October 2022 Newsletter

The fall is officially upon us here at the Princeton Airport. With the newest season comes a handful of new pilots that have recently earned their license this month! We are excited to announce that our self serve fuel is back up and running, and the price for fuel has come down a bit this month as well.

As winter is coming soon, be sure you prepare appropriately. Starting airplanes when they are cold can be different, be sure to be sensitive to this. As the season changes, the leaves change as well! Check out the beautiful fall foliage from above. And if you do happen to be a bit cooler in this new season, there are sweatshirts available with the Princeton Airport Logo and runway on the back. 

Read on to see what the latest is at 39N!

Self Serve is Officially Up and Working!

After a few long weeks without it, we are happy to share the news that the self serve fuel is working! Open 24/7, all you need is a credit card. The system is easy to use and ready for you to get some fuel.

Welcome our Newest Members to 39N

Michael Colley is a Certified Flight Instructor - with Instrument Certification. Michael first arrived at Princeton Airport at the age of 13, and now after 12 years, Michael has returned to teach. Michael has a degree in Information Technology and Informatics from Rutgers University, as well as continuing his passion for aviation education.

Piper Ford is one of our newest Flight Coordinators. Piper is fascinated by aviation, she has experience in a helicopter. Fun fact she has soloed in a helicopter. Piper is currently serving in the National Guard.

Clay Kubik is another one of our newest Flight Coordinators. He is excited for his new position and has just begun his training towards his Private Pilots License. Clay has many hobbies including hiking, mountain biking, driving his classic mini, and exploring new places. 

New Planes for Sale!
Contact Ken or Jack for details.
Attention Pilots: CX-3 Buy Back Program

Attention New Pilots... We will Buy Back your CX-3 Flight Computer for $50. See any Flight Coordinator for details. Return your CX-3 and get $50 Credit to use at the airport!

Piper Arrow Partnership Available 

Contact Bob Harris at 732-586-7952 or email at [email protected]  

Hangers for Rent

As the seasons are changing, there may be some hanger availability. Contact Ken or Jack to be put on a list and see what is available for your plane


with CFI Wesley Chin

Wednesday, October 19th @ 7 pm

Subject: TBD

This month, we have yet to determine the subject of the webinar. We are always open to ideas. Stay tuned to see what the next subject will be.

Please email us at [email protected] to be added the email list for this next zoom webinar. 

In the meantime, check out all of the previous Webinars on our website:


You can fly in ALL kinds of weather... thanks to our fully certified Garmin Flight Simulator 

Windy weather keeping you on the ground? Interested in starting or staying current in your instrument rating? Come check out our fully certified Garmin Flight Simulator! 

You can log 2.5 hours towards your Private Pilot's license and 10 hours for your Instrument rating.

Princeton Flying School

Milestones during September, 2022

Private Pilot License:

David Bershadsky/ CFI Nate Kijpatnslapi

David Morgan/ CFI Wesley Chi

Michael Porta/ CFI Wesley Chin

Ning Yang/ CFI Wesley Chin

AG Singh/ CFII Steve Hansell

Student Solo:

Yogi Mehta/ CFII Cameron Wagner

FAA Medical Doctor Michael Nosko will be here

Wednesday, October 12th & 26th, Saturday October 8th & 29th

8:00 am - noon

*No walk ins*

For appointments: 609-921-3100

 Schedule: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Class medicals.   



You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment. 

October 2022 Calendar of Events:

8th: Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon

12th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon & PAFT Zoom Meeting

19th: Zoom Webinar with CFI Wesley Chin

22nd: First Day of Fall

26th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon

29th: FAA Medical Doctor 8:00 am-noon

31st: Happy Halloween

From the Right Seat

By Pete Rafle ATP CFII

I have been collecting aviation related items for many years. I have a large “accumulation” of Pan American Airlines related ephemera – postcards, early flight covers(letters), postage stamps, and promotional items handed out by the airline. Of course, I also have a similar collection of Trans World Airlines material since I worked for them as well.

I also occasionally see items that are specifically U.S. Naval Aviation related, which I add to my

collection. My Naval material also includes postcards of airplanes I have flown, or wished I had, a

coaster or two from BOQ bars or other bars in Honolulu of other favorite spots, and anything else I like.

I am sharing one of these items because it illustrates why I am drawn to these pieces of personal

history. First, as you can see in photo #1, this is a 100 Yen note from the mid-1960s. The US- Yen

exchange was 360Yen to 1 US Dollar. It was worth about $.28. On the reverse, photo #2, has two

signatures; I am assuming Bill Dent was a patrol plane crew member, and CDR. Stanley J. Kaleul was the aircraft commander. The type of patrol airplane could have been a P3 Orion or, most likely, a P2


Around the border of the bill are most of the Naval Air Stations that a Patrol Squadron deployed to

the West Pac (Western Pacific) would have flown into during a deployment. The one odd ball station

listed, Willow Grove, is a mystery. The rest can be read in order of the stops of a long cross-country

series of flights. Starting at Alameda, CA, across the bay from San Francisco to Barbers Point. HI, just

west of Honolulu. Next, on to Wake Island. Missing is the stop at Midway Island. Guam is shown which

would have followed Midway before flying to Atsugi, Japan which is near Tokyo. Iwakuni MCAS is near

Hiroshima, Japan. They probably visited Honolulu and Waikiki on the return trip home.

I suspect that this was a Naval Reserve crew that were lucky to have some mission to accomplish,

which originated at Willow Grove, PA, and were able to tour Japan and the Pacific Ocean. I think they

had a great time and created this momento to commemorate the trip.

I deployed twice to West Pac during the Viet Nam conflict, and we flew our airplanes to and from San

Francisco to Okinawa. When I first saw this, I thought, they should have used, at least, a Thousand Yen


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PS - Naomi was Pete's guest on episode 4 of the Princeton Flying School Podcast. They had a great conversation on the history of the airport and the flying school.

Listen Here:


News from the Princeton Airport's Flying Tigers

Don Denny, President

Next PAFT Meeting Wednesday, October 12th @ 6:30 pm

The next speaker for PAFT will be Paul Derek’s, of AOPA, speaking on accident analysis and preflight planning. Paul is a senior Director with the air safety institute of AOPA. The meeting will be on October 12, via Zoom, with the meeting starting at 6:30 PM, and our speaker starting at 7 PM. If you are not already on the PAFT email list, and would like to participate on the zoom meeting, please email Don Denny at [email protected]

 Email Don Denny if you are not already on the PAFT mailing list and would like to be. The PAFT membership application form can be found at paft-nj.org

Fly safe,

Don Denny

[email protected]

PAFT President 


Princeton Airport’s Flying Tigers Mini-Fly-Ins 

Ben Gazdowicz


Are you looking for places to fly? Do you want to fly with other pilots? 

Fall is a great time to fly, come join the Princeton Flying Tigers!  Contact me, Ben, to join PAFT flights on group.me

Check out Garmin for that long awaited upgrade.

Click here for ideas.

See Ken - 609-731-4628

Princeton Flying School Podcast ~ New Episodes Coming Soon!

The Princeton Flying School Podcasts are recorded at the Princeton Airport and are produced by HG Media. You can hear our podcast on our PFS website as well as on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcast

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