CJAA is a non-profit organization and relies on member funding ,CJAA is not directly associated with other flying organizations, but we do maintain contact and coordinate some activities, primarily with the AOPA and EAA. Many of our members have multiple memberships combining their CJAA membership with AOPA, EAA, ICAS and just about every other alphabet organization. Administrative, logistical, and lobbying activities that provide member benefits consume time and money, and for that CJAA, request nominal annual dues. CJAA has three levels of membership.Jet Journal - Published eight times a year, this multi-page magazine insert is our premier communication vehicle. Articles tend to focus on the storied history of Classic Jets and their integration into private ownership, as well as Classic Jet-specific safety and flight-related stories. The Jet Journal is published to all members. With the Canadian T-Birds leading the way, the aircraft types flown and the numbers slowly increased. Jim Robinson, of Houston, TX, the moving force behind the CJAA, made calls to aircraft owners and pilots to gauge interest in establishing a jet organization. This resulted in the first organized meeting, held in Denver in 1989 with 60 people in attendance.
During this first gathering of jet operators, Robinson was elected the first president of the Classic Jet Aircraft Association Through Jim's outstanding work, the CJAA was made a legal entity, by-laws were adopted, and the association's logo was created. The Classic Jet Aircraft Association now has membership in the hundreds who restore, own, and operate classic jets and seek to do so for all to enjoy; and our numbers are growing. Currently, members are flying over 30 different types of classic jets, virtually all being ex-military SMTPA (Surplus Military Turbine Powered Aircraft).The CJAA works with the federal government, specifically the FAA in Washington, providing valuable input to law and regulation makers. Additionally, emphasis is placed on the Annual Convention and regional Fly-ins for training, recurrency, and renewing friendships. Technical and safety information is also disseminated through its Classic Jet Journal.