|A Weekend Trip to Martha’s Vineyard
|40 Hrs||60 Hrs|
We know you might be asking, “What are the odds, I can get an airplane when I want one?” Feel free to inquire about seeing our reservation system. Generally, booking a couple of weeks ahead is all that is required to get a specific date during the busiest times of year.
So, how can we do this?
- We are a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to make flying as affordable as possible to our members. We don’t aim to turn a profit, and charge only what it actually costs to maintain a well-equipped and well-maintained fleet in airports near to New York City.
- We all pay what we charge, so we all work hard to keep those costs as low as possible. All of the work, with the exception of actual maintenance, of keeping a fleet like ours running efficiently is done in-house. Everything—researching upgrades, establishing good working relationships with maintenance shops, shopping for insurance, billing and financial management, keeping our GPS equipment up to date, ordering supplies, washing and waxing, etc.—is done by member volunteers.
- We have zero overhead—no staff, no fancy offices, no benefits or retirement accounts to fund—just the actual costs of flying our fleet.
For less than the monthly cost to insure a personal aircraft, each member’s dues collectively pay for insurance, annuals, tie downs, gps and xm weather updates, periodic repainting and more on a fleet of club aircraft.
Our aircraft hourly rates pay for fuel, oil, maintenance and also include hourly accruals for engine, propeller and interior reserves. We plan ahead to ensure our aircraft remain ready to fly without surprises.
And that is just for the aircraft fleet! Our club approved CFIs charge market rates, which are typically less than the hourly rate of instructors charged by flight schools. After all, our instructors don’t have to worry about things like paying for fancy office space or support staff. And you get the satisfaction of knowing that every dollar that you pay goes into the pocket of the instructor—the person who actually earned it.