A chartered financial analyst and one of the founding partners of the equity investment firm Selkirk Management, LLC, Stewart Strawbridge is also a licensed pilot with more than 2,000 hours of recorded flight time. One of the airplane models for which Stewart Strawbridge possesses a type rating is the Cessna Citation CJ2 business jet, the current version of which is the CJ2+.
Equipped with two Williams FJ44-3A-24 turbofan engines that each generate 2,490 pounds of thrust at sea level, the CJ2+ flies at a maximum cruising speed of 418 knots true airspeed. Fully fueled at a volume of 587 gallons, the CJ2+ can travel 1,750 nautical miles while transporting a full flight of eight passengers and one pilot. The aircraft requires a runway only 3,360 feet long to take off and 2,980 feet to land. Whereas the original CJ2 could climb to a maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet in 36 minutes, the CJ2+ reaches the same elevation in just 28 minutes.
Though the CJ2+ can accommodate a copilot, through the plane is single-pilot certified. When flown by a single pilot, the vacant copilot’s chair can seat an eighth passenger. The inclusion of full-authority digital engine controls (FADEC) in the updated CJ2+ facilitates single-pilot aviation by simplifying engine control and reducing the tasks demanding the pilot’s attention during the most intense stages of a flight.
Utilizing a Collins Pro Line 21 flight guidance system, the Intrinzic flight deck provides pilots of the CJ2+ with an advanced digital avionics system that includes many useful facilities. A standard pilot tool in the CJ2+ is an integrated electronic checklist (IEC), which allows pilots to create organizing lists viewable on the flight deck’s multifunction display. To allow pilots to calculate aircraft position and avoid land and structural hazards, the CJ2+ features a terrain awareness warning system (TAWS) that includes five alert modes, three databases, a graphic display, and aural warnings.
Stewart Strawbridge rode The Bruce to victory in the 111th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup in 2007