We are finally getting some wonderful flying weather. Hope you are getting a chance to enjoy it.
During July significant changes became effective regarding Philadelphia Class B Airspace. You have two opportunities to make yourself familiar – Peter Rafle’s column below and the Safety Seminar on August 15. Please take advantage of these.
From the Right Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
The New Philadelphia Class B Airspace
If there is any chance that you will be flying in, or near, the Philadelphia Class B airspace, you need to be aware that the shape, and floor altitudes of the rings have changed.
First get hold of the latest Philadelphia TAC chart, dated July 25, 2013. That is the date the new layout went into effect. Among the changes are the elimination of the VFR corridor to the east that was between the old Class B and Alert area A-220. The Mode C veil is still between 20 and 30 miles, but the new east and west extension intrudes to 24 miles with a floor of 4000 ft.
This new extension out to 24 miles east and west accommodates airline traffic being vectored to runways 27 L/R ,or 09 L/R. The floor between 24 miles and 20 miles in this segment is 4000 ft. The new extension is 15 miles wide (7.5 miles either side of center line to runway. It the steps down towards the airport from 20 miles to 15 miles to 3000 ft; between 15 miles to 8 miles at1500 ft, and within 8 miles of KPHL the floor is at the surface. There is a cutout for Cross Keys to accommodate sky diving ops.
We were all shocked and sadden by the untimely death of Roger Cantoni. Roger began training with us in 2000 with the hope of fulfilling a life long dream. He became a private pilot in 2003; instrument pilot the following year. Roger loved to fly the Cutlass, and would go flying with the loveliest smile on his face. We will miss him.
Kris Hendrickson took his first intro lesson at Princeton Airport when he was just 12 years old in the summer of 2005. Over the next couple years he saved all of his money and bought occasional lessons as his interest in aviation grew. In the summer of 2009 he began training seriously, soloing that August at age 16 and getting his private license the following April.
After high school he began attending The College of New Jersey in pursuit of a business degree while still fostering his interest in aviation. He was hired by the Princeton Airport as a flight coordinator during the summer of 2011 and has served in that role for the past two years, doing jobs ranging from answering phones to fueling planes. During this time he attained his instrument rating, commercial license, and now his Flight Instructor license.
MEET ‘N GREET WILL RETURN IN SEPTEMBER.
Reunion of Sorts
Summer frequently brings visits from former students and/or employees. Recently Michael Jardin came back to visit. Mike exemplifies the efforts we have utilized to entice future pilots. When he was in nursery school, he visited the airport for a tour. Evidently we made an impact that he was the first person to contact us when we posted our website. While a student at Princeton High School, he worked as a line person. We was promptly nicknamed “Fish Boy” as he came to work in the morning after swim team practice.
Mike went to Cornell having achieved his Private, Instrument and Commercial license at Princeton. While at school, he taught in the flying club, adding up to hours. He continued with flying and now lives in Hong Kong with his wife and two children, and he flies the 777 for Cathay Pacific. It was great to catch up.
While he was here, Jeff Wilman, former flight coordinator and instructor, was visiting. Jeff works for Continental.
Avoiding Gear-Up Landings:Chief Pilot Rob Argila
“There are those who have, and those who will.” How often have you heard that said when talking about landing retractable-gear airplanes with the gear up? This statement is a fine example of the “resignation” mindset – that a gear-up landing is inevitable, and there’s nothing we can do to avoid gear-related mishaps. Instead, let’s teach this mantra to our retractable-aircraft students: “There are those who have, and those who won’t.”
You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. No walk-in without a confirmation number.
Transponders: Is your transponder within currency? If not, call for a check.
ADSB: You have time to install this, however since it provides free traffic and current weather, you might want to install it now. If you have any questions, please contact Ken.
Summer Tours of 39N
During the months of July and August we offer free airport tours to the public. Whether they are pre-schoolers or seniors, everyone will get a chance to enjoy the airport environment. This is also a positive way for the public to understand why we need airports.
Date: Every Tuesday (weather permitting)
Time: 10:30 am
So spread the word – every parent looks for things to do with children (of all ages). We welcome them to Princeton Airport.