Minnesota 99s

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The Ninety-Nines, Inc.

International Organization of Women Pilots

CALENDAR Kick off your 2019 with a great FAA Wings Seminar and brunch!

Mark your calendars – Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – Wings Seminar “Where’s that Airplane?” by Cheryl Daml, Modern Avionics, 10000 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN (KFCM).  Earn FAA Wings credit at this seminar which demystifies IFR operations & their impact on VFR operations.  Brunch afterward – Original Pancake House, 549 Prairie Center Dr.  Hope to see you there!   Next Chapter Business Meeting:  Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Please note start time is 10:00 a.m., Lynx FBO, Anoka Airport (KANE) – Bring your lunch and beverage. Meeting includes FAA Wings seminar by Trudi Amundson. 

Click the Calendar link above for the preliminary 2019 calendar of events.  Exciting aviation events are planned and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!

A special friend and aviation advocate passes away…

Charlotte Swanson was a friend of ours and a passionate aviation advocate. She was Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Flyer and wrote many articles about chapter members and our outreach efforts.  We are sad to learn she passed away in January after a brief, serious illness and send our sympathy to her family and many friends.  Randy Corfman, President of MN Pilots Association wrote a kind letter of condolence on behalf of MN pilots and supporters.

  The Professional Women Controllers, Inc. has awarded Brianne Forman a scholarship for the Air Traffic Control program at Texas State Technical College!  A big congratulations goes to Brianne!!  We wish her the best in her studies.

Brianne Forman kicks off 2019 with her Solo Cross-Country

On January 1, Brianne completed her solo cross-country flight from Anoka to Siren.  Check out the Minnesota 99s Facebook page for awesome photos of her very exciting but slightly cold flight.  Congratulations Brianne!

2018 Holiday Party Highlights – Hummingbird Aviation, Flying Cloud Airport

We closed out the year with a great turn-out for our December 8 holiday party and meeting.  Congratulations to Laura Herrmann for earning the 2018 award for Most MN Airports Visited and to Patti Sandusky for the Most MN 99s Events Attended award.  We enjoyed an excellent presentation from Great North Auto Gyro and some members had fun trying out the simulator too.  Check out the Minnesota 99s Facebook page for more photos from the event. (You can view our Facebook page even if you don’t have a Facebook account yourself.)  Looking forward to seeing you all next year!


2018 Tree of Hope is a Great Success

This year’s Tree of Hope event on December 1, Maple Lake Airport, was another great success.  With so many volunteers, the work was wrapped up by 11:00 a.m. – awesome job everyone!  Pictured in group photo:  Carmen Kivisto, Tracy Davenport, Cheryl Daml, Mikaela Sandager, Gabby Pieper, Patti Sandusky, Elaine Morrow, Thuy Pieper, Deb Thompson.  Also in attendance: Jan and Tom Moll, Nyla Schroeder and Jeremy.  Thank you everyone, for helping to brighten the holidays for Minnesota’s hospitalized children.


 Read Aura Austin’s amazing blog – her first ferry flight through Mexico to El Salvador

We are incredibly proud of Aura Austin, for her work at FullThrottle Aviation as assistant chief pilot and ferry pilot.  She wrote a fantastic blog detailing her first ferry flight through Mexico to deliver a Cessna 152 to a flight school in El Salvador.  Included in her blog are several beautiful photos of her journey.  Click here to read her blog.  Aura is currently a flight instructor in Mankato.

We had a fascinating C-130 Tour on October 17

A huge thanks to Leon Peterson and other 133rd Airlift Wing members for a very fun and informative tour highlighting the C-130 aircraft and some of the amazing operations carried out by the 133rd.  We learned a lot, including the MN Air National Guard can be a worthwhile option for young women to help realize their aviation dreams.


2018 Minnesota 99s Scholarships Announced

Congratulations to Mikaela Sandager, Holly Latcham and Majel Baker on being awarded our chapter’s 2018 scholarships.  Mikaela was awarded a currency scholarship; Holly received an advanced rating scholarship to pursue her instrument rating and Majel was awarded a private pilot scholarship.  Best wishes to our 2018 scholarship winners as they continue to pursue excellence in their flight training journeys.



The Minnesota Chapter of The Ninety-Nines welcomes women from our state and the surrounding area. We hold quarterly meetings and flyouts many of the other months, plus we create air markings and conduct aerospace education events. Check out our calendar and join us for an event – we’d love to meet you!

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The Minnesota Chapter was chartered July 2, 1949, and is part of the North Central Section of The Ninety-Nines, Inc., International Organization of Women Pilots. The North Central Section covers the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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