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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.

Flying the Beaver around the Bay!

Thanks to our new member, Alyssa Abbey, and her Dehavilland Beaver at Seaplane Adventures, the Marin 99s were treated to a San Francisco Bay Tour on 3/18/17.  After the tour, we enjoyed Gretchen Kah’s gourmet paella at her lovely home on Union Street in San Francisco. Big thanks to Alyssa and Gretchen!!

Marin 99’s Meeting a Success!

Our first meeting for 2017 was electric with energy and great with attendance!

March 18, 2017 – Seaplane ride and potluck dinner at Gretchen’s: Alyssa Abbey, one of our newest aviatrices and owner of the DHC-2 Dehavilland Beaver at Seaplane Adventures has offered a 30 minute Bay Tour on March 18 at 5 p.m. for those who attended our meeting on January 28. Our flight will be followed by a potluck dinner at Gretchen Kah’s home in San Francisco. Gretchen is another new member and has so graciously invited us over. Big thanks, Alyssa and Gretchen!! For more details, contact Sue Royce (

March 25 – Next Meeting: Our next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, at Sue’s hangar, Gnoss Field, B101. Pot luck brunch. RSVP. This will be our Annual Meeting, voting for Board Officers and Chapter review. 

April 22 – Fly-In – Half Moon Bay: We can all meet at the south end of the tie downs and walk into town for lunch. Auburn is alternate if HAF is IFR. 


Sue Royce, Chair – Marin 99s 

Photo of Marin 99s Chapter meeting on January 28, 2017, from left: Sue Royce, Suzanne Elb, Rhonda Nilsson, Valerie Westen, Gretchen Kah, Leanne Anderson, Barbara O’Grady, Frida Audette, Lisa Johnson, Karen Kalua, Cindy Pickett, Nysa Kline, Alyssa Abbey and Sandy Brown

Gnoss Field Movie Night

Cindy Pickett, Val Westen, Sherry Vakharia and Sue Royce representing the Marin 99s, accompanied by other aviatrixes at Gnoss Field Movie Night on November 5.  We are at the Spirit of St. Louis 2 Hangar with the SOS2 pilot, Robert Ragozzoni. Behind us is his replica SOS2 aircraft, which will be ready for a test flight by March, 2017. 


R.S.V.P.: Sue Royce,, 510/220-7744 by November 28

R.S.V.P. – POT LUCK!!!!!


We will provide beverages (beer, wine and non-alcoholic) and roasted turkey, Music / Movies / Silent Auction


Mingle with your friends, old and new from the Gnoss Field Community.

Meet Robert Ragozzoni, Pilot of the Spirit of St. Louis 2. The SOS2 flight will be recreating the Charles Lindbergh 1927 solo flight from New York to Paris across the Atlantic in May, 2017. The construction team is on schedule for test flight of the replica SOS2 on March 1, 2017. 

Movie night at Gnoss!

Our next Movie Night at the Airport will be Saturday, November 5 (7 p.m.) will feature the 1957 feature “The Spirit of St. Louis”, directed by Academy Award winner Billy Wilder and starring Jimmy Stewart in the role he lobbied for years to play.

Our movie nights are held, appropriately enough, in the Spirit of St. Louis 2 project hangar at Gnoss Field. Host Robert Ragozzino, pilot and lead organizer of the SOS2 project, will be on hand to introduce the movie. 

Just think; you can come watch the definitive movie recreation of Lindbergh’s 1927 solo, non-stop flight from New York to Paris in an airplane factory while sitting next to the replica Spirit in which Robert will re-create the flight in real life on its’ 90th anniversary next May.

The trip in May will be live-cast on NOVA. Seeing this movie will give you historical context in which you will gain a fuller understanding of the monumental task at hand for Robert.

Tickets are $2 for adults, 50 cents for kids.

When arriving at the airport (451 Airport Road, Novato), Binford Road will drop you right in the parking lot. The Spirit of St. Louis 2 hangar is the big hangar/office building just to your right; look for signs and people to help direct you inside.

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