Summer will officially begin this month – what happened to spring? We have seen extreme weather from cold and windy to hot and humid. Hopefully it will settle down and give us some great flying weather.
Things at 39N have been stable. The highway work has been progressing and hopefully the mess will be cleared up soon. Otherwise we welcome Princeton University Alumni for reunion weekend and congratulate those who have graduated at every level.
Princeton Airport Management
Meet ‘n Greet
Princeton Airport Flying Tigers
Meet ‘n Greet
Bagels & Coffee
Saturday, June 1, 2013 TODAY!
10:00 – noon
Join us for some “hangar flying” – sharing your flying experiences. Whether you’re a long time pilot or a brand new student, we can share and learn together.
New Chief Pilot
Robert “Robbie” Argila has assumed the position of Chief Pilot to oversee the flight school curricula. Rob has been flying since he was ten years old along side of his father, Bob. He has his CFI-CFII, and a bunch of hours.
Argila’s father learn to fly with the Nierenbergs when they operated Kupper Airport (47N), These two families have interlocked over the years, and each family has watched the other family’s growth in aviation. Bob pursued the airline industry ending up as a captain of a 777 for American Airline. The Nierenbergs continued to pursue general aviation. At one point they were next door neighbors! We welcome Rob to this new position.
Good Luck, John Bastan John came to RVFS right from college three years ago as a CFII. for several years and for the last year, he has bee chief pilot. During this period he has provided guidance for all levels of students and he has turned out many pilots.
He is now following his dream of going into the military. Although he claimed he hasn’t flown in helicopters, he has chosen a program in the Army as a Warrant Officer to be a helicopter pilot. His initial commitment is for 6 years, with the possibility of making that longer. We will miss him – we wish him well.
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
Every pilot should think about his or her flight experience and develop a personal minimums checklist regarding weather, night operations and other aspects of flight planning and operations. Airline pilots have a staff of meteorologists, dispatchers and maintenance personnel to advise them before starting engines for a flight. General aviation pilots must make those vital Go/No go decisions based on weather briefings, training, experience, and knowledge of a particular aircraft.
There are significant differences in the training, flight experience and retained knowledge among pilots. Therefore each pilot needs to conduct a subjective analysis of his or her attitudes about risk and level of expertise in handling the potential challenges pin flight.
Check out the Pilot Shop for the perfect gift for Dad. Whether it’s a new headset, knee board, aviation history book, clock, bookends, etc. And that’s not quite right, a Gift Certificate for flying time or fuel will always be appreciated.
Have a great day – all you Dads!
Slow Flight (minimum controllable airspeed)
by Chief Pilot Robert Argila
Flying the airplane at airspeeds below VFE (maximum flap extension speed – top of the airspeed indicator’s white arc), right down to stalling speeds (bottom of the airspeed indicator’s white and green arcs), must be mastered in order to be fully in command, no matter what airspeed the situation mandates.
The slower the aircraft flies, however, the more difficult it is to control. As the airplane’s airspeed is reduced, the pilot must maintain a balancing act between pitch, power, aileron, and rudder inputs, instrument interpretation, flap management, and maintaining a proper outside scan.
As the aircraft slows, it requires a higher pitch attitude to maintain altitude; the higher pitch attitude, in turn, will require right rudder inputs to stop the airplane from turning left of the required heading.
Minimum controllable airspeed is flying the airplane (fully within your control) on the verge of stalling. As with all air work proficiency practice, try to maintain airspeed within 10 knots, altitude within 100 feet, and heading within 10 degrees.
Everyone can use some updating on these!
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Chief Pilot: Rob Argila
Free – Bring a Friend.
FAA Medical DoctorDoctor Michael NoskoSaturday, June 22, 20138:00 – noon : Call 609-921-3100 for appointment.
Walk-ins until 11:30. IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING MEDICAL APPLICATIONS!!
EFFECTIVE OCT 1 2012 (FOR NEXT FAA DOC APPOINTMENT): ALL FAA MEDICAL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT ON-LINE @
You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. No walk-in without a confirmation number.
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.