About Blue Sky Aviation Association
Established in 1957, Blue Sky is one of New Jersey’s oldest flying clubs. We are a not-for-profit membership organization formed to serve the flying needs of our members. The purpose of the club is to bring together licensed pilots who wish to experience the joy of flying while continuing to learn and advance their flying skills and proficiency. Further, our intent is to provide readily available, affordable, safe and efficient aircraft for our members’ use. We are general aviation enthusiasts.
Why join Blue Sky Aviation Association?
Safe Well-maintained Aircraft
Blue Sky aircraft are well maintained, clean and safe. Maintenance squawks are fixed quickly and professionally. Our aircraft are all IFR equipped with GPS, XM Weather, Autopilot and 4-passenger intercoms.
Reduced Cost of Flying
The aircraft hourly rental rates at a typical FBO are 10-20% higher than the hourly cost of a comparable Blue Sky aircraft.
An FBO typically bases the rental rates on the Hobbs meter. Whether you spend it at cruise altitude or sitting on the taxiway waiting for takeoff, the Hobbs meter keeps adding up the minutes. Blue Sky uses tach time, which can dramatically reduce the cost of flying, especially when doing pattern work or in the practice area. An FBO can’t make a profit when an aircraft is sitting on the ground, either on the ramp or at some cross-country destination. In order to make a profit many FBO’s require that a pilot who takes their aircraft on a weekend or overnight pay a minimum of 4-5 hours per day of flying time. That can make a weekend flight to Martha’s Vineyard cost-prohibitive. If you were a Blue Sky member you would reserve the plane for the period you plan to be away, enjoy your trip, and pay for only those hours flown. When you rent, it is wise (and sometimes mandatory) to buy renter’s insurance. Blue Sky covers the insurance requirements of our members.
The Club Scene
Lastly, as a Blue Sky member, you share in the ownership of the aircraft. You are part of the decision process regarding enhancements, such as new avionics or new aircraft. You share the camaraderie of a group of people with the same interests, concerns and love of flying. Need a safety pilot to practice IFR procedures? Call a fellow club member. Want someone to fly with you for a $100+ Hamburger? Call a club member. Join other club members at our semi-annual wash and wax sessions. Bring your significant other to our annual dinner. During the summer, enjoy the cookouts before our monthly meetings.