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.
National Airspace System
with CFI Wesley Chin
7:00 - 8:00pm,
Tuesday, April 13th, 2021
Please email 39N@princetonairport.com 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
Jill Jefferson-Miller / CFI Peter Mercuro
Certified Flight Instructor:
Nate Kijpatanasilp / CFII David Dilauro
"ME FROM ABOVE" G1000 SIMULATOR
Cessna 172 with Garmin 530 & 430
Approved by the FAA for VFR & IFR hours
Operational in a month. More details to come.
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/
APRIL 2021 Calendar of Events:
Thanks Dick. The rest is history.
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.
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.