Princeton Airport News – October 2020

Have you pondered how fortunate you are to be up in the air, above the fray?  Some have found that there’s a special calmness that general aviation pilots are now enjoying, and they would like to participate in that calmness.
October provides some of the best flying weather.  The opportunity to see the change of colors associated with fall from the air is spectacular.  Whether you fly yourself or take a lesson, the view is wonderful.
Check out the Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers suggestions of where to fly and of course, what to eat.  Flying and food are symbolic. Take the time to check out Ben Gadzowicz’s special presentations.  So much fun!!!
The summer has provided the opportunity to spruce up 39N.  Routine maintenance has kept us “looking good”. Check out the maintenance hangar.
Safe flying – enjoy to skies.


Brother Jack & Dad Ken, congratulate James.
Kris Hendrickson cuts James’ shirt.
The day after Labor Day was early on a crisp, clear blue sky day, when James Nierenberg and his instructor, Kris Hendrickson, took to the air.  Yes, another solo in the Nierenberg family.
With his brother pilot, Jack, and father, Ken, James completed his mission. Dick Nierenberg, who pioneered the family into aviation, would be so proud that the tradition has continued.  Adding to the list who soloed and/or became pilots, Naomi soloed; Ken, of course soloed on his 16th birthday and continued on the aviation journey; Jack, a private pilot, soloed as close to his birthday as a snow storm prevented the actual day; and now James.  Of course, there’s cousin Steve, who also soloed a while ago and Gabrielle, who’s taking lessons..
September, 2020 Completions
Princeton Flying School
1st Solo:
Umar Badami/CFI Saad Sheikh
James Nierenberg/Kris Hendrickson CFII

NEWS from the
PAFT has continued a 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 speaker on September 10 was 39N’s own Ken Nierenberg who spoke about airport history, improvements past and future, service, and many other topics. It was a great Q&A session.
Our next PAFT meeting will again be on Zoom on October 14 from 630 to 8P. Starting at 7P, our guest speaker will be Jeff Slutsky, Chief Pilot at 39N and the founder of Elite Flight Experience at 39N. If you are not a PAFT member and wish to participate, please email me so I can put you on the Zoom invite list.
Don Denny, President
The PAFT Mini Fly-Ins (MFIs) continue (6 trips this month) as weather allows and airport restaurants sort out their plans to open based on State requirements (Indoor vs outdoor) and specific COVID restrictions. For the most part we only fly to restaurants with outdoor dining.   To help sort this out we have placed an Airport Restaurant Guide for the surrounding states on our PAFT website .
In addition we have reflected on our PAFT-MFIs for the last few years from 2017 to date.  Our photos from these flights have been collected in a Video also posted on the PAFT website:
To view video – click on the “dots” to the right.
Ken Nierenberg’s art work.  Repainting of the maintenance hangar – sky blue!!!
All Skyhawks
Prices:  $29,900 – $134,900.00
Ken Nierenberg – 609-731-4628;
October, 2020
14th:  PAFT Zoom Meet, 6:30pm
See PAFT for more information
24th:  FAA Medical Doctor
8:00 – noon
          Call 609-921-3100
31st:  Happy Halloween
From The Right Seat
Peter Rafle, Chief Pilot Emiteritus
Over the last few months, the Covid pandemic has affected our lives in so many ways. I am certain you have seen the reports of how badly the airlines have fared as passenger loads have dwindled away. In 1969, I went through my first furlough with Pan American Airways and then two more with Trans World Airlines. This current awful economic situation, worldwide, has some similarities to the conditions of fifty years ago. It has some new and more difficult issues that today’s pilots must face. Furloughs were more common in the “Old days” but current pilots have not had to deal with this disruption to their careers as I and my class did.
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg
Octboer 24th, 2020
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.

Happy 5781 – May you have health, happiness & peace.
IS Working!!!

How about upgrading your avionics and/or electronic lighting system.  Why not do it not or schedule it to your convenience.

For suggestions and/or advice – call Ken Nierenberg 609-731-4628.
Things will get better and we will be flying soon.  Be ready with some new equipment. When this opens up, you will enjoy your new toys.
Remember, fly your planes and have fun!!!  
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 #8 Guest: 1st Lieutenant Robert McClellan
Podcast #3 Guest: John Nierenberg
Podcast #1 with Pete Rafle
We will have a few openings soon.  Contact Ken – 609-731-4628
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