When asked, “What’s new at the airport?” the response was “status quo!” That was meant as a positive. Hangars are pretty much occupied; fuel farm is complete and working; fuel prices have come down some, but not all the way; weather has been delightful; and nothing has broken down. So “status quo” is good.
The management is always looking into ways to improve the facilities, so perhaps next month will be more news.
Meanwhile, take advantage of usually good flying conditions during October. It usually is one of the best flying months.
AVOIDING LOSS OF CONTROL
7:00 – 10:00 pm
CFI: Ahmed AburaidaFree – bring a friend.
MEET ‘n GREET
due to lack of attendance.
For several years we have had “Meet ‘N Greet” on the first Saturday of the month. The Princeton Airport Flying Tigers were kind enough to take over the program the last couple of years. However, there have been too many times when one or two pilots show up or none. If there is interest in the future, we’ll be glad to reinstate this monthly event.
From the Right Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
The old joke,” You can learn to fly in a week, but it takes a lifetime to learn how to land” is certainly an exaggeration. But, I have found that many students do take some time to learn to consistently land well. What makes the process difficult for some and not for others? What can an instructor do to make it easier to see and feel what is needed to make good landings a regular experience for the new pilot? I am going to try to help.
Every landing, good or not so good, starts on the downwind. As one enters the downwind, ensure the airplane is at pattern altitude and at the appropriate speed for the type of airplane. If the airplane has a carburetor, pull on carburetor heat, adjust power to arrive at the abeam position (the landing target on the runway at your 9 o’clock position) at about 85 kts (for the C-172). Reduce power, lower flaps to the first notch and start slowing to 70kts (C172). I place the flaps to 20º before the Base Turn, but depending on how well the descent is going, you can add the second notch on the Base leg.
FALL FOLIAGE – one of the privileges of flying a general aviation airplane is soaring over the hills and to see the trees turn color. By mid-October, we should be reaching peak colors, so take someone special for a very special ride.
You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. No walk-in without a confirmation number.
Self-Service is Really Working Article Headline
After several false starts, the self-service station is finally working properly. It seems there was a design problem and after much trouble shooting, a fix was made and it has been working uninterrupted.
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PRINCETON AIRPORT’S FLYING TIGERS Editor’s Notes:
In 1985 when the Nierenbergs purchased Princeton Airport, Sunday was always a day when pilots would gather by the wooden fence in front of the administration building. As the group size increased, the subject of discussion would always end up – “Where should we fly for breakfast?” This went on week after week, however by the time they would decide, it would be lunch time, and everyone would go home.
Twenty years ago Lou Guazzelli and Steve Anasiewicz got the group together and started dinner meetings and fly-ins. And so the Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers began. The group grew and the events were well attended.
There was a camaraderie that was very supportive of the airport, especially in the days of turmoils with the town and the neighbors. These pilots stood up and explained the benefits of the airport – to the greater Princeton area and Montgomery, in particular.Although Lou is no longer with us, his legacy continues. November will be the 20th anniversary of the organization, and if you haven’t joined yet, you should. These are a group of pilots who love aviation, and of course, love food.