Princeton Airport News – March 2017

Spring is in site – and so comes longer days and milder weather.  It’s a great time to take to the skies, and if you’ve been in hibernation, now is the time to dust yourselves off and take some refresher training.  Hopefully, we won’t get any spring surprises.

Below you will see many things that have been added for your convenience.  If you have any questions, just speak up at the front desk and we’ll find the answers.

Safe flying…..


Have you always wanted to enjoy the smell of Jet-A as you started up your plane?  Now is your chance, as Princeton Airport is proud to announce that we have replaced our aged (but beloved) Seminole with a state of the art, DA-42 TDI 2.0, “TwinStar”.  Our new 2006 DA-42 will feature FIKI (flight into known icing), built it air-conditioning for the summer months, simple to operate FADEC controls (no more mixture or prop controls), and push button engine start, feather, and re-start for its two turbocharged, JET A burning, diesel engines, plus all the fun of the G-1000 that many of you have experienced in our DA-40.

This plane is just as fun to fly as the DA-40, looks great, and is probably the simplest and most efficient way to get your twin rating out there.   For only a small premium over the much, much older PA44, you will be able to get your twin rating, commercial add-on, MEI or even ATP quicker than ever.  This will be our best ever equipped airplane for all-weather cross country flying.  Stop by this month to take a look at this ramp queen, see what all the excitement is about, and get your rating (or get a rental check out), by one of our top-notched multi-engine instructors (MEI).


2004 American Champion Aircraft Explorer  7GCBC
Total Time: 1355
Call Ken 609-731-4628
Coming soon:  1977 Piper Archer – Great price & Great Airplane.
Are you interested in a tail-dragger endorsement.
If enough of you are interested, we will put this airplane on the flight line.  We’re starting a list.  Contact the office and we’ll add your name.

NEWS from the

In February PAFT welcomed five new members to its roster, just in time for PAFT’s next dinner meeting on Wednesday, March 8th at the Hopewell Bistro, 15 East Broad Street, Hopewell.
Cash bar social hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Guests are always welcome at PAFT events. For more information visit: .

Congratulations – February Highlights

1st Solos: 
Jonathan Ferrante CFII Michael Siniakin
Ian Pelicane CFII Brandon Broadway

From the Right Seat

Peter Rafle, Assistant Chief Pilot

I recently spent a week on the beautiful island nation of Antigua.  Besides the sun, beautiful beaches, and wonderful people, Antigua is home to Brown Pelicans. Unlike their cousins, White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans dive for their meals of fish.  I was fascinated by the pelicans flying their racetrack pattern and “dive bombing runs” over the beach and water where I spent each morning.  There was a steady trade wind blowing onto the shore and the flight instructor part of my brain started to critique the pelican’s flight.Every student pilot has been taught how to perform a turn around a point, and rectangular patterns.  The object of these maneuvers is that the pilot needs to adjust the angle of bank in the turn to compensate for changes in ground speed.  The steepest bank is used when turning from downwind with the highest ground speed. A moderate bank when in the crosswind and the shallowest bank when flying upwind. The pelicans bank about 20 degrees and do not vary it very much as they turn downwind, which results in a drift away from the water and over the palm trees on the beach.  Let’s get one thing straight before I continue this essay, Pelicans are superb flyers!  I am simply comparing what a bird does instinctively, and what we humans attempt to do in our machines.

So, pilots work to apply a precision that we believe is necessary, and pelicans fly in order to find food as energy efficiently as possible. As students learn to vary the bank as they perform the crosswind turn, the downwind turn, the base leg for landing, or when practicing the turn around a point, they are trying to maintain an orderly precise path over the ground as stated in the Airman’s Certification Standards (ACS). Pelicans are not constrained by these standards, and, apparently could care less. As pelicans fly upwind to the downwind legs of the fish finding pattern, at about 50 to 75 feet, they hold what looks like a constant 15 – 20 degree bank. This constant bank results in a wavy ellipse-like track over the ground. The wind widens the turn as the pelican scans the water for a suitable sized fish. Once a fish is spotted, the bird immediately computes the dive angle, changes the sweep of the wings, folded back like dart feathers, extends its neck and head, rolls abruptly to maintain sight of the fish and plunges into the water. The pelican immediately bobs to the surface, most times with the catch. After a short while to swallow the catch and readjust feathers, it is off on a very short takeoff and re-entry into the hunting pattern.

Human pilots maintain their altitude and adjust the bank angle so that the path over the ground is precise. Whether it is the constant radius turn around a point, or the downwind to base to final turns on landing, subtle adjustments to the angle of bank are necessary so the ground track of the airplane meets the standard.

And, don’t even think of looking for fish while flying!!


“Airport Markings and Lighting”
CFI Brandon Broadway
March 23rd, 2017
7:00 pm

Approach the airport with confidence and more knowledge.  Attend this seminar as a student and/or a refresher.

Bring a friend – it’s free.

MARCH 12th
Spring forward!!!



FAA Deadline – January 1st, 2020
Enjoy your ADSB sooner than later.  Eventually you will have to comply, so why not utilize this avionics now.
ADSB – Installed.  Starting $2995 + up.
Speak with Ken or Jeff – there are all sorts of specials.

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Contact Ken or Jeff

We hope the winter is behind us and beautiful days are coming. Have you been interested in a Helicopter Rating?  Platinum Helicopters offers every type of rating as well as add-on ratings for fixed wing pilots. Need to get somewhere fast?  Platinum Helicopters is a 135 Charter Operator and can get you to that meeting, wedding, dinner or whatever it may be at an affordable cost in our Robinson R44. Want to make an event extra special? We have a corporate, twin engine Agusta 109 on our 135 Charter Certificate as well if you want to arrive in style.

Platinum Helicopters would like to congratulate one of our flight instructors, Scott Fabia, for moving on to the next chapter of his helicopter pilot career. Scott has joined Liberty Helicopters in NYC flying tours in a AStar 350. Scott has been a great pilot and we wish him all the best.


St. Patrick
  1st:  Ash Wednesday
11th:  FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 – noon
12th:  Daylight Savings Time Begins
17th:  St. Patrick’s Day
20th:  SPRING
23rd:  Safety Seminar- Airport Markings & Lighting”
           7:00 pm.  Free – bring a friend.
April 4-7th:  Sun n Fun

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg

March 11, 2017
8:00 am – noon

Walk-ins ’til 11:30
Call 609-921-310 609-921-3100 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.