Princeton Airport (New Jersey)

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Princeton Airport
Princeton Airport.jpg
Airport type Public use
Owner Princeton Aero Corp., Phil Cortese
Serves Princeton, New Jersey
Location Montgomery Township, New Jersey
Elevation AMSL 128 ft / 39 m
Coordinates 40°23′57″N 074°39′32″W / 40.39917°N 74.65889°W / 40.39917; -74.65889
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 3,500 1,067 Asphalt
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations 56,958
Based aircraft 146
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Princeton Airport (IATA: PCTFAA LID: 39N) is a public-use airport located in Montgomery Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, three miles (5 km) north of the central business district of Princeton and just west of Rocky Hill. The airport is privately owned by Princeton Aero Corp.[1] The airport also houses the Raritan Valley Flying School, Princeton Pilot Shop, Pacific Aircraft, Analar Helicopter Charter, Air Transport Charter, and Nassau Helicopters.


The airport was established by Richard A. Newhouse (original spelling Neuhaus). Among his other aviation-related projects, in 1911 he built a plane of his own design, featuring separate floating ailerons — a major innovation, as the planes of that time used wing warping for roll control.[2]

On March 29, 1985, the airport was purchased by Princeton Aero Corp. Principals of the company are members of the Nierenberg family, previously the fixed base operator at Kupper Airport for eighteen years.[2]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Princeton Airport covers an area of 104 acres (42 ha) which contains one paved runway (10/28) measuring 3,500 x 75 ft (1,067 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending January 2, 2005, the airport had 56,958 aircraft operations, an average of 156 per day: 89% general aviation and 11% air taxi. There are 148 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single engine, 11% multi-engine and 7% helicopters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for 39N (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-06-05
  2. ^ a b "Early history of Princeton Airport". Retrieved 2005-12-23. 

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