Minor drought conditions can make for wonderful flying, and so it has been for June. Many of you have taken advantage of this flying weather. Otherwise the airport has been functioning just fine.
We are resuming our summer tours when we invite the public to learn about the everyday workings of the airport. It’s great for children big and small, so pass on the word and let’s get some more friends for aviation.
*****DETOUR ON ROUTE 518 BRIDGE*****
Construction of the bridge on Route 518 will continue through July and August. This is the bridge between Franklin Township and Rocky Hill. The detour is intermittent – some days it’s open in both directions and other times it can be closed or only open in one direction. Check ahead or plan for the detour.
SPECIAL SAFETY SEMINAR
“HOW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL WORKS”.
Date: To be determined
Speaker: James Lovett
Air Traffic Controller (EWR)
Part-time Instructor at 39N
Learn the inner workings of air traffic controllers.
We will send an email as soon as James can check his schedule.
Free Weekly Tours of Princeton Airport
Since 1985, the operators of Princeton Airport have opened their doors to visitors (both young and young-at-heart) so they see and experience the daily operations of the airfield. This summer, Princeton Airport invites the public to free tours during the months of July and August every Tuesday morning. Starting at 10:30 AM, the tours will address the past 105 years of the airport’s history, explore the present day-to-day operations and facilities, as well as take a glimpse into the bright future of Princeton Airport.
Editor’s Note: Pass the word to your friends and neighbors as this is a great way to educate the public about general aviation.
PRINCETON FLYING SCHOOL
Robert Ducay/CFII Steve Hansell
Yong Huang/ CFII
Kevin Lauria/CFII Jeff Slutsky
Commercial – Multi-Engine:
Kell Friesen/CFII Jeff Slutsky
Steve Resch/CFII Kris Hendrickson
AIRPLANE FOR SALE
1975 Grumman AA5B Tiger
Many other options Will Trade
From the Right Seat
Assistant Chief Pilot – Peter Rafle
Whenever the subject of flying at night comes up, the conversation is filled with pros and cons. There o are those who extol the relative quiet of night time radio chatter. The stars filling the sky and the patterns of lights illuminating roads, towns and parking lots. And, there are voiced concerns about all the “what-ifs”, are those large black spaces below you open fields, forests, lakes? If so, where can you put down if the engine quits at night? What about an alternator failure causing the panel lights, landing
Looking back on five decades of flying, with a large percentage at night, I can say that these joys and concerns are all valid. When I first started my instrument training, all instrument training was at night because the airplanes were used for the basic syllabus during the day and instrument syllabus at night. After a few flights it seemed natural to be “under the hood” at night. Actually, the radio calls were easier to handle due to the lower work load on the controllers. Night landing techniques developed faster as well, as we became accustomed to the night visual environment.
MEET THE STAFF
It’s summer. With some new temperatures come some new faces at the airport, if you haven’t seen them already, or, if you’ve seen them, now you know their names. . . .
Greeting at the desk:
Parth Patel and Andrew Marfitsin. In addition to directing all who arrive in person, by phone or via web, they are masters at scheduling and handling the onslaught of the pilot hordes. They also assist with fueling and other obscure requests, e.g. fixing the vending machines, or making our famous Princeton’s Pilot’s Coffee.
Manning the fuel and heavy lifing:
Nick Pengue and Oden Adams-Tuck. Aside from their unflinching attitude towards tasks and continuous desire for fueling and grounds keeping, they both hail from the same higher institution, Embry-Riddle. Nick attends the Florida Campus, while Oden attends the one in Arizona.
Jeff Slutsky, MEI, Chief Pilot
Michael Siniakin, CFII
Stephen Hansell, CFII
Sean Sheu, CFII
Peter Rafle, CFII
Our instructors, when they speak, they speak for, about and of, aviation. Whether it be an Introductory Flying Lesson, flying through our syllabus for your Private, Instrument, Commercial or ATP Certificates, our instructors can assist. Safety, Proficiency. Go Fly. Don’t forget your BFR. . .
Those you may not get to see, clandestine heroes, keeping the planes in the air and safe, our mechanics, often found under cowlings: Chief Mechanic, Jeff Vamos with his other team members, Andrew Piegzik and Erich Callahan.
|PLANNING AN EVENT – our maintenance hangar has served very well for a variety of special occasions. Here are pictures from a recent wedding reception.|
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – JULY, 2016
4th: Independence Day
TBD – FAA Medical Doctor – 8:00 – noon.
Walk-ins until 11:30 am.
TBD – Safety Seminar – Air Traffic Controller Talk
Tuesday– Airport Tours 10:30 (weather permitting)
NEW NEWS About ADS-B
WHY WAIT – Get free traffic & weather.
The FAA has mandated that all airplanes will be required to have ADS-B by 2020. This equipment will provide radar centers more information for better traffic flow, plus many other benefits.
Garmin has just announced its new GTX 335 & 345 which is now available. We have had a very positive response to this news and people are scheduling their upgrade.
Price: “Out” – start $3495 installed.
“In & Out” – start $4995 installed.
Check the Garmin website for more information: http://ads-b.garmin.com/en-US
ADSB solutions for G-1000 approved ( see Jeff or Ken)
If you need assistance, please speak with Ken 609-731-4628.
NOTE: Just completed the 20th ADSB installation and everyone states why the extra safety with traffic is awesome and they will never fly without it again.
|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.
NEWS from the
PRINCETON AIRPORT FLYING TIGERS
The Tigers are taking off for the summer, although there will be fly-ins as members desire. Check our website for destinations and dates.
Let’s return in the fall with lots of ideas and energy. Happy summer flying.
Please visit www.paft-nj.org.
Fernanda Barbosa who received her Instrument Rating and immediately followed by her Instrument Instructor’s license.
More congratulations to Jimmy Whittaker & Jeff MacKenzie for earning the Commercial Helicopter Liceenses.
Welcome to Alison O’Brien and Fernanda Barbosa to our teamBoth are part-time instructors. Stop by and meet them.
Happy & Safe 4th of July.