CJ4 The Next Step

As I get closer to finishing out my Cargo contracts for the spring;

I am finalizing my plans for the summer.

I have been logging allot of hours, gaining experience and learning everything I can in preparation of the end goal which is to fly commercially with the Air Canada logo. At the end of a busy week I pulled the Baron out of the Hangar and headed to Southern Ontario to meet some potential new employers who can hopefully help me obtain that goal.

Up to now, I have completed the following;

C152 - 52 Hours
C172 - 36 Hours Steam / 36 Hours G1000
C182T - 82 Hours
G36 Bonanza - 36 Hours
G58 Baron - 58 Hours
Kodiak 100 - 53 Hours (Half of 106)
DHC6 - 33 Hours (20 to go for half of 106)

The next step is a small business jet which is where this trip comes into play. I am looking to fly the CJ4 for an executive charter around North America.

Departed CYTS with a first stop in CYXU

The Inco Superstack can be seen from any direction in the vicinity of CYSB.

Such a drastic change in landscape between Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario.

Heading into CYXU.

WestJet, the future competition!

The Diamond Flight Center

While Diamond Aircraft is a Chinese company, they also have operations in Austria and Canada, the Canadian one being based out of London Ontario. CYXU houses both the Diamond manufacturing plant as well as the Diamond Flight Center which is a flight school. Both of which are modeled in this scenery.

Executive Aviation (Ground handling company) was kind enough to lend my some parking space for the Baron while I met with a potential employer.

While the interview went well, I didn’t get the overall vibe that this was the organization for me. But, I still had one more interview so the trip was not for nothing yet.

Next, off to Toronto (CYKZ) to meet with FlighEXEC.

The Toronto skyline under a shadow of clouds.

Coming into Buttonville Airport!

Pulling up to FlightEXEC who offer private jet charters and vacations in Turboprops to full sized jets, along with everything in between.

This company pulled out the red carpet from start to finish. We met in their maintenance hangar and they were sure to have a freshly washed CJ4 on hand for show as that is what I had expressed interest in flying.

I told the owner if that’s the plane that will be assigned to me, I’ll sign on the dotted line now. Luckily for me they had the paperwork ready and were willing to play ball!.

Once I finish my cargo contracts and my hours this bird will be waiting for me here.

Can’t wait!

Chronological ordered links of my journey thus far can be found in my bio.


As I near closer to making the switch from the Twin Otter to the CJ4 I have started to get my home cockpit setup.

  • Sim Shaker For Aviators Jet Profile
  • SimBrief Profile
  • RAAS Professional Profile
  • FSRealistic Profile

The last step for the night was to get the Air Manage panels setup. Takes a bit of configuring with the pop outs and FancyZones but once it’s all setup it’s pretty slick.

The instruments and panels were created by Simstrumentation;

One of the coolest features is the auto dimming panels / instruments. As the day progresses in the sim to night the panels will start to dim accordingly.

Big shoutout to @Crunchmeister71 @FLRob27 @CaptainTick433 for making these panels and instruments.


With the Cargo contracts completed and my Twin Otter and Kodiak rented out to another cargo mover it was time to head South and start my new adventure flying for FlightExec in a CJ4.

I sent most of my stuff down with a moving company and then packed the last of my belongings into the Baron.

A few friends came out to wish me off on my new adventure.

Line up and take-off out of CYTS.

Nice sunset cruise into an almost full moon en route to CYKQ.

Weather held perfect onto final.

Parked the Baron near the College for the night, FlightExec has a hangar I can store it in but we’ll get that sorted out in the morning.

I have a few days to get settled in before meeting with the new boss and getting everything in order to fly the CJ4!

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After a few days in town and with orientation complete I am ready to get into the left seat of the CJ4! My first charter isn’t until next week but as a “welcome to the team” gift the boss gave me the nod to take the CJ4 back home to Timmins, pick up the family and bring them down to Toronto for a weekend get away.

As has been customary (by luck of the draw more than anything) my first flight was at night.

Getting to the hangar.

Got the plane outside and pre-flight checks completed / startup.

The flights allot shorter when you’re this high and fast!

First landing was a success! Park it here for the night before the family loads up and we head back South in the morning.

Everyone was excited for their first ride in a private jet, including myself flying passengers for the first time!

Filling the tanks.

And shortly after, we were airborne.

The downtown Toronto skyline coming into view.

Coming over YYZ.

And before long we were final into CYKZ Billy Bishop.

Always a few Porter CJ4’s around.

Parked at the FBO for a weekend of fun in the big city!

After a fun weekend in the “Big Smoke” it was time to take the family back North and then get myself back to CYKP for the first charter,

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With the start of the “work week” I headed out of CYKZ and flew south to KOPF. The school year has come to an end and, and with that, the grad parties have started.

First charter, a family heading from Florida to St. Martin!

Birds eye view at FL340!

Coming into KOPF, haven’t made this approach since the end of last winter.

Wasn’t able to secure a hangar so she’s getting a shower for the night.

The next morning was a beautiful day for flying.

And after a few hours we were making our way into TNCM over Maho beach!

Got the passengers unloaded, and grabbed a quick bite to eat and checked out the beach before I headed back out.

And did a bit of plane spotting.

Took off out of TNCM empty headed for KEYW.

The old hangar I kept my planes in while spending the winter down here.

Got the plane tucked away for the night, cleaned and restocked for tomorrow.

We were back at it the next morning, pulled the plane out of the hangar and started preparations before the clients arrived.

Businessmen on their way to Chicago.

Everyone got settled in and shortly after we were rolling down the taxiway.


Routine flight and fairly smooth given it’s the “windy city”.

Food, re-fuel and then off to home base CYKZ for a few days off.

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Great job on the blog. Very nice!

The CJ4 (with the Working Title mods) is in my top 3 favorite aircraft. For quite a while, it was my “Number One” and I rarely flew anything else. I just wish it was big enough to justify thrust reversers like it’s larger cousin the Longitude. With Auto Throttle and Thrust Reversers, it was tempting, but the Working Title team did such a great job on the CJ4, it won me over :slight_smile:

That’s a nice livery they set you up with too :slight_smile: Have fun up there!