We quickly went from a hot, wet summer to a brisk autumn. As we embark upon November, we are continuing our traditional preparations for our Annual Santa Fly-In on Christmas Eve Day. We remind you about this now as we start collecting for this event on Black Friday.
Construction inside to Administration Building is complete so come and enjoy the new Pilots’ Lounge.
We have to mention to new attraction on the ramp – a vintage DC-3, which towers over all of the other aircraft.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING – EAT THE BIRD!!!
AIRPLANE FOR SALE
1976 BEECH C24R SIERRA
5000 Total Time
250 Since new 3 Blade Prop
PS Engineering Audio Panel
Garmin 327 Trans
GDL 88 ADSB
Century 3 auto-pilot
NSD 360 HSI
Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details
ANNUAL SANTA FLY-IN
Help & Contribute!
For the 43rd year we are sponsoring our annual Santa Fly-In. If you have been here a while, you know what a great event this is. If you’re new – don’t miss it. We started it when we were at Kupper Airport (47N), and we continued and expanded the event when we came to 39N.
PRINCETON FLYING SCHOOL
Congratulations, Salman “Sal” Parsi, with whom we have had a long time relationship. Sal is joining our staff as a part-time flight instructor.
Boyang Yu/CFII Steve Hansell
Ohad Benjamini/CFII Jeff Slutsky
Johannes Haushofer/CFIIJeff Slutsky
From the Right Seat – Instructor Emeritus Peter Rafle
A belated BOO! Halloween was yesterday and I thought for this month I would pick a subject fittingly ghoulish.
How many of you have launched on a mission to spread the ashes of a poor departed soul? So, how do you do it? Who is going to teach you the proper technique so you don’t fill the cabin with ash, or strip the paint off the tail from the abrasive bits of bone? Never thought about that did you?
Several years ago, I was a part time instructor at 39N arriving in the morning with only a couple of flights on the schedule. Dick Nierenberg spotted me and called me into his office. He said that since I did not have a student for a couple of hours he had a job for me. “Have you ever spread ashes from an airplane?” he asked. I replied I had not, but I was sure that I could do it. Dick said, “No, you cannot do it until I teach you how. If you screw up, the ashes will either be sucked back into the cockpit, or they could be blown back and remove paint from the tail like it was sand blasted!” He explained that the undertaker and the family would be at the airport shortly and will watch as I depart for the “drop zone.” He stressed that this is a solemn job and we need to respect the emotions of the family. I imagined black clothed mourners standing on the ramp, weeping, as I slowly taxied past them.
|EASTERN STANDARD TIME RETURNS
SOMETHING VERY BIG ON RAMP
Welcome to 39N, this DC-3 which has dwarfed the other aircraft on the ramp. Owned by our long time friend, Marty Balk, it was flown into Princeton a couple of days ago from South Africa, where it was refurbished and made airworthy to fly to the US. More information about the adventure to follow.
INITIAL RELEASE FROM SPRINGBOK CLASSIC AIR
Douglas DC-3 ZS CAI of Springbok Classic Air departed Rand Airport (FAGM) yesterday on a flight to the United States of America (KBGR) near New York, a 5326 NMS (9800 KM) journey!! In command of the enormous task is Capt. Piet Nieuwenhuizen. Assisting him, on the flight deck is Capt. Brandi Branders and with the maintenance support Flight Engineer Officer Theo Munroe!! Between the three of them they have more than 10,000 flight hours on DC-3 making them, most likely, the most experienced Current crew on DC-3’s in the world today!!!
They flew via Polokwane, to clear immigration and customs and then onto Ondangwa yesterday where they have arrived safely after approximately 7 hours and 20 minutes of flight time for the day!!
The aircraft performed well!! This morning they are departing for Luanda, a 4 hour and 15 minute flight!
on the flight with Piet and his crew is the new owner Mr. Martin Balk from New Jersey and his friend, Bob Hewing!!
We wish them all a safe and enjoyable adventure!!!
AVIONICS NEWS –
Countdown 14 MONTHS left to FAA Deadline
ADBS Solution is in stock. Install the New GDL 82 which complies with the 2020 FAA Mandate for ADSB out for prices starting at $2495 installed. See or talk to Ken
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GARMIN
New ADSB coming out soon. Starting at $2900 installed.
It has many new features included.
CHECK WITH KEN FOR ALTERNATIVES, INCLUDING
PLANES WITHOUT WAAS.
We have lots of used equipment available for installation. See Ken.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
4th: Eastern Standard Time Returns
Fall behind (clocks go back)
6th: VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
14th: Princeton Airport Flying Tigers’ Dinner Meeting
11th: Veterans Day
22nd: Thanksgiving Day
23rd: 1st day to bring gifts for Santa Fly-In
NEWS from the
PRINCETON AIRPORT FLYING TIGERS
Come enjoy the fall colors with PAFT Mini-Fly Ins. We fly throughout the week or selected weekends. Contact Ben Gadzowicz, (email@example.com) for instructions to be added to the list.
Mini-Fly Ins October: 9 trips; 8 different airports; 22 planes; 25 pilots and crew; 2904 plane miles; 29.8 hours; and 387.4 gal of fuel. Come join the fun.
Our next dinner meeting will be held on Wednesday November 14th at Ricky’s Thai located at 1378 Rt 206 Suite 13 Skillman, NJ 08558. We begin from 6-7:00 pm for cocktail hour and then the dinner meeting begins at 7:00-9:00.
Guests are always welcome at PAFT events and dinners. For more information, visit www.paft-nj.org
|FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko
Date To be determined:
8:00 am – noon
Walk-ins ’til 11:30
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.
As you probably are aware, the pilot shortage of the airlines filters down to the local level through the flight schools, charters, etc. At the same time there is more interest in becoming a professional pilot, which we all know is costly. Pilot Finance, Inc, does provide financing for flight training. For information contact pilotfinance.com .
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