Pilot hollers over Dollar’s jet claims: “CREFLO IS A CROOK”

The EURWeb reports,

Pilot Blasts Creflo Dollar’s Need to Buy $65 Million Luxury Airplane

Creflo Dollar*Creflo Dollar Ministries may say they have good intentions with wanting a new $65 million luxury Gulfstream G650 airplane to transport “100,000 pounds of food,” and staff members, but Advanced Air Management’s David Graham isn’t buying it.

The organization and its founder Creflo Dollar have drawn headlines as it faces criticism for an online/crowd funding campaign that’s appealing to 200,000 people to donate $300 or more each towards the purchase of the Gulfstream G650.

“You’re missing the point. The plane is not so Creflo Dollar can get on by himself and fly. They take a ministry team of 10 to 15 people with them. They take thousands of pounds of food and provisions with them when they go around the world. If he’s coming to the New York church, he’ll hop on a Delta flight; if he’s taking 12 people plus 100,000 pounds of food, it’s not that simple,” A media rep told Bloomberg.

In response, Graham, a Global Express aircraft captain from Rock Hill, SC, expressed exactly how he felt about the situation and Dollar, who also founded World Changers Church International, in an email sent to late Friday to The Christian Post, saying the reps claims are nonsense.

“The G650 MAX RAMP WEIGHT is 99,600# then add 4,000# for the G650ER. IT CANNOT CARRY 12 PEOPLE AND 1000,000 # OF FOOD AND SUPPLIES LIKE THE COMMENTER SAYS!!!! CREFLO IS A CROOK AND SCAMMIN (sic) HIS CHURCH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!!!” an incensed Graham wrote.

The veteran pilot should know. As stated on his LinkedIn profile, Graham mentioned that he has, “an extensive knowledge of the Corporate Aviation Industry. My experience ranges from Chief Pilot to Line Captain with Worldwide Operations. Part 91 and Part 135.”

Advanced Air Management is known for specializing “in the management of long-range business jets owned by individuals and entities desiring the opportunity to offset the cost of ownership through private charter,”

The Post also noted a description of the G650 by its manufacturer, which mentioned the aircraft “flies at more than 92 percent of the speed of sound,” holds about 18 seated passengers and can take off with a maximum weight of 99,600 pounds.

A listing the company had for a pre-owned G650 shows it having a flight record of 1,616 hours and 625 landings since it entered service in last December for $67,950,000.

Adding to the situation is news of the link to the $65 million campaign no longer being functional as of Friday (March 13) afternoon. Instead a message appears saying the link “could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.”

Whether Dollar abandoned his $65 million request or the effort to get a new jet is up in the air, as his media rep couldn’t confirm what’s up with his client. Despite this the rep did say that Dollar’s current mode of travel was via “commercial” flights.

“Whatever he has to [use to travel], you know, commercial transportation,” he said.

Source: By Qwest7, Pilot Blasts Creflo Dollar’s Need to Buy $65 Million Luxury Airplane, EUR Web, http://www.eurweb.com/2015/03/pilot-blasts-creflo-dollars-need-to-buy-65-million-luxury-airplane/, Published 16/03/2015. (Accessed 26/03/2015.)

The Christian Post reports,

Pilot Rips Claim by Creflo Dollar Ministries That It Needs $65 Million Luxury Airplane to Carry ‘100,000 Pounds of Food’

A veteran pilot from Rock Hill, South Carolina, said rubbish to claims by Creflo Dollar Ministries on Friday that the effort to purchase a new $65 million luxury Gulfstream G650 airplane is needed by the ministry to transport “100,000 pounds of food,” and staff members across the world to spread the love of Jesus.

The organization headed by popular televangelist Creflo Dollar, who is also founder of World Changers Church International, came under fire this week after The Christian Post first reported on their online campaign asking 200,000 people to donate $300 or more each to facilitate the purchase of the luxury airplane once described as the “holy grail of private jets” in a Bloomberg report.

When asked why the televangelist could not take commercial flights instead to carry out his work as suggested by many critics, Juda Engelmayer of 5W Public Relations in New York, which represents Creflo Dollar Ministries, said their significant cargo made the jet necessary.

“You’re missing the point. The plane is not so Creflo Dollar can get on by himself and fly. They take a ministry team of 10 to 15 people with them. They take thousands of pounds of food and provisions with them when they go around the world. If he’s coming to the New York church, he’ll hop on a Delta flight; if he’s taking 12 people plus 100,000 pounds of food, it’s not that simple,” Engelmayer explained.

David Graham, Global Express aircraft captain with Advanced Air Management, which “specializes in the management of long-range business jets owned by individuals and entities desiring the opportunity to offset the cost of ownership through private charter,” decried the explanation by Dollar’s media representative as nonsense in an email message to CP late Friday.

“The G650 MAX RAMP WEIGHT is 99,600# then add 4,000# for the G650ER. IT CANNOT CARRY 12 PEOPLE AND 1000,000 # OF FOOD AND SUPPLIES LIKE THE COMMENTER SAYS!!!! CREFLO IS A CROOK AND SCAMMIN (sic) HIS CHURCH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!!!” wrote an incensed Graham.

On his LinkedIn profile he explains: “I have an extensive knowledge of the Corporate Aviation Industry. My experience ranges from Chief Pilot to Line Captain with Worldwide Operations. Part 91 and Part 135.”

Gulfstream, the manufacturer of the G650, also highlights on its website that the aircraft “flies at more than 92 percent of the speed of sound,” holds about 18 seated passengers and can take off with a maximum weight of 99,600 pounds.

The company also lists a pre-owned G650 with a flight record of 1,616 hours and 625 landings since it entered service in last December for $67,950,000.

As of Friday afternoon, the link to the $65 million campaign was no longer functional and appeared with a message stating that the link “could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.”

Engelmayer could not confirm if Dollar had abandoned his appeal for $65 million or the mission to get a new jet, but said his client was currently traveling via “commercial” flights.

“Whatever he has to [use to travel], you know, commercial transportation,” he said almost grudgingly.

Source: By Leonardo Blair, Pilot Rips Claim by Creflo Dollar Ministries That It Needs $65 Million Luxury Airplane to Carry ‘100,000 Pounds of Food’, Christian Post, http://www.christianpost.com/news/pilot-rips-claim-by-creflo-dollar-ministries-that-it-needs-65-million-luxury-airplane-to-carry-100000-pounds-of-food-135671/, 14/03/2015. (Accessed 25/03/2015.)

It appears this is the original version of the Christian Post’s article:

http://allchristiannews.com/creflo-dollars-explanation-for-private-jet-is-exposed-as-a-lie/

March 14, 2015|10:35 am


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