Princeton Airport News – November 2021

Happy Thanksgiving

Even as the colder weather moves in, we do not slow down here at the Princeton Airport. In fact, some of the best flying is in November. Several new opportunities to look into this month. There is a new training package being offered with the DA-40. The new simulator is available 7 days a week, despite the weather, you can be flying.

Our upcoming Zoom Webinar on "The Anatomy of a Practical Test" should absolutely be on your "Must See" list. John Beck, PhD, ATP, CFII, by coincidence is a DPE.  What regret will you have if you don't see it?

There are Airplanes For Sale and exciting things being presented by PAFT, as well as quite a special story from Pete Rafle in this newsletter. And we have changed over to a new system for checkout.. So read on to be up to date on the latest at the Princeton Airport.

warm weather in florida

Escape to Somewhere Warm this Winter

As the weather begins to get colder, Florida is going to look pretty great over the next 3 months. The beauty of flying is you can travel somewhere warm with no traffic and full on fun in a plane!

Want to take one of our Princeton Flying School planes for a week or so to find better weather than New Jersey? We will wave traditional daily minimums. Ask Ken, Steve or any of the guys at the counter for a quote. Adventure for you and your family and friends!

Love Is In The Air

We love a surprise ending, especially when it involves airplanes. One of our students, Darshil, has been learning to fly with us for some time and is passionate about aviation. So much so, he proposed to his girlfriend in the most thoughtful and creative way.

Darshil was going for a lesson with CFI Sal Parsi and brought his girlfriend along. They flew over to Sky Manor Airport where he proposed outside the plane. According to Darshil's now fiancé, she had a feeling something was up when they arrived at Sky Manor... The entire event was well planned.

But wai! There's more! After Sky Manor, they returned to Princeton Airport at which time she expected nothing else. However, Sal said the airplane needed to go back for some maintenance and Darshil offered to taxi back with Akriti to give them celebratory “taxi back to the maintenance hangar.” Little did she know, there was a surprise engagement party waiting for them in the maintenance hangar with about 70 friends and family!

The celebration was wonderful and we are so excited to be a part of such a special event. Congratulations to Darshil on his engagement.

Darshil Dharia and Akriti
Nick Pengue and Marie

The Love Stories Continue

And let the love stories continue… CFI Nick Pengue has been a part of the airport family for almost 10 years. From being a student, to a lineman, to flight coordinator, to now CFI- we have watched Nick grow and flourish in aviation. Nick recently proposed to his girlfriend as well. We would like to congratulate all the new fiancés this month!

Layla in a plane

*Diamond DA40 Checkout Promo*

Looking to further your skills as a pilot? Want to change up your typical rental? Introducing the Diamond DA40 Checkout Promotion at Princeton Flying School!

Get checked out and signed off to fly in our Diamond DA40, N412PJ! The DA40 is a Technically Advanced Aircraft featuring the G1000 glass panel and a constant speed propeller. The G1000 integrated avionics system consolidates all communication, navigation, surveillance, primary flight instrumentation, engine indication system and annunciations on two LCDs and one audio panel.

The Technically Advanced Aircraft endorsement will make you a more comfortable and competent pilot, becoming familiar with the latest and greatest state of the art equipment. It also counts towards one of the requirements for the Commercial Pilot's License.

Additionally, the G1000 is great for learning or flying through instrument conditions, making the experience easier and safer! This promotional package offers 5 hours of flight time with an instructor in the DA40 and an additional hour on ground instruction normally ~$1,500 now $1,249! Call to schedule your next lesson today! Valid until December 1, 2021.

Flying the diamond is so easy, even Layla can do it! (Check out the photo above)

Wesley Chin at Garmin Flight Simulator

Fly in ALL kinds of weather with 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!

Practice procedures, shoot approaches, and log the hours! In the cockpit of the simulator you will find all of the controls and instruments you would find in a Skyhawk without the uncontrollable weather keeping you grounded. Become an expert with the Garmin 430/530 GPS, practice emergency procedures, IFR flying, and more in our highly advanced flight simulator. Call and schedule your next lesson today! Link to more information below.

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

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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 loggable time for your Private and 10 hrs for your Instrument Rating.

To learn more, click here!

flight schedule pro

We Now Have a New System for Checkout... Thanks to Flight Schedule Pro

Over the last month, you may have noticed our checkout process may have been shortened and smoother. We have changed our credit card processing to allow the processing to work with our billing/invoicing/point-of-sale system.

What does that mean to you?

  • Less errors (we are only human)
  • Simplified checkout
  • Quicker checkout
  • Access to information online

And while away from the airport, on Flight Schedule Pro you can:

  • Enter you own credit card information
  • Change your profile on Flight Schedule Pro
  • Check your balances
  • Review your previous transactions
  • Now you will have access to your own information, available 24/7, on your own, without having to ask anyone at the desk. Please update your credit card at your earliest convenience.

Santa Fly In Cancelled this Year

For more than 40 years, Princeton Airport has hosted a popular Santa Fly In event for the greater Princeton area children and their families. Throughout the years, Santa's Fly In has evolved into a wonderful annual even for local families to exchange gifts, as well as donate food and gifts for those less fortunate. However, due to the Covid concerns for the health and safety of our community, this year's Santa Fly In will be cancelled.

Starting on November 26th, Black Friday, we will be collecting food and gifts for donation at the airport. Please continue to open your hearts this holiday season.

Daylight Savings Time returns November 7th.

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.

Fall Back

with DPE John Beck

Tuesday November 16th at 7pm

Subject: Anatomy of a Practical Test

**To be added to the list, please email

John Beck will present a summary of the structure of a “Plan of Action” that is prepared prior to each practical test. Examples will be used to describe how an examiner prepares and conducts a practical test. Observations that are made, results that are formulated, and decisions used to determine the outcome will be presented. John Beck has been flying for 49 years, has 3 jet type ratings, specializes in air carrier certification, and has created dozens of Part 135 charter companies in the past several years. He has taken many practical tests and over a hundred Part 135 check rides. He knows there is a high degree of stress associated with practical tests and will discuss how to make it a valuable learning experience.

We will send out the subject and email in to be added to the list if you are not already. In the meantime, check out all of the previous Webinars on our website:

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Princeton Flying School Milestones during October, 2021

1st Solo:
Colton Kelly/ CFI Nate Kijpatanasilp

Private Pilot:
Thiago Andrade/ CFII Sal Parsi
Jill Jefferson Miller / CFI Peter Mercuro


FAA Medical Doctor
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko will be here EVERY
Wednesday, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, and the third Saturday, November 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.

November 2021 Calendar of Events:

3rd:  FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
7th:  Clocks fall back (change clocks 1 hour back)
10th:  FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon & PAFT meeting on Zoom
16th:  Zoom Webinar with DPE John Beck at 7pm
17th:  FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
20th:  FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
25th:  Thanksgiving
26th:  Black Friday-bring food and gifts to donate at the airport
Happy Thanksgiving 2021
1969 Piper 140 FOR SALE at Princeton Airport ~ Contact Jack Nierenberg for details 609-658-6042

Newly listed Cherokee 140 for sale!

1969 Cherokee 140/160 is a great VFR plane to build time, fly around and have some fun! 160 HP STC engine upgrade adds more pep to your step and climb out! With only 550 hours since engine overhaul, a fresh annual, and ADSB out compliance, this plane is ready to go!

Visit our aircraft sales page, or contact Ken or Jack for more information!

From The Right Seat with Pete Rafle

From the Right Seat with Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle

The dispute between Mainland China and the Republic of China, on Taiwan, was back in the news last week when China flew military aircraft into Taiwan airspace. This dispute began in 1949, when Mao Tse-Tung deposed Chiang Kai-shek. Chiang then led one million of his followers to Taiwan, and soon after fortified the islands of Quemoy and Matsu in the Taiwan Straits. After the Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, President Truman declared the “Neutralization of the Straits of Formosa. The Seventh Fleet was sent to the Straits under orders to prevent either side from attacking. From that time on, the US military protected Taiwan.

In August of 1954, Chiang moved troops into Quemoy and Matsu. Despite U.S. calls for China not to attack Taiwan, the Communists began artillery bombardment of Quemoy and launched aircraft attacks against Tachen islands. With tensions high, in November 1954 China sentenced 13 US airmen shot down over China during the Korean War to long prison terms. President Eisenhower refused repeated calls for the US to use nuclear weapons against China. On December 2, 1954, the US signed the Mutual Defense Treaty with the Nationalist government. Both sides kept fighting until May 1, 1955, and on August 1, 1955 China released the US airmen previously jailed.

With that as background, I have a short story to tell about one of my reconnaissance patrols flown in that same Taiwan Strait in 1967.


Click here to Read ON

Princeton Airports Flying Tigers

News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President

Next PAFT Meeting Wednesday, November 10th at 6:30 pm


The next PAFT meeting will be Wednesday, November 10, at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Philippe Marchal will follow up on his excellent talk from last year on"'How the Wing Got Its Lift" by speaking on Drag (aerodynamic not social). Philippe’s talk will begin around 7 after our usual club business.


Please RSVP on the PAFT sign up page


At our October meeting, Bob Harris gave a great presentation on mountain flying in Idaho in his
Scout. There was a lot of substantive info as well as some excellent stories and beautiful


We are planning a club fly-in on December 4 to Easton, MD KESN and Massey Aerodrome MD1.
Please check for details and register at


Fly safe,
Don Denny
PAFT President
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Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins

Ben Gadzowicz

The highlight of the month was landing on a grass strip (a MFI 1st) at Massey Aerodrome in Maryland after a great breakfast at Sugar Buns Café in Easton, MD. Join us in November and enjoy flying with fellow pilots.
If there are planes and food, PAFT members will be there.
PAFT Restaurant guide: UPDATED!!!
PAFT membership:
PAFT MFI: Ben Gazdowicz -

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 podcasts.

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