Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ninety Nines return to Warwick

From the Warwick Advertise Sept 11, 2012:  Ninety Nines return to Warwick




Photo by Roger Gavan Members of the North Jersey Chapter of the ìNinety Nines,î an International organization of women pilots, pose with Warwick Municipal Airport Manager Dave MacMillan.

WARWICK — This past year Sue Jones, Bev Weintraub and Lorna Mack completed the women pilots’ 2012 Air Race Classic, which, crossing 10 states, began in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and finished at Batavia, Ohio.
The three are members of the North New Jersey Chapter of the “Ninety-Nines” who returned to Warwick Municipal Airport for their annual picnic and meeting on Saturday, Sept. 8.
However, the severe weather forecast that day even included tornado warnings so the ladies, all of whom are licensed pilots but live nearby, did leave their airplanes at home.
Holding the event at Warwick Airport has become a tradition.
“We love it here,” said Chapter Chair Rosanne Isom. “And we always receive a wonderful welcome.”
The “Ninety-Nines,” has been home to women pilots since the early days of aviation.
Amelia Earhart, its first president, and 98 other early female aviators established the “Ninety Nines” in 1929.
The organization, named after the number of original charter members, is an international non-profit association of licensed professional and private women pilots.
Full membership requires that the applicant be licensed as a fixed wing, helicopter, balloon or glider pilot. And many of the 65 members of the North New Jersey Chapter also have instrument, commercial and other advanced ratings. Some have served as airline pilots or were even former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
The annual picnic in September is the Chapter’s official kick-off for the year’s activities.
The North New Jersey Chapter of the “Ninety-Nines” continues to offer scholarships for flight training, which are open to any male or female student pilot with an earnest desire to further aviation achievements.
For information contact the Ninety Nines at: northjersey99s@hotmail.com.



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