Carl Ferland, 59, started with a single Denny’s franchise in 1994 and has successfully grown his company’s restaurant chain to 48 restaurants in six southern states. In 1999, with just five stores but expecting growth, he wanted to learn to fly so that he could visit his restaurants by day yet still be home for dinner in the evening. He started flying a Cessna 172 in 1999 but moved to a Cessna 182 a year later. However, when he heard about the newly-certified Cirrus SR-22, he “had to have one”. He purchased his first in 2001 and has since owned seven different SR-22S.
In 2010 he purchased position number 30 for the new Cirrus SF50 single-engined jet. While waiting for the aircraft’s certification, however, he decided to purchase the Cessna Citation Mustang in late 2015. He has since flown close to 200 hours in the Mustang, bringing his personal total to 3,700.
Today he says “I have since sold most of my restaurants and my mission has now changed. The Mustang is easy to fly but I believe the Cirrus SF50 will fit my mission better. The Mustang is a great airplane and I have had a lot of fun flying it”. Carl expects to take delivery of his new Cirrus jet late this year.