As we look back to 2017 and forward to 2018, we know that we came out of a year of turmoil and we hope for a gentler year ahead. Faced with frequent TFRs, especially in our busiest summer hours, flight training and just plain flying made us more conscience of the technicalities of the FARS to avoid any infraction.
We took advantage of the long TFR in August by filling the cracks in the runway, taxiways, and ramps and then coating everything. We don’t have improvement plans that require closure, so let’s hope for fewer TFRs.
We welcomed many new faces who were very serious students. Starts, solos and completions were up. Hopefully, those who didn’t complete in ’17, will get back into the air after this really cold weather passes.
As always, we ended with our Annual Santa event which was another wimmer. Thank you for your continued support throughout the year and we wish you the best for the New Year.
ANNUAL SANTA FLY-IN
2017 Santa fly-in was another winner. The picture above shows only half of the kids and families awaiting the arrival of Santa. In true tradition Santa sneaks up over the hangar with a low, fast pass. The kids are so very excited. After a couple of passes, he landed and had to make his was through the crowd to his regal chair, where each child gets to sit on his lap and receive his/her gifts.
Collectively, the generosity of our customers and the public was heartwarming.
Every year we’re not sure that the crowd will be as large as the previous year, however we continue to plan for a “biggy”. This wasn’t any different as people came pouring into the hangar early and they continued to come right until the call was made to Santa, a.k.a. Airport Manager, Ken Nierenberg.
Special thanks to: PAFT members who helped with crowd control and serving cocoa & cookies; Ethel Beckett who reliably shows up early to set up; the Maslanka clan who help with the sound system to being elves with the distribution; Pat McKinley, who shows up every year to strum her guitar and sing songs while waiting for Santa, Janet Makrancy’s Weddings & Parties (http://www.weddingsparties.
So our 42nd fly-in was a success. With the technological advances, we were documented several different venues; Check this out.
Long time student and customer, Zsolt Pulai spread the Santa Fly-in spirit in Utah and made headlines.
Zsolt Pulai – Santa in Utah
THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THE SANTA EVENT
Those black bags are your generous donations which the staff of Mercer County Board of Social Services picked up on December 17th. They were the vehicle for distribution to area the needy.
Princeton Flying School’s
2nd Annual Jeopardy Quiz
Jan 30th, 2018
So you think you know your
AVIATION TRIVIA???-Host: Chief Flight Instructor, Jeff Slutsky
Come one – Come all!!!
After the huge success of our game show trivia quiz last year, we have scheduled one again this winter. It is a jeopardy style format using various airplane topics. Save the date! Tuesday January 30th, 7pm will be your chance to match wits with your fellow local aviators and afficionatos. Everyone is welcome. There will be food, soft drinks and prizes. Last year the grand prize winner won a noise cancelling headset, and everyone received a door prize. Your Princeton CFIs will be competing against you as well (though they are ineligible for prizes). Please join us and your game show host, chief pilot Jeff Slutsky.
From the Right Seat
Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
A new year is here!!! 2017 was a good aviation year for me, and I hope it was for you too.
Each New Year’s Day, I think ahead to the opportunities possible in the year ahead. I also remember some of the flights and experiences I have had.
Bear with me as I flip some pages of my logbooks to reminisce about past hours in the air.
March 10, 1964. My first solo! The airplane was a Navy T-34, s/n 140889 and my instructor was Lt. McFerron. It was cold for Florida, and as Lt. McFerron got out of the airplane, he said,”Make it fast, it’s freezing out here!” It was not the kind of “Go get ’em tiger” pep talk I had expected.
PRINCETON FLYING SCHOOL
STUDENT STATISTICS -2017
1st Solos: 26
Private Pilots: – 13
Instrument Rating: 1
Commercial Multi-Engine: 3
Certified Flight Instructor: 1
Multi-Enine Instructor: 1
Air Transport Pilot-Multi-Engine:1
FURNISHED OFFICE AVAILABLE
PRINCETON FLYING SCHOOL
December – CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Jeff Sweeney – MEI Jeff Slutsky
BRAND NEW BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER
refuels at 39N on the way to Colorado. Parth was glad to oblige.
WELCOME TO 39N
New Airplane Owner
Attila Mihalyi & your Diamond DA-40.
All the best.
AIRPLANE FOR SALE
2002 Cirrus SR22Lowest time
403 Total time
No damage history
Excellent in and out
Dual Garmin 430 WAAS
Garmin 340 audio panel
Garmin 327 Trans
Sandel H S I
Cutter lines due 4/2021
Parachute due 10/2022
Voice flights system
Will tradeAsking 189,900
NEWS from the
PRINCETON AIRPORT FLYING TIGERS
Many thanks to some of the PAFT members who came to help with Santa, either directing car traffic, crowd control and/or serving cookies & cocoa. It was another super event.
Our new president, Gabriel Hernandez will be leading the club. The next PAFT dinner meeting will be January 10th. The place will be announced soon. Check the home page to sign up and details. Please join us in 2018.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – January, 2018
1st: Happy New Year: Closed. Self-serve available.
10th: PAFT Dinner Meeting
15th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
30th: 2nd Annual Jeopardy Quiz – 7:00 pm.
ADSB-Installations – FAA Deadline 01-01-2020
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GARMIN
New ADSB coming out soon. Starting at $2900 installed.
It has many new features included.
We have lots of used equipment available for installation. See Ken.
|FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko
To be announced.
8:00 am – noon
Walk-ins ’til 11:30
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.