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Background Information

Employment History

Part-Owner and Chief Financial Officer



Board Member
New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce


bachelor's degree


State University of New York at Albany

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WALLKILL -If you are a free-fall ... [cached]

WALLKILL -If you are a free-fall adrenaline junkie as much as Kay Hoiby is, it helps to own your own fleet of airplanes and a skydiving ranch.

Hoiby, a native of St. Croix Falls, Wis., met a group of skydivers when she was waitressing in upstate New York - one of whom became her boyfriend and eventually her husband.
She remembers going to watch him jump on weekends.
"I got tired of looking up all the time," Hoiby said Wednesday as the guest speaker of a New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce lunch.
After her first jump she was hooked.
"It's so quiet up there when you're looking all around," she said."And there's a social aspect - the people who do it are so much fun."
Aviation group
Hoiby is one of four owners of the Blue Sky Ranch in Gardiner and part-owner/chief financial officer of Freefall Express - the aviation component of the ranch.
She is also a member of an all-women skydiving demonstration team - the Misty Blues - that has a combined 40,000 jumps between its eight members.They perform at air shows and are known for jumping with a 1,200-square-foot American flag and their free-fall formations.
Hoiby, 54, has come a long way since her first jump in 1974 and so has the sport, she told the chamber audience of about 40 people at Elsie's Place.
The dual resident of Gardiner and Niskayuna, Schenectady County, has about 5,000 jumps under her parachute, including five malfunctions, where she relied on a reserve parachute.But that was when the parachutes were "very limited," she said.They were round and hard to steer.
Today, the gear is high-tech, she said.
The parachutes are square, she said, so most people won't end up landing in a tree on their first jump like she did.
You can correct your mistakes right away," Hoiby said.
A perk of being by yourself -you get to free fall for 30 seconds longer, from 13,500 feet in the air, for a total of 70 seconds.The airplane airspeed before a jump is about 92 miles per hour.
Hoiby applied her bachelor's degree in finance from the State University of New York at Albany, by becoming the ranch and aviation business' accountant.She has her private pilot's license and hopes to earn her commercial rating so she can fly planes for other skydivers.
She said it wasn't too difficult to purchase the ranch in 1985.There were more than a dozen partners originally (many have since sold their shares) who pooled their money together and borrowed the rest.
"We did it gradually and we've been pretty successful," she added.

Kay Hoiby Business ... [cached]

Kay Hoiby Business Directory - New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce | New Paltz, NY

New Paltz Regional Chamber Board Members - New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce | New Paltz, NY [cached]

Treasurer Kay Hoiby, Freefall Express, dba Blue Sky Ranch

About The New Paltz Chamber of Commerce 2005 [cached]

Kay Hoiby, Freefall Express /dba Blue Sky Ranch

Gardiner Association of Businesses; a business friendly community in the Hudson Valley [cached]

Kay Hoiby, Freefall Express and Skydive the Ranch Treasurer

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