Princeton Airport News – March 2015

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News from 39N 

MARCH, 2015 
Unicom:  122.7
Lights:  123.05   
In This Issue
Celebration of Dick’s Life & 30 at 39N.Years
Daylight Savings Time & Spring
From the Right Seat
Safety Seminar
Fuel prices
FAA Doctor
A New Convenience
Princeton Airport Flying Tigers

MARCH 2015
8th:  Daylight Savings
        Spring Forward

11th:  PAFT Dinner
Meeting – 6:00 pm
15th:  PAFT Flyin to
Ocean City, NJ
17th:  St. Patrick’s Day

19th:  Safety Seminar
Human Factor
7:00 pm
20th:  SPRING

29th:  Palm Sunday
30th Anniversary of
our purchase of
Celebrate the life of
Dick Nierenberg
FAA Doctor – to be determined.
8:00 – noon
For appointments
call .


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As if the weather hasn’t been enough bad news during February, but the news that Rickard (Dick) Nierenberg died put a cloud over 39N.  Dick began to fly in 1960 when he studied Chinese in Army Language School.  In 1967 Dick decided to take his avocation and make it his vocation by heading Raritan Valley Air at then Kupper Airport.  His passion for general aviation and his very hard work has brought us to this premiere airport,39N.  Despite all of the challenges over the years, Dick went to the airport 7 days a week.  We are all grateful for his commitment to aviation, his knowledge, his fairness,  and his great sense of humor.  We will all miss him – but the wonderful stories will fill the void.
                          The Nierenberg Family

The Nierenberg Family  

 to Celebrates 30 Years at
with a
Memorial Celebration of
02-04-1933 to 02-03-2015
Sunday, March 29th, 2015

                2:00 – 4:00 pm
When the news of Dick’s death spread, we were overwhelmed with the response from around the globe.  Dick touched so many people in and out of aviation. Everyone remembers when they met him and the visits thereafter.  Please come – bring pictures and share your experiences with Dick.  Dick would want us to celebrate his life – let’s gather in the hangar with wine, beer and refreshments.  Nothing formal – just bring along those memories and let’s give him an appropriate send off.


Daylight Savings Time starts a week from today, so we’ll have more daylight at the end of the day.  And shortly thereafter, it will be spring – March 20th.  Yippee.

From the Right Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle


It has been a very, very long winter for all of us who like to fly. Some of you won’t think about going flying when the temperature is under 40˚F.  Others don’t want to have to bother with pre-heating when the temperature falls below 25˚F. A few of us, however, have ventured out a few mornings this winter with the thermometer bumping up against 6˚!

During the many winters I have given instruction, I have counseled my students about scheduling their lesson no earlier than 9:30, so those first period students would pre-flight and start up the very cold airplane. Despite that sage advice, I have had my turn at the pre-heat and cold start routine countless times.

The problem with very cold winters is that many pilots do not fly at all. It could mean that three or four months will pass without any flying.  Proficiency and skills can slip badly with such a layoff. Reading aviation books and magazine articles can help keep you at least thinking about flying.

Taking online courses on or other learning sites can help a lot to keep those special flying related brain cells functioning.

Spring is not that far ahead. The Vernal equinox is on March 20. (First day of Spring!)  Plan ahead for that first flight after the big thaw.

A flight with your favorite flight instructor may be in order as you get the cobwebs cleared out as you regain your flying skills.

Some dual landing, some air work, and some radio communications practice with approach control or a tower may well be in order.

An hour or two may be just the way to go as you plan to safely fly more this year during the blue skies, and warm air of spring and summer.

Blue skies and fair winds…


Human Factors

Thursday, March 19th,2015

7:00 – 10:00pm

CFII Kris Hendrickson

Cognitive psychology, human performance, physiology, visual-perception, ergonomics, human-computer interface, and more.

Free – bring a friend.


Fuel prices are still on the low side.
Spring is 19 days away.
Take to the air!! (Finally.) 

FAA Medical Doctor

Doctor Michael Nosko 

To be announced.
8:00 am – noon

Walk-ins ’til 11:30
Call 609-921-3100 for appointment.


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.


If you would like flight lesson confirmations as a text message, instead of or in addition to email, please let us know.

Please call the flight coordinator with your cell number and your cell carrier. It will be effective upon your next scheduling.


AVIONICS NEWS Promotion Name

The ruling for the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) requirements is coming soon.  Why not enjoy the features of this equipment now instead of putting off.  It enhances safety by giving traffic and weather on your panel mounted GSP and/or tablet.

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.


Our Price:  Starting at $4995 installed.

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Princeton Airport
Flying Tigers
Flying in the northeast in the winter is always a challenge, but this February is setting up to be one for the record books in terms of low temperatures and conveyor belt snow storms.
The effect on PAFT was no February fly-in, but we’re hoping that the next fly-in to Ocean City, NJ take place on a warm and sunny Sunday, March 15.
Not a member of PAFT?  Attend the March dinner meeting at Ya Ya Noodle in Skillman at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 and see what we’re all about.  For compete information about all of PAFT’s events visit