing a woman with such a selfish, dishonest, and
of poor moral character
would pull the same thing on me. Read further. Once during a discussion that her girls should one
day go to college she argued they only need to find a man, marry him and let him support them. For a couple years prior to
getting a career break she would ask how long is this going to take? I finally said "as long as it takes". After finally getting my
real shot and flying career opportunity she pressured me to adopt her children but I hesitated, with good reason, so it seems
she reverted to her old plan to trap me in supporting them. She was mendacious and duplicitous in the execution of her plan
of entrapment. What a disaster in 1977 getting that really good paying flying job and having a wife who's been on the pill for
a number of years who surprises with "I'm pregnant". What? How? You're on the pill! "
Oh, I stopped taking the pill".
You're trapped. Even more bad things were to come. She was of the age that can produce a defective child, this eventually
cost me a great deal of money and the torment of dealing with this unscrupulous woman over many decades. Making matters
worse she joined a religious cult and when my mother told her I'd leave her she said "No he won't, I know how to control
George"
. Just consider what kind of person thinks this way, not a good one.To be blunt, a woman who thinks only in terms of
trapping a man between her legs, However, I was on to her games by that time. There are many elaborate words to describe
someone like her but in this case a despicable, contemptible liar and cheat tell it best. You guessed it! Finally In 1982 on
Dec.7th, an infamous date in history, she was served with divorce papers. Even after this she came in my room jumping
under the covers trying to get in my bed with me which was met with a big "NO, NO, get out of here". Really abhorrent behavior.
In Arizona having sex can dismiss the divorce proceeding. I didn't know this, do you think she knew it? At the beginning of the
divorce she said "I'll take you for everything you've got". She got the first half at the time and then over the next 30 years it cost
me the equivalent of the last half. She even collected Social Security benefits on the child for five years, in addition to my payments,
without advising me. We discovered this during court in 2010 to finally end my obligations, as my SSA dependent benefits doubled
what she was collecting, she still wanted me to pay in addition. The judge put a quick stop to that crap. I had to start over and after
thirty long years of work recovering so I could retire she acted like the money should belong to her. She kept trying to swindle me
out of more money ignoring the court order, more lies, threats and phony expenses which of course weren't paid. I tell a story of
respect for prostitutes because they're very transparent and honest about trading sex for money and usually much better looking.
The women who trade sex for money under the cover of lies and a marriage license are the true whores.
She was and still is one of the really bad ones.

Some truth for you young guys about your neurotic girl friends.
Make NO your favorite word Don't let her usurp your happiness or future Don't let her use sex to trap or control you
(See the TV ads for the Caribbean resorts and watch how women prey on men)

Be honest, many American women are money grubbers.
The older they get the more dangerous they become and use dating
sites as hunting grounds, which I know to avoid from horror stories.


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 worth keeping.
My neighbor, a retired doctor, calls them 'Bankers". He's been divorced as long as I have.

In 1986 there was one memorable young lady I met in Toledo, Ohio, spent some wonderful time with and should have
considered bringing home but trepidation and dumb prevailed. I never found another or forgot her, even to this day. Maybe
it wouldn't have worked out but just the thought of her is so much better than that dreadful experience I've suffered through.
Staying single all these years has kept me from the grasp of some evil woman trying to control me and drain my savings.

 

George H. Kriss

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