Welcome to “From The Right Seat” with Pete Rafle, Princeton Flying School Instructor Emeritus. In this episode Pete shares a few flying stories and teaching tips gained from his 55 years in the air… including his years with Pan Am and TWA.
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“I’ve been flying airplanes since 1963. I joined the Navy and learned how to fly. In the Navy, I was assigned to a P3 squadron. I flew anti-submarine warfare. I was in Vietnam, ’66, ’67, then went to work for Pan-American World Airways, and then I went to TWA. I worked for two large airlines.
We moved down to New Jersey, lived in Hopewell, and my wife happened to buy me a gift certificate of an hour’s flight time at the Princeton Airport. I came over and Naomi Nierenberg, who was the head of the school, said, “What do you want to do?” I said, “I just want you to give me a safe for solo so I can rent an airplane.” She said, ” You’re an air transport pilot. I need a commercial pilot to give rides and lessons.” So I added on a single engine rating on to my air transport rating, that followed by a flight instructor rating, followed by an instrument flight instructor rating, and I started teaching here at Princeton Airport. That was 20 years ago. I have well over 4,000 hours in Princeton Flying School airplanes.” – Pete Rafle