Cindy’s Northwest Flying Adventure

What’s a summer without a big 99s cross country? Usually a few of us soar aloft to small town America for the 4th of July. But July came and went without any flying fireworks. So when Beth and Rich Behrens decided to return to their stomping grounds in north eastern Washington I couldn’t resist the invite.  For more of Cindy’s story click here.

Oakland Airport (Museum) Event: Open Cockpit Day September 18 (IFFR and Marin 99s)

For our next event, we are going to join in on the Open Cockpit Day with IFFR at Oakland Aviation Museum.  

Date/Time: Sunday, September 18 from 10:00am – 4:00 pm


10:00 am – 11:30 am—enjoy the Museum

11:30 am: IFFR Lunch: in a conference room set aside for us (Food Vendors on site).

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Open Cockpit Day. Enjoy the Museum, sit in the cockpit of a range of planes, including a Korean War MIG-15. Either fly or drive in. Please let me know who can make it. Should be tons of fun and is SO close to home. Don’t miss it.  

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99s – East Coast meets West Coast

Last Monday, I had the pleasure of taking Margot Cheel, past President of the New England Chapter of the 99s, flying from Gnoss Field. Margot and I met at the 99s International Conference in Ottawa, Canada earlier this month. While she was visiting her daughter in San Rafael last week, she could not turn down my offer to go for a Bay Tour in my Cherokee.  

Private Pilot Ground School

History of the Powder Puff Derby

Sue Royce gave a presentation on the history of the Powder Puff Derbyyesterday at the EAA monthly meeting. She started with the very first race in 1929 from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, Ohio and ended with her experience flying the last Powder Puff Derby in 1976 with her mother. The race in 1976 was from Sacramento, CA to Wilmington, Delaware.  

In photo, Sue Royce with Madeline Eger and Ken Mercer, President of the EAA. Madeline, age 16, is a junior at Connections Academy. Upon graduating, Madeline is already planning on joining the United States Air Force to become a pilot.

2016 Ninety-Nines International Conference – Ottawa, Canada

Sue Royce, Cindy Pickett and Leanne Anderson were in attendance to represent our Marin Chapter of the 99s last week in Ottawa, Canada. Incredible meeting so many women in aviation all sharing our common mission: to promote the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support . . . and also sharing our love of flying!!

Cindy Pickett and Sue Royce with Amelia Earhart model.

Leanne Anderson, Martha Phillips, President of 99s International and Sue Royce at a Leadership session.

Cindy Pickett and Sue Royce out for a bike ride along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.

Cindy Pickett with pilots Lynn Meadows and Pat Chan to see light show at the parliament building.

Auburn Fly-in a success!

Thanks to all for making last Saturday’s fly-in to Auburn so much fun. We had a lot of pilot power and representatives within our group (Marin 99s, GFCA (Gnoss Field Community Assn.), EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assn.) , COPA (Cirrus Owners Pilot Assn.), IFFR (International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians) and the Marin County Aviation Commission. But doing a fly-in, sharing stories and enjoying the camaraderie that we have between each other is what makes flying so much fun. Well, the lunch at Wings Grill was pretty good, too!! 

Rick Beach, Dan Bedford, Val Westen, Sue Royce, Tim Puliz, George Chaffey, Linda Jenkins, Karen Kalua and Ken Mercer.