May 2012 Princeton Airport Newsletter


                                   News from 39N

May, 2012
Lights: 123.05
AWOS (609-924-3901)                                              609-921-3100 


In This Issue
Master Pilot
Pinch Hitter
Keep ’em Flying Challenge
39N Social Media
Meet ‘N Greet
Preparation for Your First Solo
Civil Air Patrol
Online Scheduling
FAA Seminar
Poker Run
New Staff Member

Calendar of Events
May, 2012

5th: Meet ‘n Greet 10:00-noon
99s’ Poker Run
9th:  PAFT Dinner Meeting
12th:  Wright Brothers Award to
Dick Nierenberg
Maintenance Hangar – 1 – 3 pm

13th:  Mother’s Day
20th:  PAFT Fly In to Coatsville, PA

22nd Safety Seminar 7:00 pm
Ground Reference Manuevers

28th:  Memorial Day

June 2:  FAA Medical Doctor
8:00 – noon
Call 609-921-3100 for
Walk-ins ’til 11:30.


Alfons Flatscher /John Bastan

Welcome to 39N
Marina & Walter Draujulis and your Alarus.
to the Thor Johnson family on the arrival of a baby girl.  We hope she likes flying upside down. 

Beech Sierra
1977 Beech C24R
TT: 4375
Engine Time: 975
Fresh Annual &
Lots More!   

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We are now in the traditional “flying months” where the weather is milder and the days are longer.  Many of you have taken advantage of the good weather during the week, however many are awaiting the good weather on the weekends so they can get to their next stage – particularly their licenses.  There are many in the latter status – so close, but can’t close the deal.  We hope the May newsletter will have your names added to the list of pilots.
There are many activities in this newsletter to get you in the air.  Join the Poker Run, AOPA’s Challenge, and the Flying Tigers and have lots of fun.  Lastly, take Mom flying for lunch or just a ride – we’re sure she’ll remember it a long time – much longer than the traditional flowers.

Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
“I am convinced that human flight is both possible and practical.”
Wilbur Wright, 1899

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years.

You are invited to the presentation

by Gene McCoy, manager, and Bill  VanArtsdalen,
FAAST team manager, Allentown FSDO

our own, Dick Nierenberg,  who has been flying since 1953.

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time:  1:00 pm
Place:  Maintenance Hangar
Short ceremony

Comments by friends
Hor’s de oeves and soft drinks

by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle


We are planning another “Pinch Hitter” course. This course teaches non-pilot right seaters how to land the airplane in case of your becoming incapacitated in flight.


A couple of weeks ago there was a news story about an eighty year old woman whose husband suffered a fatal heart attack while flying their light twin engine airplane. She had, many years earlier, taken flight instruction and may have even had a certificate. But, she was not current and had never flown a multi engine aircraft.


ATC alerted the destination airport and a flight instructor took off and provided coaching and encouragement to the “pinch hitter” in the right seat. She made three attempts at landing. On the third approach, one engine started to fail due as the fuel was near exhaustion. She landing successfully and received minor injuries as the gear collapsed on roll out.


Read on for more information

AOPA Keep ’em Flying Challenge

Looking for an excuse to go flying? Take up AOPA’s Keep ‘Em Flying Challenge, a new time-bound contest to get you in the air between April 1 and July 31.


Between April 1 and July 31, 2012, a pilot must, 

2.  Fly at least five hours; and

3.  Fly in an aircraft serving as pilot in command to five airports or destinations that are more than 50 nautical miles from the immediately preceding departure point.


After you register, your name will be entered for a drawing.  The grand prize winner will receive a cash award of $2,499. The second-place winner will receive $1,000, while the third-place winner will receive $500. Four fourth-place winners will receive $250 each.

Sign up

Princeton Airport’s Social Media


Princeton Airport’s Facebook page has just been updated and we’re beginning to use it more regularly. We would love for you to come to our Facebook Fan Page and give us a “Like.” You’ll get to see what’s going on at the airport thruough your newsfeed. So, come on over and give us a “Like.” Thanks..!!/PrincetonAirport      

Princeton Airport Flying TigersBagel and Coffee
sponsoring the
               Meet ‘N Greet
Saturday, May 5, 
 10:00 – noon
Coffee & Bagels

Join pilot, new and long time, as well as students to do some real hangar flying.  With coffee and bagels, the stories really are interesting.  Bring a friend and enjoy.

Preparation for Your First Solo
by Chief Pilot John Bastan


Since the discovery of flight, many people have sought after the rare sensation of freedom above ground. As a student pilot, you are guided to perform to specific standards set forth by your instructor and FAA regulations. Every student has the same initial goal in mind, the ability to fly solo.


The most popular question that arises regarding the first solo flight is “How many hours does it take to fly solo?” The answer to that is, it takes as long as it takes. Prior to your first solo, you will be required to have read Chapters 1-5 in the Jeppesen Textbook and complete the corresponding Stage Exam. Once complete, you will be issued a Pre-solo Exam booklet which is open book and completed at your own pace. The Pre-solo exam booklet will test your knowledge of the following: FAA regulations, the specific aircraft that you will solo, the airport and airport environment where the solo will take place, and all surrounding airspace. It is the responsibility of the instructor to review the exam booklet with you, once complete, and ensure that the questions are answered to 100%. Be sure to be able to locate each of your answers during the review. The instructor will then endorse your logbook per 61.87(b), stating that you have satisfactorily completed the exam.

Read on

Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol Comes to 39N

On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.  Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. 

For information:


The Somerset Senior Squadron of The New Jersey Wing appreciates and expresses our thanks to The Princeton Airport Ownership for allowing us to use their facilities to esta-blish a Unit here.


Our business and training meetings are scheduled for each Tuesday from 7 – to 9:00 pm in the Lounge upstairs.  We invite all who are interested to visit us at our Recruiting Meetings held in the Conference Room area on the First Tuesday of each Month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


For further information please contact Major Paul, CAP Squadron Commander (John) at 908 336-8016.


Attention Students & Airplane Renters – if you haven’t sign up to schedule online, we recommend that you do so immediately.  It’s very easy. 


For more information and Registration 

Ground Reference ManueversFAA SEMINAR
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

“Ground Reference Maneuvers”
CFI:  Deandre Robinson

The North Jersey Chapter of the Ninety-Nines

“Fly the Five” airport – in any order
$20 a hand – no limit
Saturday, May 5th (rain date May 6th)
MSV-Sullivan County Int’s; 44N-Sky Acres: 39N-Princeton:
N07-Lincoln Park; 1n7-Blairstown-Terminus
Stert 9:30am – End by 2:30
For information –

Welcome to Our Staff
Steve Resch, a senior in high school and a student with Raritan Valley Flying School, has join us as a lineman.  Welcome aboard.

News from the                  39N Logo

The scheduled April fly-in was cancelled but on Fri. 4/20/12 Ben & Paul put together an impromptu fly-in to KMGJ with 6 planes. Paft members welcome these spontaneous announcements. The May 20th fly-in will be to Chester Co., PA.

The PAFT dinner is Wed. May 9th in The Runway restaurant @ Trenton Airport- KTTN.

PAFT has a few new members who we would like to introduce to all. So we encourage existing members & those who just joined to sign up & attend the May 9th dinner.

Six PAFT members have signed up & are participating in the AOPA Keep em’ flying Challenge & we are looking for more members to participate.

PAFT would also like members to announce there participation in the May 5, NJ 99’s poker fly-in.
Please visit to sign up for club events & details.

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