Thursday, December 24, 2015

Have A Merry Christmas!

The Sugarloaf 99s Wishes A
Merry Christmas To All and To All a Good Flight!

Don't Forget To Track Santa via Norad's Website:

Friday, December 11, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Meet Joy - Amelia Earhart Scholarship Foundation FLY NOW Award Winner

Follow Joy on her journey to receive her private pilots license with the help of an AEMSF Fly Now Award 
Joy and Lin in front of "Baby Awesome"

Joy and I met at a Fly In at Essex Skypark (W48) in the spring of 2015. Of course I went for the kill and told her all about the 99s and how she needed to join to get the support of other women pilots.  A few months later Joy was a student member of our chapter and we started talking about her challenges with finishing her certificate and how a scholarship could help with some of the financial burden as well as get her a mentor assigned.  By early September Joy had a fantastic application submitted to the AEMSF with, surprise surprise, me listed as her mentor. By mid-October she was told she was a recipient of an award!!!

Since her award notification, Joy has been very busy getting "Project Joy" in place:
  • Joy became a charter member of a new flying club at her new home base, Essex Skypark. She now has access to a 1963 Cessna 172D, nicknamed "Baby Awesome". Her flight training expenses will drop dramatically with this new club pricing structure and she now has a plane to fly post certificate that is affordable
  • Joy flew with the Chief Instructor of a very large flight school to obtain an assessment on her skills to date
  • Joy and I  met to review the POH and performance stats for her new training plane and discuss her flight training plan. She is transitioning from a Diamond DA-20 with a side-stick to a traditional yoke
  • Joy has her first flight lesson with her new instructor this weekend (mid-November)
  • Joy is planning her lessons for her remaining flight requirements -- solo cross countries and some dual night flights
  • Joy is so excited about her new home base and the great pilot community at Essex that she is helping to plan a Girls Aviation Day for the airport this spring
Please send Joy lots of good wishes -- and any flight training advice you have!
Joy's new training plane - Baby Awesome

Friday, October 9, 2015

Visitation Academy Day At Frederick Municipal Airport

The young ladies of Visitation Academy recently visited with the Sugarloaf Chapter at Frederick Municipal Airport on Sunday, September 27,2015 Watch this cool video that captured the fun we had learning about flying and then getting to fly!

Thursday, October 1, 2015


The board of the Mid-Atlantic Section has made a decision to cancel the Mid-Atlantic Section Meeting for this weekend in Fredericksburg, Va.due to unstable weather.

It was not an easy decision because a lot of good people have done a lot of work to make this section meeting successful.   However, the board felt that it was better to cancel this meeting and be sure everyone driving from various areas were safe rather then going forward and perhaps be sorry.

We will miss seeing all of you and we thank you for your support and understanding.

With appreciation,

Linda R. Cain, Governor
Mid-Atlantic Section

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Event Added: Oct 21 Safety Seminar - Cross Country Challenge

cross country challenge

When we talk about safety, we normally tackle one issue at a time—thunderstorms one day, taxi clearances the next. But out in the real world, any given flight can bring together a whole range of interconnected safety issues:
  • Fly through that precip…or deviate and cut into my fuel reserve?
  • Climb above that scattered layer…or risk airsick passengers?
  • Fly with an underinflated nose strut…or delay and fly in worse wx?
Our new seminar reflects that reality. You’ll follow along as we “fly” two fictional trips, answering questions (and debating answers) along the way. From preflight planning to tie-down technique, if it’s related to the flight, it’s fair game!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Mid-Atlantic Section Section Meeting Registration Deadline September 15, 2015

Please remember to register at your earliest convenience for the upcoming Section in Fredericksburg.  
Barbara Wilper and I (Marge Shaffer) took a dry run.  
YOU WILL LOVE the Robin's Nest Cafe at beautiful Shannon Airport.  
Its lively decor mimics a 50's diner.  Our BBQ will be a big hit there on Friday night. 
The hotel is really nice and conveniently located amidst the historically quaint Fredericksburg downtown 
with charming sidewalks for strolling and nearly hidden patio cafes and restaurants for get-togethers. 
Love this town. The banquet is in a renovated yet fascinating railway station.  
We also visited the aromatic Whiskey plant located on a picturesque river. 
Join us for a fantastic weekend with so many other things to do and see.  
We shall be doing cartwheels on the taxi way while we wait for your registration forms.  
You can find the registration forms at:


Old Dominion Chapter

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

NEW Events Added

-Sunday, September 27th - Aviation Day with the Visitation Academy 2-4pm
-October 2-4th - Old Dominion section meeting in Fredericksburg, VA
-Sunday, October 18th - Pinch Hitter Course - Frederick Flight Center
-November - Christmas at the airport - more info TBD

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pat Valdata Reads Poems Inspired by Women Aviators June 28

 Pat Valdata will read from  Where No Man Can Touch, her recent collection of poems inspired by
women aviators, 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28 at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, Maryland. The Writer’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary support organization, founded in 1976, offering workshops, readings and more. The website, _www.writer.org_ more fully describes their programs.  Ms. Valdata will be reading with novelist Tom Glenn. The  reading will be followed by a reception and book signing, and is free and open  to the public. Please feel free to email and/or call if you have questions or  suggestions.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Calling All Artists!

Help repaint the compass rose at FDK! - UPDATE - SAT ONLY
 Sat May 30
This will be a quick effort since its a touch up project - no math !

Meet at 9 am on Saturday to paint and celebrate with a noon cookout.
Contact Lin Caywood or Brenda Tibbs for details

Friday, April 17, 2015

May Member Meeting

Just a note-the May Member Meeting is Thursday, May 14th at 6:30pm. We will be meeting at Runways restaurant at KHGR.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

April 9th Meeting & FAAST Seminar -VENUE UPDATE

A big shout out to Sandra for putting together a FAAST seminar for us to attend during our next Sugarloaf meeting on Thursday, April 9th at the Visitation Academy (200 E Second St, Frederick) at 6:30!

Pilot deviations continue to be a problem although it is frequently the focus of discussion during flight reviews and lessons.  At this though-provoking seminar we will review special use airspace and prevention of deviations as a refresher as the weather allows more General Aviation flying.  Don't miss this event.

This seminar is open only to members of the Ninety-Nines and their guests.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

We are now the proud owners of! You can now use this URL to access our website. We are also transitioning over to our new forum, sign up now by clicking on the 'Sugarloaf Forum' tab! Previous members have already been approved on the forum and calendar. Happy flying!

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Events Posted to Calendar

March 28th: Tentative Fly-Out - details TBA
April 11th: Lunch Fly-Out to JGG
April 18th: Visitation Academy STEM Fair
June 6th: AOPA Fly-in

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Event this Weekend: Paws & Planes Day

Join Turbo the Flying Dog and the Sugarloaf Ninety-Nines for a FREE day of fun at the airport! Children of all ages are invited to meet the star of the new children's book series, Turbo the Flying Dog, and participate in aviation education activities! Children who complete their aviation punch card at the event will receive a prize!

 Activities include:

 -Flight simulators
 -How airplanes fly
 -How hot air balloons fly
 -Aviation weather
 -Aviation charts
 -Aviation radio activity
 -Learn the phonetic alphabet

 and special guests:
 -United States Air Force
 -The Ninety-Nines
 -Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
 -College Park Aviation Museum