Below you have a variety of news – some fun, some more serious. But all of it is informative.
With all of the disturbing news, we got some good news from DC regarding a long awaited “Pilot’s Bill of Rights”. Hopefully you won’t need it, but you will be better prepared.
And after almost one year of the Centennial events, we have heard from Bob and Hayden Newhouse and what they have been up to.
We have seen some violent weather this summer and we will take every precaution to protect the airport and airplanes on it. You must make sure that you are also prepared, lest some of the winds come barreling through.
Enjoy August and the rest of the summer.
Pilot’s Bill of Rights
For years pilots who were accused of a violation of the FARs were treated as “presumed quilty” rather than the standard practice for U.S. citizens in other aspects of life. Congress has just past, and President Obama has signed a “Pilot’s Bill of RIghts” which provides the accused to have access to information i.e., NTSB reports, ATC recordings, etc.
b. Enroute (Course change checkpoints, Obstructions & Special use airspace)
c. Destination & Alternate Airport(s) (Include enroute emergency landing sites)
d. True Course Line(s) — Draw and Measure distance (NM) between checkpoints 2. Weather: Departure, Enroute, Arrival & WX Reporting Stations, NOTAM & FIF 3. Route: Consider WX, Alternate Requirements, & Preferred VFR Routes (A/FD) 4. Altitude: Initial Cruise Altitude 5. Performance: Calculate Aircraft Climb, Cruise, Descent and Weight & Balance 6. Preflight Log: Complete 7. FAA Flight Plan: Complete and File (1-800-WX-BRIEF) 8. Navigation Flight Log: Enter Pertinent Information
Once again Assistant Chief Pilot, Peter Rafle, taught the pinchhitter class to eight willing co-pilots. According to Pete, they were excellent students and should be great help when flying in the right seat. Well done.
A Flight School’s Dream
This is the east ramp on a beautiful summer afternoon – everyone was in the air, and so was our fleet. It appears that only two airplanes were tied down. We don’t often get such a stunning day, but surely those who took advantage of the weather had a wonderful flight.
Princeton Airport Flying Tigers sponsoring the Meet ‘N Greet with coffee & bagels
Saturday, August 4, 2012 -10:00 – noon
Summer brings fond memories of trips by airplane. Share your experiences with others who will understand the intricacies of dealing with the strange weather this summer. Bring a friend and enjoy.
The Safety Corner
Assistant Chief Pilot Pete A. Rafle
You are on a long cross country. You notice that the weather you are in is very different from what was forecast. You call Flight Watch, but the information they give doesn’t agree with what you are seeing. You give a pilot report, but what do you DO next? Continue or land, where it is still VFR and get a thorough briefing and consider your options. Once on the ground ask yourself the following questions:
Do I really have to get back home today or in the next (fill in the blank) hours?
Can I complete the flight safely in the weather I can now expect along my route?
What alternates can I fly to safely and be closer to home or my destination?
Is there plenty of room on my credit card for fuel and lodging, and possibly a rental car?
Am I putting safety first?
Ask the FBO for the name of the nearest motel and best restaurant in town.
Fly safe, live longer, have fun flying
Building Your Own Airplane
Many of us know people who have built their own plane in their garages, in hangars, or in a basements. But Vlad Karpayev built his RV 9A in an apartment in Brooklyn. At right is Vlad with his plane at First Flight – how appropriate.
His interesting story was featured in EAA Sport Aviation.
Topic: Private Pilot FARs Let John help you understand the FARs. Date: Monday, August 27, ’12
7:00 – 10:00 pm
On good weather days the public has been entertained by Steve Nierenberg and Chris Almonte who enlightened young and old about 39N on Tuesday mornings during the free Airport Tours. This will continue during the month of of August. This is also a positive way for the public to understand why we need airports.
Date: Every Tuesday (weather permitting)
Time: 10:30 am
So spread the word – every parent looks for things to do with children (of all ages). We welcome them to Princeton Airport.
News from the Newhouse Family
Last year at this time we were working day and night to assure an appropriate celebration of the 100th anniversary of Princeton Airport. It was a rousing success, culminating with the Centennial Open House in September.
One highlight was to meet Robert Newhouse and his son, Hayden, grandson and great-grandson of RIchard A. Newhouse, airport founder. Many of the rest of the family were able to attend our “Meet the Newhouses” last June. Robert and Hayden planned to fly out in a 1931 Brunnerwinkle Bird. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate and a hard landing cut the trip short.
Hayden was the catalyst for the Centennial, as he emailed us when he was 14, and introduced himself. From that point we were able to make contact with other Newhouses and the celebration plans flurished.
Additionally Hayden was planning to continue the Newhouse tradition on soloing on their 16th birthday on January 29, ’12, and so he did. He became the 3rd generation of Newhouses to do so.
Father, Robert, was asked
to test fly Ann Morrow Lindbergh’s Brunnerwinkle
N797Y (see pictures). It hadn’t been flown in over 50 years, and Bob successfully flew it in Kent Moor Air Park, MD.
Green Mobility Show Collaborating with area 4-H clubs to support science educational activities at the show.
Saturday, September 29, 2012 (Rain Date – Saturday, October 6, 2012)
11am – 5pm Princeton Airport www.princetonairport.com 41 Airpark Road – Princeton NJ For more information: http://www.centraljersey.com/events/
News from the
Princeton Airport Flying Tigers
The July 15, fly-in to Newport R.I. was cancelled due to poor weather, but the sky cooperated for the July 22 picnic. About 30 members attended and a good time was had by all – why not?!? Good food, nice friends, aviation and great hosts.
PAFT will host the next meet n Greet @ 39N on Saturday August 4th & the next fly-in will be on Sunday August 19 to Block Island. Please visit our web page for more info on these events.