Princeton Airport News – November 2019

Yes, it’s November.  Holiday season is upon us!

The news below shows that 39N has been hustling.  Congratulations for those of you who reached another goal in aviation.  For the most part, the weather cooperated.
Our biggest community service event is around the corner, so images of Santa, turkeys proliferate.
Most importantly, the edict from the FAA from quite a while back, is here. January 1st, 2020 has been emblazoned into our brains regarding the ADBS is weeks away – not years.  Act now.

Eat the bird.

ONLY !-2 Installations left
January 1st, 2020 seemed a long time when the FAA first stated the requirement of the installation of the ADBS.  Well, there’s no extensions expected and you will be in violation if you don’t have this equipment installed by then.  Procrastination is not an option.  Do it.
November,  2019
 3rd:  Daylight Savings Time Ends. Fall behind.
5th:   Election Day
11th:  Veterans Day
13th:  Princeton Airport Flying Tigers dinner meeting.  Come join us.
23rd:  FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 – noon
Call for appointment 609-921-3100
28th:  Happy Thanksgiving
29th:  Bring your gifts for Santa & the needy.

     In 1975 when our operation was based at 47N,  (44 years ago) the idea of Santa flying in for the children seemed to be a good idea.  We had a volunteer  Santa and so began this tradition.  With a new Santa suit, a simple event was successfully held..
     As time passed, different Santas continued, however we added that Santa would bring wrapped gifts (brought by someone ahead of time) and distribute then. Adding the second requirement was easy – bring an unwrapped gift for a needy child.
     In 1985 when we bought Princeton Airport, we were delighted to bring this event to 39N.  Sometime during the years, Ken Nierenberg, airport manager, became Santa, extraordinaire
      Which aircraft Santa utilizes will vary, especially if rain or snow is projected.  Santa never disappoints, so he has flown 172s, Cirrus, Pilatus, Super Decathlon, Bonanza, Saratoga, Cessa 310 and a Helio Courier.  If inclement weather is predicted, we call upon rotorwing aircraft – Robinsons, Bell Jet Ranger, etc.

October 2019 Achievements
1st Solos:
  Szymon Frackowsky, Saad Sheik, CFI
  James Katradamos , Saad Sheik, CFI
  Juan Ramirez , Saad Sheik, CFI
Airplane Add-on CFI
  Tom Richter, Jeff Slutsky, MEI
Private Pilot:
   Gabe Holdsman, Elijah Johnson, CFI
Instrument Pilot:
   Rani Chouha , Jeff Slutsky, MEI


1970 Piper Arrow 200
1966 Total Time Airframe and Engine
1993 Engine Teardown Inspection with 950 hours Prop Strike
Fresh Annual Dual King KX
155 Nav Coms
S-tec 50 Autopilot
Complete Logs
Price 29,900
Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details

Make sure that your aircraft has the correct oil appropriate for winter weather.  If you have a question, ask Ken for advice.

Also, in case we have snow – and you are planning to fly, please contact Steve for help to get your airplane airborne.  If you are not flying, we will get to your airplane as we continue snow removal, unless you need it sooner. Thanks.


You can:
Donate to the needy – clothes, books, games, toys.
Donate:  Food for the NeedyHelp on the 24th of December, when we gather in the hangar for Santa to fly in.  We need help setting up, serving cookies and cocoa, monitoring to make sure everyone stays safe and off airplanes, etc.  We need help with crowd control, and making sure that no one charges as Santa arrives.Tell the flight coordinator that you’ll be there or do it through the Pilots Club website:


From The Right Seat
Peter Rafle, Chief Pilot Emiteritus
     While I was preparing for my most recent podcast, with Robert McClellan, the Commander of the Twin Pines Composite Squadron, the Civil Air Patrol unit based at Trenton Airport, I learned of Gill Robb Wilson.
     Gill Robb Wilson was born on September 18, 1892 and died on September 8, 1966. During his lifetime, he contributed greatly to the growth and strength of civilian aviation in the United States.
     During World War I, he first served as an ambulance driver and then joined the Lafayette Flying Corps. He also served with the French Escadrille Br. 117, and the 163rd U.S Army Aero Squadron.


Just in time for the November Newsletter, last week Pete Rafle sat down with Robert McClellan from the Civil Air Patrol and recorded another great podcast!  You can read more in Pete’s Column, ‘From the Right Seat’.  Fascinating.
Here is the link…
Listen to the Princeton Flying School Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, “and wherever you listen to podcasts”.
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg
November 23, 2019
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.

NEWS from the
Our next Dinner Meeting will be held on November 13th at Ya Ya Noodle located at 1325 Route 206 North, Skillman, NJ 08558. Social hour will be held from 6pm-7pm, followed by our Dinner meeting from 7-9pm.   It’s time to elect officers for the coming year.  Also, dues are do – pay early and save $5.00.
All who are interested in aviation are welcome to attend! Please RSVP so we may give the restaurant an accurate head count at 
PAFT Mini-FlyIns:
“The fall leaves are in full effect! Join us for our Mini Fly In’s to enjoy the fall weather and see the beautiful transformation from above!
Thanks to Ben Gadzowicz, a loosely group of pilots fly when the weather cooperates.  This is open to anyone -(Check PAFT website) for its operations.
Year to Date Stats:
14 Airport visited; 69 trips; 179 planes participated; 2.6 planes/trip; 241 Pilots & crew; 23468 Plane miles flown; 240 total hours flown; 3123 fuel consumed.
The increase of all of these numbers confirms that this group of pilots were active and enjoying the fall weather.
Exclusive Leaseback Opportunity
     This is a rare chance to own a popular plane at the Princeton Flying School.  If you would like to own one of our DA40s, , N660PS, as a leaseback, it can save you a highly significant amount over over private ownership.
     Savings, if kept on leaseback would include: no sales tax required ($18k) and no tie down fee ($2k),.  Revenues could cover at least part of insurance, annuals, database updates, 100 hrs and other maintenance.  The plane has generated enough revenue to cover all expenses and earn a profit as well for each of the last 3 years it has been here.  Although there is no guarantee that will continue.  It is rare in aviation for an opportunity to be offered to buy into an existing profitable leaseback.  the plane is offered at a small premium over Vref due to this unique situation.  If you would like to be part of our active flight school, and significantly lower your cost of operating a safe, modern G1000 equipped airplane, talk to Ken about details.  Offer at $225,00.
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