The warm weather has brought many of you back to the airport. Welcome, now is the time to get up in the air and enjoy the beautiful spring colors.
This issue is laden with many helpful hints to make you safer and better pilots. Take advantage of the staffs’ efforts, who have chosen the subjects for you. They deal with you and the airspace, and they pick the appropriate subject.
Make sure you do a thorough pre-flight before you fly. It is nesting season, and your plane could be just the spot the birds are looking for.
Enjoy this weather.
Meet Dick’s Assistant, Charles
Please come to Dick’s office and meet his new assistant, Charles. As Dick has for so many years, Charles will help serve your aviation needs. Please make him feel welcome.
SAFETY CORNER – by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
Obtaining the Class B Clearance
Every pilot operating out of Princeton Airport, 39N, should be familiar with the correct procedures for flying within a Class B. A look at the sectional chart reveals we are sandwiched between the New York and the Philadelphia Class B. Also, be sure to carry a Terminal Area Chart for the Class B you will operate in. It is half the scale of the sectional so landmarks are easier to see, if directed to one.
Review Part 91 just to get the basics reviewed. FAR part 91.131, Operations in Class B airspace is a good place to start. This section presumes that pilots are familiar with rules with in other uncontrolled and controlled airspace. Look over Part 91.126 Class G airspace, 91.127 Class E airspace, and 91.129 Class D airspace as well.
Do something different for your wife or mother. Take her flying to a restaurant near an airport; give her a piece of aviation jewelry; give her a flying lesson or a ride; check out the shop.
For the Mom Pilots – take the day off and go flying! Happy Mother’s Day.
AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS GALORE!
You can hardly miss the piles of dirt in front of the airport on Route 206 and all of the large equipment. Our area has been plagued without power outages since we have taken over the airport in 1985. It was either a tree branch or a squirrel which chewed through the wires, but whatever the reason, we would be out of power, sometimes for days on end. It is really hard to run the airport without such services as fuel or landing lights, etc.
Finally, we think PSE&G got tired of our complaints and is upgrading this area, putting in a new substation down the road, and putting the wires underground at the end of Runway 28. This is long overdue, so the inconvenience of the traffic tie-ups is truly worth it.
Additionally, we will be upgrading our phone system, which also, has been unreliable. Together we will be better able to serve you and the public.
Princeton Airport Flying Tigers
Meet ‘N Greet
with coffee & bagels
Saturday, May 4, 2013
10:00 – noon
Let’s share our latest flying stories – with this wonderful weather, some of you should have some interesting places which you have visited or plan to visit. Join us for coffee and a bagel. Bring a friend and let’s Hangar Fly!
Traffic pattern entry and departure,
including touch & go’s & go-arounds. May 28, 2013
Words from Director of Operations, Steve Nierenberg.
Like many things we buy, love, rely upon and enjoy today, the cost of having those treasured items increases over time. The cost of keeping our fleet in the air, is no exception. We have worked hard to keep the price of fuel stable.
Attached you will find the new prices for each one of our fleet.
One of the first things we learn to do on an aircraft preflight is check the fuel. Using a fuel cup, we draw a sample from each fuel drain or sump, check the color (blue for 100 LL), and check for water and other contaminants. Usually, this does the job, but a few problems can go undetected by this simple fuel check. Here are a few additional tricks to help you perform a more thorough check and give you added peace of mind.