39N was hopping during the month of October except when the federal government shut down.
November will bring the construction of the new fuel storage area for which we have long been waiting. Also November brings the hectic holiday season. Pace yourselves and take time to enjoy flying.
How the Federal Shutdown Effecting General Aviation
If anyone wonders whether the government shutdown in Washington DC would have any effects upon general aviation, here are just some points to consider:
1. WE are a CATS testing center for the FAA and other tests. No exams could be administer, so not only the government shut down CATS, but also their employees.
2. FAA medicals could not be conducted as you have to file online prior to your appointment. You couldn’t get a medical – if you fly for a living, you were downed.
3. At 39N we sell aircraft for which financial institutions will not finance or disburse funds without a title search. No FAA – no access to records.
4. Check rides – Check rides were cancelled, whether it was a new certificate or some other rides needed. To stay current the student had to keep flying.
It is hard to understand how certain members of Congress can, with no regards for the public good and safety, use situations like this for their personal political gain. Polls have shown the public is opposed to these arbitrary methods. And it appears, unless pressure can be brought on them, that it will all start over again after the new year.
It truly effect the health and welfare of the airport and ultimately effects everyone. Let’s hope that cooler minds will prevail.
ANNUAL SANTA FLYIN
Help & Contribute!
For the 38th year we are sponsoring our annual Santa Fly-In. If you have been here a while, you know what a great event this is. If you’re new – don’t miss it. We started it when we were at Kupper Airport (47N), and continued and expanded the event when we came to 39N.
On Tuesday , December 24th at 11:00 am, Santa will fly into the airport with gifts for area children.
To have your child (children) participate, you must bring a wrapped gift for your child with the name in large print. (Gifts should not exceed 12″. Santa has a weigh limitation.) If you have more than one child, wrap the gifts in the same paper and tie them together, so Santa can give your childrens gifts 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. Get your gifts in early, as Santa dispenses them in the order we receive them. (Collection startsNov. 29th.)
Thanks to Bob Seidel, long time 39N base customer and great airport supporter, we trouble shot the issues with the taxiway light and they are shining bright.
The tanks are scheduled for delivery the second week of November. If the weather permits, it should be done prior to Christmas. Interruption of service will be minimal.
This is not only replacement of the 12000 gallon tanks, but all pumps, filters and hardware will be new. New tanks may look smaller, however instead of containment in case of a spill, the tanks will be double walled with an alarm system, if either wall is breached.
by Dick Nierenberg
Windshields are plexiglass – DO NOT Use any type of scraper!
Suggestion: Renters – use the bottle of alcohol at the front desk.
Aircraft Owners – bring a spray bottle to Dick and he will fill it with alcohol.
DO NOT SCRAPE!!!!!
Welcome New Staff & Good Luck to Previous Chief Pilot
We have had some new faces in the flight school – our chief pilot, Deandre Robinson, has moved on to Net Jets.
Welcome CFI Kevin Sonta who comes to us as a full time instructor. After graduation he worked in Hawaii as a charter pilot. Imagine leaving Hawaii to work in New Jersey at this time of year. We will keep him busy.
MEET ‘N GREET
Bagels & Coffee
Saturday, November 2nd, ’13
10:00 – noon
Join aviators who love to share the flying experiences. With this beautiful weather, some of you have taken trips that might be of interests to other pilots. Let’s have some “hangar flying”.
From the RIght Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
Winter is almost here and so it is time to think about how cold weather will affect how we operate airplanes. Expect that the pre-flight inspection/preparation is going to take more time.
If you scheduled the airplane for the 8 am slot, plan on clearing off frost or snow. Use a broom carefully to remove the frost from the wings and horizontal stabilizer and elevator. If the sun is out, let the aircraft warm up in the sun, and allow time for the remnants of the frost/ice to melt. Taxi slowly and stop the airplane in an ice free area for the run-up.
It can be disconcerting for the airplane to start moving in unexpected directions during the magneto check!
Winter time flying can be wonderful, with power from dense cold air, good visibility, and snow covered scenery. But, it requires careful planning, detailed weather forecasts, warm clothing, and careful ground handling.
F.Y.I. Move your clocks back this Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 am. Eastern Standard time returns.
MORE F.Y.I. Beginning December 3rd, Raritan Valley Flying School will be accepting PayPal. We hope this will be convenient for you.
NY & DC SFRA’s
Special Flight Rules Area
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 7:00 – 10:00 pm
CII Kris Hendrickson
As a pilot, you can’t have enough training in this area, especially since we live in a congested area that is abundant with these regulations. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prevent a violation.
Bring a friend – it’s free.
FAA Medical Doctor
Doctor Michael Nosko
Saturday, November 23, 2013
8:00 – noon
Walk-ins ’til 11:30
Call 609-921-3100 for appointment.
IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING MEDICAL APPLICATIONS!!
EFFECTIVE OCT 1 2012 (FOR NEXT FAA DOC APPOINTMENT):
ALL FAA MEDICAL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT ON-LINE @