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Holiday Party – December 9th!

GFCA/Marin 99’s/EAA Holiday Party

Date:  Saturday, December 9th

Time:  5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Place:  Gnoss Field Airport, Scanlon Aviation Maintenance Hangar, Novato CA

RSVP:  Sue Royce ( or 510-220-7744

Potluck:  A-H Appetizer, I-R Side Dish or Salad, S-Z Dessert 


Meeting Minutes 10/28/17

Our meeting on Saturday, October 28, was a great success.  Several new lady pilot visitors plus special visit by our Southwest Governor, Alice Talnack.  Lots of amazing stories and flying history by all.  Gearing up for the Silent Auction to be held at our upcoming Holiday Party on December 9, proceeds going to our Marin 99s scholarship fund.


Sue Royce, Diane Root, Gretchen Kah, Barbara O’Grady, Val Westen, Alice Talnack, Gayla Edwards, Heather Davis, Jennifer Sawhney and Vicki Martinez.  Val is holding a sample donation check presented to Marin 99s in honor of Joyce Wells.


Joyce Wells receiving her award from Ken Mercer, GFCA President.  GFCA recognized the ongoing contributions Joyce has made to the Marin aviation community and women in aviation during her six decades of flying.    GFCA presented Marin 99s with a donation of $500 in honor of Joyce to go towards the Marin 99s Scholarship Fund.


Sue Royce at GFCA breakfast meeting, presenting the history of the original 1929 Powder Puff Derby and her experience participating in the 2017 Air Race Classic (formerly the Powder Puff Derby) in June.

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.