Princeton Airport News – April 2021

It's just over a year that we went into lockdown for Covid. Everyone was affected, whether it was a big inconvenience to devastation. As we go forward, it is with cautious optimism. At 39N a year ago we were planning the 35th anniversary of the purchase of Princeton Airport by Dick, Ken and Naomi Nierenberg. It was a big milestone and it deserved to be celebrated.

For those less familiar with the history, the three Nierenbergs, pictured above, were running the FBO at then, Kupper Airport, where they faced the end of a 20 year lease with no chance of renewal. Young and ambitious, Ken asked his parents, "How about we buy Princeton Airport", which had been up for sale for several years. After much haggling, we closed on March 29th, 1985. Dick moved his operations to 39N (which had very little activity); Ken continued at Kupper; and Naomi brought the certified flight school down to 39N, going back and forth for the two years that the lease overlapped.

After the lease expired Ken and Naomi joined Dick at 39N full time in 1987 and it was an all out effort. Hangars and many other improvements began and the flight school literally and figuratively took off.

So yes, a celebration is due - but delayed. We have faced many challenges in our years in aviation and we made it through recessions, gas shortages, extreme township opposition, and now we can add a pandemic! We're still upright and going forward with your support.

We'd like to call your attention about two of our flight instructors who are preparing for your enlightenment and enjoyment via Zoom. See below. Each month will be a subject that's informative to newbies and refreshing for long time pilots. Take advantage of this opportunity. Additionally, new hangars, a simulator, and more to come.

Construction of New T-Hangars
12 new T-Hangars are being planned.
Stay tuned.

Wesley Chen CFI

National Airspace System
Zoom Webinar
with CFI Wesley Chin

7:00 - 8:00pm,
Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Please email or call 609-921-3100 so we will put you of the list to access the next Zoom Webinar. Invite your friends.

*Note: Do to the success of Wes' wonderful presentations, he has agreed to continue a Zoom Webinar each month following private pilot subjects.

We thank Wes and Nate Kijpatanasilp for undertaking this effort. We're all so fortunate to have this asset available.

If you missed any previous presentations by Wes, they are now posted on our website:

Princeton Flying School Milestones during March, 2021


1st Solo:
Jill Jefferson-Miller / CFI Peter Mercuro

Certified Flight Instructor:
Nate Kijpatanasilp / CFII David Dilauro



Cessna 172 with Garmin 530 & 430

Approved by the FAA for VFR & IFR hours

Operational in a month. More details to come.

Nate Kijpatanasilp, CFI, Princeton Flying School

Princeton Flying School
Readies for Good Weather Flying

As the good weather returns, our staff will increase to better serve you. We have started with the additional of CFI Nate Kijpatanasilp who has been training with us, so he knows how our school works.

And we welcome the return of CFII Steve Hansell who took some forced time-off during the pandemic. Steve has been with us from student pilot through to CFII.

In preparation for the longer days and flying weather, we are looking to hire flight-coordinator/line/fueler. Interested parties are asked to contact:


APRIL 2021 Calendar of Events:

1st: April Fool's Day
2nd: Good Friday
4th: Easter Sunday
Last day of Passover
12th: Ramadan begins at Sundown
14th: Princeton Airport Flying Tigers ZOOM Meeting 6:30pm
16th: Zoom Class with Wesley Chin - 7:00pm
17th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am -noon
28th: Dick Nierenberg began working in aviation as the FBO at Kupper Aiport, 1967.
Thanks Dick.
The rest is history.

FAA Medical

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko
Saturday, April 17th, 2021
8:00 am - noon
Walk-ins 'til 11:30

For appointments: 609-921-3100
Schedule: 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.

From The Right Seat with Pete Rafle

From the Right Seat
Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle

The pandemic has changed so many aspects of our lives over the past year. April is my CFI renewal month. I have always gone to the two - day CFI renewal seminars, held by the AOPA Safety Foundation, or Aviation Seminars, Inc. This year, however, I chose to complete the on-line version. I chose AOPA Safety Foundation because the courses I had taken in the past were well presented and thorough. I figured that I would spend the sixteen hours comfortably in my home and at my pace. It was a good experience, although it took longer than I had expected and covered a more diverse syllabus.

I recommend that each of you take advantage of the courses that AOPA offers online. They skillfully present the information using a multi-media format that keeps you interested and connected with the material.

I now have some idea of what high school and college students are experiencing in distance learning.



Check out Garmin for that long awaited upgrade.

Click here for ideas.

See Ken - 609-731-4628

Princeton Airport Flying Tigers

News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President

Next PAFT Meeting

March 14th at 6:30pm via Zoom.

April 14th, 2021 at 6:30pm via Zoom.

Our guest speaker: Pete Rafle, 7:00pm
Subject: “Pan American Airlines early aircraft and routes, 1928 to 1946. Juan Trippe and building the greatest transoceanic air transport system.”
We will be joined on the Zoom call by members of COPA flight 34, based in Peterborough, Ontario at CYPQ. PAFT member David MacRae is the president of COPA flight 34. Their group meets on the same day and time as ours, and we saw this as a great opportunity to meet.
PAFT plans to continue the current format of monthly Zoom meetings with guest speakers for 2021. Guests are welcome. Non-members who are not already on the PAFT emailing list should email Don Denny to arrange for a Zoom invite. We will also continue our ad hoc fly-ins as the weather and Covid pandemic allow. All are invited. If you are not currently a PAFT member or are not already on the PAFT mailing list, please contact Don Denny at for the Zoom link for the meeting. Student Pilots are welcome.
Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins
Ben Gadzowicz
As expected the more pleasant weather in March provided the opportunity for 6 MFIs involving 16 planes, 19 pilots and crew and covering a total of 1,950 plane miles. We continue to conduct our fly-ins to airports with restaurants having outdoor seating. It can only get better in April, so join us!
PAFT Restaurant guide:
PAFT membership:
Ben Gazdowicz -
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The Princeton Flying School Podcast is hosted by Pete Rafle, Princeton Flying School Instructor Emeritus. In each episode Pete interviews some of the pilots and colorful characters here at Princeton Airport, as well as sharing a few flying stories and teaching tips of his own gained from his 55 years in the air.The Princeton Flying School Podcasts are recorded at the Princeton Airport and are produced by HG Media. You can hear our podcast on our PFS website as well as on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Podcast #11 Guest: Colin Unsworth
Podcast #10 Guest: Bill Ducharme
Podcast #9 Guest: Colin Unsworth
Podcast #8 Guest: 1st Lieutenant Robert McClellan
Podcast #7 Guest: Col.John 'Skip' Rawson
Podcast #6 Guest: Chief Pilot, Jeff Slutsky
Podcast #5 Guest: Col.John 'Skip' Rawson
Podcast #4 Guest: Naomi Nierenberg
Podcast #3 Guest: John Nierenberg
Podcast #2 with Pete Rafle
Podcast #1 with Pete Rafle