Princeton Airport News – June 2017

We pilots and aviation enthusiast are a very tough breed.  Despite all of the roadblocks (or sky blocks) put in our way, we endure, be it the weather, TFRs, stricter regulations, etc.  Nothing can stop us from enjoying a flight on a beautiful day.  We hope now that summer is around the corner and the days are longer, you will take off and enjoy the flight. Safe flights.

And for those of you who haven’t flown in a long time, you’re pilot’s license is still valid – all you need is some brushing up.  Read below to find out how easy it is to get you back into the air.AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS COMING

Every time you purchase aviation fuel, included in the taxes is a New Jersey fuel tax that is supposed to help maintain New Jersey airports’ infrastructure.  This year Princeton Airport will be the recipient of $550,00 for runway maintenance by filling the cracks. It seems like yesterday that we had the grand opening of the runway. For the most part flying will not be interrupted.  Perhaps a day or two of closures.  You will receive notice.Once a Pilot, Always a Pilot!!!
There are about a 1/2 million, yes, 500,000+ pilots that haven’t flown in a while. Whether it was the recession, kids in college, divorce, medical issues, and many other reasons, Princeton Airport is acutely aware of this as we haven’t seen many of you in a while. There is good news to make your transition back into flying easier.
1st:  Mark your calendar – June 17th!!!

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        AOPA  will be conducting a “Rusty Pilot” session here at Princeton Airport.
        June 17th, 9:00 – noon.
2nd:  Attend this seminar. 
         Cost: Free to AOPA
Non-AOPA members – $69 which makes you a member with all of its benefits.
3rd:  Princeton Flying School (formerly Raritan Valley Flying School) has a special offer:
Pre-pay for 3 hrs. of dual in your choice of aircraft and receive a credit of the $69,
whether your a AOPA  member or not.
4th:  Dr. Mike Nosko, FAA Medical Examiner comes to 39N once a month.
Mike will be available for exams on June 17th.  So get your exam the same day!!!
(See medical information box lower in the newsletter.)
Last month’s seminar to introduce the non-flying partners to the basics of aviation was a well attended and very well received. Chief pilot, Jeff Slutsky and the staff did a great job explaining some of the fundamentals of flying as well as answering questions of the 17 attendees.  Many thanks.
We’re working on the next seminar as a follow up to the one last month.
Please read the letter we received from Flight Coordinator Alexi Derkatsch, who is close to finally earning his wings.  Alexi will be off to Cal Tech. this fall.

1st Solo:
Steve Eleftheriou/MEI Jeff Slutsky 05/16/2017
Private Pilots:
Daniel Campo/CFI Brandon Broadway
Charlie Burns/MEI Jeff Slutsky
Arun Ayyagari/CFI Brandon Broadway
Special congratulations to Steve Eleftheriou for scoring 100% on the Private Pilot Knowledge test.

Private Pilot Rotorcraft:
Gabriel Hernandez
Fredy Irizarry
Commercial Flight Instrument Instructor: Dalton O’Rourke
     Platinum Helicopters offers private parties and group learn to fly demo events either at our location or an airport near you.  Just last week we hosted a private event for the top 25 clients of a Corporation at our office and hangar.  The event planners brought in their preferred caterers and a DJ and we offered 25 thirty minute demo flights in our Robinson R22’s and R44’s and then took 5 trips to NYC for skyline tours in the twin-engine Agusta 109.  For more information, call 609-937-8787.
     Father’s Day is also this month, there is nothing more exciting than the gift of flight for your thrill seeking father or grandfather, and graduate!  We offer same day scheduling and gift certificates.
Route 518 Bridge between Franklin Township and Rocky Hill is complete and open.
14th:  Flag Day
17th:  FAA Medical Examiner 8:00 – noon.
AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar 9:00 – noon
18th:  Father’s Day
21st:  1st day of summer
IN YOUR FAMILYGift suggestions:  Gift certificates for flying lessons, pilot supplies,
avionics, fuel, and anything that pleases your special pilot.  Our staff is available for ideas that will please the recipients.

NEWS from the
PAFT wrapped up its spring meeting schedule with dinner at Ya Ya Noodle on May 10th.
After the summer break, we’ll kick off the fall season with a dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 13th; details will be posted soon.
Mentioning September this early in the year may seem like rushing things, but PAFT members will take full advantage of the summer to add new destinations and return to old favorites.  Guests are always welcome at PAFT events and dinners.
For more information, visit

Welcome CFII Craig Lupa, who was with us previously, will be helping us during the busy summer months.  Additionally, welcome CFII Eugene Harris, who recently got his multi-engine instructor here at 39N. Eugene will be a part-time instructor.
From the Right Seat
Peter Rafle, Assistant Chief Pilot
One of the most hazardous places in aviation is the landing pattern of a non-towered airport.   As the traffic increases during the day, consider the many factors that could lead to an accident or incident.   Pilot skills can vary widely.  Student pilots attempting to balance flying the airplane and listening to instructors.  Airplanes of different types and speeds, some with low wings, others with high wings that provide different traffic viewing challenges.  Aircraft spacing in the pattern can be difficult to maintain as fast arriving aircraft try to slow down, scan for other airplanes that may, or may not have made a timely position radio calls. Add to all this, the presence of an antique or older tailwheel airplane WITHOUT a radio! I think you get the picture.


It is only June, but May has already given us a few days of the taste of summer weather.  If the hot days of summer give you cause to fly, consider the air-conditioning options available at 39N.  We have Arctic Cooler portable air-conditioning available for rent.  They will give you 2 hours or so of operation (if you bring your own cooler of ice, you can extend that), and they will help to take the edge off the hot days of summer.   We have 2 units and they may be reserved for your flight.
Otherwise you can always get checked out in (or get your rating in) our DA-42 Twinstar, that has recently gotten an upgrade to built-in air-conditioning that can be used throughout your flight. Checkout required for rental.   Contact one of our flight coordinators for more details on either of these “cool” options.
The FAA has continued its updating of the PTS (Practical Test Standards), and they have issued revisions as well as a new ACS (Airman Certification Standards).  As you may know the ACS replaces the old PTS standards.  The private pilot and instrument pilot ACS have been updated, and will be effective June 15.   Also, the FAA has released the new commercial pilot ACS.   If you are thinking about finally getting your commercial certificate, stop by and talk to one of our instructors.
FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
8:00 am – noon

Walk-ins ’til 11:30
For appointments:  609-921-3100



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.
ADSB-Installations – FAA Deadlin 01-01-2020
Time flies when your having fun.  Enjoy your ADSB sooner than later.  Eventually you will have to comply, so why not utilize this avionics now.
ADSB – Installed.  Starting $2995 + up.
Speak with Ken or Jeff – there are all sorts of specials.

Garmin G5 – Electronic Attitude Indicator
Starting at $2149. plus installation.
Call Ken or Jeff for information.

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

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