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Palmer Insures Proficiency in Cessna Citation X Jet

October 19, 2005

Arnold Palmer takes no chances with regard to flying his personal jet aircraft. He and his chief pilot, retired Air Force colonel Pete Luster, polish their skills in handling his Cessna Citation X jet annually by undergoing mandatory, intensive recurrent training at a Flight Safety facility. This year they will attend classroom and simulator classes Dec. 17-19 at Flight Safety's new installation at the Orlando International Airport in the city where Palmer makes his winter home. Palmer has been flying since the late 1950s and has been a qualified jet pilot since acquiring his first jet aircraft - a Jet Commander - in 1966. The highlight of his aviation career came in 1976 when he and three other men set a new international record, flying a Lear Jet 36 around the world from Denver to Denver in 57 hours, 25 minutes and 42 seconds. His long-time association with the airport at his hometown of Latrobe PA was recognized in 1999 when it was renamed the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, a first-class facility that recently received a state grant of $500,000 for hangar expansion. Luster has been with Palmer since 1996 when Arnold acquired the first of his two Citation X's. Palmer is expected to make an appearance during the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando Nov. 9-11.

Posted by dgiffin at October 19, 2005 03:47 PM

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