It’s very difficult to write about “What’s happening at 39N?” when it’s been a winter and month like the one just ending. We plowed, and we plowed, and we plowed. We fixed hangar doors which were under pressure from the roofs with piles of snow. We preheated airplanes in the arctic blast – not fun, and very little news.As we move forward with the threat of more snow, we’d like to give you a bit of history of 39N. March 29 will be 29 years that the Nierenbergs purchased the airport.
In the meantime, we do miss seeing all of you. So please come out of your warm homes and visit us.
29 Years and Counting…
In the early ’80s Dick, Naomi and Ken Nierenberg faced the dilemna of relocation – their 20 year lease at Kupper Airport (47N), now Central Jersey, was coming to an end and the option for renewal was out of the question.One day Ken burst into the office of Dick and Naomi and suggested we buy Princeton Airport which had been up for sale. His parents thought he was dreaming and it surely wasn’t possible. Undaunted, Ken persevered and on March 29, 1985 the sale was final.At the time, 39N was really dormant as it had been on the market for four years. So for two years Dick ran Princeton and Ken ran Kupper as the revenues from Kupper were needed to kick start the new one. Naomi opened a satellite flight school and spent half a day at each airport.The challenges were large, but now that we look back, it’s been a great ride.
The Biennial Flight Review comes around every two years. It is a chance to sit down with a Flight Instructor and review the flying you have done and ensure that you have the knowledge and ability to operate as the P I C for the next two years.
How do you prepare for the hour of ground time and the hour in the air? Do not wait until the day before your appointment to start cramming, especially if you haven’t flown for a while. Develop the habit of regularly reading the manuals and aviation materials if you are not in the air often.
After these many, many years of running an airport in all kinds of weather, we know how to get you into the air. Yes, we are flying. When snow is predicted, we put as many airplanes into the hangar as possible. We have preheaters and trained personnel ready when you’re ready to go flying.ATTENTION AIRPLANE OWNERS: If you need to be plowed out, please call Front Desk at 609-921-3100 and we’ll get to you as soon as possible. If you have a trip planned and need to go, let us know as we can put some priority on it.If you need a preheat, contact us and we’ll get to you as soon as possible.
Princeton Airport Flying Tigers
Invite you to
Meet ‘N Greet – Saturday, March 1st, 2014
10:00 am – noon
Bagels & coffee
Get out of the house today while the weather permits and “hangar fly” in the lounge with other pilots, students and wanna-be pilots. Bring a friend.
You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. No walk-in without a confirmation number.
Have you considered having your avionics upgraded? We can help you.
Are you in compliance with FAR 91.411 & 91.413 – transponder and altimeter checks due every two years.Get with the ADSB requirement early. We hae already installed 7 ADSB systems and they are working well. You will have Traffic/ Weather without any subscription requiments. Garmin makes the GDL 88 and the starting price is $6,000 installed. Check for details on the Garmin website on what and how ADSB works.
This winter may force the Flying Tigers to make its next fly-in destination someplace farther south than usual – maybe south Florida. The date for February’s fly-in came and went without notice since looking outside was enough to make you think twice about doing an engine pre-heat and pre-flight!
The March 12th dinner meeting will be held in Hillsborough at the Cafe Graziella featuring guest speaker David Robinson, Chief Climatologist at Rutgers University. (Editor’s note – David can answer your questions about the changing weather – very interesting.)
The March fly-in will be to one of the PAFT 2014 Challenge Airports. For more information visit www.paft-nj.org – guests are welcome at all events.