Princeton Airport News – May 2022

Welcome Spring!

While Spring is off to a somewhat cold start, the extended daylight hours have been wonderful. What a windy welcome to Spring April gave us. You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers. We hope that the winds die down this month and we are able to have days filled great weather and lots of flying.

As always at this time of year, look for the birds nesting in your plane. There are several events taking place at the airport this month, so keep an eye out. Read on to hear more about some wonderful members of our Princeton Airport community. And we are excited to have had three students complete their Private Pilot’s License!


Welcoming Two New Employees to Princeton Airport!!

We are happy to welcome Rafael, our newest CFI, and Lucas our newest Flight Coordinator. As summer approaches, our airport aviation team is ready to welcome all aviators, seasoned as well as brand new.

Rafael Cervilla, CFI, Princeton Flying School

Rafael Cervilla, CFI, Princeton Flying School

Rafael Cervilla is a Certified Flight Instructor. A graduate of Temple University with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture, Rafael also has earned a Masters in Architecture from the Universitat Politechnica de Catalunya.

Lucas Tholens, Flight Coordinator, Princeton Flying School

Lucas Tholens, Flight Coordinator, Princeton Flying School

Lucas Tholens is a talented Drone Pilot bringing 30 years of experience in aviation and maintenance. An excellent multitasker, organizer, and problem-solver, who keeps a calm, level-headed approach under dynamic conditions.

Lucas hails from the Netherlands where he served as Helicopter Crew Chief with the Royal Netherlands Airforce, Senior Maintenance Technician with Fuji Photo B.V., and a Planning Engineer with Greif Packaging.


Spring is Here, Watch Out for Bird Nests!!

With the change of season comes the nesting season for birds. Birds like to make nests in all parts of the plane so be sure to be on the lookout and plan accordingly.


In Memory of John VanRennselaer Rawson Jr

Princeton Airport Remembers a Local Legend

John VanRennselaer Rawson Jr., 87, of Skillman passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, April 18, 2022. Fondly known as Skip, he was born in Plainfield, NJ, to parents John V. and Anna Mabel (Snoden) Rawson.
Over the course of his career, Skip had many varied interests. Formerly chairman of the Loan Committee of Montgomery National Bank, he then founded Rawson Food Services, a Wendy’s franchise company. A lover of airplanes, motorcycles, boats, and cars, Skip embraced life with great enthusiasm. A retired Major in the United States Air Force, Skip continued to be active in the aviation community, including flying in the Tora! Tora! Tora! airshow group. He was also involved in the Delaware Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
Skip’s adventures also led him to the Thousand Islands where he restored Calumet Island and made it a family retreat. He adored being surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and friends. He had boundless energy, extreme loyalty, and was truly one of a kind.


Simulator Training at Princeton Flying School

You can fly in ALL kinds of weather…
thanks to our fully certified Garmin Flight Simulator

Windy weather keeping you on the ground? Interested in starting or staying current in your instrument rating? Come check out our fully certified Garmin Flight Simulator!

Garmin Simulator G430/G530 – PRINCETON AIRPORT ~ Learn To Fly Here!

Simulator Training at Princeton Flying School
Cessna 172 with a Garmin 430
Final Approval by the FAA for
VFR & IFR hours
It’s now online – come by and check it out.

Ask your instructor about checking out our Simulator. It is good for 2.5 hrs time you can log for your Private and 10 hrs for your Instrument Rating.

To learn more, click here!


2005 Columbia 350 FOR SALE at Princeton Airport

2005 Columbia 350 FOR SALE at Princeton Airport

Columbia 350 just arrived. Good paint/interior and great traveling. IFR plane.

Contact Ken or Jack for details.


CFI Wesley Chin

with CFI Wesley Chin
Wednesday, May 18th @ 7 pm
Subject: Non Towered Airport Operations

We look forward to having you join our next zoom meeting on Non Towered Airport Communications. Topics will include general operating practices at non-towered airports, communication procedures, traffic patters, entries and edits. Please email us at to be added to the list.

In the meantime, check out all of the previous Webinars on our website:


Princeton Flying School
Milestones during April, 2022

1st Solo:
Yubin Lin / CFI Wesley Chin
Private Pilots License:
Andrew Bird/ CFI Wesley Chin
Colton Kelly/ CFI Nate Kijpatanasilp
Sandro LaRocca/ CFII Cameron Wagner

FAA Medical Doctor

Michael Nosko will be at Princeton Airport

Wednesday, May 4th and 18th, Saturday May 21st, 2022
8:00 am – noon
*No walk ins*
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.


May 2022 Calendar of Events:

4th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
8th: Happy Mother’s Day
11th: PAFT Meeting on Zoom
18th: Zoom Webinar with CFI Wesley
& FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
21th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
30th: Happy Memorial Day


From The Right Seat with Pete Rafle


From the Right Seat
Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle CFI ATP

You can’t get to fly if the engine will not start. In general aviation aircraft, engine types are either fuel
injected or carbureted. The main differences in the starting procedure, is the use of priming and
whether the mixture is left in lean and advanced to full rich on start up or, placed in full rich before
start. I assume you know the drill well in a C-172. I was asked recently about the procedures for
starting the radial engines the T- 28 (R1820), S2F(2- R 1820s), and the SP2H(R3350-32W) I flew in the
Navy. If you want to start a radial engine like an R1820 as in the North American T-28B Trojan, this is
how you do It.



Princeton Airports Flying Tigers

News from the Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President
Next PAFT Meeting Wednesday, April 13th 6:30 pm

The next PAFT meeting will be Wednesday, May 11 starting at 6:30 pm on Zoom. At 7 pm, we will welcome our guest speaker, W. Jeffrey (Jeff) Edwards PhD, Principal and Founder of AvSafe, LLC. Dr Edwards is a retired U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder bombardier/navigator. He has been an aircraft accident investigator for over 25 years. He served as an aircraft accident investigator and Investigator-In-Charge (IIC) for the United States Naval Safety Center and later as an aircraft accident investigator for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft and Boeing. Dr. Edwards has investigated over 500 aircraft accidents throughout the world, including military fighter jet investigations, major NTSB “go team” investigations and many small aircraft crashes. This should be a very interesting talk and we look forward to having him for our meeting. Thank you to Patrick Bradley who invited Dr Edwards on our behalf.
Please sign up on the PAFT web page at If you are not on the PAFT mailing list already, please email me if you would like to be added. Anyone with an interest in aviation is welcome to participate.

Fly safe,
Don Denny
PAFT President

Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins

Ben Gazdowicz

A windy April resulted in 3 Mini Fly Ins, but we are looking forward to flying more next month!

photo (1) above: Cape May with Captain Morena
photo (2) above: Carlisle, PA on a warm day

PAFT Restaurant guide: REVISED FORMAT

PAFT Membership:

Ben Gazdowicz –

PAFT Restaurant guide: UPDATED!!!

PAFT membership:

PAFT Tested restaurants:





Check out Garmin for that long awaited upgrade.

Click here for ideas.

See Ken – 609-731-4628


Princeton Flying School Podcast

Princeton Flying School Podcast ~ New Episodes Coming Soon!

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 podcast




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Our Pilot Honor Roll is current, thanks to our webmaster.
Check it out!!!