Princeton Airport News- August 2015


The good flying weather has brought all sorts of good news to 39N.  There is so much more activity and flight students have seen significant progress, especially after the harsh winter months
After a long void in multi-engine training, we are pleased to announce that we now have a win on the flight line, for the add-on ratings, as well as MEI & ATP multi-engine.
Princeton Airport will be the site of Montgomery FunFest in September.  This will be a great event for the town and the airport.  (See below for attending and/or having a vendor table.)
Enjoy the flying weather and have a great summer.
The Montgomery Business Association is excited to invite you to join us for the first annual Montgomery FunFest being held at the Princeton Airport! On September 13, 2015 thousands of Montgomery & surrounding town residents will gather for a day of family, food, fun, and entertain-ment. Our goal is to create a town tradition that local residents would think not to miss; and the members of the local businesses, restaurants and community organizations are vital to the event’s success. We believe the participation of Montgomery school district bands, choirs, arts, clubs and sport organizations are integral to making Montgomery FunFest a dynamic event for the entire community.

FOR SALE – Just in!
1979 Piper Warrior
Mid-time engine
Great Airplane – more details to come.
Price: $39,900.Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-921-3100 609-731-4628


Want a multi-engine rating?  How about a MEI or a Multi-engine ATP?  We have just added a Seminole to our flight line, so whether you are pursuing a career in aviation, or just want to have an additional rating, we can now help you.

Hourly rate (wet)- $290.
Multi-engine ground instruction – $66/hour
Block time for 10 hours – $2750.

From the Right Seat by Peter Rafle, Assistant Chief Pilot

I recommend to all pilots and especially student pilots that they read the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM). You know, that fat book published each year and usually preceded by the Federal Aviation Regulations, so it is normally called the FAR/AIM. There is so much information in this tome that pilots should be aware of, and review regularly. I will discuss one of the more obscure, but important items that I, as a pilot of an old (1940) tail wheel airplane, find vital, especially when operating off of grass or unimproved runways.
How many of you have ever seen a “1/2” sign at an airport? The FAA has no standard for such a sign, and I have seen them only at unimproved (Unpaved or grass) airports. So, what does ½ mean? I all has to do with the airplane’s acceleration during the take-off roll. I hope each of you are intentionally aware of how the airplane is picking up speed during takeoff. Typically the airplane should have reached 70% of lift-off speed by the mid-point of the runway. The assumption is that the runway is appropriate for takeoff – runway condition, wind, slope, temperature. “If the airplane has NOT reached liftoff by the midpoint the takeoff should be aborted as it may not be possible to liftoff in the remaining runway.”
Organizing for this fall.
All students love the lessons in the air, however frequently the ground portion gets put on the back burner.  When we have sufficient number of students, we have an evening ground school class which meets once a week for about 13 weeks.  This will structure your book work and then, all you have to do is concentrate on the flying.  For more information, check at the front desk.

Memories of DIck Nierenberg
Naomi Nierenberg

In early ’70s when Dick Nierenberg ran the north side of 47N as Raritan Valley Air, Inc., someone got the bright idea of promoting flying with a booth at a recreational event.  It was to be held in the inside of the racetrack of Johnson Park along the river in Piscataway.  The event began at 4:00 pm on Friday and went through until Sunday, late afternoon.


How to get an airplane there without taking off the wings was the question?  With many hoops and hurdles, Dick got permission and was able to land a Cessna 150 on the roadway in front of the Microbiology Building in the Rutgers Stadium complex around 6:00 am.  From there he had a police escort through the stadium roads onto Metlars Lane and then left onto River Road to the park.


Raritan Valley Flying School

1st Solos:
Shivam Kashiwala/Kris Hendrickson, CFII
Man Hin “Gary Ng/Kris Hendrickson,CFII
Jack Heim/Kris Hendrickson, CFII
Pankai Mohan/Steve Hansell,CFII
Luis Morris/Jeff Slutsky, CFII
Sandeep Saksana, Jeff Slutsky, CFII

Instrument Pilot:  

Curt Cole/Peter Rafle CFII
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OFFICE in administration building available – $650./month. Utilities included.
(You can work and play at the same place.) Contact Ken:  609-731-4628.
Princeton Airport Opens Its Doors to the Public
Our summer tours will continue through the month of August, when we conduct free airport tours for the public to learn about general aviation.  We welcome people of all ages as they all enjoy watching, learning, and experiencing the everyday activities at the airport.  We welcome groups from local recreation programs, senior citizens, etc.  If you know people who would enjoy this, spread the word.  We have been conducting these tours for almost 40 years.
DATE:  Every Tuesday (weather permitting)
TIME:  10:30 AM

.Hi from Platinum Helicopters! We hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Our training room is finally done! We still have some final touches to make but we are excited to have a private area for our students to relax and study. We are happy to announce we will be adding another Robinson R22 to our fleet this month! Keep in mind Platinum Helicopters offers Initial and Add-on ratings. Have a great August and we hope to see you!
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg

Saturday, August 15, 2015
8:00 am – noon


Walk-ins ’til 11:30
Call 609-921-310 609-921-3100 for appointment.

1st, 2nd & 3rd Class medicals.


You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment.
No walk-in without a confirmation number.

Are you up to date with your radios to comply with FAR 91.13 & 91.11?
Contact Ken, who will get the advise of Jeff Vamos, our “avionics guy”.
Need to be upgraded – we can help you.

NEWS from the


July fly-in to Gettysburg, PA very well attended: five aircraft brought 11 people to this historic location. Check the photos at

We welcome new members.  Check website.


August 15th:  FAA Medical Doctor –
FREE Princeton Airport Tours – Tuesdays, 10:30am (weather permitting)
 7th – Labor Day
13th – Montgomery Fun Fest HERE at 39N

41 Airpark Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 921-3100

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