Princeton Airport News – November 2020

Vote 2020


In the November newsletters of the past, this is the time of year when we all get into the holiday mode. Although the pictures of children sitting on Santa's lap are priceless, the most meaningful role that we have played for years has been provide food and children's gifts for the needy. We work with the Mercer County's Board of Social Services which distributes our collections. So, we a pleased to be able to continue this part of the tradition.
And while it's challenging to conduct normal business these days, we are always looking ahead to make your experience with us enjoyable. So you will see that we are starting an online Princeton Pilot Shop so you, too, can proudly wear our logo and let others know you're going to be or you are, a pilot.



Our annual holiday events are now cancelled due to the pandemic - yes, after 45 years of the wonderful event, Santa will not fly into Princeton Airport for the 46th annual Fly-In. Like so many things, this wonderful event is canceled, however the need of the less fortunate, continues to grow. We will continue to collect food and children's gift and distribute them to the appropriate agencies to help. So on Black Friday, please bring can and dried food to the airport - where we will have a container for the collection.
We've helped over the years, but this is the worse we seen, so please bring new clothes, books, toys, and anything else that needy children will appreciate. (Nothing used.) Please open your hearts and wallets, and let's try to give these kids something to smile about.

Princeton Flying School Accomplishments
for October 2020

1st Solos:
Kevin Meredith/CFI Saad Sheikh
Noor Hasan/CFI Saad Sheikh
Private Pilots:
Alex Herrera/CFI Peter Mercurio
Certified Flight Instructor:
Wesley Chin/CFII Sal Parsi


November Calendar of Events:

1st: Eastern Standard Time returns ~ Turn clocks back
11th: Veterans' Day
21st: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 - noon
Call 609-921-3100 for appointment
26th: Thanksgiving - Eat the bird.
27th: Black Friday - bring food and gifts for Needy Children

Fall Back

REMINDER: It's that time of year.
In case you are interested, Daylight Savings Time will return March 14th.
With the shortened daylight, this is a great time to get some recurrent training with night flying.
Speak with the front counter folks and they will help you schedule. We have some great sites to see at night.

Princeton Airport logo

COMING SOON - Princeton Pilot Shop online

We are in the process of building an online 'Princeton Pilot Shop' soon to be offering all sorts of Princeton Airport and Princeton Flying School apparel and gifts.
We will be starting out with hats,T-shirts, sweatshirts and mugs. Soon we plan to be adding jackets and other more upscale items. We plan to be operating in time for the holidays.


FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko
Saturday, November 21st, 2020

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.


Milestones this past month: 
Solo: Tareq Mansour
Multi Engine: Greg Brill
As we start to think about year-end, Elite Flight Experience would like you to consider helping out animal rescue this year. Year-end is known as “euthanasia season” as many people abandon their pets during the holidays. We would like to help out by assisting in the transportation of as many pets as possible to their new, forever homes in conjunction with Pilots N Paws. We are offering free flight instruction during a rescue flight in one of our aircraft or we offer a discounted CFI rate if you use your own plane.

1971 Cessna 172


CESSNA 172 for Sale
1971 Cessna 172
Very Very low time plane
Total Time 2336
Engine time 15 SMOH by Penn Yan 10/2012( yes 15 hours)
Prop time 15 SMOH
Fresh Annual
Dual king KX 170B
King Trans
Rudder trim
Aux baggage fuel tank
Complete logs
No Damage history
New front and rear windshield
Asking $59,900
Contact Ken Nierenberg for details at 609-731-4628

From The Right Seat with Pete RafleFrom the Right Seat
Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle

I was in the pattern at Princeton when an airplane called, “Three miles South of Princeton, will enter midfield crosswind for a Right downwind for Runway 28.” It was a busy Saturday afternoon with fixed wing and helicopter traffic. He then asked to confirm that the traffic at Princeton was Right Traffic. I keyed the mike and said,” The pattern is Left traffic for fixed wing for Runway 28 at Princeton.” The pilot responded with. “The sectional shows right traffic at Princeton.” I repeated that we were using left traffic, and that the RP on the chart referred to helicopters. I called that I was downwind and had him in sight. I then saw him enter a mid-field cross wind and enter the right downwind. As he was not going to accept my advice, I chose not to continue to debate his pattern entry. I informed him that as he set up a traffic conflict with me, I was leaving the pattern and reentering to avoid further issues. He landed and then left without further comment.

Princeton Airport Flying Tigers

News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers

PAFT will continue our schedule of monthly Zoom meetings as an alternative to our dinner meetings. The format has been highly successful with 20 to 30 participants on each call.
Our next meeting is Nov 11 starting at 6:30P. At this meeting we will something slightly different. Starting at 7, a representative from JB McGuire-Dix-Lakewood will make a brief presentation on the restricted and alert areas and using flight following through their airspace. After that, we will have a series of short presentations. There are a lot of members and other 39N hangers-on with great experiences that would be of interest to the rest of us. Suggested subjects so far include Jack Brown’s seaplane school, transitioning through NY Class B, and experiences using the MD3 airports, which are in the FRZ. Who else would like to offer up something from their personal experience for the membership? Please drop me an email if you are interested in making a presentation.
October was a great month to enjoy the changing season. We made 5 trips to 4 airports serving outdoor breakfast. Let's see what November brings, so join us by contacting Ben Gazdowicz at
We'll bring you updates during the month, as needed.



Thinking about improving your flying experience. Wishing you had a particular addition to the cockpit.
Check out Garmin's website. for equipment you'd like to add to your plane. If you'd like some help, call Ken and he will guide you.
Phone: 609-731-4628


Be prepared. Get your plane ready for winter flying. Think about installing a pre-heater, so when things are stressful or you just want to fly, you are able to do so readily.
Pre-Heater Installation - $300.+



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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