Princeton Airport News – September 2021

Princeton Airport Aerial View

What an fantastic summer we have had
here at the Princeton Airport.

Some beautiful days, some scorching hot days, some days with low ceilings,
but the best days were spent in the air.

We have some exciting news this month So much to be proud of.
Pete Rafle joined an organization of octogenarian pilots.
We had a student solo on their 16th Birthday this month.
Gabrielle Nierenberg received her Private Pilot’s License.
Bryce Williams, flight coordinator, completed his first solo.
And Marty Bahl’s DC3 took flight.

Congratulations to all who continue to explore the aviation world.

The Princeton Airport is a special community – inspiring one another to go further in aviation – whether it be career wise, purchasing a new aircraft, or meeting up with other pilots. It’s a wonderful thing to see.

We want to wish CFI, Saad Sheikh, good luck with his new job with Saudi Airlines.

Nierenberg Family – Naomi, Ken & Dick

Newsletter History

In September 1978, someone donated a Ditto Machine to Naomi & Dick Nierenberg at 47N; the one with the purple type which teachers used in schools, decades ago. It was then that the news from Raritan Valley and Princeton Airport continued for 43 years without missing a month. From purple ditto, mimeograph machines, to electronically sending them, we have shared all of your successes and our activities. I would like to thank all who contributed monthly to keep everyone abreast of airport happening. (There is an albums in the Pilots’ Lounge with the early days.)
I am officially retiring from this job as editor and there is nothing that could please Dick and I more than to pass the newsletter on the the 2nd and 3rd generation of Nierenbergs, who are enthusiastic participants. ~ Naomi Nierenberg, Editor Emeritus

Another Day in Aviation History at 39N

August 31st represented another great day for the Nierenberg saga as Gabrielle joined the other pilots of the family. Notably Ken, Dick, Jack, and now her. We are so proud of this accomplishment. We hope everyone enjoys flying as much as she does.
Looking forward to James joining the family of pilots soon too!

Zara Rutherford Flying Solo Around the World

19 year old, Zara Rutherford, attempts to be the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world… and she made a stop at Princeton Airport. Zara stopped in on August 29th after departing JFK. It was quite a surprise after learning about her journey and having her arrive. We are pleased that she chose Princeton and wish her the best on her journey.

Click here to check out to access her website to learn more about her journey.

Our very own flight coordinator, Bryce Williams, solos this month!
Photoed here with CFI Wesley Chin

G1000 SIMULATOR Cessna 172 with Garmin 530 & 430 Final Approval by the FAA for VFR & IFR hours
Cessna 172 with Garmin 530 & 430
Final Approval by the FAA for VFR & IFR hours
It’s now online – come by and check it out.
CFII Steve Hansell checks out the simulator and his expression of glee says it all.

**2.5 hours can count towards your private and 10 hours towards your instrument rating**

Princeton Flying School CFI Wesley ChinFREE ZOOM WEBINAR with CFI Wesley Chin
**We will be taking a month off and resuming Zoom Webinars next month**
*Note: Do to the success of Wes’ wonderful presentations, he has agreed to continue a Zoom Webinar each month following private pilot subjects.
Check out our website for previous presentations which are available.

Princeton Flying School

Milestones during August, 2021


1st Solo:
Shawn Chuaung/ CFI Nate Kijpatanasilp
Bryce WIlus/ CFI Wesley Chin
Private Pilot:
Umar Ahmed Badami/ CFI Saad Sheikh
Sara Hill/ CFI Wesley Chin
Tyler Mylroie / CFI David Dilauro

Gabrielle Nierenberg/ CFI Peter Mercuro

FAA Medical Doctor featured Image
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko will be here THREE TIMES
Wednesday, September 8th & 22nd and Saturday, September 18th, 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.

August 2021 Calendar of Events:
6th: Labor Day/ Rosh Hashana begins at sundown
8th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am – noon
9th: PAFT meeting
15th: Yom Kippur
18th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am -noon

22nd: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am -noon/ First day of Fall

From The Right Seat with Pete Rafle

‘From the Right Seat’

Chief Pilot Emeritus Peter Rafle, CFI/ATP

A week ago, I attended my first meeting of the United Flying Octogenarians (UFOs) at Sky Manor airport.  I had a great time meeting most of the forty three pilots, some of whom had traveled from as far as
Maryland and Connecticut.  There were former Naval Aviators with whom I could share some stories, and a couple of Pan Am and TWA pilots to reminisce about the good old days. There were local pilots who I have known for many years such as Ralph Baron to reconnect with. Fun!!
Long ago, I decided to aspire to be the “World’s Oldest Living Aviator”.  It was more of a device
to operate as safely and professionally as I could to ensure a long flying career.  I remember when a Princeton-based pilot, Dan Bellware happily celebrated his eightieth birthday and told us that he had just become a UFO.  At the time, I was unaware of the organization but decided that I, too, would join the UFOs when I turned eighty.
At the meeting I learned that the UFO’s want to get the word out to all airmen that there are pilots, 80 years old and older, still flying and getting together to swap stories, enjoy a meal and fellowship.  I encourage each of you to not put a limit to your flying years.  With advancements in medical science, you will very likely find yourself on your eightieth birthday, still with a valid medical and a current flight review, ready to log a flight as PIC so you can send in your application to join the UFOs.
I hope to welcome you to the “most experienced flying community in the world”.
For more information, go to

Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins 
Ben Gazdowicz
August was not a great month for PAFT-MFIs with only 2 completed trips and one of them was to 39N right across the street at the Bagel Barn. It seems we had a lot of vacations, mechanical difficulties, annuals, medical issue and weather uncertainty. I’m glad August is over with as we move into the cooler days of fall.  Hope to see you with us in September.
Good news the restaurant at N81 Hammington is open again. (See photos)
If there are planes and food, PAFT members will be there.
If there are planes and food, PAFT members will be there. See pictures below.
PAFT Restaurant guide: UPDATED!!!
PAFT membership:
Ben Gazdowicz –

Check out Garmin for that long awaited upgrade.

Click here for ideas. See Ken – 609-731-4628

Pete Rafle & Jeff Slutsky on Princeton Flying School Podcast #6



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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