FAQ

What aircraft does PFC fly?

All of our aircraft have glass panels and equipped for IFR, with Garmin GPS, dual nav-comms, TIS and XM weather.

A G1000 Cessna 172SP

A Cessna 182Q upgraded with a FADEC controlled SMA “Diesel” engine

A G1000 Cessna 182T

Where are the aircraft based?

Our aircraft are split between Essex County Airport (CDW) and Linden Airport (LDJ).

Pilot requirements

  • Private pilot certificate, a current medical, and one of the following:

    a) 150 hours total time, 75 hours PIC time, or;

    b) instrument rating, or;

    c) 12 hours of flight time in the last 90 days. Hours flown during the trial period count toward this requirement.

  • 5 hours in the NY high density area (or other similarly congested airspace)

What does it cost? (as of Apr 2017)

Buy-in: $3,500, 100% returned on exit

Monthly dues: $164 – These cover our fixed costs (insurance, tie-downs, annuals, gps and weather subscriptions, etc.)

Rates are tach (wet):

C172SP (G1000): $134 per Tach hour

C182SMA: $160 per Hobbs hour (the SMA tachometer behaves like a Hobbs meter)

C182T (G1000): $176 per Hobbs hour (the SMA tachometer behaves like a Hobbs meter)

Our rates include fuel plus reserves for maintenance, engine and propeller overhauls. See the Affordable page of this site.

How are flights scheduled?

Every member receives a set of keys to the aircraft with 24×7 access. All reservations are made through Schedule Master.

To make sure every member gets a fair share of flying, club rules require that you limit yourself to 4 reservations points. Any reservatin up to 4 hours requires 1 reservation point. Any reservation between 4 hours and 12 days requires 2 reservation points. A same day reservation requires no points.

Once a particular booking is complete or cancelled, the points are immediately available for future bookings.

Have any concerns about availability? You shouldn’t! Please inquire about reviewing the reservations in Schedule Master.

What about extended trips?

We allow our members to take aircraft up to 12 consecutive days (including one weekend). There are never any daily minimum requirements. Longer trips can be made with approval from the board.

Who runs the club?

Our club is entirely member run. Each year officers are elected. In addition, there are various positions that get filled from the membership. We are fortunate to have a very talented group of people from all professions and walks of life.

How is aircraft maintenance handled?

For each aircraft there is a “plane captain” who oversees maintenance as required. In addition, there is a Maintenance Officer who works with each of the plane captains. Together, they are responsible for ensuring that regular inspections and issues are addressed with minimum downtime. Any member that notices an issue enters it into an online “squawk list” on Schedule Master. Any of our members can tell you that the club has never skimped on maintenance.

Can I work with the club to regain currency or towards a higher rating?

Absolutely! The club has a list of approved CFIs, and the club encourages its members to improve their flying skills. The club requires members to receive semi-annual flight instruction with a club instructor. This can be combined with a BFR.

Many members have trained for their instrument rating using club instructors and aircraft. Some members go on to earn further ratings—commercial, and even CFI.

Okay, I’m interested. What now?

Go to the Apply Now page, and contact us to secure your spot on the entry list, and our membership team will follow up with next steps.