Princeton Airport News – October 2019


The weather has been a great gift for the flying public and student training.  Crisp cool evenings and warm, crystal clear blue skies – a pilot’s delight.  Hopefully you have been able to partake. . .

The Montgomery FunFest was a rousing success.  A spectacular day with throngs of people of all ages, from all over descended upon the airport for a day of fun, food and activities.  Princeton Flying School had a booth and we were visited by long time friends and people who were interested in learning to fly   The interest was strong and we look forward to welcoming them to our aviation community.

Once again, the Cannibeat First Class Fitment  has chosen to hold its car show here on October 5th.  Our operations will continue as normal, in between all of the cars.

          1957 T-28 return from a air show to the delight of attendees..
Montgomery FunFest 2019
The 5th Montgomery FunFest here at the airport was a great success with many people enjoying the whole scenario of Princeton Airport – some never having ventured into the airport, some who didn’t know we existed.  So it was a win-win for all.  In addition to all of the booths and activities, the air traffic was normal and exciting for the public.

Happy & Healthy Rosh Hashana to our Jewish friends
from Ernie Schirmer

Traveled to Oneonta and Binghamton last week and can confirm the colors are changing later than usual this year.
Interactive map of the USA
If you haven’t seen the change of seasons from the air, do so as it is a spectacular view.
Countdown 3 MONTHS left to FAA Deadline – 2020!!!

As this deadline approaches, be aware that effective January 1st, you will not be legal to fly without this equipment!

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.

As the deadline is approaching, schedule your installation soon, as we are starting to get backed up.                 
We have lots of used equipment available for installation.  See Ken.

First Class Fitment 2019 

Now in its 10th year First Class Fitment has become a fall tradition known for its unique venue, laid back environment, and variety of quality cars. With so many different events on the calendar each year catered to specific makes and models, First Class Fitment is one of the few events which brings together people from all walks of the automotive community. With more space, new vendors, and the same high quality of cars you have come to expect, the Canibeat team has worked hard to organize another great event for everyone at the Princeton Airport on October 5th, 2019. (Rain date – Sunday 10/6)
NOTE TO OUR CUSTOMERS: our operations will continue as normal.  Just tell them you fly with us and they will let you in.

1977 Piper Arrow 

8500TT 1875 since factory reman and prop
Dual King KX 155 nav-coms
Garmin Trans
Fresh Annual
Complete Logs
Asking $37,900
Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details
Our continued conversation with John “Skip” Rawson is up and running.  Skip’s many years in general and military aviation are discussed with humor and vast knowledge which Skip shares with Pete Rafle.
Listen to the Princeton Flying School Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, “and wherever you listen to podcasts”. You can also listen on our website through the links below…

Pete Rafle & Skip Rawson (Part 2) – Podcast #7
Pete Rafle & Jeff Sutsky – Podcast #6
Pete Rafle & Skip Rawson (Part 1) – Podcast #5
Pete Rafle & Naomi Nierenberg – Podcast #4
Pete Rafle & Jon Nierenberg – Podcast #3 
Pete Rafle (Part 2) – Podcast #2
Pete Rafle (Part 1) – Podcast #1

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Noskobronze-medicine-symbol.jpg
October 19th, 2019
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.
From The Right Seat
Peter Rafle, Chief Pilot Emiteritus
The other day, I was thinking of the many different aircraft I have flown in my flying career. It
prompted me to think of what airplanes, if I had the opportunity, would I jump at to fly. I am sure that each of you, too, have a secret, or not so secret, wish list of airplanes you would want to fly.   I have been lucky to have flown a P-51, T-6, T-28 B and C, so here is, in no particular order, my airplane bucket list
1. Douglas A-1 (AD) Skyraider    I first saw an AD in Corpus Christi NAS in 1964. I was there for Multi-Engine flight training. One day a notice was posted looking for student aviator volunteers to train on the AD. They only took unmarried officers into the program, so I missed out, but I am very thankful for the extra years I have had. Sadly, many in that class were lost while providing close support to ground troops in Viet Nam.

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September 2019 Achievements
Sandro Larocca/CFI Elijah Johnson
Thiago Andrade/CFI Sal Parsi.
Multi-Engine Commercial:
Francis Adriaens/MEI Jeff Slutsky.

NEWS from the
Although there weren’t many people able to attend our September Dinner Meeting, those that did, had a great time reminiscing and hangar talking.  Our next meeting will be in November, so try to make it and meet other pilots.
PAFT Mini-FlyIns:
Thanks to Ben Gadzowicz, a loosely group of pilots fly when the weather cooperates.  This is open to anyone -(Check PAFT website) for its operations.
Year to Date Stats:
14 Airport visited; 64 trips; 164 planes participated; 2.6 planes/trip; 224 Pilots & crew; 21741 Plane miles flown; 222 total hours flown; 2881 fuel consumed.
So if this looks interesting, join in the fun.
Call Ken – 609-731-4628.
October,  2019
   8th:  Yom Kippur begins at                   sundown.
 14th:  Columbus Day
19th:  FAA Medical Doctor
8:00 – noon
31st:  Halloween
Trick or Treat
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