Princeton Airport News – June 2021

Well, we've gone to record breaking snowfalls to record breaking heat. Despite these extremes, our Pilots Club has flown to some great destinations- anywhere there's food and/or airplanes. Join them for this fun. Another great resource we extremely proud of, is the Zoom Session which Wes Chin has been conducting every month - they're very well prepared. Whether you're a student and/or a long time pilot, these can be a refresher or a learning experience.
After months of isolation, we have decided to celebrate some return to normalcy by having hot dogs and hamburgers on June 19th. If you have been coming to the airport regularly or haven't been back in a long time, join us, and let's talk "flying and aviation".


Take your masks off, come by outside, and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers with the pilots of Princeton Airport.
  • Fly for a 1/2 hour & get a hamburger or a hot dog!
  • Fly for an hour & get a hamburger or a hot dog!
  • Don't fly, but come to the airport - and get a hamburger and/or a hamburger. Just come.
It's time to celebrate after a long time without socializing, so come meet other pilots and enjoy the environs of Princeton Airport and all the fun that it provides.

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

Noon - 3:00pm

In September we will join with Princeton Pilots' Club and other aviation groups.
Cessna 172
Garmin 530 & 430
Final Approval by the FAA
VFR & IFR hours
It's now online - come by and check it out.

Operating Costs

Costs have been creeping up on practically everything, as well as with us. We have tried to absorb these increases, especially with the fuel.
As of the 1st of June, we must add a surcharge of $5 for every fuel-truck delivery under 10 gallons. We are one of the few airports of our size that has a truck that delivers fuel to those who are based here as well as transients that stop here. Sending an employee and the truck for less than 10 gallons is just not efficient.
Remember, our self-serve 100LL has been consistently operational this year and is still cheaper than our base price.


with CFI Wesley Chin

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

NOTE NEW TIME: 8:00 - 9:00pm


(including Weight and Balance)

Please email or call 609-921-3100 so we will put you of the list to access the Zoom meeting. Invite your friends.
*Note: Do to the success of Wes' wonderful presentation, he has agreed to continue a Zoom session each month following private pilot subjects.
We thank Wes and Nate Kijpatanasilp for undertaking this effort. We're all so fortunate to have this asset available.
Check out our website for previous presentations which are available.

Princeton Flying School

Milestones during May, 2021

1st Solo:
Michael Sponring / CFIPeter Mercurio
Private Pilot:
Gareth Cunniff / CFII Saad Sheikh
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko
Saturday, June 19th, 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.
June 6th, 2021
While attendees will have to pay to enter, just advise them that you fly with us.

JUNE, 2021

Calendar of Events:

6th: Car Show
9th: Princeton Airport Flying Tigers ZOOM Meeting 6:30pm
15th: Zoom Class with Wesley Chin - 7:00pm
19th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am -noon.
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers (see more)
Noon - 3:00 Time to celebrate!
20th: Father's Day
21st: 1st Day of Summer

News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President

Next PAFT Meeting

May 12th, 2021 at 6:30pm via Zoom.

At our May meeting, guest speaker Valerie Meola, Aviation Team Leader, National Weather Service, spoke on NWS Weather Forecasting Products & Services for Aviation. The talk was great and the follow-up questions even better.
It is fantastic to see society opening up again as the pandemic recedes in the US. With improving weather and fewer restrictions, we have had an active fly-in month as reported by Ben Gazdowicz. PAFT adapted over the last year, hosting monthly Zoom meetings with 15 different presentations by speakers since June 2020. Our next meeting will be devoted to planning the club’s activities and goals over the next year. Please join us to provide input. If you cannot be online, feel free to email your thoughts to me.
Stay well and fly safe,
Don Denny
PAFT President
Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins
Ben Gadzowicz
As predicted, May turned out to be the best month this year to fly, with 10 trips, to 7 airports, involving 20 planes and 32 passengers and crew. We visited 5 additional airports, including Lock Haven, PA (KLHV) home of the Piper museum, Easton, MD (KESN) and Cambridge, MD (KCGE). With the easing of the COVID restrictions and the widespread availability of the vaccine we are now including airports and restaurants with indoor dining. If you enjoy finding new places to fly to, and enjoy the company of other pilots, join us this June and make the most of the good flying weather ahead.
If there are planes and food, PAFT members will be there. See pictures below.
PAFT Restaurant guide: UPDATED!!!
PAFT membership:
Ben Gazdowicz -

From the Right Seat ~ Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle

I started writing this intending to tell you about the Stinson 10A, an old airplane that I am currently flying. The Stinson Aircraft Company was founded by Ed Stinson. Ed (1893 -1932) had an eventful aviation career but, he is best known as the brother of Katherine and Marjorie Stinson.
Katherine (1891- 1977) was the 4th woman to earn a pilot’s license. The year was 1912, she was 21, and was known as the “Flying School girl”.  Katherine embarked on a flight demonstration tour throughout the United States and Canada. She was a popular performer, reportedly being paid over $2000, per flight. She developed a sky writing routine that used flares attached to the wing tips. Katherine was the first to solo at night and gave nighttime flight demonstrations. She was known for flying loops. She invented the “Dippy Twist Loop”, a loop with a roll at the top.
I was surprised to learn that Katherine was the first pilot to do preflight inspections, and the first precision flyer. Other firsts included distance records, flying air mail, and was the first woman to fly in Japan and China. Katherine contracted tuberculosis while driving an ambulance in wartime Europe. She returned home to get treatment, and never returned to flying. She died in 1977, after a long illness. and is buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Marjorie (1896 – 1975) earned her pilot’s license in 1914 at the Wright Flying School in Dayton, Ohio. She was 18 and, soon after, opened her own flying school, as the lead instructor, in San Antonio, Texas. Her Mother was the business manager, brother Eddie was the chief mechanic.


1967 American Champion 7ECA
1950 Total Time
500 Since Factory Overhaul 1993
Always hangared
New American Champion Wings installed with new struts
Wing tip strobes
Garmin 250XL GPS Com
Garmin 327 Transponder
ADSB out
Complete logs
No damage history
New Windshield
Hooker Harness
Fresh Annual
Asking $54,900
Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details

Cirrus make great Cross-Country Machines

Elite’s newest Cirrus has been here a month but is already touring the East Coast. It has made long cross countries such as:
Atlanta, GA, Knoxville, TN, Marathon Key, FL,Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Rochester, NY, Waterbury Oxford, CT
Check out Garmin for that long awaited upgrade.
Click here for ideas.
See Ken - 609-731-4628


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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