NJ Flying Clubs are a great alternative to NJ Aircraft Rentals from FBO’s!
About Blue Sky Aviation Association
We’re a 56+ year old not-for-profit flying club that’s designed to serve the needs of our members. Our purpose 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 dedicated to the promulgation of general aviation and providing our members with safe flying at the lowest possible cost.
Why join Blue Sky Aviation Association?
Safe Well-maintained Aircraft
Blue Sky aircraft are well maintained, clean and safe. Any maintenance squawks are fixed quickly and professionally. It is a great feeling to fly aircraft that are kept extremely clean with IFR panels, 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 flying club aircraft.
An FBO typically bases the rental rates on the Hobbs meter time. 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 instead of Hobbs time. This can dramatically reduce the cost of flying, especially when doing pattern work or in the practice area. For example, during an EAA Young Eagles Rally in the past, a Blue Sky member carried 36 aspiring young pilots for short fifteen minute flights. At the end of the day, the Hobbs meter indicated 4.3 hours flown, the tach showed 2.8 hours, a 35% savings in flying costs. An FBO can’t make a living 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 overnight or a weekend guarantee them the equivalent 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 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.