Princeton Airport News – August 2021

Summer time brings longer days and warmer weather, which means more activity at The Princeton Airport. The flight school has been busy with students flying and many completions. Congratulations to those students. What a difference a year makes with the pandemic. We are so happy to have the airport buzzing this summer with new planes, new faces, new base customers, good weather, and lots of flying!

And the best news of all, after months of paperwork and prodding, Ken Nierenberg has gotten Night Approaches approved! Night approaches are authorized again using RNAV 10 and VOR-A to 10. No night approaches to 28. This will reportedly show up on the IAP’s soon, but you can already confirm in the NOTAM database

We welcome two unusual planes to 39N!

Cirrus Vision Jet

Congratulations Nir Granot on the purchase of the Cirrus Vision Jet.


Congratulations Attila Mihalyi on the purchase of the Socata.

Becoming a pilot is an exciting process, owning your own airplane is extraordinary. Congratulations Nir Granot on the purchase of the Cirrus Vision Jet and Attila Mihalyi on the purchase of the Socata. The airport loves to see diversity in people and planes, and this month we definitely reached new heights!

If you are interested in purchasing an airplane or have any questions about the process, please call or email Ken Nierenberg 609-731-4628 /

G1000 SIMULATOR Cessna 172 with Garmin 530 & 430 Final Approval by the FAA for VFR & IFR hours
CFII Steve Hansell checks out the simulator and his expression of glee says it all.



Cessna 172 with Garmin 530 & 430

Final Approval by the FAA for VFR & IFR hours

It’s now online – come by and check it out.

Wesley Chin, CFI at Princeton Flying School

You Are Invited!


with CFI Wesley Chin

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

NOTE NEW TIME: 8:00 – 9:00pm

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

Princeton Flying School Gift Certificate

Princeton Flying School

Milestones during July, 2021


1st Solo:
Michael Jones / CFI Nick Pengue
Ruben Mendez / CFI Wesley Chin
Ethan Peraira / CFI Wesley Chin
Farhan Siddiqui / CFI Saad Sheikh
Private Pilot:
Michael Sponring / CFI Peter Mercuro
Zhiyi Ren / CFI Peter Mercuro

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko will be here TWICE

Wednesday, August 11th and Saturday, August 21st, 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.

August 2021 Calendar of Events:
 9th: Gabrielle’s Birthday (visit her at the front desk)
11th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am -noon
17th: Zoom Webinar with Wesley Chin – 8:00pm
21st: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am -noon

From The Right Seat with Pete Rafle

From The Right Seat, Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle

I was thinking about the first airplane I purchased. It was back in 1969 and I was living in Sunnyvale,
California. I had been working for Pan American Airlines since August 1968. I good friend, fellow Pan
Am pilot, and former Navy flight school classmate, Kent, had suggested we pool some money and buy a
1949 Piper Clipper he had just seen at Reid-Hillview airport near San Jose. Kent had another Pan Am
new hire interested too, so he suggested that for $1000 each, we could buy the PA-16. We agreed that
to have three Pan Am pilots buying a “Clipper” was a pretty cool idea.
I was the only one of us who had not flown a tailwheel airplane before, although I did volunteer in
1964 to fly the A-1 Sky Raider while I was waiting for my multi-engine training to begin in S2F Grumman
Trackers. It was the last of the tail wheel attack airplanes in the Navy.  Read On…

News from the Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President
Next PAFT Meeting
Summer Break- September 9th
The Princeton Flying Tigers are on summer break and will resume meetings in September.
The weather has been great for flying and Summer from the air has been gorgeous. Please join us for a fly in or arrange your own. Contact VP Ben Gazdowicz, to be added to our GroupMe Chat where flyins are announced and organized.
Don Denny
PAFT President
Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins
Ben Gadzowicz
If there are planes and food, PAFT members will be there. See pictures below.
PAFT membership:
Ben Gazdowicz –
Princeton Airport


Check out Garmin for that long awaited upgrade.
Click here for ideas.
See Ken – 609-731-4628



The Princeton Airport 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.


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