Vote for the 99s and Support Aviation Scholarships
The 99s are competing for grants up to $10,000 that Lightspeed will award to the aviation nonprofits receiving the highest Internet vote tally. Your Vote Counts! Click to Vote.Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced at Sun 'n Fun that the Ninety-Nines are a finalist in the 2013 annual Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot Choice Awards. Selected from a field of hundreds of nominees, the 99s are one of 15 aviation charities competing for grants up to $10,000 that Lightspeed will award to the aviation nonprofits receiving the highest Internet vote tally in its annual grant competition.
With votes and support from aviation enthusiasts, the aviation community, our members, friends and family, the 99s can win the 2013 grant competition and use the Lightspeed grant to establish and market a new solo scholarship. It will provide young women between the ages of 16 and 20 with the funding needed to support their flight training through their first solo. This scholarship will enable us to reach out to hundreds and hundreds of young women and encourage their interest in aviation and flight training.
Grant for Aviation Education
Follow ARC Team #38 Mary Gibb and Cathy Darcy
The Air Race Classic (ARC) departs from Pasco, WA on June 18, 2013. We will be following along with former Oregon Pines 99 Mary Gibb of American Maids Team at http://americanmaidsrace.com/
Anything is possible with an airplane
Read how Ramona Cox runs her Internet business from a Cessna 206 in the wilderness
What are your aviation goals for 2013
Aviation writer Jill Tallman posted some ideas on how to achieve aviation dreams on AOPA's Flight Training blog using motivational speaker Zig Ziglar's goal-setting strategy.
1. Write it down.
2. Put a date on it.
3. List the obstacles you have to overcome.
4. Identify the people you need to work with.
5. Spell out a plan of action.
6. Set a time limit.
7. Identify the benefits you will obtain.
See the blog at http://blog.aopa.org/flighttraining/?p=815
Maintaining Control Webinar
If you missed Rich Stowell's excellent Webinar, "Maintaining Control," it was recorded so you can listen at your own convenience. Just follow these simple instructions.
1. Click on this link or enter it in your browser: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/430275702
2. Enter your email address and other information as requested.
Note: This recording only plays on computers with Microsoft Windows installed. However, if you have Windows 8 installed, the Windows Media Player may not play this file, so do not set it as your default player for this file type (.asx).
$1500 PCOPA Flight Training Scholarship
Polk County Chapter Oregon Pilots Association (PCOPA) Scholarship
$1500 Flight Training Scholarship
* Must be a resident of Polk county or adjacent county that does not have an OPA chapter, at the time of application.
* Accepted into or actively participating in any level of flight training or attending a
flight-related school, collegiate aviation program, or AP/IA training.
* Must be 16-25 Years of age at the date of scholarship award.
* Must be a member of OPA (student membership $10 for 2 years).
The scholarship funds are sent directly to the awardee's training academy or flight school.
Applicant must submit an essay on his or her training and aviation-related goals. The essay must be submitted along with the applicant's contact information, school information, proof of age, and proof of OPA membership, to the PCOPA board at the following address:
PO Box 54
Independence, OR 97351
Submit scholarship application: 1 January to 31 March.
Award announced at April PCOPA Chapter meeting (3rd Thursday).
FREE Introductory Membership to The 99s
Female student pilots and potential 99s members are offered free access to the 99s Flight Training Forum and Pro 99s Networks, for exchange of information such as flight training, aviation education, scholarships, and pilot careers. Sign up through our website for a 90-day introductory period prior to making the decision to join The 99s. Also, our 99 News magazine is accessible through our website http://www.ninety-nines.org/
And, if you would like an information packet, chock-full of membership information and materials, contact Lesley Niblett at our Oklahoma City Headquarters at email@example.com
Aviation for Teens: A three day event
Three days of activities and learning about airplanes and aviation.
- Experiment Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 292, Independence Oregon
- Salem RC Pilots Association (SRCPA)
- The Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots, The Oregon Pines Chapter
When: Feb 18, Feb 25 and Mar 3, 2012 from 9:00AM until 4:00PM.
Where: EAA 292 Clubhouse, 4803 Airport Road
- Use aircraft instruments to stabilize a simulated airplane
- Fly a simulator
- Plot a course on a map
- Taking a ride in an airplane using what you learned
- Work the controls of an RC plane
- Build a model airplane and fly it
- Visit the Evergreen aviation museum
- Learn about aviation professions from people who have be there and done it
- Must be between 14 and 17 years old
- Must be able to attend all three sessions
- Must fill in application form by Feb 10th
- Need parent approval
- Send form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Event limited to the 15 participants
- There is no cost for this program
- Feb 25th meeting will be at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. A nominal fee will be charged. Transportation will be provided.
- Bring your own lunch for all three meetings
- We will complete all activities necessary for the Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge
and Girl Scout equivalent
Any questions contact:
David Ullman, 541-754-3609, email@example.com
Women of Aviation Week 2012
The 99s Board of Directors encourages individuals and Chapters to introduce women to aviation during "Women of Aviation Week," an outreach movement begun by Mireille Goyer, a sister 99 in the British Columbia Coast Chapter, West Canada Section. Flights that take place between March 5-11 should be logged on her website at http://www.womenofaviationweek.org/ in order to tally the total and allow both female first flight timers and pilots to be eligible for prizes. In conjunction with the reenactment of Harriet Quimby's flight across the English Channel 100 years ago, Mireille's goal is to have these flights performed in 100 locations on March 10. Harriet Quimby, legendary for being the first American woman to acquire a pilot certificate
in the United States, is this year's impetus behind many events scheduled for that week.
Reserve Saturday, March 10th to fly a woman, whether young or just young at heart, and acquaint her with the joy of flight. Who knows how she will see the world after sharing the passion.
AOPA $5,000 flight training scholarships
Student pilots working toward a sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate may apply online
for the AOPA Flight Training Scholarship, Erral Lea Plymate Memorial Scholarship, and Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship through Feb. 10.
Complete eligibility requirements are available online
Columbia Cascade 99s Newsletter November 2011
YouTube aviation videos featuring women pilots in Oregon
Have you heard of The Professional Pilot Leadership Initiative?
The PPLI is a structured mentoring program that offers women a forum to network, share ideas, and accelerate their careers. This remarkable program presents unique opportunities for anyone who is looking to find a new job as a professional pilot, prepare for an upgrade, or recover from a setback. Each session involves one-on-one mentoring and leadership challenges that are designed to help participants broaden their experience and strengthen important career skills.
The next session will begin in a few short months. The deadline for 2012A is January 31st. You can find out more information or apply for the program at www.ninety-nines.org
(access the Pilot Careers Center link under the Resource Center tab).
We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals and make your dreams a reality!
Oregon Pines 99s/EAA 292/Salem RC Club Joint Young Eagles Rally
Fifty-one participants attended the Independence Airport ground school and went for demonstration flights with volunteer pilots pilots on October 1. We were video taped by Rick Dunn of the Salem RC club. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh1BbRm67bQ
Our next meeting to work on a joint youth aviation/scout program will be on October 19 at 7:00 pm in the Independence EAA building.
Voice of Freedom
Many 99s participated in the Flight Across America 9/11 tribute, some actually making the crosscountry trip to those welcoming the pilots in NJ. Susan Loricchio, North Jersey 99s, was the east coast coordinator for logistics and events.
A song Susan co-wrote, VOICE OF FREEDOM, was the official song (chosen by the west coast team) for FLIGHT ACROSS AMERICA 2002, the 9/11 Aviation Ceremony aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, for all victims of the 9/11 attacks. Many 99's participated in this event. For the 10th anniversary, VOICE OF FREEDOM video has been posted on YouTube.
Flight Across America 2002: For the first annivesary of 9/11, one general aviation aircraft from every state, Washington DC, & Puerto Rico was chosen to fly its state flag crosscountry, culminating in an Honor Flight, down the Hudson River, past Ground Zero. Afterwards, a solemn ceremony transferring those flags to the City of NY, took place on the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum.
If you feel the following video for VOICE OF FREEDOM is worthy of a good comment, please consider posting one.
Five decades of women pilots in the U.S. How did we do? Learn the facts.
A few months ago, women pilots in the U.S. made headlines. "The number of women pilots has significantly increased over the last decade," claimed the headlines. After noticing that the great increase in the number of women pilots was driven by a change in the length of validity of student pilot certificates, I contacted the FAA to obtain statistics for 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010 so that I could take a look at the numbers on my own. So how are we doing?
In 1980, one in 4,224 women in the U.S. held an "other-than-student" pilot certificate; in 2010, the ratio had become one in 5,623.
Barely registering in bar graphs depicting the pilot population, the percentage of women pilots in 2010 is 5.39% of the pilot population holding an "other-than-student" pilot certificate and 5.15% of the for-hire pilot population.
High growth did take place, but it was between 1960 and 1980, a period that saw the number of women pilots go from 4,218 to 26,896. In 2010, there were 27,451 women holding an "other-than-student" pilot certificate in the United States. An increase of 555 women pilots over three decades.
There is some good news. Since 1970, the number of for-hire women pilots has increased at a steady rate of 3,000 per decade.
However, when we compare the progress of commercial women pilots to other professions previously male dominated, the progress seems dismal. Interestingly, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the percentage of commercial women pilots (4.3%) is about half of the percentage of female boat captains and operators (8.2%), nearly a quarter of the percentage of female police and sheriff's patrol officers (15%), and close to one eighth of the percentage of female doctors and surgeons (31.8%).
Many factors can explain the current state of the women pilot population and its slow progress. View all the data and consider some of the factors by reading this article
by Mireille Goyer
Star power! Astronaut and 99 Shannon Walker will be Keynote Speaker at 99s Annual Conference in Oklahoma City.
Don’t miss her presentation as she provides inside info into the preparation leading up to the launch from Kazakhstan in June 2010, her experiences on board the International Space Station and the return to planet Earth. Come meet Shannon and share the wonder of space. And, it’s not too late to attend. Go to http://www.ninety-nines.org/index.cfm/conference.htm
for more information and to register.
Follow the Air Race Classic Racers
The start of the Air Race Classic was delayed to Wedensday, June 22, due to weather. Start has been moved to Alliance, NE. http://airraceclassic.org/
Follow the teams on the race on their personal blogs . . .
Racing Aces, Classic #9 http://theracingaces.com/
Team Wild Mama, Classic #11 http://www.teamwildmama.com/index.html
Pirates of the Mississippi, Classic #13 http://mississippipirates.blogspot.com/2011/05/mighty-mississippi-river.html?spref=fb
Wunder Women, Classic #17 http://wunderwomen-classic17.blogspot.com/
Flying 4 Awareness, Classic #18 http://www.flying4awareness.org/2011-air-race-classic.html
ARC Team 19, Meredith's Blog http://www.arcteam19.blogspot.com/
The Missed Approach, Classic #19 http://themissedapproach.blogspot.com/
With Airplane, Classic Racer #20 http://withairplane.blogspot.com/
Cool Beans #21 http://coolbeans2011.blogspot.com/
Cherokee Chicks, Classic #23 http://womenfly.net/cherokee_chicks/
Team SkyQueen, Classic #28 http://web.me.com/maemarquet/Team_Skyqueen/Welcome.html
Team Bessie, Classic #37 http://www.teambessie.com/
Grateful Dead Reckoners, Classic #41 http://deadreckoners.blogspot.com/
Erral Lea Plymate Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
To help support outstanding student pilots, Erral Lea Plymate Memorial Scholarship applications are now being accepted online http://flighttraining.aopa.org/ftscholarship
. The deadline is Aug. 19. The scholarship winners will be announced at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford, Conn., Sept. 22-24.
Misleading info about women pilots makes its way in the media
From: "Mireille G" <firstname.lastname@example.org
It started yesterday when I got a Google News notification of an article
titled "Gender bias giving way as more women take off as pilots
> ". That
got my interest. As I read, the article stated that the number of women
pilots had increased by 18.6% in the last decade. Given the amount of time I
have spent going over the statistics in the last 2 years, that number
surprised me. This morning, as AVweb and AOPA brief pick up the story, I did
There is an old adage that "numbers can say anything you want".
In the tables published by the FAA for 2010, I did take notice of the big
jump in the total number of women pilots from 36,808 in 2009 and to 42,218
in 2010. When I noticed that most of the increase was driven by a 74%
increase of women student pilots in one year (from 8,450 in 2009 to 14,767
in 2010), I got very excited. Since March 6 2010, together, we have
introduced nearly 2400 girls and women to aviation (more than 25% of the
U.S. female student pilots in 2009) and through multiple articles brought
awareness to many more. Could we have been that effective?
However, as one of 5,580 women pilots holding an ATP certificate in 2010
(just 3.9% of all ATP certificates), I have been well trained to always read
the small notes. The small notes clearly explain that the jump in number of
student pilot certificates is due to the change in duration of the student
pilot certificate from 24 months to 60 months.
While the participation of women is slowing increasing in the commercial
flying arena - from 3.1% of the ATP pilot population in 2000 (4,411 out of
141,596) to 3.9% in 2010 (5,580 out of 142,198), from 4.76% of the
Commercial pilot population in 2000 (5,807 out of 121,858) to 6.6% in 2010
(8,175 out of 123,705) - let's not lose sight that in 1980, more than 30
years ago, the female population in the U.S. totaled 52,902 (6.4% of the
pilot population). In 2009, before the numbers were skewed by the regulation
change of the student pilot certificate, women pilots total 36,808 (6.2% of
the pilot population).
Some claim that women will never constitute 50% of the aviation population
for various reasons. May I point out that 100 years ago, similar claims were
made when only 5% of car drivers were women. Today, a little over 50% of the
people holding a driver's license are women. Together, we can make the same
transformation take place in aviation.
The numbers chosen and the time period chosen certainly depict a rosy
picture of the state of participation of women in aviation but they are very
misleading. The reality is that the percentage of women pilots went from 3%
to 6.2% in 101 years or from 6.4% to 6.2% in the last 3 decades. There is
much work to be done to change that.
Just as the illusion of safety in GA recently discussed in aviation media is
believed to hurt the evolution of the pilot population, I believe that the
illusion of significant progress in terms of women participation could deter
the much-needed industry effort to encourage more women to participate.
The publication of such misleading information may have occurred as a result
of the failure to read the small notes (no evil). However, I ask you to make
sure to minimize its negative effect on our hard work by publishing the
truth in your blogs and press releases.
Founder and International Team Leader
Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week
Gender Shift In Aviation?
The number of women pilots has increased since 2000 by 18.6 percent and the number of those with ATP certificates is up 35 percent while the number of male pilots has dropped, according to statistics updated Monday by the FAA. There were an estimated 42,218 female certificate holders in 2010, which puts the group at 6.7 percent of the total 627,588 certificated pilots recorded by the FAA. Among the ranks of Airline Transport Pilot rated certificates, women jumped from 10,218 in 2000 to 13,755 in 2010. Over the same period, the number of men holding certificates dropped nearly 1 percent and the number of men holding ATP ratings dropped about 1/2 percent. The numbers also show that the advance of women in aviation goes beyond the flight deck.
WINGS Program Enhancement
Vote for the 99s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund on the Lightspeed Web Site
A GIFT for women aviators
Mary Latimer has wanted to help more women become pilots ever since she became one herself. She recently hit upon a strategy to help women succeed: Create a program that will help women age 15 and older advance their flight training. She and her husband, assisted by other flight instructors, will hold the Girls In Flight Training (GIFT) academy in July. Read more
Aviation Weather websites
Flying to Canada
It's time to start laying the ground work for our flight to Vancouver, BC, for the Northwest 99s Section Conference September 15-19. Make sure you are prepared to comply with the following to fly into Canada.
I. Pilot Requirements
A. Current Passport (Pilot and All Passengers)
B. Current Airman Certificate with an English Proficient Endorsement
C. Current Medical Certificate
D. Radio Telephone Operators Permit
1. Access Universal Licensing System (ULS) Online Filing at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls
II. Aircraft Requirements
A. Standard Airworthiness Certificate
B. Permanent Registration Certificate
C. Radio Station License
D. Operating Limitations and Weight and Balance information
E. Aircraft ID Data Plate
F. Transponder with Mode C
G. Either a 121.5 MHz or a 406MHz ELT
H. Proof of Insurance Coverage for Flight into Canada
A. Obtain a User Fee Decal through Decal and Transponder Online Procurement Service (DTOPS) https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov/
Fee will be $27.50
B. Register for an online account in the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) https://eapis.cbp.dhs.gov/
C. File a passenger manifest using the eAPIS electronic reporting system at least one hour before departing from or arriving in the U.S.
1. You will receive an electronic clearance to depart.
2. The system allows filing in advance, so provide information for the return trip before leaving home.
D. File and activate a VFR or IFR flight plan with CANPASS in remarks. FSS or ATC will instruct you to squawk a discreet code.
1. Your first landing in the U.S. must be at an Airport of Entry such as FHR, HIO, or PDX. There will be a $60 fee at FHR or HIO. PDX is free. After landing, advise Ground Control you wish to taxi to Customs Clearance Area. It is next to Flight Craft
Take AOPA’s free online course, “Understanding eAPIS - A Pilot's Guide to Online Customs Reporting” http://flash.aopa.org/asf/eAPIS/
NOTE: 12-Inch registration marks required if crossing the Alaska ADIZ; Survival Equipment Requirements apply to flights in wilderness areas and over water.
The world’s first female Concorde pilot
There aren’t many former hairdressers who can claim to have piloted the world’s only supersonic aircraft, Concorde. Yet this is what Barbara Harmer did, becoming in 1993 the first woman Concorde pilot.
Barbara was in born 1954 in the town of Bognor Regis, a seaside resort town in West Sussex, England, Barbara left school at the age of 15 to pursue a career in hairdressing. Her first experience in the aviation industry was six years later when she left hairdressing to become an air traffic controller at London Gatwick Airport. When she took on the job of air traffic controller she decided to study for A Levels, which she had missed out on because she had left school at such a young age. She obtained A levels in Geography, English Law, Constitutional Law and Politics. She then invested thousands of pounds of her own money to pay for flying lessons.
read more at http://heritageconcorde.com/?page_id=8310
She Flies With Her Own Wings
Seal of the Oregon Territory with the Latin phrase Alis volat propriis, translated as "She Flies With Her Own Wings."
In keeping with the tradition of considering countries and territories to be feminine, it reflects Oregon’s independent spirit.
Expanding Your Horizons 2011
Breaking Through the Clouds | General Aviation News
A decade-long effort to produce a documentary on the first women's national air derby taught Heather Taylor a powerful lesson: Following your dreams isn’t always easy.
Teaching Women To Fly Research Project results
The Teaching Women To Fly Research Project is completed and the findings are posted.
In all 54 women pilots in training and others who started out to be pilots but did not, 157 women who did achieve their certificates, and 52 female and 33 male flight instructors participated in this study. The colorful charts show who took part and their backgrounds, responses, and ideas.
Do we now know why women comprise only six-percent of the pilot population? The study lists the top ten barriers and top ten things these women and men suggest we should be doing to help more women achieve their pilot certificates. These are listed on the Teaching Women to Fly home page, plus 101 positive suggestions for other things that could be done are on the "Summary" button at http://www.teachingwomentofly.com/
Working together we can increase the female pilot numbers by at least 1% in 2011 and beyond.
Penny R. Hamilton, Ph.D.
99s Updated Mission Statement
The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots
that promotes advancement of aviation through
education, scholarships, and mutual support
while honoring our unique history and
sharing our passion for flight.
Thirty women worked to update our Mission Statement at the Long-Range Planning Session held in Oklahoma City. While it incorporates the elements of the former mission statement, the updated version reflects our love of aviation, the glue that binds us. The Ninety-Nines… inspiring women pilots since 1929.
99s Receive Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Grant
At the AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Allan Schrader, Lightspeed Founder and President of the Foundation, announced that The Ninety-Nines, along with four other charitable aviation organizations, were each the recipients of $10,000 awards for, in his words, "doing good for aviation. We want to come along side to help build awareness and increase funding opportunities. And, we want to mobilize the pilot community to learn more about them and get involved.” Thank you to all who voted for your support and belief in The Ninety-Nines.http://www.aopa.org/aopalive/?watch=BtOHF0MTrCrX6CP6PKWtLzlRdryqSHeR#latest=1
99s on Facebook
Saturday Academy Introduction to Aviation and Aerospace
Origin of Fifinella
Fifinella came from a book for children by RAF pilot Roald Dahl, who coined the names "Gremlins," "Fifinellas," and "Widgets" to explain mishaps and miracles experienced by pilots in their aircraft. The Gremlins was purchased by Disney in the 1940s and published as a book. Walt Disney gave Jacque Cochran permission for the WASP to adopt Fifinella as their symbol. Read the complete test ofThe Gremlins http://www.roalddahlfans.com/books/gremtext.php and find out why pilots should never say, “I do not believe in gremlins.”
Why are there not many female pilots?
On Becoming an Aviatrix
When people initially find out that I'm a private pilot I often get similar responses. First there is a general look of surprise: slight gasp, widened eyes, raised eyebrows, followed by a long "Reeeaaally???" In fact, I often feel the same amazement that I am, indeed, a pilot! The next question I usually get is "How is it that you became a pilot?" Read more
Memorial Day Tribute to Oregon's WASP
Four Women in Space
Space shuttle Discovery's crew of seven astronauts ended their 15-day, 6 million-mile journey Tuesday, April 20, with a picture-perfect landing at Kennedy Space Center.
The mission made history with the presence of four women in space: From the left are NASA astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, both STS-131 mission specialists; along with NASA astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 23 flight engineer; and Stephanie Wilson, STS-131 mission specialist.
Only three shuttle missions remain before NASA retires the fleet. Atlantis will carry up a small Russian lab and other equipment next month. Liftoff is targeted for May 14.
Oregonians among military's first women pilots recognized in March
Longtime Salem resident Enid Fisher was one of the first women to fly American military aircraft as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II. Nearly 67 years after Fisher reported for training in Sweetwater, Texas, she and her fellow female aviators were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 10, 2010. Of the 300 surviving WASP, there are nine known to be living in Oregon, scattered throughout the state.
Kay Gott Chaffey, Medford
Enid Fisher, Salem
Jeanette Gagnon Goodrum, Lake Oswego
Madelon Burcham Hill, Bend
Kathryn L. Miles, Eugene
Anna Flynn Monkiewicz, The Dalles
Catherine Murphy, Jacksonville
Elinor Fairchild Stebbins, Portland
Shirley Haugan Wunsch, Mansanita
Helping Middle School Girls "Expand Horizons" in Aviation