Minnesota 99s

MN99s logoNorth Central Section

The Ninety-Nines, Inc.

International Organization of Women Pilots



Join us!   Saturday, Sept. 28, 10:00 a.m., 1733 Lake Drive, Chanhassen, MN

 Natl Weather Service Tour at 10:00 a.m., business meeting follows.

Use parking lot directly in front of building. 

Bring your lunch and beverage to eat during the meeting.

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

 Congratulations to Carmen Kivisto!

Carmen passed her commercial check ride on Monday, August 5, and is our chapter’s newest commercial pilot.  Carmen trained well and has achieved a major milestone in her flight training journey.  Congratulations Carmen, on becoming a commercial pilot.  Best wishes as you continue to follow your aviation dreams!


Pine River gets a New Compass Rose

A superb compass rose was completed by MN 99s members on Friday, August 9.  What a great job!  Thanks to the crew members who included Trudi Amundson, Cheryl Daml, Tracy Davenport, Brianne Forman and Patti Sandusky.

Outstanding Compass Rose at Hutchinson

On Friday, August 2, MN 99s completed a beautiful compass rose at the Hutchinson airport.  Special thanks to the great crew for their time and effort!  The team included Majel Baker, Cheryl Daml, Tracy Davenport, Elaine Morrow, Teegan Palmer (Cheryl’s niece), Patti Sandusky and Deb Thompson. 


Tremendous Experience!  The International 99s Conference – Dayton, OH

Eleven members of our chapter attended The International 99s conference in Dayton, OH, July 15-21.  We helped staff the registration booth all week while attending seminars and tours including at the National Museum of the Air Force and more.  Thanks to those who attended and helped make the conference a success:  Majel Baker, Cheryl Daml, Tracy Davenport, Chris Kocinski, Kate McDonald, Carmen Kivisto, Jan Moll, Elaine Morrow, Patti Sandusky, Robyn Stoller and Deb Thompson.

Mountain Flying on your Honeymoon?  Brenda Peick says Absolutely!

Brenda and her husband decided to visit Banff, Alberta, Canada for their honeymoon in June.  When Brenda saw the gorgeous mountains, she decided it would be great to go mountain flying.  She checked The 99s directory online and contacted the Calgary 99s treasurer and vice chair who directed Brenda to Sarah at the Calgary Flying Club.  It all worked out; Brenda was able to fly on the last day of their honeymoon trip.  She brought her husband along (his first time flying with her) and they experienced mountain flying with all of the odd weather patterns that go with it.  Brenda is very excited to learn more and fly in as many new areas as possible.  She also says “I am so glad that I belong to The 99s!”  Thank you Brenda for sharing this great story with us!  We are glad you had a fantastic new experience in mountain flying! 

You are invited – North Central Section Meeting, Sept 13-15, Indianapolis, IN 

The 99s North Central Section consists of 19 chapters across 9 states.  Section meetings are held quarterly and offer an opportunity to network, make new friends and gain new aviation knowledge.  The fall section meeting will be September 13-15 in Indianapolis, IN.  All members of the Minnesota 99s chapter are invited to attend (expenses paid out-of-pocket).  For more information, see the registration formmeeting agenda and keynote speaker details.   

Mary Jane Rice, Charter MN 99s member, passed away July 17 in Willmar, MN at age 99.  She earned her private pilot certificate in 1940 and became one of the first women in Minnesota to hold a commercial pilot certificate. She and her husband John founded Willmar Air Service, Inc.  Together they managed the airport and operated their business with Mary Jane ultimately logging 63 years in the office.  Mary Jane earned the first “Mrs. Aviation” title from the Minnesota Aviation Trades Association.  Later she was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame.  She joined the ranks of Amelia Earhart and the Wright brothers with an induction into the International Forest of Friendship, a living memorial to the world of aviation in Atchison, KS.  Mary Jane will be remembered for her pioneering nature, deep curiosity and keen interest in the world around her.  The Minnesota 99s extends our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. 

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 blog – “Oh No, Not Turbulence!”

We are incredibly proud of Aura Austin who’s worked as a ferry pilot and currently is a flight instructor in Mankato.  Check out her great blog on ways to overcome a fear of turbulence.  Also read the blog on her first ferry flight through Mexico to deliver a Cessna 152 to a flight school in El Salvador.  Click here to read her ferry flight blog.  


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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