Welcome to the Princeton Flying School Podcast with Pete Rafle, Princeton Flying School Instructor Emeritus. In this episode Pete sat down with Naomi Nierenberg, co-owner of Princeton Airport. They talked about the history of the airport, the early days of the Princeton Flying School, and some of the colorful characters who played a part in the history of the airport.
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After ten years of planning Princeton Airport’s major improvements were completed in 2001. This premiere facility doubled in size, making it now 100 acres. A new 3500′ by 75′ paved runway was completed in August , 2001, amidst some fanfare as the airport and the New Jersey Division of Aeronautics celebrated the construction of the first brand new runway in the state in over 30 years. By the end of November the airport’s old runway was milled and paved to make a new full length taxiway. To brighten the airport at night a new pilot controlled lighting system was installed making the airport much more visible. Added to these features a much improved ramp was completed in December, providing transients with space to park while they conduct business or visit the Princeton area. The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on May 18th, 2002, when Governor Jim McGreevey attended the dedication ceremony.
Once more the Division of Aeronautics provided the airport with a SuperUnicom, which provides pilots automated weather conditions and advisories 24 hours a day. So proudly, Princeton Airport has accepted the terms and conditions for State and Federal monies to keep Princeton Airport a vital link of the national air transportation system and bring air traffic into the Princeton region more quickly and much more safe, as a result of this funding.
New Runway, Taxiway,
Lighting & Communication System
May 18th, 2002
|In appreciation for your past, present and future support, we invite you to
Join us in celebrating the dedication of our new, state of the art 3500’ runway,
taxiway, lighting and communication system, which makes Princeton Airport
one of the safest and most efficient general aviation airports in the country.
ØDedication & ribbon cutting ceremony
ØSpeakers from the aviation community and government
ØRefreshments following ceremony
Saturday, May 18th, 2002 11:00 a.m.
Naomi, Dick & Ken Nierenberg
Route 206, Princeton, New Jersey