August 2014 News from Princeton Airport

Welcome to August!
The lovely summer weather has increased the activity after such a dismal winter.  Things have been happening at 39N and students have been able to achieve their aviation goals.
We’d like to call special attention to our own CFII & Professor Steve Hansell, who aced the ATP knowledge test.  It is known in the industry that this test is very difficult, so special kadoos to Steve.  We are very proud to have you on board.


The very last part of the replacement of the fuel farm has been the Jet Dispenser.  And here it is in working order.  The winter weather interfered at lot, but good weather moved it along..
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The ruling for the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) requirements is coming soon.  Why not enjoy the features of this equipment now instead of putting off.  It enhances safety by giving traffic and weather on your panel mounted GSP and/or tablet.

PAC has become a dealer – the only one in New Jersey and one of the first in the region.  We have done quite a few already and we have the experience to provide you with skilled service.


Our Price:  Starting at $4995 installed.

Princeton Airport Flying Tigers
Invite you to
Meet ‘N Greet  – Saturday,
August 2nd, 2014
10:00 am – noon

Bagels & Coffee

               Bagels & Coffee
Now that we finally have some wonderful flying weather, share your experience with other pilots or students.  We gather in the lounge and talk “flying;.  Bring a friend.


7:00 – 10:00 pm
CFI: Ahmed Aburaida
Free – bring a friend.

36 Years and Counting by Naomi Nierenberg
In September 1978 our first newsletter was written and distributed at Kupper Airport.  Since the two companies were Raritan Valley Air and Raritan Valley Flying School, it was “News from Raritan Valley”.The process was rudimentary, but it worked.  I wrote and typed a purple “ditto sheet” and Dick printed it.  Then together with staff we folded, labeled, stamped and mailed it.  At the time it was less than 100 copies.  When that number grew – we made two dittos.Someone felt sorry for us and donated a mimeograph machine, so I typed up a stencil and Dick cranked out. The number of copies kept growing, but with the more modern method, we handled it.  We graduated to electro stencil which enhance the look, but same running the machine.Base customer Ed Blaker had a print shop in South Plainfield, so our next step was to type it and bring it to him for printing and folding.  One day we brought it to him, and the next, we picked it up.

Enter John Watson, our computer guy, who helped us print labels in zip code order so we were able to take advantage of the lesser bulk mailing postal rate – still lots of manual labor.

The process continued at Princeton, however as the cost of mailing skyrocketed and the number of newsletters grew, we explored emailing the newsletter.  In the early 2000s I learned a new program and the e-newsletter began.  Through all of the trials and tribulations, we have never missed an issue and always for distribution on the first of the month.  We now email almost 2000.  (Archives are in the lounge.)

From the Right Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle

There you are, flying VFR at night. The stars are brightly shining and below you there are the lights of houses, cars and baseball parks. The engine is running smoothly so all you are thinking about is landing at your destination and the friends you are meeting.


You have been talking to flight following since takeoff, but you realize that you have not been hearing any chatter on the frequency. How long has that been going on? You press the PTT button and call Podunk approach for a radio check. No response! Let me try again -still nothing. The panel lighting seems dimmer than it was before. A glance at the ammeter shows a strong discharge. Uhh oh, you cannot see the red glow from the port running light. No, not green on the starboard side either! Then, no lights on the panel, no radios, no transponder, no landing lights, no flaps to land with……



Alexi Derkatsch has been working behind the counter as a flight coordinator since the spring.  The required college essay is always a challenge, however Alexi seemed to have nailed it.  Obviously, 39N has become a significant part of his application.

So there I was, dusting some books in the pilot shop of The Princeton Airport, as I usually do when there are no other urgent tasks, when my boss walked in. Landing the job at the airport was a great beginning to my senior summer, especially since my pursuit of a private pilot’s license had brought me close to the staff already. My deep passion for aeronautics had led me to the airport when I was just 12 years old. I took my first introductory flying lesson at that time and did my first solo flight when I was 16. Meaning, I was allowed to fly an airplane by myself before I was allowed to drive a car under supervision.



We’ll continue our tours during July and August we offer free airport tours to the public.  Whether they are pre-schoolers or seniors, everyone will get a chance to enjoy the airport environment.  This is also a positive way for the public to understand why we need airports.


Date:  Every Tuesday (weather permitting)

Time:  10:30 am

Cost:  Free

So spread the word – every parent looks for things to do with children (of all ages).  We welcome them to Princeton Airport.


For more information, check 

FAA Medical Doctor

Doctor Michael Nosko 

To be announced.
8:00 am – noon

Walk-ins ’til 11:30
Call 609-921-3100 for appointment.


1st, 2nd & 3rd Class medicals.

You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment.  No walk-in without a confirmation number.

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Flying Tigers

The summer weather has turned out to be a welcome counterpoint to the past winter: lots of great weekend flying weather.


The August fly-in destination is open, but tradition dictates that PAFT members will head east for breakfast at the Cape.


The fall business meetings will start on Wednesday, September 10th at Cafe Graziella in Hillsborough.

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