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.
Escape to Somewhere Warm this Winter
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.
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!
*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)
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.
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!
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.
ZOOM WEBINAR SESSION FOR NOVEMBER
with DPE John Beck
Tuesday November 16th at 7pm
Subject: Anatomy of a Practical Test
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:
Princeton Flying School Milestones during October, 2021
Colton Kelly/ CFI Nate Kijpatanasilp
Thiago Andrade/ CFII Sal Parsi
Jill Jefferson Miller / CFI Peter Mercuro
November 2021 Calendar of Events:
Newly listed Cherokee 140 for sale!
Visit our aircraft sales page, or contact Ken or Jack for more information!
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.
News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers
Don Denny, President
Next PAFT Meeting Wednesday, November 10th at 6:30 pm