Princeton Airport News – February 2021

snow scene

Stay Warm, Stay Safe & Be Patient

As many of us in Central Jersey, January is leaving us with the threat of lots of snow and high winds, finishing off a month of cancellations, due to weather. So if you were planning a trip with the Tigers, or hoping to solo or complete a cross-country flight, you were grounded. And the big day - your flight test also had to be postponed. Let's hope the groundhog gives us good news tomorrow..

Unseen, but quite necessary, propane gas heaters were installed in the maintenance hangar. Happy mechanics make satisfied customers- a hidden upgrade.

So Ken Nierenberg, with his assistant, James, have gotten the plows ready, and at some ungodly hour the two of them will head to 39N to start plowing. Although this looks like fun, if you are not careful, you can cause significant damage, like runway and/or taxiway lights, etc.

So stay warm, stay safe, and be patient.


  • As a precaution, please start the airplane engine at low RPM so the oil can move around and lubricate. The most damage is done in the first start of the day.
  • When the snow stops, make sure you clean off your airplane, as if it starts to melt and then refreezes, it difficult to clear.
  • If you are planning to use your airplane and you need to be plowed out, please contact the front desk and we will put you on the list.  Give us sufficient notice so Ken can do several aircraft at once while he's out plowing. If you're not imminently using your plane, we will eventually get to you.
  • If you need a preheat, contact the office.
NOTE: 48 days until Spring!!!


Please welcome these two hard workers who can expedite your wishes.

Gabrielle Nierenberg



Gabrielle Nierenberg has been around the airport since early childhood. Daughter of Ken, Gabrielle graduated Rutgers University and then pursued a dance career which brought her to places around the world, most recently on a German cruise ship. Since being grounded, Gabrielle is training for her private pilot's license and she's working at the airport as a flight coordinator.

Bryce Williams



Bryce Williams is excited to join the team at the Princeton Airport. He is interested in receiving his private pilot's license. He came to the airport upon the recommendation of his good friend, Alex Meadows, who is currently working as a line man in the shop.

Preflight Inspection
& Traffic Pattern

Zoom Presentation
with CFI Wesley Chin

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
7:00pm (about an hour)

Detailed Preflight on a 172R model
& Ins and Outs of Traffic Pattern

Wesley Chen CFI
Please email or call 609-921-3100 so we will put you of the list to access the Zoom meeting. Invite your friends.
Note: If you would like a specific subject for a Zoom meeting, let us know.

Princeton Flying School

Milestones during January, 2021

1st Solo:
Zhiyi Ren/CFI Peter Mercuro
Private Pilots:
Alexa Zammit/CFI Peter Mercuro
Aseem Subhani/CFII. Saad Sheikh
* To those waiting for the winds to die down and the snow to melt, patience.
FAA Medical

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko

Saturday, February 20th, 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.
Love Is In The Air


Candies are too sweet.

Flowers die.

Give your sweetheart a piece of the sky...

An Introductory Flying Lesson!


* Something Avionics

* Gift Certificate for Gas and/or Rentals

* Money on their Account!

February, 2021 Calendar of Events:

2nd: Ground Hog Day

9th: Zoom Class with Wesley Chin - 7:00pm

10th: Princeton Airport Flying Tigers ZOOM Meeting 6:30pm

14th: Valentine's Day

15th: Presidents' Day

17th: Ash Wednesday

20th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am -noon.

Presidents Day
1969 Piper 140


1969 Piper 140

Fresh Annual

4800 TT 500 SMOH

King TKM 170

KX 170B

Narco Trans


Good Paint and Interior

160 HP

Complete Logs

Asking $32,900

Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details

From the Right Seat

by Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle

I have been a collector of aviation items most of my life. I am particularly interested in airplane images on old postcards. My collection includes Pan Am and TWA issued postcards, cards showing U.S Navy airplanes (especially ones I have flown) and unique general aviation aircraft. This month I am showing you two cards that were issued as advertising for Cessna.

Image One is of a Cessna 120 on a card mailed in 1946. On the reverse are the performance data; 85 HP, top speed of 120 mph, cruising range of 4.5 hrs, etc. Also on the back is a handwritten invitation to a “ Weiner Roast on Sat., October 12 at 8pm at New Castle Westerns Air Port (New Castle, IND). Bring a blanket, Wear old clothes.” That airport is now called New Castle Henry Co. (UWL)

Image Two is of a Cessna 170 “The family car of the air”. On the reverse the advertising copy states, “ Man used to walk. Then he tamed animals to carry his burdens and himself. Later, with the development of boats and the wheel, transportation made tremendous progress. Now, with the airplane, we’re on our way to great new heights in the comfort and utility of transportation.
Today, leaders are realizing new profits and benefits from it. How about you?” Viewing these old postcards provides a different insight into the history of aviation. We have come a long way in the technology and design, but pilots still enjoy the freedom and challenge of flying.

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The Princeton Pilot Shop Online

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News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President


Next PAFT Meeting

February 10th at 6:30pm via Zoom.

7:00 pm: Guest Speaker: Patrick Bradley

Oshkosh Arrivals

Oshkosh Q&A

At our January meeting Raj Soni talked about flying in the Caribbean with the International Air Rally, ( and Don Denny spoke about getting your TSA approval and PIN for flights to and from airports in the FRZ (the Maryland 3 airports including College Park, MD) and then discussed the procedures for filing VFR and IFR in and out of the FRZ. A slide deck is available for anyone who wants.
PAFT plans to continue the current format of monthly Zoom meetings with guest speakers for 2021. Guests are welcome. Non-members who are not already on the PAFT emailing list should email Don Denny to arrange for a Zoom invite. We will also continue our ad hoc flyins as the weather and Covid pandemic allow.
All are invited. If you are not currently a PAFT member or are not already on the PAFT mailing list, please contact Don Denny at for the Zoom link for the meeting. Student Pilots are welcome.

Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins

Ben Gadzowicz

January turned out to be disappointing month for PAFT-MFIs. There were 6 MFI attempts but only one flight was completed to Blairstown (1N7) and on that flight only 1 plane out of the 4 scheduled made It. If its not weather, its plane maintenance, home heating problems or just a sleepless nights.  Lets hope February will prove better as we all look forward to spring and better weather.

PAFT Restaurant guide:
PAFT membership:
Ben Gazdowicz -
Elite Flight Experience
Elite Flight Experience is happy to announce our hire of Joanna Pasek as a new Cirrus Training Center Instructor. Joanna joins us after her previous experience at Express Jet.
Winter weather got you down? Why not try Elite’s Cirrus Perspective procedures simulator? It is a great way to learn the Garmin Perspective system or to practice approaches. This month we have been giving Vision Jet simulator lessons, and even virtually, the sound of jets is awesome. Please follow us on Instagram (EliteFlightNJ) or Facebook.


It's winter time and the avionics shop is almost caught up, so it's a great time to upgrade your airplane, especially when it cold out and your plane can be worked on.
See Ken - 609-731-4628
How about an avionic improvement for your holiday gift. Need some guidance, Santa, (a.k.a. Ken Nierenberg) is currently available to guide you through this decision. Safety & Useful.


The Princeton Flying School 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.


Podcast #11 Guest: Colin Unsworth
Podcast #10 Guest: Bill Ducharme
Podcast #9 Guest: Colin Unsworth
Podcast #8 Guest: 1st Lieutenant Robert McClellan
Podcast #7 Guest: Col.John 'Skip' Rawson
Podcast #6 Guest: Chief Pilot, Jeff Slutsky
Podcast #5 Guest: Col.John 'Skip' Rawson
Podcast #4 Guest: Naomi Nierenberg
Podcast #3 Guest: John Nierenberg
Podcast #2 with Pete Rafle
Podcast #1 with Pete Rafle


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