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SANTA ROSA NINETY-NINES – Aviation Scholarship

Purpose:  To provide funding to be used for a specific rating or certification to further the recipient’s pursuit of a career in aviation.

Award Amount:             $3,000

Eligibility:     Any women at least 17 years of age, holding at minimum a current private license, a current medical, and a current flight review.  Must reside within 15 miles of the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, be eligible for the rating being applied for (i.e.: number of flight hours required, rating required, medical required), and have completed any written requirements for the rating before funds are dispersed.
Application Due:                      May 1, 2018

For additional applications see our website at

Marin 99s supporting Young Eagle Program with EAA

What gives Sue Royce the most joy in life is taking young girls up flying in her Cherokee, especially Maddie Schwarz of Tam High and Petra O’Brien of Drake High. They are both “flying” through the Sporty’s Private Pilot Ground School offered by the Young Eagles program and will be starting their flying lessons very soon.  I do believe we have two future airline pilots in the making.

Marin 99s meet on January 20, discuss scholarships and the Women’s March

At our meeting on 1/26/18, we decided to rename our scholarship to “Check for the

Check Ride” scholarship, formerly the “Wing Up” scholarship.  We also

discussed the power of women and how supporting one another parlays across

society, especially as we support one another in aviation.

Mark your calendars:

March 14 –    CA Aerospace & Aviation Day at the Capitol, Sacramento

March 17 –    Next Marin 99s meeting at Sue’s hangar

April 26-29    SWS 99s Spring 2018 meeting in Bakersfield

July 3-7        99s International Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Congratulations and Good Luck to Emily Stednitz, our 2017 recipient of the Marin 99s “Wing Up” scholarship

This May 2018, Emily will graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She has accepted a full-time offer from Boeing, where she will work as a Flight Test Engineer. This role takes her to Boeing Field (KBFI) near Seattle where she will be developing test procedures and participating in test flights onboard experimental aircraft such as 737s.  As a private pilot, she is beyond excited for this opportunity to spend every day at the airport, immersed in all things aviation. She is looking forward to coming back and sharing her experiences with our Marin 99s.

Best wishes Emily!!

Tam High Student Reaches out to Marin 99s

Maddie Schwartz, age 16, contacted Sue Royce recently to find out how she could become a pilot.  Well, Sue took Maddie flying in her Cherokee and the rest is history.  In one week‘s time, she has signed up for Barbara O’Grady’s ground school, is studying flight material, has a San Francisco VFR sectional, a plotter and has hit the ground running.  She is very excited to become a licensed pilot and eventually get her ATP.  Maddie is a sophomore at Tam High in Mill Valley.  

Next Marin 99s meeting will be at Gnoss Field!

Date:                    Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time:                   10:00 a.m. until 12

Venue:                 Sue’s hangar / Gnoss Field – B101, across from Scanlon Aviation maintenance hangar.

Potluck brunch.  Please RSVP.  Let’s get a good turnout of aviatrices for a photo group shot for our website!!

Welcoming a new member to the Marin 99’s…

For several years I was interested in getting my Private Pilot’s License, but it took me until 2017 to earnestly begin working towards it. For years I considered getting my license, but always felt that I was too busy to pursue it. At the end of Summer 2017 I got a pamphlet in the mail from SRJC that listed the community education classes for Fall 2017. One of the classes included Ground School, which I’d been considering. I checked my schedule for the upcoming months and said “Why not?”. I signed up and began immersing myself in the world of aviation.

Soon after classes began, my ground school instructor, Barbara O’Grady, emailed the women of the class inviting us to attend a local 99s meeting. She mentioned this organization a few times and I was interested in going. On a sunny Saturday morning we met at a hangar at Gnoss Field (NOT) in Novato, CA. It was a warm and friendly environment with lots of good food and great conversation. We each shared about how we became involved with flying and what comprised our flight histories up to that day. I loved hearing about their different journeys and how it had led them to where they were presently at. On my drive home I ruminated on the community these women were a part of – I had no idea that this existed so close to home! I was so happy I went and hope to join them again soon. Thank you Marin 99s for having me!

– Jennifer Sawhney