Princeton Airport News – March 2021

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Well, the hyped up storm that began as February started, lived up to its prognostication. We're still trying to get rid of the piles of snow. That was enough for several winters to come. (We can only hope.)

There was some activity when clear skies returned. Kudos to CFI Wesley Chin, who provided us with a very informative Zoom on preflight and the traffic pattern. The response was outstanding as Wes was both interesting and very well prepared. We highly recommend that you tune in for this month's as even long time pilots can use a refresher.

The days are longer and the temperature is rising, so come on out and get back into the air. As more of us are getting vaccinated, travel will be a welcome activity this spring & summer. So if you need a refresher flight, call us for scheduling. And start looking at those destinations that had to be postponed.

Sunrise at 39N

Sunrise at 39N

Watchdog Layla oversees 39N. Some of the most beautiful scenes at Princeton Airport are sunrise and sunset. Here, Airport Manager Ken Nierenberg and his sidekick, Layla, checked out the clean runway after days of plowing and clearing the voluminous piles of snow. The end problem was "where to put the piles"?

Thanks for your cooperation during Winter Operations

  • snowmanMarch is not free of snow!
  • As a precaution, please start the airplane engine at low RPM so the oil can move around and lubricate. The most damage is done in the first start of the day.
  • When the snow stops, make sure you clean off your airplane, as if it starts to melt and then refreezes, it difficult to clear.
  • If you are planning to use your airplane and you need to be plowed out, please contact the front desk and we will put you on the list.  Give us sufficient notice so Ken can do several aircraft at once while he's out plowing. If you're not imminently using your plane, we will eventually get to you.
  • If you need a preheat, contact the office.
NOTE: 20 days until Spring!!! 14 days until Daylight Savings Time
Wesley Chen CFI


with CFI Wesley Chin

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

7:00pm (about an hour)


Radio Communication
Please email or call 609-921-3100
so we will put you on the list to access the Zoom meeting.
Invite your friends.
Note: If you would like a specific subject for a Zoom meeting, let us know.

Princeton Flying School

Milestones during February, 2021
Private Pilots:
Alexander Sack / CFI Peter Mercuro
Odin Adams-Tuck, our very own flight coordinator
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko
Saturday, March 20th, 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.

Spring Forward

MARCH 14th!!! Turn your clocks forward.

Happy SpringMarch, 2021 Calendar of Events:

2nd: Ground Hog Day
10th: Princeton Airport Flying Tigers ZOOM Meeting 6:30pm
14th: Daylight Savings Time - turn your clock forward!.
16th: Zoom Class with Wesley Chin - 7:00pm
17th: St. Patrick's Day
20th: 1st day of Spring!
FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am -noon.
27th: Passover begins at sundown.
28th: Palm Sunday

From the Right Seat

Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle

When I was a boy growing up on Eastern Long Island, we had a neighbor who had an AOPA sticker on the rear window of his car. I was an avid model airplane builder, reader of airplane magazines and working on the Aviation merit badge as a Boy Scout. It turned out that the airplane our neighbor owned was a V tail Beech 35. No, he never said, “Hey kid, want a ride in my airplane?" It was almost ten years later that I soloed in another Beech airplane, a T- 34 at Saufley Field, Pensacola, FL. The T34 was a straight tail derivative of the Beech Debonair, a close relative of the Beech 35.
First Day of Issue cover of the 2005 postage stamp featuring the V Tail Beech 5
Illustrated here, is a First Day of Issue cover of the 2005 postage stamp featuring the V Tail Beech 5. The post office issued a narrative honoring the airplane in its American Advances in Aviation issue of ten stamps that included the Boeing Model 247, the PBY Catalina, F^F Hellcat, P47 Thunderbolt, Ercoupe 415, P 80 Shooting Star, B 24 Liberator, B 29 Superfortress, and the YB 49 flying Wing.



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News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President

Next PAFT Meeting

March 10th at 6:30pm via Zoom.

7:00 pm: Our guest speaker this month will be Steve Bateman. Steve is the Director, Flying Clubs Initiative at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He will talk about flying clubs and the role of AOPA starting at 7P. The AOPA conception of a flying club includes plane ownership. While some of our members and guests are members in ownership clubs, PAFT itself is not structured that way. His talk should be a good opportunity for all of us to gain some insights into the subject and have questions answered. Steve and his team are responsible for helping create, grow and sustain flying clubs throughout the USA.
As the weather improves, Covid decreases and vaccinations become more available, we look forward to increasing our range of fly-ins. Our destinations have been limited over the winter. Hopefully we’ll add variety!
PAFT plans to continue the current format of monthly Zoom meetings with guest speakers for 2021. Guests are welcome. Non-members who are not already on the PAFT emailing list should email Don Denny to arrange for a Zoom invite. We will also continue our ad hoc fly-ins as the weather and Covid pandemic allow. All are invited. If you are not currently a PAFT member or are not already on the PAFT mailing list, please contact Don Denny at for the Zoom link for the meeting. Student Pilots are welcome.
Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins
Ben Gadzowicz
Even with the snow storms and limited outdoor breakfast weather, three PAFT-MFIs were flown in February. It can only get better from here so join us in March.
PAFT Restaurant guide:
PAFT membership:
Ben Gazdowicz -
Elite Flight Experience
Like most, we spent the lion’s share of our month battling the elements, shoveling, and getting very good at eyeballing snowbanks and its wing clearances. Still, so long as the weather has cooperated we’ve been in the skies and helping folks pursue their goals.

Princeton Airport Podcast


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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