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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36 years
40 years
60 years
Today - I'm much wiser!

Learjet pilot in Tucson, AZ

A brief synopsis from my days as a professional pilot.

Learjet


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.

N87GK
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
N7820X
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.

 

 


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.
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.
So here we are starting over again because so many morons refuse to be vaccinated or wear a protective mask.
My original prediction was 1.5 million americans dead.This pandemic is going to be with us a long time. The fools
with their silliness about their freedom and liberty are going to prove me right, again. This is stupidity and insane.

 

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Over the years when at a social gathering I've been asked if anything really scary happened when flying. I'd always answer, Nope,
I had a very uneventful flying career because I planned it that way. Aviation disasters usually take place after a chain of events.
Disrupt or break the chain and the disaster is normally avoided. I failed to apply this same process in my personal live. This story
is being conveyed primarily to show how an unsuspecting and trusting young 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. We're never too old to
learn. Someone 45 years ago stated "George is uncompromisingly honest". That is my weakest quality but it's who I am, which
I've no intention of changing and the one I'm most proud. However, with this comes a trust in others that is easily exploited. I've
learned to recognize and protect my weakness. When looking in the mirror the reflection is me and not what I want to see.
Most dishonest people look in the mirror and see who or what they want to see. This is sad commentary.

Now, after many years of a fairly 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.

I'm glad to share this in the hope it saves some poor guy from a bad woman. It shows how a mistake if not corrected can
lead to the next mistake. If the chain isn't broken it will end in the crash. One man I knew - She drove him to SUICIDE.


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

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
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 all of this is it's minor compared to the dishonest ignoble person I allowed myself to become
entangled with and subsequently learned a very hard lesson, being alone is much better than with a bad one or a really bad one.

In 1971 she seduced me and manipulated me into moving in with her. She was separated but still married and eventually said she
was pregnant and when I asked why stated she had been trying to save her marriage. You'll figure that one out as you read further.
At one point I attempted to get out telling her I was moving to a different town but succumbed to her tears of "I don't want you to leave"
and wanting me to take her with me. Of course she did, pregnant, now being unemployed, having to move out of their house and afraid
of being homeless with small children. I'd always had difficulty fearing I might hurt the feelings of the poor grief stricken maiden. This is
when the chain of events should have been broken. Yes, I can't emphasize enough this was really stupid and I deserved to be placed
in a pillory. So, they moved with me and I did take her to the hospital for the delivery. Here ex-husband managed to escape and didn't
pay any child support. She never made an effort to pursue him and probably figured I had much better potential. We all lived together
for several years while I was working on my career path but never happy enough to give any thought to marriage. Then, In 1974 she
said we needed to get married 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. Today it's referred to as "emotional blackmail". Later she'd say
she knew I'd leave her one day if I found someone else. I did not and could not have loved this woman (love had been substituted with
stupidity) so she was probably correct. Not long ago I watched a British drama on PBS where a young woman was told relationships won't
last long when you trap a man between your legs. I had been very clear about not wanting another child. I digress here, she pulled the
same trick on her previous husband she would eventually pull on me, I was naive, and very stupid, not recognizing a woman with such
a selfish, dishonest, and poor moral character would pull the same thing on me. Reading an economics article recently about people's
expectations the author made this statement, "Expecting this not to happen again was like marrying someone who had cheated on her
husband and expecting her not to cheat on you". I've learned expectations are often one of the ingredients in the recipe for disaster.
Read further. At the time we married I'd become close to the three small children, girls, and cared for them but in the end these were
misplaced feelings. What I learned is if you can't cut ties when you divorce the mother her daughters will not forgive, harbor resentment,
anger and create grievances even in adulthood for which you are blamed. This can be more pronounced if their mother isn't supportive.
A study published in 2013 suggested that mothers are often less supportive and less affectionate after a divorce. It appears if the
offspring think there might be financial assistance or possibly an inheritance then the other feelings are concealed with a pretense of
false storge. I often wonder, why is it the guy who was married to their mother for a few years is responsible for their emotional health
and support when their biological father or mother are excused? A psychologist I know said "They are their mothers daughters". This
probably has deeper meaning than I'm aware. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. 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. This may work if they don't become divorced.
I'll just say in the end it turned out I was mostly proved right. I won't condemn all women who are stay at home mothers, which is certainly
acceptable under the appropriate circumstances, but the point here is this case reveals a very sinister woman. Most of our disagreements
went the same way ending with "
they are my children and I'll decide what's best for them". This shows total disrespect for a husband but
then why would she be expected to think any differently after permitting her taking power from me and controlling me. Here's a hint about
the future, this did indeed change but it triggered her worst impulse.

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
getting a real flying career opportunity she pressured me to adopt her children but I hesitated, apparently with good reason, so it seems
she reverted to her standard plan to trap me in the marriage and supporting them. She was mendacious and duplicitous in the execution
of this plan of entrapment. What a disaster in 1977 when getting a really good paying flying job and having a wife who's been on the pill
a number of years surprising with "I'm pregnant". What? How? You're on the pill! "
Oh, I stopped taking the pill". You're trapped.
Now you get to see what she pulled on her first husband but he escaped and turned her over to me. 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, surely 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 tricks 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, "also an infamous date in history", she was served with divorce papers. Then, 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 great 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? Who knows.

At the beginning of the divorce she said "I'll take you for everything you've got". She didn't even try to hide her viciousness. She got
the first half at the time and then over the next 30 years it cost me the equivalent of the last half. This amounted to some real money.
When applying for SSA in 2010 the representative advised of having a disabled dependent which required me to apply for extra benefits.
During discovery for the court proceedings in 2010 to replace my financial obligations with the Social Security benefits we learned she had
been collecting SSA benefits on this adult dependent for five years, in addition to my payments, also without advising me, in contempt
of the original divorce decree in 1983. My SSA dependent benefits were going to more than double what she had been collecting. This
should have been a win for her but in her greed she still wanted me to pay her in addition to the government benefits. Here's another
example of her greed and ignorance, someone told her if she retired early at 62 she'd get all of her Social Security money back. The
problem is you will get a 30% reduced monthly allowance for the rest of your life. I waited until 70 so my allowance increased by 40%.
You can't buy an annuity with this kind of return. Expectedly, she complained her income was not very much but this was her choice. By
this time interest rates had dropped significantly which also affected the income from her stocks and bonds so she acted like it was my
responsibility to make up the difference. It doesn't work that way. In court she also asked that I provide life insurance in the event I
should die to assure she collected more money. The judge said the SSA benefits were sufficient and saw no reason for me to provide
life insurance. So, then her and her attorney went so far as to ask the court to instead give her a $50,000 lien on my home. The judge
put a quick stop to this kind of crap and foolishness. We'd been divorced 27 years! Aren't the "religious" type fine people! Some say
they are among the most corrupt people the world has ever seen. I emphatically agree. It's easy to understand why I later ended a
couple of relationships after discovering these women were evangelical Christians. After the divorce in 1983 I had to start over and after
the stock brokers churned my account in 1986 I'd lost any savings I had remaining from my overseas earnings. Following thirty five long
years of work so I could retire with a modicum of income and savings she acted as if my money should belong to her. She simply couldn't
give up her pattern of selfish and corrupt behavior, she expressed resentment to any of my accomplishments and kept attempting to
swindle me out of more money, ignoring the 2011 court order for another ten years, ignoring attorney letters, continued lies, more
coercion, meaningless and unwarranted blackmail threats along with more phony expenses which of course weren't paid. An example
of her baleful thinking was displayed when suggesting to her grown daughters in 2011 she might go after their biological father for
back child support, 40 years after the fact. She was told to forget it. Not very surprising since I was now out of her grasp so she was
in search for another victim. My horrible mistakes taught me to correct a pattern of letting women take advantage of me. My high
school classmate was sure correct. Self reflection isn't a quality she has ever enjoyed so to this day she still doesn't know how to
be a good person with honesty and integrity. I tell a story of respect for prostitutes because they are very transparent and honest
about trading sex for money (they're often much better looking). The women who trade sex for money under the cover of lies, deceit
and a marriage license are the worst and true whores.
She was, is and always will be one of the really bad ones.

The brutal truth for you young guys about your girl friends.
Make "NO" your favorite word Don't let her steel your future or happiness Don't marry a woman with children
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)

It's unfortunate but 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.


My neighbor, a retired doctor, calls them "Bankers".

In 1986 there was one memorable young lady I met in Toledo, Ohio, spent some wonderful time with and should have considered
pursuing but trepidation and silence prevailed. I never found another or forgot her. Maybe it wouldn't have worked out but just the
thought of her is so much better than that dreadful experience I suffered through. Being alert all these years has protected me
from repeating the same mistake. There have been several women who sure tried, with one I dated telling me she viewed some
of my souvenirs from world travels in the Middle East, Greece and China as "religious" and would have to go when she moved in.
A bit presumptuous as she was never asked or this suggested . The souvenirs in the living room stayed. I made sure she didn't.

George H. Kriss

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