Princeton Airport News – October 2021

It's official, summer has come to an end and we are off to a wonderful start of the fall. There is nothing like flying above the trees and seeing the beautiful foliage. Here at the airport we have had a few additions to the team. We would like to welcome our newest CFIs Cameron Wagner, David Michaud, and Tom Richter as well as flight coordinator Bryce #2. We would also like to wish CFI David Dilauro success as he moves on with his career in aviation with Piedmont.

Community at 39N!

There was a wonderful picnic at the airport this past month, hosted by The Princeton Flying Tigers and The Commemorative Air Force. It was great to have so many pilots gather on such a beautiful day. We hope as the winter season approaches we will still be able to fly and meet up at the airport, as safe as possible.

It's always great to have new pilots meet up with seasoned pilots to exchange stories and inspire one another in aviation. Congratulations to all students who have completed their Private Pilot's License, as well as those who have moved onto their Instrument Rating, and especially those who have begun the journey of purchasing an aircraft.

And as always, if you are interested in purchasing an airplane or have any questions about the process, please call or email Ken Nierenberg 609-731-4628 /

Santa will be skipping 39N this year

Due to the newest variant and the continued development of COVID-19, Santa will not be flying into the Princeton Airport on Christmas Eve this year. The Holiday Spirit will always be present at the Princeton Airport, therefore we will still be collecting gifts for donation as well as canned/dried food. There will be a place for collection in the office, starting Black Friday of November. We hope for Santa to be able to fly in next year and wish for everyone to stay healthy and safe this upcoming holiday season.

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!

with CFI Wesley Chin

Tuesday October 12th at 8pm

Subject: To Be Announced Soon

We will send out the subject and email to be added onto 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 September 2021

1st Solo:
David Bershadsky / CFI Nate Kijpatansilp
Jayvinth Johnson / CFI Steve Hansell
Private Pilot:
Tian Nan / CFI Wesley Chin
princeton airport first solo
FAA Medical Doctor featured Image

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko will be here
EVERY Wednesday, October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
and the second to last Saturday, October 23rd, 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.

October 2021 Calendar of Events

6th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
12th: Zoom Webinar with CFI Wesley
13th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
13th: PAFT Meeting 6:30pm
20th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
23rd: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
27th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon
31st: Halloween!
Newsletter october rafle

From the Right Seat

Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle

I have previously mentioned in this column that I collect anything that is aviation related. My collection includes an airmail stamp collection, postcards showing aircraft and airlines, and Navy related aviation objects.

My Naval Aviator experience was largely in the Western Pacific. During my two Viet Nam deployments,1966 and 1967, I flew out of Naha in Okinawa, Sangley Point in Manila Bay, Philippines, Utapao, Thailand, Guam, and several other Pacific islands. So, when I came across a 100 yen note with several other familiar Naval Air Stations (NAS) written on it, I had to have it.

In 1968 the U.S. dollar was worth 360 Yen. The bill pictured here was worth about $0.28. So, Bill Dent decided that he would make an inexpensive souvenir of his West Pac (Western Pacific) deployment. He even got his A/C (Aircraft Commander) to sign it as well. I do not know who Bill Dent was or what his assignment may have been. He may have been a member of a transport crew, or other unit, because if it was a Patrol squadron, the pilot would have used PPC (Patrol Plane Commander) instead. Regardless of his rank or assignment, he certainly got around.

Read On

Princeton Airport Flying Tigers

News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President

Next PAFT Meeting Wednesday, October 13th at 6:30 pm

PAFT and the Commemorative Air Force held a joint picnic at the airport on September 18th. For PAFT, this was our first big in person get together event since February 2020. We had a sunny warm midday Saturday cookout on the ramp outside the airport office. Thanks to all who came and brought food, and a big thanks to Ross Blair for yeoman’s work on the grill. The airport was active with many student flights. Check out the photos below.

PAFT resumes its monthly Zoom meetings on Wednesday October 13th at 630 PM. Our speaker will be Bob Harris, talking about his mountain flying trip in a Scout in Idaho, starting at 7 PM. Our November meeting will be Nov 10th at 630 PM. Ernie Schirmer will give a talk on the past and present of the Civil Air Patrol starting at 7 PM

Please join us. If you are not already on the PAFT email list, please contact Don Denny at The Zoom invite is sent out 3 days prior to the meeting.

Don Denny
PAFT President

Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins

Ben Gadzowicz

Fall is here let’s enjoy the cooler weather and foliage change. Join us in October!
YTD FLIGHTS - 15 airports, 40 trips, 88 planes, 123 pilots and crew

If there are planes and food, PAFT members will be there.

PAFT Restaurant guide: UPDATED!!!
PAFT membership:
PAFT MFI: Ben Gazdowicz -


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See Ken - 609-731-4628

Princeton Flying School Podcast Returns Soon!

The Princeton Flying School Podcasts will be returning soon. In the meantime, you can catch up on previous episodes on our PFS website as well as on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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