Princeton Airport News – December 2015

Although the weather sure doesn’t feel like the winter holiday season, December is upon us with all of the wonderful excitement and all of the hub-bub.  Take some personal time to fly and get above it all.

     As 2015 comes to a close, it has been a complicated year at 39N.  We all miss Dick Nierenberg, who was the moving force to keep general aviation alive and well.  And he did just that.  And he has past that tradition to his family, and Ken has carried on serving you, our friends and customers, with quality service.

     Last year at this time, we were vehemently complaining month after month about the weather, so we have so much to be grateful for, we surely deserved the wonderful flying weather all of us have enjoyed.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS & and the best for 2016.

The Nierenbergs

Our man up front, Steve Nierenberg, is back,
a few pounds lighter.
We missed your smiling face and assistance.
Stay well!!!
Help & Contribute!
     One of the best events at 39N is our Santa Fly-In. This will be the 40th year that we have sponsored this happening. (At 47N prior to Princeton).
On Thursday, December 24th at 11:00 a.m. Santa (a.k.a Airport Manager, Ken Nierenberg) will fly into the airport with gifts for area children. To participate you must bring a wrapped gift for you child or children with the name in large print. (Gifts should not exceed 12 inches. If you have more than one gift, tie them together so Santa can give them together.)
You must also bring an equal number of unwrapped gifts for NEEDY children. In the lobby there will be two chimneys to receive the respective gifts.  The gifts for the needy will go to Mercer County Board of Social Services for distribution in time for Christmas.  (We’re their largest donor, so please help.)  Get your gifts in early, as Santa dispenses them in the order we receive them. (Collection starts Nov. 27th.)
So, 39N patrons – how can you help? Santa needs lots of elves to make sure that everything goes smoothly and safely. We get hundreds of kids and their respective families, so it’s a very large crowd.
We’ll need people inside and outside while everyone arrives. We give out cocoa and cookies while Pat McKinley entertains the children with holiday songs. Chris Maslanka provides music and the sound system.
Once Santa arrives by plane, we have to make sure there is smooth path for him into the hangar.
Call of signup at the front desk. We set up at 9:30 am. Thanks.


FOR SALE – Perfect for you!
The Best Arrow on the market today.
1974 3300TT
Recent paint and interior
3 Blade prop
Garmin 530W
S-tec 30 AP with Altitude hold
New Metal Panel
Dual Aspen PRD and MFD.
Garmin 350 Audio Panel
Fuel Flow, and more.
See Ken. Picture on right is a likeness.  See web for update soon.
From the Right Seat
Peter Rafle, Assistant Chief Pilot


I decided to look into the controversy involving drones and UAVs, and the impact on general aviation. There are also questions about who is operating these machines, qualifications, and insurance. There are many questions, but the answers are starting to take shape.
It is important to look at UAVs as being used by different groups. First, the U.S. military are flying the “real” drones. The rules of operation are well defined for military operators, and the possibility of conflict with general aviation aircraft is very low.

The second group is what I call the “Sharper Image” crowd. These are people with little knowledge of aviation, airplanes, FARs, or airspace. The buy the small drone, take it out of the box and start buzzing it around the neighborhood. This group includes amateurs who use the machine to take photos while sightseeing, annoying other tourists. It is estimated that close to I,000,000 of these small drones will be sold during the Christmas season in 2015. This group should not be confused with model airplane enthusiasts which have a long history of informed and safe model flying.


Student Solo: 
Joshua Shalikar /CFII Jeff Slutsky
Private Pilot:
Kerry Scott/CFII Kris Hendrickson.
Multi-Engine Instructor:  Eugene Harris/MEI Jeff Slutsky
Air Transport Pilot: Ben Shamy/CFII Jeff Slutsky
 Well Done!
Welcome to 39N – JORGE FRATICELLI and his Cirrus SR-22

Memories of DIck Nierenberg
Holiday time will be different without Dick sitting in his office, holding court, and making sure that you don’t leave without a flashlight, pen knife, calendar, pen, cookies, or something that had his trademark.  And of course, his lecture to Ken to fly safely when he’s comes into 39N as Santa.

There are still many people who have not recovered from the recession, and they are working hard to get food on the table for their families.  Please help
by donating cans, boxes, jars..
DONATE TO THE NEEDY in the lobby.
     Platinum Helicopters would like to thank everyone who came to our Open House 1 year celebration. It was a great day and a lot of fun for us all.
     Keep your aviation enthusiast happy this Christmas with one of our DEMO flights! Checkout our website for gift certificate details:
     We have had some great days of flying in November and it looks like we will still have some more good weather days in December. We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a safe Holiday
Need to buy a gift for the special person – something he/she will remember long after the holidays?  A gift of “flying” – Introductory Flying Lessons; Gift certificates for fuel; training; Avionics (Ken has all sorts of ideas to help that favorite person upgrade his avionics), and more. Just stop by – we’ll help you.

NEWS from the
The weather was fair, the food great, the friendship shared. In otherwords, PAFT’s last fly-in of 2015 to Sky Manor was a great success!
The first dinner meeting of 2016 will take place on Wednesday, January 13 at Cafe Graziella in Hillsborough.
Make your New Year’s resolution to join other pilots and join PAFT. Guests are always welcome at PAFT meetings and events.
Go to for more info.



F.Y.I.  Attention aircraft owners – although we have had wonderful weather, typically  Snowflakesnow will be coming soon.       Snow Policy:  Please call ahead of time to clean in front of your tie-down/hangar.  Advise the counter person that you would like this done.
     Please make sure you are going to go flying before the request.  Renters remember weput our aircraft into hangar during snow storms.  The  best flying is in the winter so don’tlet a little snow slow you down – don’t hibernate.
Avionics:  Yes ADSB is getting closer please contact Ken at 609-731-4628 with your upgrades.

WHEREAS, The strength and vitality of any community depend upon the egagee, public spiritedness, enrgy andgernerosiy of ite people; and
WHEREAS,The people who comprise the Montgomery Business Association and the Economic Development Commission epitomize a volunteer spirit and commitment is truly remarkable and admirable, resulting in extraordinary benefits to our community; and
WHEREAS, On September 12 2015, the first Montgomery FunFest was held at Princeton Airport attended by approximately 6,000 people, including vendors and businesses promoting their services; and….
BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED That the Township Committee congratulates and commends the Montgomery Business Association and Economic Development Commission on a job well done and is genuinely appreciative to the Nierenberg Family for the hospitality to all who visited their facility for the First Annual Montgomery FunFest.
NOTE:  This resolution was signed by the mayor and committee members of Montgomery Township.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – December, 2015
  6th:   Chanukah begins at sundown.
13th:   PAFT dinner meeting.
16th:   Last day to bring gifts for Santa & the needy.
19th:   FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 – noon
22nd:  Winter begins

24th:   Santa Flies into 39N at 11:00 am.

           Christmas Eve
25th:  Merry Christmas
26th:  Happy Kwanzaa
31th:  New Year’s Eve
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg

Saturday, December 19th, 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.

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

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