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Florida Women Pilots Celebrate Over 75 Years of Flying

The Florida Goldcoast Chapter of the Ninety-Nines celebrated its Diamond Anniversary with a gala party for all aviators, at the Wayman Aviation Hangar on the south side of North Perry Airport, Pembroke Pines, Florida. The program included a luncheon, music and dancing, a silent auction, an FAA sanction safety seminar, a presentation by Black Hawk pilot Elizabeth McCormick and flights in a Redbird simulator.
One of the highlights of the event was a presentation of a $2,000 Aviation Training Scholarship to a Female Aviator. It will be given in honor of three World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), who were leaders in the Chapter. At age 93 Ruth Fleisher still resides in Homestead. Helen Snapp of Pembroke Pines and Fran Sargent, have passed away, Fran Sargent worked tirelessly for our Scholarship Programs throughout her life.
Our Chapter has partnered with CEO Alex Farkas at ADF Airways Miami Flight Academy for the last five years and benefited from their generous offer to award a Next Generation 737-800 Jet Checkout Scholarship ground school and simulator at their state of the art ADF Airways Jet Airline Transition Program at KTMB. We normally award this at our December annual Scholarship Award Celebration Luncheon but will be making the formal award to 2016 recipient Taryn Fleet by Representatives from ADF at the Chapter Diamond Anniversary Celebration.
Today’s 70-member Florida Goldcoast Chapter was chartered in 1940 with 14 members as the first Ninety-Nines Chapter in the state. It sponsored a women’s air show that led to the creation of the Powder Puff Derby, a transcontinental air race. Today the Goldcoast Chapter is active in aviation education, mentoring new pilots and assisting aspiring professionals with scholarships. It has awarded over 35 scholarships, totaling $40,000. The chapter’s members include a variety of aviatrix from student pilots through all ratings with jobs ranging from airline first officers and captains, corporate and military pilots, aviation educators, FAA inspectors.

Ocean Reef Fly-in, Elisabeth, Myra, Jeri-Lynn and Anita. 2013

2014 Chapter 75th Anniversary Celebration and Scholarship Presentations. Front Row Seated Tamra Sheffman Organizer, Ursula Davidson Scholarship Trustee, Jody Smith ADF 737-800 Scholarship Winner and 2015 Chapter Chair, Nicole Hester Fran Sargent Scholarship Winner and 2014 Chapter Chair Myra Bugbee. Keynote Speaker in Uniform and Tie, 3rd from left second row, Captain Laurie Reeves Retired United B747, Far right front row Jen Toplak, 2015 Chapter Vice Chair and Membership.

2013 Annual Chapter Holiday Party, Front row holding banner are the three 2013 scholarship recipients, l-r Anita Mixon, WASP Helen Snapp Memorial Scholarship for her Instrument Rating, Kathleen Suarez, Fran Sargent Scholarship for her Multi-Engine and Diane Reinken, ADF Airways 737-800 Jet Checkout Scholarship..

Back Row in Uniform Speaker Aileen Watkins, 99, AE, B747-800 Atlas Pilot.


2013 Fly it Forward in Titusville, volunteer pilots Tamra Sheffman, Ursula Davidson and Elisabeth and Tom Wuethrich with their young passengers.  116 female passengers flew for the first time with 10 volunteer pilots.

Pete Demer CFII, Flight Instructor of the Year talking to Goldcoast Members about ADM at F45, 2-9-13

2nd from left Chapter Treasurer, Elisabeth Wuethrich, in blue hat 2014 Chapter Chair, Myra Bugbee and far right in FL Goldcoast polo shirt, outgoing Chapter Chair, Ursula Davidson.


January Goldcoast Chapter Educational meeting for the Girl Scout Troop as they passed their test for the Aviation Badge.

Chapter Members back row: Becky Ritter, Odanys Velazquez, Myra Bugbee, Jerri Lynn Stetz, Connie Wilds, Ursula Davidson, Elizabeth Wuethrich, Tamra Sheffman, Kimberley Lowe, Ellie Reichenback, Jessica Coleman,and far right Jessica Miller,

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