Princeton Airport News – August 2022

Princeton Airport News

Well this has certainly been a very hot July, but it did not stop us from flying here at the Princeton Airport. Despite the heat we had several students complete major milestones in their trainings as well as new pilots purchase airplanes.

If you do come in the next few days, you will notice our lobby under construction. The Testing Center will be moving downstairs, so we will all get a bit cozier in the lounge. We are also going to have a BBQ this month on Saturday, August 20th between 11 am and 2 pm. Stop by

If you're looking for a partnership in a Piper Arrow, read below for details. The plane is already based here at Princeton. Read on to hear the latest from the Flying Tigers as well as an interesting piece written by ATP Pete Rafle.

Stop by our Summer BBQ at 39N
Saturday, August 20th
11 am-2 pm

Attention all pilots, new and old and students... Stop by for a hot dog or a hamburger on Saturday, August 20th after you fly, before you fly, or just to say hi. All pilots are welcome to get together and share a bite to eat while enjoying the beautiful sight of flight.

New Planes for Sale! Contact Ken or Jack for details.

Planes For Sale

Attention Pilots: CX-3 Buy Back Program

Attention New Pilots... We will Buy Back your CX-3 Flight Computer for $50. See any Flight Coordinator for details. Return your CX-3 and get $50 Credit to use at the airport!
new plane

New Piper Arrow Partnership Available

Partnership in Piper PA28R200 1974. Full IFR with glass MFD/PFD
It is ready to go with great paint in and out. Great IFR cross country plane. Hangared at Princeton.
Contact Bob Harris at 732-586-7952 or email at  

Hangers for Rent

As the seasons are changing, there may be some hanger availability.
Contact Ken or Jack to be put on a list and see what is available for your plane

Fuel Updates: A New Self Serve Station is On It's Way!

There will be a new self serve station set up in the coming weeks. We appreciate you patience with this matter. And, even better news, we are anticipating fuel prices to come down a bit. Stay tuned and keep fueling to find out more.
Wesley Chin at Garmin Flight Simulator

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thanks to our fully certified Garmin Flight Simulator 

Windy weather keeping you on the ground?
Interested in starting or staying current in your instrument rating?
Come check out our fully certified Garmin Flight Simulator! 
You can log 2.5 hours towards your Private Pilot's license and 10 hours for your Instrument rating.

Princeton Flying School

Milestones During July, 2022

1st Solo:

Dayley Katz / CFII Cameron Wagner
Selene Moon / CFI Steve Hansell
PFS Milestone
FAA Medical Doctor

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko will be here

Wednesday, August 10th & 24th, Saturday August 6th & 20th

8:00 am - noon

*No walk ins*

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. 

August 2022 Calendar of Events:

6th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
9th: Gabrielle's Birthday!!
10th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
20th: BBQ with 39N & FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
24th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
Summer 2021
From the Right Seat
by Pete Rafle ATP CFII

Attention to Detail

I am sure most of you read FAA accident investigation reports. Recently, I read about an incident that had me shaking my head in disbelief and great sadness. The pilot was well known as an airshow performer. He was a former Top Gun and a distinguished U.S. Naval Aviator.

The report concluded that the pilot of the SIAI-Marchetti SM-1019B had failed to remove the control
lock before takeoff. The aircraft took off and immediately pitched up, climbed to 80 feet before the
aircraft rolled to the left, the nose dropped and then impacted the ground, killing the pilot and
destroying the aircraft.

The pilot had a total of around 6500 hours and around 20 hours in type. There was no pressure to
depart as the flight was to his home just twenty minutes away.

As a flight student, I was taught to pay attention to detail in all phases of flight. As I advanced to more
and more complex airplanes, I found the best way not to miss anything was to, first, thoroughly learn all
I could about that airplane. Second, use checklists to ensure that each procedure was complete. Third,
do not allow distractions to take your attention away from the task at hand. If interrupted, go back to
the beginning of the task (i.e., Before Takeoff Checklist) and start over.

You are probably wondering why the pilot in the described incident did not perform a control check
during his pre-takeoff procedure. Complacency, distraction, “Get home-itis?? We will never know the
answer, but this sad event can be used to ensure that each of us will pay close attention to what we do
in airplanes and arrive safely at our destination.


News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers
Don Denny, President
Next PAFT Meeting Wednesday, September 14th @ 6:30 pm

With the summer heat plus vacations, PAFT activities have been light through July. We have speakers arranged for our September and October Zoom meetings. Remember meetings are the 2nd Wednesday each month from September through May, starting at 6:30 pm.

In September we have Mark Mizrahi of Flysimulators speaking on GA flight simulators. In October we have Paul Deres, Senior Director of AOPA Air Safety Institute who will present an accident analysis for discussion.

In the meantime, sign up with Ben Gazdowicz for our GroupMe chat to stay abreast of our breakfast fly-ins. Email me if you are not already on the PAFT mailing list and would like to be.

The PAFT membership application form can be found at

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Fly safe,
Don Denny
PAFT President

Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins

Ben Gazdowicz

Summer his heading in strong. Join us for new adventures with fellow pilots. Contact me to join PAFT flights on the
Photo below from a Breakfast Fly In at Hammonton Airport N81.
Check out Garmin for that long awaited upgrade.
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See Ken - 609-731-4628
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Princeton Flying School Podcast ~ New Episodes Coming Soon!

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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