As we move forward from a very challenging winter, we will be adding two new articles in our monthly newsletter.
The first will be stories about individuals’ experiences with Dick Nierenberg. He left us with so many, many stories – whether advice, insight into a problem, or shear antics. Dick was always entertaining, so please share your story in News from Princeton Airport to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to incorporate them into the monthly news.
We welcome the news in this issue from Platinum Helicopters, a new operation on the field. Let’s hear from the rotor wing group.
F.Y.I. New ATC clearance Phone Number: 800-645-3206 Same Frequency: 132.8
From the Right Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
The Safety Corner
I recently had a conversation with a pilot about the issue of risk
taking. I expressed my ambition of, one day,being the oldest living pilot.We discussed how as individual pilots approach flying and the matter of risk. Aviation is, as the old saying goes,”Like the sea, unforgiving of the slightest error.”
If flying is by nature “risky”, then we aviators should be deliberate, careful,thoughtful of all the potential problems that could affect our flight. Flight instructors begin,on the first day of instruction, to school students on the use of checklists, conducting a thorough pre-flight inspection, getting the latest weather, and then working on decision making using PAVE, IMSAFE, and other methods.
We want all student pilots to become confident in their ability to
control the airplane. But,we want every pilot to be able to also assemble all the information essential to making the decision that this particular flight can be flown safely. It is this development of decision making that is the most important of all the instruction given to student pilots.
After earning that private pilot certificate,and then adding the instrument rating and perhaps a commercial pilot rating, the decision making process must continue to be monitored, evaluated and repeatedly emphasized. During the Biennial Fight Review,the instructor should review the type of flying the pilot has been doing and discuss how he/she approaches flight planning and risk assessment.It is here that potentially dangerous habits that have started to develop can be recognized and remediated .It is easy
to become complacent and less disciplined in preparation for each flight. An example is the Gulf stream flight crew that attempted a take off with the control lock still in place, ending in a burning wreak at the end of the runway.
One way to live a long time as a pilot is to establish you own personal minima for weather. Consistent with the FARs: What visibility and ceilings are you comfortable with? VFR reserve rules call for a reserve of one half hour. How much do you feel comfortable having on board? What about crosswinds? When was the last time you had to land in a strong crosswind? How much is too much for you? During the run-up, do you pay close attention to the mag drop values? the idle rpm?oil pressure and temperature? Are the radios working well? How do you feel?How is the airplane? How is the weather?Where do I go if an engine fails on takeoff? Oh, when was the last time you practiced simulated engine out approaches and landings?
I hope you get my point.Your safety and that of your passengers depends on you and your attitude about flying. Decide that you will one day be the world’s oldest living pilot,and you just might achieve it!
BE safe,have fun flying
Now is the time to consider a gift they would actually enjoy: an Introductory Flying Lesson.
They will spend about 20 minutes with the CFI outside the airplane, conducting a pre-flight inspection. Then they will get in the pilot seat with the instructor in the right seat. Instructor will turn the engine on and take off. The instructor will show the your Dads or Grads a few maneuvers, then will turn them and say “your plane” — They will actually fly that first lesson. This is log-able time (1 hour) towards their private pilots license. Call the office or order online at princetonairport.com for a gift certificate.
Or, you can get them a tie.
BIRD NESTING TIME
After a very long winter, the birds are very anxious to do what they do in the spring – build nests a procreate. Make sure that the airplane you’re flying doesn’t have a nest within the fuselage. If you have one and need assistance, please ask at the counter. Remember a bird can build a nest in 45 minutes if necessary. Do a thorough pre-flight.
INTRODUCTION TO MULTI- ENGINE FLYING
Jeff Slutsky, CFII
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
FREE – Bring a friend.
Stories & Memories of Dick Nierenberg
For many years there has been a personal check made out to Raritan Valley Air (initial company) for $1 million. It has hung in Dick’s office and now it is in Ken’s office. Of course, there is a story.
Years ago at 47N we had a very creative customer who had a small taildragger. He needed two tires, however when the monthly billing went out, Dick neglected to add the tires to the hangar bill. So this kind customer sent a check and a thank you note for the tires.
Dick, not to be outdone, sent out a bill for double the cost of the tires. In return comes the million dollar check. (This was a huge amount of money in the ’60-’70.)
Dick’s turn – during the week he goes to The Manville Bank and deposits the check. They had to print two $500,000 receipts as they couldn’t handle such a large amount.
On the weekend the staff of the shop was instructed to treat this customer royally, giving him coffee and bowing.
Platinum Helicopters would like to congratulate John Durando on his first solo last weekend on Saturday, April 25th. Great job John and also to his instructor Eric Houghton!
We have finally broke ground on renovating our Flight Training Room and are hoping to have it all complete within the next two to three weeks. Feel free to come check out our progress!
We would like to thank Princeton Airport for inviting us to be a part of the Hunterdon Central’s Aviation class trip to the airport in April. We had a great time with the students and hope they did too!
The Platinum crew is excited that it is finally “Doors Off” season. What does this mean? We remove all of the doors off of the helicopter making it comfortable to fly in the hot weather, along with giving you the “free as a bird” feeling with the wind in your face and an even better view.
You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. No walk-in without a confirmation number.
Sympathy to the Quanci Family
Peter Quanci was one of our first base customers at 47N. Pete owned a Ryan PT trainer ;early on and it was the last plane he owned. Pete was a veteran of WWII and he had a air conditioning business on Staten Island. Our thoughts are with his wife Connie, and his family.
Coming soon – ADSB is getting close. Schedule your installation with us.
PAC has become a dealer – the only one in New Jersey and one of the first in the region. We have done quite a few already and we have the experience to provide you with skilled service.
Spring is in the air and so are PAFT members. With the luck of the draw a few members flew into Dover Air Force Base (KDOV) on May 2 for a safety briefing, tour and museum visit.
The last dinner meeting of the spring season was held on May 13 at Pheasant’s Landing and featured the presentation of a memorial plaque honoring the memory of Dick Nierenberg. Visitors are always welcome at PAFT events – just visit www.paft-nj.org for more information.