Princeton Airport News – June 2019

We hope you’re enjoying the longer daylight and warmer weather.  There have been some incredibly beautiful days in between the wet and windy days.
     May had some wonderful moments and a very sad day when we lost our dear friend and aviator, Dave Platzer, who’s been a fixture at 39N.  We will miss his talents and presence.
     We will have a barbecue for you to come to the airport and meet some of your fellow pilots and “talk aviation”.  Hope you can make it.
     Watch out for TFRs as summer has brought the president to NJ.
Safe flying…
Naomi Nierenberg and Pete Rafle on Princeton Flying School Podcast

Naomi Nirenberg on Princeton Flying School Podcast with Pete Rafle 

As Ken Greenberg (PFS Podcast Producer) and Peter Rafle (PFS Podcast Host) explore more of Princeton Airport’s past, present and future, the latest podcast includes special guest  Naomi Nierenberg, 1/3 of the Nierenberg family who with her late husband, Dick, and son, Ken, bought Princeton Airport in 1985.  Naomi recounts some of the trials and tribulations of the Nierenberg Family’s venture into aviation which began in 1967.

Click  Here to Explore all of the Princeton Flying School Podcasts

June 23rd, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
We lost a dear friend and aviator last month. We and his family want to celebrate the many contributions to family, aviation and 39N over our many years of friendship.  Let’s remember all the fun times and experiences that Dave brought to our lives.  Please come and share your experiences with Dave.
BARBECUE at Princeton Airport 
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
11:00 – 2:00
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Meet some of your fellow pilots & staff.


    Happy Summer everyone! Take a look at one of our Robinson R22 two seater instrument training helicopters that recently got a total overhaul.  As times are changing, so are our aircrafts at Platinum Helicopters. We have updated our instrument trainer to the Aspen 1000H PFD coupled with our Garmin 430w. Now we are capable of WAAS approaches as well as GPS, ILS, VOR approaches.
      We would like to welcome a new Flight Instructor to our team, Jimmy Whittaker. Come by say hi and fly with him!
      Now that it’s officially Summer you were probably stuck in a bunch of traffic this weekend kicking off the season. Don’t forget that Platinum Helicopters can help you beat the shore traffic so that you have more time to enjoy your weekend time off with friends and family!Call us and we’ll get you a price for taking a helicopter to and/or from your favorite summer spots 609-937-8787.
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg
Saturday, June 29th, 2019
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.


1985 Mooney M20K 262
Total Time: 2850
Engine Time: 400
Annual:  8/18
Range: 1500 nautical miles at just 13 GPH
No Damage History

Recent Custom Paint

Garmin GMA 340 Audio Panel
Garmin GMS480 WAAS GPS/NAV/COMM/Transponder
Garmin MX20 MFD with Traffic and XM Weather
Weatherscout Radar
KCS 55A Slaved HSI
Monroy Long Range Fuel Tanks (105 Total Gallons)
Precise Flight Speed Brakes
Precise Flight Standby Vacuum System
Digital Tachometer
Factory 4 Port Oxygen System
Wing Fuel Sight Gages
KFC 150 with KAS 297 Altitude Preselect

Asking $139,900 

Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details

May 2019 Achievements
Zheyuan Xie/Saad Sheikh, CFI
Kinlok “Sonny” Poon/Elijah Johnson, CFI
Peter Schiemann/Jeff Slutsky, CFI,
Private Pilot:
Marco Funicello/Jeff Slutsky, CFI
Gil Horowitz/Jeff Slutsky, MEI

NEWS from the
Our May dinner meeting at Cafe Graziella was a great success with good eats and many laughs.

For 2019 thus far PAFT members have flown 36 trips, to 11 airports, involving 94 planes, 137 pilots and crew, 13,136 plane miles, 133 hours and consuming 1726 gallons of fuel.

We will not be meeting during the summer months but wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer!
Our next dinner meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 11th. Details to follow. The Flying Tigers is an aviation social club that was formed to support aviation and 39N.. All who are interested in aviation are welcome to attend! Join us for dinner to share your aviation experiences!
June,  2019
14th:  Flag Day
15th:  Barbecue at Princeton Airport 11-2:00
16th:  Fathers’ Day
21st:  1st day of Summer
23rd:  Memorial for David Platzer 1:00-                      3:00pm
29th:  FAA Medical Doctor – 8:00 -noon
From The Right Seat with Pete RafleFrom The Right Seat
Peter Rafle, Chief Pilot Emiteritus
This was a bad week for me. I have reached the age when one should not be surprised when friends die.
But, when I learn of a death of a person, who, apparently healthy, dies suddenly, it bothers me. So it was this past week with the surprise passing of Dave Platzer. I hadn’t flown that many hours with Dave, but we shared the love of airplanes and flying, and that led to a nice comfortable friendship. There were many times when I heard his whispered radio call announcing his arrival in the landing pattern at 39N. I rarely knew whether he was flying a Pilatus, a Cirrus, or his old PA 28, or from what direction he was arriving. There was always a pleasant swap of greetings as we sorted out who was where and our order of landing. When he wasn’t flying to and from warm areas, he was on a motorcycle, fixing his truck, or working on one of the many airplanes he owned. He was a “Great Stick” and had a warm smile and quiet manner. I will miss him.
Call Ken – 609-731-4628.


Countdown 7 MONTHS left to FAA Deadline – 2020!!!
ADBS Solution is in stock.  Install the New GDL 82 which complies with the 2020 FAA Mandate for ADSB out for prices starting at $2495 installed.  See or talk to Ken.
As the deadline is approaching, schedule your installation soon, as we are starting to get backed up.                 
We have lots of used equipment available for installation.  See Ken.
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