Princeton Airport News – August 2016

Despite the heat, 39N has been busy as the weather has been good for flying. All sorts of activities keep the staff hopping.  People keep coming to attend our tours which is great to enlighten the public about our operation.
There’s lots of news, so read on.  We will be one of the first testing centers that will administer the new “drone” tests.  We have also scheduled a very interesting seminar that all of you should attend, whether student pilot, pilot, helicopter pilot, and long time pilot.
So come on down and enjoy the joys of summer at Princeton Airport.


Inasmuch as Governor Christie has halted all construction projects in the state until the Transportation Trust Fund is refunded with a plan he approves, the construction of the bridge on Route 518 will be closed!!! This has been exasperated by the significant rain over the last few days, which has closed many of the detours.
Originally this project was to be completed by mid-August, but now we have idea when the bridge will be reopened.    This is the bridge between Franklin Township and Rocky Hill.  Officials of Franklin have been trying to get the state to allow the project so continued, but so far, to no avail.


Princeton Flying School is happy to announce that we have completed an avionics upgrade for our beloved twin-engine Piper Seminole.  It will now be flying with WAAS, ADS-B in, and now it has an HSI as well, perfect for instrument flying.  If you have ever wanted to get your instrument rating, or even just want to see why everyone enjoys multi-engine flying, now is the perfect time to check out N2173S with one of our fine MEIs (multi-engine instructors).


August 17th, 2016
7:00 pm
Speaker:  James Lovett
Air Traffic Controller (EWR)
Part-time Instructor at 39N
No matter how long you have been a pilot, you will learn first hand information from a ATC controller.
Free – bring a friend.

Free Weekly Tours of Princeton Airport 

Since 1985, the operators of Princeton Airport have opened their doors to visitors (both young and young-at-heart) so they see and experience the daily operations of the airfield. This summer, Princeton Airport invites the public to free tours which are continuing through August every Tuesday morning. Starting at 10:30 AM, the tours will address the past 105 years of the airport’s history, explore the present day-to-day operations and facilities, as well as take a glimpse into the bright future of Princeton Airport.
Editor’s Note:  Pass the word to your friends and neighbors as this is a great way to educate the public about general aviation.


1st Solo:
Amanda Lauria/ CFII Michael Siniakin
Deepak Mishra/MEI Jeff Slutsly

Parth Patel/ CFII Michael Siniakin

Instrument Rating:
Patrick Brouillon/ CFII Pete Rafle
Air Transport Pilot – Multi Engine:
Paul Leach/ MEI Jeff Slutsky


1975 Grumman ATiger – Excellent condition!
2050 Total Time
720 SMOH by Mattituck
Fresh annual and IFR certs
Sensenich Prop
Lo Presti Tiger Cowl Modification
Recent paint and interior
Always Hangared                             Lightweight Starter
Lexan Rudder Cap
JPI 730
Digital FP5L Fuel Flow
Digital OAT
Garmin 400 WAAS
King KX155 Nav Com
Icom Comm
PS Engineering PMA 6000 Audio Panel
4 place intercom
Garmin GTX320 Trans
S-Tec 30 Auto Pilot with altitude hold and heading feature (GPS Tracking)
Many other options  Will Trade
Asking $63,900.
Contact: Ken Nierenberg
609-731-4628 or
Check it out

NEWS from the

PAFT members will fly to Tangier Island on August 21st.  Tangier Island was the subject of a recent article in the Sunday NY Times Magazineregarding its slowly being flooded by a rising ocean due to global warming.
Then, on September 6th members will visit the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD for a guided tour of the James Webb Space Telescope assembly.
Rounding out September will be the September 18th Larry West Memorial fly-in to Block Island.  Sound interesting?
Visit for more information about Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers.

This month was packed full of Weddings!  Congratulations to one of our Flight Instructors, Eric Houghton, and to his new wife Katie, on their July 2nd wedding!  Eric stopped at the airport after their Church Ceremony to surprise Katie with a Helicopter Flight into their reception at Rosedale Park in Pennington.  We also had the pleasure of doing Helicopter flights for two Traditional Indian Weddings.
Congratulations to Steve Welter on passing his Instrument Check Ride this month, great job!!
Don’t forget that we can help you avoid traffic to the Jersey Shore and/ or the Hamptons with a quick Helicopter flight there and back!
Happy August Everyone!

From the Right Seat
Assistant Chief Pilot – Peter Rafle

In the current issue of FLYING magazine, August 2016, on page 90, is a photo of three men sitting in the mock-up of a Lear Jet 25.  The photo is dated August 12, 1966.  The men are not identified, but I know that the man in the middle is Bill Lear, and the man to his left, wearing white athletic socks, is Danny Kaye, one of the most the famous comedians of all time.  I never met Bill Lear, but I did spend 11 hours and 24 minutes with Mr. Kaye.  Come fly with me as I tell you my little story.
I was a very junior Second Officer with Pan American World Airways, based in San Francisco.  On July 8, 1969, I began a nine day trip as a Relief First Officer/Navigator on the Polar flight.  (Try to imagine a world where we didn’t have GPS, RNAV, but we did have ADF, LORAN, and the real Stars, Sun, and Moon).  Over the next 6 days, I flew to Frankfort, Istanbul, Beirut, Karachi, Calcutta, Rangoon, and Bangkok, and then returned to London via the reverse route.


New Regulations Regarding drones:

On June 21st, FAA finalized the operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems.  “We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
To operate the controls of a small UAS under Part 107, you need a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating, or be under the direct supervision of a person who holds such a certificate
You must be at least 16 years old to qualify for a remote pilot certificate, and you can obtain it in one of two ways:
  • You may pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center.
  • If you already have a Part 61 pilot certificate, other than a student pilot certificate, you must have completed a flight review in the previous 24 months and you must take a small UAS online training course provided by the FAA.
If you have a non-student pilot Part 61 certificate, you will immediately receive a temporary remote pilot certificate when you apply for a permanent certificate. Other applicants will obtain a temporary remote pilot certificate upon successful completion of a security background check.

DRONE TESTING – Unmanned Aircraft:

CATS will be delivering the UAG test through its testing centers startingAugust 29th 2016. Princeton Airport is an approved CATS testing center and they will be giving tests.
To register for the test, please call CATS at 1-800-947-4228 or go online at . If you have any questions, regarding testing, contact CATS at .


17th:  Safety Seminar – “How Air Traffic Control Works”
21st:  Fly In to Tangier Island
27th:  FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 – noon
29th:  Implementation of Test for UAS
Tuesday– Airport Tours 10:30 (weather permitting)


AML STC Approves Installation in Thousands of General Aviation Aircraft!
WHY WAIT – Get free traffic & weather.
The FAA has mandated that all airplanes will be required to have ADS-B by 2020.  This equipment will provide radar centers more information for better traffic flow, plus many other benefits.
Garmin has just announced its new GTX 335 & 345 which is now available.  We have had a very positive response to this news and people are scheduling their upgrade.
Price:  “Out” – start $3495 installed.
           “In & Out” – start $4995 installed.
Check the Garmin website for more information:
ADSB solutions for G-1000 approved  ( see Jeff or Ken)
If you need assistance, please speak with Ken 609-731-4628.
NOTE: Just completed the 20th ADSB installation and everyone states why the extra safety with traffic is awesome and they will never fly without it again.

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko
Saturday, August 27, 2016    bronze-medicine-symbol.jpg

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.

FAA Medical Reforms Coming Soon

In case you haven’t heard, Congress has passed (and the President signed) the FAA authorization that contains the long awaited Third Class Medical reform.   Although we have to wait for final details from the FAA, it is a big change for private pilots.   Once implemented, private pilots will not need to get medical exams from AMEs anymore if they have a valid medical from the last 10 years.   There will be some new requirements such as a biennual on-line course to take, and a check-out from your personal physician every four years, but this is a big step forward, especially if you have needed special issuances in the past.   We will be waiting for the final details, and will pass them along as soon as the FAA moves forward.