Minnesota 99s

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The Ninety-Nines, Inc.

International Organization of Women Pilots



Next Business Meeting:  Saturday, Sept. 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.,

followed by Natl Weather Service Tour, Chanhassen, MN, details to follow

2019 99s Intl Conference-Dayton, OH:   Conference Overview Schedule  

Details & RegistrationInternational 99s conference website

Volunteering Sign-upConference Volunteering

Click the Calendar link above for 2019 events.  See you at upcoming activities!


Aitkin Fly-In, Drive-In Wild Rice Pancake Breakfast on June 30 – Thanks to chapter members who volunteered at our booth and represented our chapter so well — Carol Bergquist, Cheryl Daml, Brianne Forman, Laura Herrmann, Ellen Quist and Emily Wishard. 


Congratulations to Ellen Quist on her Instrument Rating!  She passed with flying colors on June 12.  All best wishes for continued success in her aviation journey.  Awesome job Ellen!  

Mankato Air Spectacular – MN 99s Shine as Volunteers 

On June 15-16, MN 99s volunteered for a variety of activities to help make the event a success.  Thanks everyone, for your time and hard work – great job!


Congratulations to Dr. Majel Baker 

Dr. Majel Baker defended her doctoral dissertation on May 28, 2019, based on her research regarding barriers women face in college and STEM fields. 
She celebrates here with her mom and boyfriend. 
Congratulations Majel and all best wishes as you pursue your career goals in the field of psychology!




Beautiful Maple Lake compass rose!

The ‘one-day wonder team’ completed this gorgeous new compass rose at the Maple Lake Airport on Friday, May 31.  A huge THANK YOU to the team of Jeff Barber, Cheryl Daml, Tracy Davenport, Sheila Gruba, Elaine Morrow, Patti and Dick Sandusky, Jaye Sela and Deb Thompson.  This one is over-the-top gorgeous!   


Deb Bobka first solo flight in Cessna 150 at Fleming Field – May 30!  Awesome job Deb!


Congratulations to Brenda Peick on her first solo flight!    

     Brenda Peick completed her first solo May 11, 2019, at Fleming Field in South St. Paul (KSGS).   Great job Brenda…a huge congratulations and best wishes as you continue your flight training.  Watch her nail one of her solo landings here.    



Wow!  Check out the Brainerd Air Marking – May 10, 2019


A huge thank you to Trudi Amundson, Carol Bergquist, Cheryl Daml, Tracy Davenport, Laura Herrmann and Patti Sandusky for completing the Brainerd Air Marking May 10.  Looks fantastic!


Congratulations to Brianne Forman!  Brianne successfully completed her private pilot check ride at Anoka Airport on Friday, April 19.  This is an especially great accomplishment having trained through a very long and cold Minnesota winter.  A huge congratulations to Brianne!  We wish her continued success in pursuing her aviation dreams.  Awesome job!  

 …to new member Joelle Petersen – From Alaska to Minnesota! 

We welcome Joelle Petersen to the Minnesota 99s chapter!  Check out the fascinating article featuring her in the April 2019 99s Magazine, pages 14-16.  Her story is one of adventure, courage and sharing her love of aviation in a special way.  Wow!

Congratulations to Abigail (Abby) Harrison!  Abby recently joined the Minnesota 99s chapter and successfully completed her private pilot check ride March 28 at Inflight Minnesota, Flying Cloud Airport.  Spectacular job Abby!  We are so proud of you.  Abby attends Wellesley College in Boston but Minnesota is her home.  She will graduate this spring with an astrobiology degree and aspires to become an astronaut.  Abby has established a non-profit to help inspire more young people to pursue STEM careers.  Read her tweet on earning a private pilot’s certificate.

Recent Kare 11 story on “Astronaut Abby” 

NowThis Daily story on Abby

MSP Tower Tour – April 4, 2019

Seeing ATC in action is amazing.  We had an excellent tour of both the MSP TRACON (Terminal Radar Control Facility) and tower.  We also learned about the history of MSP airport, formerly ‘Speedway Field’, an automobile race track in the early 20th century.  Today MSP is the 17th busiest U.S. airport and in 2018 set a new passenger record of over 38 million.


2019 Chapter Scholarship Winner Announced

   Emily Wishard has been awarded the 2019 chapter scholarship for course work toward her private pilot certificate.  Congratulations Emily!  We wish you great success in your private pilot flight training.  You’ve got this covered!  Blue Skies and Tail Winds always…

  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!


 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.


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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