Princeton Airport News – April 2017

This time of the year has always been special to the Nierenbergs as on April 28th, 1967, Dick Nierenberg changed careers to become the operator of Raritan Valley Air, Inc., at Kupper AIrport. The leap from selling furniture was a huge one, but hard work and determination kept him going.. Dick with the help of Naomi, ran to the FBO on the north side of the airport for 20 years, when the lease ran out.  Hoping to continue in aviation and the addition of son, Ken, the three purchased Princeton Airport on March 29th, 1985.  Together they ran both airports for two years, and then the three of them all were based at 39N, and the rest is history.  Dick lead the charge and everyone followed.  We miss his presence, however he would be delighted to see his determination continued without him and Naomi, who retired in ’12 through Ken.


Tis the season for the birds and the bees, it’s spring.  So when that bird looks for a nesting place, make sure your airplane is “not available”.
For rentals, make sure you preflight carefully and thoroughly.
AVIATION 101:  An introduction to airplanes for non-pilot spouses, partners, or significant others. 
May’s aviation safety seminar is being held for all the non-flying partners of the pilots (including student pilots) here at Princeton.  This one-night seminar will be an informal introduction to aviation, teaching some of the basic concepts of aircraft control, communication, and navigation.    Emphasis will be on answering common questions the unofficial pilot would want to know, or is too shy to ask.   No question will be considered too basic!   Pilots are welcome to attend, but in a completely supportive role, and are requested to be seen and not heard!
This is a FREE seminar, but we ask you to indicate your intention to attend via e-mail, phone, or in person to sign up.    This informal seminar can be used as the first class of an optional pinch hitter type course that you can take that gets you flying the airplane by yourself. (The “Pinchhitter Course is usually 4 hours of ground and 4 hours of air instruction in the airplane your significant other flies.  It enables you to enjoy flying more comfortably and if necessary, be able to be talked down in case of emergency.  It has proven very helpful.)

Light refreshments will be served.

Time:  Thursday May 11th 7-9pm
Hosted by: Jeff Slutsky, Chief Pilot and the entire Princeton Flying School
  1st:  April Fools Day
9th:  Palm Sunday
10th:  Passover begins at sundown
14th:  Good Friday
16th:  Easter
18th:  Tax Day
22nd:  Earth Day
FAA Medical Doctor – 8 – noon
Call for appointment – 609-921-3100
We have several aviators who are leaving their hangars for various reasons.
Call Ken for information:  609-731-4628


By the end of April, we should have the airplane on line to experience a  different type of plane.

NEWS from the
Next PAFT dinner meeting scheduled for May 10th other than that very quiet.  Check with members for impromptu fly-ins.
Congratulations – February Highlights
1st Solos: 
Austin Kelly/CFI Pete Rafle.
Gabriel Hernandez/CFI Brandon Broadway.

We now have a new DA-42 available for lessons/rent. Rental rate: $349/hr.

From the Right Seat
Peter Rafle, Assistant Chief Pilot
I recently heard a saying that has real meaning in aviation.  The quote is, “Surprised people do not perform properly.”  I have been in and around airplanes and pilots for over fifty years, and I can attest to the fact that when pilots meet the unexpected, they can and many times do perform badly.   We practice for the possibility of engine failure, fire, diversions or any of dozens of “what-ifs” so that if we are surprised one day we will, hopefully, respond properly. Before we launch into the blue, or grey, skies we should try to prevent being surprised by looking at our planning data in four dimensions. Simply put, speed =.  Apply thinking about the movement of weather around you, and your movement in regards to airspace you will encounter during your flight.
F.Y. I.  In Addition to the Rt. 519 Bridge Closure
Route 206 Closure
Route 206 will be closed in both directions near Stony Brook Bridges between Lovers Lane and Carter Road.
  • March 29th to April 5th. The road will be detoured from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for approximately 7 days.
  • Detour:
  • Northbound – From Route 206 north, traffic will be directed to take a left on Carter Road, right on Rosedale Road, and then a right on Elm Road back to Route 206
    • Southbound – From Route 206 south, traffic will be directed to take a left on Lovers Lane, right on Mercer Road, and a right on Hutchinson Drive back to Route 206.
Greg on receiving his Commercial Helicopter Pilot License.
Dalton O’Rourke on his Certified Flight Instructor License.
Gabe Hernandez on his first solo. Gabe has waited a long time for this day! Great job.
We are wishing you all a Happy Spring and a Happy Easter!  Keep an ear out for us flying overhead with the Easter Bunny or watch out for our Easter Egg drops at some of the local Churches this month.

FAA Deadline – January 1st, 2020
Time flies when your having fun.  Enjoy your ADSB sooner than later.  Eventually you will have to comply, so why not utilize this avionics now.
ADSB – Installed.  Starting $2995 + up.
Speak with Ken or Jeff – there are all sorts of specials.

Contact Ken or Jeff
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April 22, 2017
8:00 am – noon

Walk-ins ’til 11:30
Call 609-921-310 609-921-3100 for appointment.

1st, 2nd & 3rd Class medicals.

You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment.
No walk-in without a confirmation number.