Fleet & Crew
Our top notch crew members have garnered thousands of flight hours. Your safety is ensured every time you lift off with the experience and knowledge found in our cockpits. At Sky Beckons Aviation, our fleet is tested and upgraded constantly to ensure top safety precautions for your flight. We are proud of our fleet and know you will be too.
Sky Beckons Aviation has a diverse staff of instructors and aviation personnel.
Senior Flight Instructor
Tom crossed the entire United States three times in a 172 and has well over 4,400 hours of cross country time as Pilot in Command. He has nearly 700 hours of night time and 400 hours of instrument time, both simulated (70) and actual (330). He has been a corporate pilot for a New Jersey based company since 2004 flying 1100 hours in their Turbo 206 taking sales personnel all across the United States into nearly 300 different airports and Canada, through all seasons in all different kinds of weather. Currently almost 400 hours in their Columbia 400.
Tom Has been actively teaching since 1990, mostly primary and instrument students and have given over 3100 hours of instruction.
From 1979 through 2004, He used his flying in outside sales as a Regional and then National Sales Manager. His wife JoAnn and I co-own Sky Beckons Aviation and she received her Private Pilot license in 2009. She works full time for the State of New Jersey, helping me out at the airport on weekends.
Welcome to the Fleet
At Sky Beckons Aviation we feature the proven Cessna 172 Skyhawk as our main line trainers. Our ground training is supported with a new RedBird flight simulator featuring both stem gauges and G1000 glass cockpit configurations.
1977 Cessna 172N Skyhawk II - N734NA Our Primary and Instrument training aircraft, 4 November Alpha is a very clean, well-maintained version of the most widely produced Skyhawk which has been a single owner aircraft since 1984. It is not the same Skyhawk that came from Wichita in 1977.
1971 Cessna 172L Skyhawk II - N7995G Even though 95Gulf is IFR capable, it fits in well as our primary training aircraft. It is a clean version of the early 1970s Skyhawk but with additions which much improve it.
Started flying: 1986
Reason: Mom was a TWA Flight Attendant & got me in the cockpits of the B727's & L-1011's when ever we went to the airport. Ever since, I've always wanted to be in the pilot's seat.
Ratings: Commercial Single & Multi Engine Land, CFI, CFI-I, MEI
Different aircraft types flown: Cessna 152, C172, C172RG, C182, PA28A, PA28R, PA44, PA34-200T, C421B, Beech 60, Beech 76, Diamond DA-40
Highest times in: Cessna 152, 172, & 182, PA34-200
Other high points: My favorite flights are the ones when I've learned something new. Fortunately, being a pilot and flight instructor has never disappointed me with new opportunities to add to my experiences.
Every flight is a new one. I found this out when I had the chance to fly a Gulfstream V sim; while a jet may have more power & thrust, it still flies basically like that first Cessna 152 I soloed in.