Princeton Airport News – December 2017


“As we end 2017, it is with a bang  – our Annual Santa Fly-in.  As you can read below, this is a truly communal event providing fun for all.  With all the clatter in the real world, December 24th has become a traditional day of fun.  We hope you can help us to continue this success.

A very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season to you and your family.” ~ The Nierenbergs

Help, Contribute, and Participate!!!
     42 years ago, someone suggested that Santa fly into 47N for area children.  Naomi was all for it, but Dick, although he had the physical qualities, would have nothing of it.  So a Santa suit was purchased and Santa arrived safely.  No gifts, just Santa.
     As time passed, we added that Santa would bring in wrapped gifts (parents brought ahead of time) and distribute then. Soon we added the requirement of something for the needy, and ever since, this event has grown and gets better every years as we continue to tweek the event.  Off course, in ’85 we brought the tradition to 39N.  It is now the best event of the year.
     On Sunday, December 24th at 11:00 a.m.Santa (a.k.a Airport Manager, Ken Nierenberg) will fly into the airport with gifts for area children. To participate you must bring a wrapped gift for you child or children with the name in large print. (Gifts should not exceed 12 inches. If you have more than one gift, tie them together so Santa can give them together.)
     You must also bring an equal number of unwrapped gifts for NEEDY children. In the lobby there will be two chimneys to receive the respective gifts.  The gifts for the needy will go to Mercer County Board of Social Services for distribution in time for Christmas.  (We’re their largest donor, so please help.)  Due to the immense destruction of Puerto Rico, we will be sending some of these gifts to children on the Island.

Get your gifts in early, as Santa dispenses them in the order we receive them. (Collection started Nov. 24th.)

    So, 39N patrons – how can you help? Santa needs lots of elves to make sure that everything goes smoothly and safely. We get hundreds of kids and their respective families, so it’s a very large crowd.

To insure safety, we’ll need people inside and out while everyone arrives. We give out cocoa and cookies while Pat McKinley entertains the children with holiday songs. Chris Maslanka provides music and the sound system, and Janice’s Weddings provides the winter wonderland setting.

Once Santa arrives by plane, we have to make sure there is smooth path for him into the hangar.  Call of signup at the front desk. We set up at 9:30 am.

Thanks., Santa

1st Solo :
Bo Hu/CFII Steve Hansell
Luke Angello/CFI Steve Resch
Private Pilots:
Jason Andreadis/CFII Steve Hansell
Commercial – Multi Engine:
Brian Correll/CFII Jeff Slutsky


2004 American Champion Aircraft Adventurer
600 Total Time
Fresh Annual
Garmin 430 Trans
Garmin 496
Dynon Horizon
Wide Rear Seat
Speed Fairings
Baggage Door
Always Hangared
Excellent Condition
Asking 99,500
Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details
From the Right Seat
Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
What, and, how do you think about risk management?  How deliberately do you plan and think about your planned flight before you arrive at the airport?  Here are a few questions to get started thinking about risk management and flight safety.
Do you ALWAYS……….. Perform a complete prefight inspection?
                                         Check the fuel from all the sumps?
                                         Obtain a good, thorough weather briefing?
                                         Remove all the airframe frost or ice prior to starting engines?
                                         Reject an intersection takeoff when only a full runway length will
allow and emergency landing if an engine is lost on takeoff?
                                         Never allow passengers to remain in the airplane while
                                         Use flight following, or file and activate a flight plan?
Stay on the ground with a cold?

NEWS from the
     The last PAFT dinner meeting of 2017 was held on November 8th at Confectionately Yours in Franklin Park – the name of the restaurant says it all.  Election night saw PAFT members elect President Gabriel Hernandez, Vice-President Steve Hansell, and Treasurer Ernie Schirmer for 2018 and 2019.
     Thanks to outgoing President Andrew Pramer, Secretary Josh Kozlov and Treasurer Jeanette Voight for their leadership in 2016 and 2017.
PAFT welcomes anyone interested in aviation to its meetings and events.  Go to for more information.  Dues are $25 a year for a family membership.
New President – Gabriel Hernandez
Gabriel earned his private pilot helicopter and airplane ratings at Princeton Airport this spring. He is an aspiring aviation historian, and is currently working toward his instrument ratings. Please join Gabriel with his enthusiasm to improve and expand the Pilots Club and its activities.

Base customer, Robert Harris’s daughter, Becky, created a YOU-Tube video regarding landing a plane when an emergency occurs.  Note:  Our Pinchhitter Course is much gentler..
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – December, 2017 
 7th:  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
12th:  1st Night of Chanukah!
17th:  Last day for gifts for Needy.
21st:  1st Day of Winter
24th:  Santa Flies into 39N @ 11:00 am
25th:  Merry Christmas (Closed)
26th:  Happy Kwanzaa
31st:  New Year’s Eve

News from Platinum Helicopters

 Are you looking to get your thrill seeking friend, sibling, family member or significant other something different for the Holidays this year?  Call or email us at Platinum Helicopters and we can come up with a specialized flight just for you to gift to that adventurous person in your life!  Have you wanted to see the NYC Skyline from the air?  Now is the perfect time of year to take the Helicopter tour you’ve been dreaming about, we can beat the crowds and even see the tree from the air.
November Accomplishments – Congratulations:
Jimmy Whittaker – Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) check ride.
Barry completed his first Robinson R22 Helicopter Solo.
Bill passed his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) check ride.
Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season!
$750/month – utilities included.

Haven’t you always thought how cool it would be to work at the airport?!?


Make sure that your aircraft has the correct oil appropriate for winter weather.  If you have a question, ask Ken for advice.
Also, in case we have snow – and you are planning to fly, please contact Steve for help to get your airplane airborne.  If you are not flying, we will get to your airplane as we continue snow removal, unless you need it sooner.                                                                                                    Thanks.
ADSB-Installations – FAA Deadline 01-01-2020

New ADSB coming out soon.  Starting at $2900 installed.
It has many new features included.
Receiver required.


We have lots of used equipment available for installation.  See Ken.
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg

To be determined.
8:00 am – noon

Walk-ins ’til 11:30
For appointments:  609-921-3100

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.