When 2014 began, we quickly realized that the weather was going to be a challenge for anything “aviation”. That seems like yesterday, however it’s a year later and 2014 is coming to a close.
Because of the weather, everything came to a crawl for the first several months, so if you took longer than planned for your next rating, blame it on the weather.
We hope you will help us with our Annual Santa Fly-In. Either be a volunteer or enjoy to the event through the eyes of your little ones. Here is something you can really share together.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and the 2015 will bring you health, happiness and great flying weather.
Thanks for allowing us to serve you.
ANNUAL SANTA FLY-IN
Help & Contribute!
One of the best events at 39N is our Santa Fly-In. This will be the 39th year that we have sponsored this happening. (At 47N prior to Princeton).
On Wednesday, December 24th at 11:00 a.m. Santa (a.k.a Airport Manager, Ken Nierenberg) will fly into the airport with gifts for area children. To participate you must bring a wrapped gift for you child or children with the name in large print. (Gifts should not exceed 12 inches. If you have more than one gift, tie them together so Santa can give them together.)
You must also bring an equal number of unwrapped gifts for NEEDY children. In the lobby there will be two chimneys to receive the respective gifts. The gifts for the needy will go to Mercer County Board of Social Services for distribution in time for Christmas. (We’re their largest donor, so please help.) Get your gifts in early, as Santa dispenses them in the order we receive them. (Collection starts Nov. 28th.)
So, 39N patrons – how can you help? Santa needs lots of elves to make sure that everything goes smoothly and safely. We get hundreds of kids and their respective families, so it’s a very large crowd.
We’ll need people inside and outside while everyone arrives. We give out cocoa and cookies while Pat McKinley entertains the children with holiday songs. Chris Maslanka provides music and the sound system.
Once Santa arrives by plane, we have to make sure there is smooth path for him into the hangar.
Call of signup at the front desk. We set up at 9:30am. Thanks,
May your holiday season be filled with joy and peace.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
CFI: Ahmed Aburaida
Free – bring a friend.
To our Jewish Friends,
Starts at sundown, December 16th.
From the Right Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
I am sure that most of you subscribe and/or read the popular aviation magazines. All of you are familiar with Flying, Flight Training, AOPA Pilot, Flight Safety and many others. Aviation magazines have been around a long time. At a recent auction in Washington Crossing, PA, I bought two old magazines that had some fascinating aviation articles. A December 1938 AVIATION magazine. This magazine started in 1916 and this issue has articles ranging from pending air postal rates, to reviews of the Vultee V-12, the Spartan Executive, the Ryan SC and an Aeronca 50 seaplane. Of real historical interest is a discussion of “Post Munich impressions of Aeronautical England”. Remember, World War Two is only months away…..
The second magazine, I found, is the May 1945 Popular Science. The cover shows a dirigible and a note about an 8 page article on the postwar plans for inter-continental dirigible flights. Also, there is a short article on the around the world flights of the Royal Air Force and the U.S Army Air Force in Consolidated C-87’s (B 17 lookalike).
You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. No walk-in without a confirmation number.
AVIONICS NEWS Promotion Name
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.
P.S. Need any advice to surprise your pilot with an avionic gift. Call Ken – 609-731-4628.
The November dinner meeting marked the official celebration of PAFT’s 20th anniversary with 40 members gathering to toast the past and plan the future. Special thanks to PAFT member Ben Gazdowicz for creating the “newsreel” video highlighting the the club’s activities.
Lifetime membership awards were given to Steve Anasiewicz, Ralph Baron and Dick Nierenberg. New this year were certificates of personal achievement in aviation given to Dave MacRae, Greg Hansa, Tab Billman and Raj Soni.
The November fly-in to Bay Bridge, MD was also a celebration – it was the same destination as the club’s first fly-in in 1994.
2014 will close with PAFT volunteers once again helping Santa fly into 39N on December 24th.
PAFT encourages anyone interested in aviation to attend a PAFT event – guests are always welcome.