What’s new at Princeton Airport? Not much has been going on, as the unpredictable weather has continued. The few days that weren’t overcast, raining or snowing, had winds beyond “fun flying”. So it’s been another 31 days and we hope April will be the real “SPRING”.The fuel farm is done. The mounds of snow are finally gone. Robins are back, so we’re ready.That being said, make sure you preflight carefully, as the birds love to nest in the most unexpected places of an airplane. A bird’s nest near the engine, could cause a fire. So check carefully.
Everything you ever wanted to know about
airplane ownership, but were afraid to ask!
Date: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Pilots’ Lounge
Ken Nierenberg, who has been selling airplanes for almost 40 years, can give you a full incite into of what to expect; costs; what kind of airplane; insurance; financing; partnerships; and more. You will have ample time to ask questions.Bring a friend.- Refreshments.
2013 Stats for Raritan Valley Flying School
Despite all of the bad weather and the difficulty with the economy, many of you earned your “wings” during 2013. This is the bread down of the completions:
1st Solos: 15
Private Pilots: 15
Instrument Pilots: 3
Commercial Pilots: 2
Certified Flight Instructor: 1
Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument: 2We are very proud that everyone of RVFS’ students passed the FAA Knowledge Test the first time with high grades.
From the Right Seat
by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
On March 11, 1964, I made my first solo flight in a T-34B, bureau no.140889. I logged 1.2 hrs and made 5 landings. Over the next seven days, I flew ten more flights, four of them solo and six dual. With a grand total flight time of 26.0, I was finished with Navy primary flight training and left Saufley Field for Whiting Field, 21 miles northeast of Pensacola. There I would advance to the T-28 B Trojan to learn, over the next five months, aerobatics, formation flying, navigation and basic instruments, and eventually carrier qualification on the USS Lexington.
Bagels & coffee
We had standing room only last month as so many of you just wanted to get out of the house. Join us for great aviation talk. Bring a friend..
Finally, we can report that the fuel farm is complete and functioning well. The Self-Serve will be back on line by next week.
AWOS – the AWOS has been down and all efforts have been made to get it working again. We have contacted all of the necessary authorities involved in its operations, and we hope it will return to service. Sorry for the inconvenience.
47 Years and Counting…
While we just celebrated 29 years of the Nierenbergs’ purchase of Princeton Airport, April 29th marks 47 years for Dick Nierenberg, who went into the aviation business at Kupper Airport (47N) in 1967. Leaving a normal life in the family furniture business, Dick embarked on a new venture- Raritan Valley Air, which operated the north side as an FBO.Dick and his wife, Naomi, and son, Ken, stayed at Kupper for 20 years when the lease expired. In 1985 the three of them purchased Princeton Airport, and the rest is history. Aviation was a whole lot different then!
You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. No walk-in without a confirmation number.
Have you considered having your avionics upgraded? We can help you.
Are you in compliance with FAR 91.411 & 91.413 – transponder and altimeter checks due every two years.Get with the ADSB requirement early. We hae already installed 7 ADSB systems and they are working well. You will have Traffic/ Weather without any subscription requiments. Garmin makes the GDL 88 and the starting price is $6,000 installed. Check for details on the Garmin website on what and how ADSB works.
Like all pilots that have been through one of the worst winters in recent years, the Flying Tigers are hoping that March will see improved weather and allow it to get back to actually being able to have fly-ins. We may not be able to do anything about the weather, but at least we can understand it better thanks to the excellent presentation by NJ’s official state Climatologist, Dr. David Robinson (Rutgers University) at the March PAFT dinner meeting.
Guests are always welcome at PAFT events – visit www.paft-nj.org for information. Dues are just $25 per year per family.