Princeton Airport News – April 2018

With weekly snow storms over, hopefully for this year, we all anxiously await the joys of Spring.  In between the snow, an exciting day at the airport with Lamborghinis brought out car fans.  Unfortunately we had to postpone our appreciation of Pete Rafle’s service to 39N, so we’ll do that at the end of the month.  Remember, Spring also brings out the birds, hoping to build their nests in any opening in your airplane.
So let’s enjoy the longer days and milder weather after what seemed like a never ending winter.
Four Lamborginis and two cool helicopters and a Hummer with very sophisticated cameras (over 1/2 mil) made a promotional video at Princeton Airport.  During an overcast day, one car rode up and down the runway with the camera equipped helicopters and Hummer video the action.  Eventually there were four cars in formation with the cameras fixed on them.  Ken was one of the drivers. What fun!  His reward for managing the airport.

Postponed* Celebration of Our Years with

Peter Rafle

Come and celebrate with us.
Share your stories and admiration.
|Sunday, April 29th, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm.

* Postpone from March 25th.
From the Right Seat – Instructor Emeritus Peter Rafle
When I am not flying or hanging around airports and other pilots, I “mess around”in boats. The other day, a serious sailor opined that while sailors have a unique language and vocabulary all its own, aviators don’t have much in that regard. What follows below is only the barest “toe in the water” regarding our rich pilot’s lingo.
Augur In.
To have a major accident. Taken from the spiral path of a spin to the ground
The approximate geometric center of all usable runway surfaces.
Bought the Farm
Died. The way I heard it got started was when the government began reimbursing farmers for crops lost due to aircraft accidents on their fields. The farmers realizing a good deal, started inflating the value of the crops to the point where the accident pilot “bought the farm.” Student pilots regularly practice emergency landings to farmer’s fields.
Utilities included
March Achievements –  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

First Solo:
Emily Johnson/CFI Branka Brnovic
Nir Granot – MEI Jeff Slutsky
Commercial – Multi:
Thomas Reeder/MEI Jeff Slutsky
Welcome Back to 39N
Bryan Boyle and your Cessna 172.

NEWS from the
  Sun “N Fun is fast approaching! (April 10-15) – Several PAFT pilots are planning to make the yearly pilgrimage. Reach out to Ben Gazdowicz at if you would like to join!

     Our March dinner meeting was held on March 14th at The Cranbury Inn. Mark Mondello, Director of Aircraft Maintenance at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, gave a phenomenal presentation of current projects they are working on! It was a very special evening!

     The next dinner meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9th. Location TBD. PAFT welcomes anyone interested in aviation to attend! For up-to-date information visit

The birds are actively looking for a nesting place.  Make sure the airplane you’re flying is not that place.
Birds can complete a nest in a short time.

Happy Holidays

1992  Grumman American Tiger 
Total Time:  9000
1750 SMOH
September Annual
Complete logs
Very good paint and interior
Dual Garmin 430 GPS
Garmin 340 Audio Panel
Garmin 327 Trans
S-Tec 30 with Altitude Hold
Wheel Pants
Asking $46,900.Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details

Live ATC

39N has received the donation of a Live ATC receiver! We will soon become a feeder site, which will allow you to listen to live radio calls at 39N and the surrounding area. This will be available on the web at or through the Live ATC App available in the App Store for iPhones, or Google Play for Android. This is a very useful tool for students and aviation enthusiasts and we are very excited to contribute to this community.

ALL GIFT ITEMS – 75% off.
Great buys.
(Does not include pilots supplies, books, and avionics.)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – APRIL, 2018                
  1st:  Happy Easter
April Fool’s Day
  7th:  Last day of Passover
29th:  Celebration of Peter Rafle 1:00
FAA Medical Doctor – TBD
39N Website
     For various reasons when the website was revisited, our Honor Roll had been omitted.  It has been recovered and it is in the process of being updated.  When the Nierenbergs purchased the airport, frequently a Princeton alum, or some other person would recalled when he/she soloed or earned their  “Wings” at this airport.  So we started this Honor Roll.  Additionally, in the hall near the classroom, is a plaque which lists those who soloed on the 16th birthday with the former Raritan Valley, and current Princeton Flying School.
     Currently the Honor Roll takes you through 2008, but it is being updated.  If you are some who has achieved one of these milestones at Princeton, please contact to include you in our history.


Countdown 21 MONTHS left to FAA Deadline
ADBS Solution is in stock.  Install the New GDL 82 which complies with the 2020 FAA Mandate for ADSB out for prices starting at $2495 installed.  See or talk to Ken


New ADSB coming out soon.  Starting at $2900 installed.
It has many new features included.
Receiver required.


We have lots of used equipment available for installation.  See Ken.
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg

To be determined.
8:00 am – noon

Walk-ins ’til 11:30
For appointments:  609-921-3100

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.