What aircraft does PFC fly?
PFC owns and operates four aircraft:
- A G1000 Cessna 172
- A “steam gauge” Cessna 172 upgraded with 180HP engine
- A Cessna 182Q upgraded with a FADEC controlled SMA “Diesel” engine
All of our aircraft are fully IFR equipped, with WAAS upgraded Garmin 430Ws, dual nav-comms, and Strikefinders or weather capability. The G1000 features TIS and XM weather.
Where are the aircraft based?
Two aircraft are located at Essex County Airport (Caldwell, KCDW), and one aircraft is based at Linden Airport (KLDJ). Each airport has one C172. The C172s are rotated between these two airports to allow availability at both locations. The SMA C182 is based out of Caldwell.
What are the membership requirements?
You must have at least a private pilot certificate, and one of the following:
- 150 hours total time and 75 hours PIC
- instrument rating
- 12 hours of flight time in the last 90 days
All members are qualified to fly the C172 Skyhawk on which they check out. Flying the alternative avionics (G1000 or “steam gauge” depending on initial check out) requires an additional check ride. Flying the C182s has additional experience requirements and will require some transition training with a club CFI.
What does it cost?
Buy-in: $3,500 to buy-in, $2,500 returned on exit
Monthly dues which cover our fixed costs (insurance, tie-downs, etc.) are currently $154 per month.
Tach rates are:
- C172 (steam gauge): $121 per Tach hour wet
- C172 (G1000): $147 per Tach hour wet
- C182SMA: $156 per Tach hour wet
Our rates include a portion that is set aside as reserves for maintenance/overhaul and future upgrades to our fleet.
How are flights scheduled?
Bookings are made on-line, by either computer or touch-tone phone through our computerized scheduling service. With 50 members sharing 4 planes, you might think it would be difficult to make a booking. Not at all—a few days notice is generally all that’s needed to reserve the time you want. Naturally, if you want a plane for a full day, a weekend or longer, you should plan further ahead. To make sure every member gets a fair share of flying, club rules require that you limit yourself to 4 reservations points. Any booking upto 4 hours requires 1 reservation point. Any booking between 4 hours and 12 days requires 2 reservation points. A same day booking requires no points. Members have reservation points on a revolving basis—once a particular booking is complete, the points are returned automatically to you, and are available immediately for future bookings.
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.
Who runs the club?
Our club is entirely member run. Each year officers are elected. In addition, there are various positions that get filled to handle other duties that are required. We are fortunate to have a very talented group of people from all professions and walks of life. This diversity has helped make us one of the better run clubs in the country.
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 any needed work is performed promptly. A member who notices the need for a repair is expected to promptly enter the problem in an online “squawk list” on the online scheduling system. He must also notify the plane captain or maintenance officer. Any of our members can tell you that the club has never skimped on maintenance.
Can I work towards a higher rating?
Absolutely. The club has an extensive list of approved CFIs, and the club encourages its members to improve their flying skills. 75% of the membership is IFR rated, and many have gotten 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 fill out the quick application form. This will secure you a spot on the entry list, and one of us will follow up with next steps. You can also call us at (347) 7-FLY-PFC and leave a message, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have any questions answered.