Marin 99s offers $500 “Wing Up” Check Ride Scholarship:

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide funding for the initial(private) or next level (instrument, commercial, etc.) check ride to support the dreams of women embracing aviation either as a personal passion or as a career.
Application criteria includes: residency within 100 miles of Marin County Airport and the applicant must be eligible for the rating being applied for (ie: number of hours required) and have completed the written requirements for the rating.

Due May 31st. Scholarship award dependent on funds available. Check ride may be within the next year. Please send a description of your flying history, and intentions of flying in the future.

Send applications to Cindy Pickett:

Private Pilot Ground School Class

Ninety-Nines International Conference, San Antonio, TX

Cindy Pickett and Sue Royce represented our Marin 99s Chapter at theNinety-Nines International Conference. In between seminars and break-out sessions, we were able to do a little site seeing, which of course included visiting the Alamo and Riverwalk area. The food in San Antonio was wonderful!! 

Air Race Classic 2017 – What a Blast!

Sue Royce, Gretchen Kah and Lisa Johnson all were part of the (Classic Racer #1) team this year to make the ARC possible and an amazing adventure. Gretchen and Sue departed Gnoss Field on June 11 at 7:30 a.m. and landed at Frederick, MD on June 15 at 2:30 p.m. 22 hours and you do not want to know how much gas!!Argg. But worth every penny!! Air Race Classic, Racer #1: Lisa and Sue departed on June 20 from Frederick, MD and landed at Santa Fe, NM on June 23. It was an incredible experience!! What we learned in navigation, weather and the Cherokee 180 was endless. There was great camaraderie between the over 100 women pilots participating in the race. The entire trip was a total of 5,530 miles and 57.5 hours on my Cherokee 180. She flew like a champ!! The fly-bys at the various timing points were full throttle and 200 ft. over the runways. I have to admit that was quite a thrill and slightly addictive. Cannot wait to do it again!!


Southwest Regional Meeting 

Representing the Marin 99s at the recent Spring Southwest Section Meeting at Oakland on April 27 – 30 were Val Westen and Sue Royce. The Bay Cities Chapter did a stellar job organizing the event, which included several days of seminars, tours, cocktail parties and capped off with a lovely/lively banquet. In photos, Sue with the Professional Pilot Panel. Also, Sue with Emily Stednitz, our recent check ride scholarship recipient and Kath Holcombe, Treasurer of the Bay Cities 99s.  

Lunch at Finnigan’s

Marin 99’s at Finnigan’s (Pictured here: Dan Bedford, Val Westen, Meaghan Bertram, Lisa Johnson, Sue Royce, Karen Kalua, Rhonda Nilsson and Rick Beach)

The photo is of a few of our Marin 99s and flying buddies at Finnigan’s after our April 22 flying adventure. Unfortunately, Half Moon Bay was not an option.

Plan B: Go to Napa for lunch only to discover the restaurant was closed.

Plan C: Fly local for a bit, return to Gnoss, enjoy each other’s company and share flying stories over lunch at Finnigan’s. All turned out to be a fun day of flying with friends. Is that not what it is all about??

This weekend we have the Southwest Section meeting of the Ninety-Nines. Val Westen and I will be representing our Marin 99s Chapter and will give you a report shortly after.
Tailwinds and clear skies,
Sue Royce, Chair

Marin 99s  

Marin 99s has Annual Meeting on March 25, 2017

Present at our Annual Meeting were: Sue Royce, Cindy Pickett, Val Westen, Gretchen Kah, Alyssa Abbey, Rhonda Nilsson, Sandy Brown and guests Emily Stednitz with friend Nader Moussa. Members re-elected Sue Royce as Chair, Cindy Pickett as Treasurer, Meaghan Bertram as Secretary and newly elected Val Westen to replace Carolyn Walker-Davis as Vice Chair. Emily Stednitz was presented her Check Ride Scholarship by the Marin County Chapter of the 99s (photo below), and shared with us her experience with the check ride. Congratulations again, Emily!! 

Business and future activities: 

April 22 – Fly-in to HAF. Alternate: AUN

April 27 – 30 – Southwest Section 99s Spring 2017 Meeting hosted by the Bay Cities Chapter. For more information:

May 13 – GFCA breakfast – Marin Chapter of the 99s to give a brief talk about the history and mission of the Ninety-Nines.

July 11 – 16 – Ninety-Nines International Conference in San Antonio, TX

July ? – Fly-in / campout – possibly Columbia – more to follow from Gretchen Kah.

Meeting adjourned at 12 noon.