Princeton Airport News – March 2018

As the days get longer, more news is created and our newsletter grows.  Lots of activities for pilots are available with the better weather and longer days.  Our pilots’ club, PAFT ha a wonderful speaker for its next meeting.  Certainly worthy of your participation.  Long time friend and instructor, Pete Rafle will retire from instruction, which is a landmark.
As we approach 33 years since the Nierenberg family bought 39N, we can see the growth of a viable general aviation facility with a variety of services for the aviation community.
So try a different planes to buy, purchase extra special gifts at greatly reduced prices, and take advantage of the many facets of Princeton Airport’s services.
News from Princeton Flying School
   We’re fortunate to announce that Chief Pilot, Jeff Slutsky is now a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP0 after a week of training in Tennessee. Special thanks to Nir Granot who recently purchased the SR22 G6 Cirrus, in which Jeff trained.
   If you have a Cirrus, you now can receive additional training with us.  If you’re interested in purchasing a new or used one, check with Ken (609-731-4628).  Additionally, if you would like to lease it to the flying school, he can assist you with your decision.
   We have added another Diamond, Da40 to the fleet of the flight school.  So this spring, expand your options for renting.
Utilities included
February Achievements –  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

1st Solo’s:
Farrukh Aslam – CFI Steve Hansell
Naveen Kotecha – CFI Steve Resch/CFI Branka Brnovic
Private Pilots 
Tom Rozar – CFI Branka Brnovic
Jingchao Feng – CFI Branka Brnovic
From the Right Seat
Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
Last month, I wrote about night flying and how to control risks associated with flying in the dark. This month, I want to offer some tips to students who are planning a cross country flight, and pilots who rarely venture outside the landing pattern. Just as in flying at night, long distance planning is very important.   Here are some items you need to keep in mind when flying cross country, regardless of the distance.
Weather can change over a distance of 100 miles or more. Obtaining the best weather information should be a priority before walking out to the airplane. I prefer to speak to a briefer at a Flight Service Station, but I know that many pilots use one of the automated digital sources for weather. This method works well if you have the experience and knowledge to interpret the data to have a clear idea of what you will actually experience in flight and at the destination.   Personally, I always have a question or two about the speed of frontal movements, cloud layers, winds and other items that the briefer can quickly provide me. After all, he or she is a professional and does this weather interpretation every day.

Pete’s interaction with Princeton Airport and Raritan Valley Flying School (currently Princeton Flying School) goes back to 1985, shortly after the Nierenbergs purchased the airport on March 29th, ’85..  Pete’s wife Connie solicited advertisements from Naomi for US#1.  The two started chatting and when Connie spoke of Pete’s aviation past, things began to click.  She bought Pete some time to get  checked out and to attain FAA documents.  Here’s how it went!!!
April 21, 1985 Checked out in C152, N67992, at 39N
May 19,1995 Added a single engine Commercial to my Multi Engine ATP
Examiner, Doug Fritz
May 20, 1995 First employee flight at 39N giving rides at 39N Open House for 2 days
Sept. 24,1996 CFI Allentown FSDO, Gene Culp
Sept 28, 1996 First Student was Ed Blaker
April 10, 1997 CFII Princeton Doug Fritz
July 2007-2012 , Chief Pilot, Raritan Valley Flying School
From 1995 to 2008, Flew part time
We would like to celebrate Pete Rafle’s contribution to 39N and his retirement.
Come and celebrate with us.
Share your stories and admiration.
|Sunday, March 25th, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm.

ALL GIFT ITEMS – 75% off.
Great buys.
(Does not include pilots supplies, books, and avionics.)

March 29th, 1985 – March 29th, 2018
33 years.
Countdown 22 months left to FAA Deadline
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


New ADSB coming out soon.  Starting at $2900 installed.
It has many new features included.
Receiver required.

We have lots of used equipment available for installation.  See Ken.

NEWS from the
   SunNfun is fast approaching! (April 10-15) – Several PAFT pilots are planning to make the yearly pilgrimage.
   If anyone is interested in joining us, come to our next dinner meeting which will be held on Wednesday, March 14th at The Cranbury Inn, 21 South Main St. Cranbury, NJ 08512. Social hour will be held from 6-7 pm, followed by a dinner meeting from 7-9 pm.
Special guest Mark Mondello, Director of Aircraft Maintenance at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, will be giving a presentation of current projects they are working on! Old Rhinebeck is an aviation treasure.  This should be very interesting.
     PAFT dinner meeting are held every other month in area restaurants,  It is a Dutch Treat dinner.  We ask that you register online so we have a head count.  Check below.
PAFT welcomes anyone interested in aviation to attend!
For up-to-date information and to register, visit


                            SPRING FORWARD!!!!
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg

March 24th, 2018
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.

1992  Grumman American Tiger 
Total Time:  9000
1750 SMOH
September Annual
Complete logs
Very good paint and interior
Dual Garmin 430 GPS
Garmin 340 Audio Panel
Garmin 327 Trans
S-Tec 30 with Altitude Hold
Wheel Pants
Asking $46,900.

Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details


Men & Women
Fly FREE in a small airplane and helicopter 
PLAY HOOK-e at LZ-64

We would like to congratulate one of our Flight Instructors, Alison, for moving on up!  Alison has taken a job for Helicopter Flight Services flying around New York City.  We are proud of Alison and wish her all the best in her aviation career. On that note, we also have a new Flight Instructor, Dalton O’Rourke. Feel free to stop by and meet Dalton, he will be working with Alison’s flight students as well as helping some of our new students obtain their licenses.
February 15th Johannes took off for his first Helicopter Solo flight in one of our Robinson R22 Helicopters.  Congratulations and great Job Johannes!
Spring is getting closer, days are getting longer and warmer days are upon us.  Call and schedule your helicopter flights now before the schedule books up.  We look forward to seeing you all this month!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – MARCH, 2018                St. Patrick
11th:  Daylight Savings Time Return – Spring Forward
14th:  PAFT Dinner Meeting Please come.
17th:  St. Patrick’s Day
20th:  SPRING
24th:  FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 – noon
25th:  Retirement Celebration for Pete
29th:  Happy Anniversary to us – we’re at 39N 33 years.
30th:  Good Friday!

Coming in April
So you think you know your Aviation Trivia?????
Fun * Snacks * PRIZES
Host:  Chief Flight Instructor:  Jeff Slutsky