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Marin 99s meet on January 15. Next meeting on February 19 . . .

at Sue’s hangar at Gnoss Field, 10 a.m. – noon. Let’s hope the COVID situation has calmed down by then and we can meet inside my hangar instead of having to talk over the departing aircraft on the field!!

Our meeting on January 15 was lots of fun, and again, thank you Rick for your generous donation. In attendance was Rebecca, Gretchen, Micki, Sue, Alyssa, Margy, Sue S., and Cindy. Rebecca Oppedisano is a new CFI, CFII with Scanlon Aviation. Welcome to Gnoss and to the Marin 99s, Rebecca!! It was also great to have Micki Jones in attendance, as she is back and forth from East Coast to West Coast. Glad it worked out this month. Let’s not forget how great it was to have our pilot extraordinaire and canyoneer, Cindy Pickett, who now spends half the year rappelling through canyons in Moab.

We will have several new lady pilots in attendance in February, so don’t miss it. We are so lucky to have each other. Hope to see you all in February.



Thank you, Rick Beach, for your fabulous donation to the Marin 99s!!

Rick Beach, PhD in computer science, Cirrus Owners Pilot Assn. (COPA) Aviation Safety Chair, COPA University Dean of College of Aviation Safety, Treasurer of Gnoss Field Community Association, and most importantly a wonderful friend of the Marin 99s, donated $2,500 to our Chapter. Thank you Rick!!!!

Skies Cleared Today for Great Flight in the Sunshine

Rick Beach and Sue Royce take advantage of some much needed VFR weather today. Was a beautiful flight and certainly fun to be up in the air!!

Gretchen and Sue’s Flight to Frederick, MD – 2017

Responses to “flying high” photo request:

Margy Boyle sent us a few of her more artistic photos from the air to share:


Gretchen Kah sent us the following amazing photos while flying tandem in 206 amphibious float plane and 185 bush plane:

Gretchen on approach to KHAF on November 21, 2021
Gretchen flying to KHAF tandem in 206 amphibious float plane and 185 bush plane (how fun that must have been!!)
More from Gretchen’s tandem flight
Gretchen over our beautiful Golden Gate!!
Our City by the Bay on a perfect day!!


Maddy Schwarz, our Tam High grad who joined our group 3 years ago, now has her PP, Instrument and CFI from Southern Utah University. Per her mom, Maddy is two in her class and dispatching right now. “She has really come out of her shell. I love hearing her on the radio” says Deb Schwarz.

Maddy after earning her CFI certificate. Way to go, Maddy!! We are SO PROUD OF YOU!!!


Cindy Pickett is flying high, but in canyons in Moab, Utah. You are truly our adventure diva, Cindy!!