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!
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!
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.
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!
-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
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.
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.
We are now the proud owners of Sugarloaf99s.org! 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!
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!
-How airplanes fly
-How hot air balloons fly
-Aviation radio activity
-Learn the phonetic alphabet
and special guests:
-United States Air Force
-Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
-College Park Aviation Museum