The indecisive weather has continued to make 2014 a challenging year. The good weather flying days have been few and far between. As we leave the month of April showers, showers have turned into torrents of rain.
Let’s hope May brings out those long awaited sunny days with no winds and next month’s newsletter will have lots of accomplishments.
As spring makes a strong presence, the birds are busy looking for a place to lay their eggs and nurture their young. Over the years, any opening in an airplane has been great nesting grounds, especially near the engine. Obviously, this could be disastrous.
Princeton Airport Flying Tigers
Invite you to
Meet ‘N Greet – Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
10:00 am – noon Bagels & coffee
Whether you’re flying your plane or have a lesson, stop by for some coffee and bagels and meet new and long time pilots in the Lounge.
From the Right Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
Last week, I was asked about my recollections of my first night cross country flight. In late spring, 1964, I was at N.A.S. Whiting Field, north of Pensacola, FL, and about a third of the way through the Navy basic training syllabus. The airplane was a North American T-28 B.
I had already made day VFR cross country flights, so I was able to make the heading and time calculations, pick out check points along the route, list the necessary radio and VOR frequencies, and follow the tactical procedures. This was a solo flight, but I would be accompanied by several other solo students, each in a T-28, in trail. We took off at five minute intervals and set off to fly a 200 + nm route over the sparsely populated countryside of Alabama and Florida.
How many times have you shared your excitement of learning to fly or just some of your flying experience, and the person responds, “I always wanted to learn to fly!”
Introduce a friend to flying – when he/she solos, we will give you an hour in a C152 or a half hour in a C172.
Spread the word – you have to be “general aviation’s advocate”.
To our friend & fellow pilot, Dan Bellware. Speedy recovery.Your friends at 39N.
New & Used Avionics
In stock: Garmin 400 – new & used
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 have already installed 7 ADSB systems and they are working well. You will have Traffic/ Weather without any subscription requirements. 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.
You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. No walk-in without a confirmation number.
We’ll soon be at the middle of PAFT’s 20th Anniversary year.
After the May 14th dinner meeting we’ll concentrate on making up for lost flying time with fly-ins to Scranton (KAVP) in May for a coal mine tour, Meyerstown PA (9D4) in June for the Cornwell Iron Furnace tour and Penn’s Cave PA (N74) for the cave tour boat ride.
Guests are always welcome at dinner meetings and fly-ins. For more information, visit www.paft-nj.org