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, 11:00 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!

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, recently hired by 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 great blog.  Congratulations Aura, on your new job and on fulfilling your aviation dreams.  Congratulations also on recently earning your MEI.  Your accomplishments in such a short time are amazing!

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.


  Elaine Morrow wins 2018 International 99s Award of Achievement for Humanitarian Efforts!  We are so proud of you Elaine, and thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do in serving your local community and the aviation community at-large.  It is a privilege to have you in our chapter!


 Claire Qian Nelson passed her Private Pilot Checkride!   Claire successfully passed her private pilot checkride on September 27.  A huge congratulations to Claire on becoming a private pilot and achieving this major milestone in flying.  We wish you all the best as you continue pursuing your aviation dreams.  You did it Claire – Bravo!

Chris Larson successfully passed her Glider CFI oral/practical exam and check ride!  She did it on September 7, 2018, after four days of cross-country and advanced training at Air Sailing Gliderport in Reno, Nevada.  Photos taken at successful conclusion of a nearly eight-hour day:  Chris is in the back seat of an ASK-21 glider, with examiner Mark Montague in the front.  Awesome job Chris – we are so proud of you!


MN 99s Complete Beautiful Sauk Center Compass Rose

On August 12, MN 99s completed the last scheduled compass rose for this year at Sauk Center and it looks awesome!  Special thanks to Tracy Davenport, Deb Thompson, Sheila Gruba, Majel Baker, Carmen Kivisto, Cheryl Daml, Holly Latcham, Patti Sandusky, Maryanne Williams, Sherri Williams and Elaine Morrow.  It was a great team effort in plenty of summer sun and heat to wrap up this well done project.  Fantastic job!


 MN 99s Complete a Stunning Compass Rose at Litchfield Airport

Working in much sun and heat, Minnesota 99s completed a fantastic new compass rose air marking at the Litchfield (LJF) Airport on July 14-15.  Special thanks to Majel Baker, Tracy Davenport, Cheryl Daml and her daughter Amy, Judy Freitag, Elaine Morrow and Patti Sandusky for the amazing and beautiful job they did.


Majel Baker passed her Private Pilot Checkride!  

Congratulations to Majel on passing her private pilot checkride on May 22.  This tremendous accomplishment follows her recent exciting news of being selected to receive the Spring 2018 Amelia Earhart FlyNow Scholarship. It’s time to celebrate this amazing milestone!  Awesome achievement Majel. We wish you continued success and happiness as you pursue your flying dreams.


   Simply Spectacular – Aura Austin is a CFI!  She passed her CFI checkride on May 10, truly an amazing accomplishment since she just passed her single and multi-engine commercial ratings in April.  Congratulations Aura – we are incredibly proud of you and wish you continued success and joy in flying.


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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