"Right Seat" is our segment devoted to educating
our members, future members and the public about the 99s, women in aviation and aviation in general. Please send us your stories
and events so we can learn from each other.
How is your "AIM"?
Paradise Coast is starting their AIM study group at each meeting. Each
month a different member will select a section of AIM and bring it to the group for interpretation and discussion. Let's get
those ideas flowing, ladies!!!
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Where does ATC sit in your plane?
Anne Marie Levalle sent us this article as it appeared on Flight
ATC Shouldn't Sit in the Left Seat
FAR 91.3 defines the responsibility and authority of the pilot
in command as: "The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the
operation of that aircraft." That is quite clear to me. Yet, every year many planes break up after flying into thunderstorms,
or run out of fuel a few miles from the runway because the pilot made several poor decisions in a row. In this article, I
want to primarily focus on the pilot-controller relationship. It has many times stupefied me how pilots allow air traffic
controllers to 'get into their cockpits.' In any airplane, this is a very dangerous situation, but especially in a jet. Jets
burn several times as much fuel down low as they do up high. It is such that blindly accepting unfavorable ATC instruction;
a jet pilot can run out of fuel short of the runway, or in the more common scenario, burn through precious reserve fuel and
land on fumes.
What steps can you take to
avoid finding yourself in these dangerous situations?
that YOU are the PIC. Act like it. The only thing the controller knows about you is how you sound on the radio. Sound confident
and BE confident. If you come across like an unsure little schoolgirl on the radio, ATC will treat you like one. Anticipate
radio calls, so you start climbing or turning as the controller is calling you. Show them immediate action. It really seems
that I get more leeway than other pilots I have spoken with. Why? Because I tell ATC exactly what I want, and then execute
it. I am assertive and specific with my needs. Flying often does help, because ATC facilities start to remember your call-sign
and they know what you and your aircraft are capable of. Houston TRACON knows that if they ask me to keep 200 knots to 5 DME,
I can handle it. They know that whatever they ask of me, I will get it done. This gets me preferential treatment over traffic
that the controllers are unfamiliar with. However, even when I fly into unfamiliar airspace in other cities and countries
around the world, I find myself in an idle descent from FL410 while other jets are burning 5 times the fuel at 8,000ft still
100 miles from their destination. Why? Because I look at dealing with ATC as a constant negotiation.
The only reason the air traffic control system exists is to help pilots successfully
and safely complete our flights while working other aircraft in the airspace. Do not be afraid to use the word 'unable.' I
was recently flying back from the East Coast when I kindly asked for a deviation for weather. The controller simply replied
with 'No deviations.' I told him that was unacceptable, and that I would be deviating 15 degrees to the right for the next
30 miles and that I appreciated him working that out for us. There was absolutely no way I was going to allow anyone else
to fly my airplane into a dangerous situation. Yet, somehow every summer we see fatal crashes from exactly this happening.
It is not only novice pilots who are the problem. Plenty of ATP's have been found guilty of the same blunders.
It is important to remember that controllers are on the ground
because we are in the air, and not vice versa. It is rare to have an interchange with a controller that ends negatively, but
if you do have a problem, remember that the radio is not the place to fight about it. If you have an issue with a particular
controller or facility, politely ask for their supervisor's name and phone number. I have made a few calls to facilities to
express my concerns, or in one particular case on a Wounded Warrior mission, my gratitude for a few particular controllers
going above and beyond for me.
doesn’t sit in the left seat.
both Paradise Coast Chapter and Florida Goldcoast Chapter participated in the AOPA Safety Foundation Weather Challenge Seminar. Participants were required to take a weather quiz, testing their knowledge in every day real life weather situations.
Thanks to AOPA for a fabulous opportunity to learn more about weather.
GULF STREAM CHAPTER 99s
Gulf Stream Chapter partners
with Women of Aviation Worldwide Week for spectacular celebration of the 50th anniversary of women in space. Did you
miss being there? Read all about it HERE.
Tennessee Chapter of the Ninety-Nines
News for April 2012: The Tennessee Chapter
sponsored its first Girl Scout Aviation Day, April 14, 2012 at the Knoxville Downtown Island Airport (DKX). Almost three hundred Girl Scouts, parents and siblings registered for the half-day event. The spring weather was perfect for both the outside and inside displays.
Tennessee 99s presented information and interactive programs. Presentations included: Flight Instructors
and Pilot Examiners, Charlotte Meek and Martha Miller; Homebuilt airplanes, Judy Wayman and Sam Robinson; Airplane Prefight,
Linda and John Haynes; History, Kathy Goldstein; and Airline Pilot, Nancy McGinnis. The Knoxville
Tower jumped in with five Air Traffic Control Specialists, Lauren Burlason, Sara Flatt, Angela Wilson, Olive Miller and Tammy
Easterday. They invented interactive games and presented computer information. Civil Air Patrol pilot Linda Meese arranged for two CAP Cessna 182s, a display and cadets who helped with parking and crowd control.
Lighter-Than-Air pilot Pat Roush and her crew set-up a colorful balloon display area. JROTC Cadets and Senior Girl Scouts Cassie Marrie Wilerson and Aresha Shea Robinson showed the girls, “yes you can do it all”! Both cadets are recipients of the Tuskegee Airmen Award. The Downtown Island Airport manager, Tim Hair and his crew helped coordinate
the event and extended great hospitality. Girl Scout Council Coordinators Lise Bender and Kristi
Stringfield worked with Janice Pelletti from the Tennessee 99s to organize the day. Janice
Pelletti - Tennessee Chapter.
99s Reach Across the PondEach year a group of young adults from Great Britain visits
south Florida as part of a camp organized by the Royal Air Force Air Cadets Air Cadets program. This year 56 participants
visited Florida and participated in general aviation educational and support activities. For more than 18 years the cadets
have also volunteered marshalling traffic at the Sun 'n Fun International Air Show during their 2 weekcamp in Florida. They are also scheduled to visit Kennedy Space Center and the Civil
Air Patrol. The cadets program provides a practical introduction to general aviation as well as the Royal Air Force. Flight
programs available include glider training and powered flight in light aircraft such as the Cessna 172.For more information please see their website www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets.On Sunday March 25 a group of 56 cadets flew in 8 planes to the Oakridge Cemetery
in Arcadia, FL. 99s members Susan Carastro (FL Goldcoast chapter) and Terry Carbonell and Ellen Herr (Paradise Coast) flew
3 of these aircraft. Cadets visited the "British Plot" which has the graves of 23 British servicemen who perished
during flight training, and listened to a brief history lesson about the significance of flight training in FL. Cadets laid
a wreath and raised the Union Jack over the cemetery to honor these airmen. Buried alongside the servicemen is John Riddle,
who co-owned the flight school where the pilots were trained. Riddle was given the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order
of the British Empire) for his service to Great Britain and co-founded Embry Riddle Aeronautical University after the war.Each cadet flew had
a 30 minute flight and was able to talk with the pilots about their aircraft, assist with navigation and traffic spotting,
and have their logbooks signed. Rain showers over Arcadia
and interesting air traffic control procedures arriving and departing Sun 'n Fun also gave them some practical experience
with flight challenges at a major air show. The cadets were a great group to fly with and we hope to make this event an annual
New Orleans 99s Show Girsl Scouts Southern Hospitality
... Aviation Style
The New Orleans 99's had a fabulous
weekend (March 24th)entertaining the Girl Scouts of Louisiana. The Junior scouts earned their badge as they participated in
classes held by the women pilots who drove and flew over to
Abbeville Airport. Sixty girls and 30 parents enjoyed the presentations by our well informed facilitators (from the FAA, retired
Lockheed Martin, current Coast Guard helicopter pilots, plane mechanic to excellent private pilots- all phenomenal Women!)
The EAA joined to give these scouts a trip in the air! Appetites were surely wet to join our ranks in the blue skies!
Tennessee Chapter to host Aviation Education Event
Enrollment now tops 300!!!!!
April 14th 9:30-noon at the Knoxville Downtown Island Airport
more information: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The history of women in aviation:
Overview of the women who broke the ground for the rest of us. Examples: Harriet Quimby first certificated woman pilot, Bessie
Coleman first African American woman pilot, Amelia Earhart founder of the 99s, WASPS Women's Air force Service Pilots
Certified Flight Instructor/Designated
Pilot Examiner/Flight School: This will be presented by an instructor who owned her own flight school and was
a Designated Pilot Examiner. She'll cover what it's like to be an instructor, how as a woman pilot examiner she tested
men and woman to be pilots, the different kinds of pilots and how to get started flying.
Balloon pilot: This will be presented by a balloon pilot. She
will have her balloon on display. She's talk/show the different parts of the balloon and how the balloon flies.
Air Traffic Control Specialist: We will have 1-2
air traffic controllers. They will describe their jobs and how they keep the airplanes safe and separated when they
talk to the pilots.
Building your own airplane:
This pilot and her husband built their own airplane from a kit. She will show the airplane and tell what it's like
to put it together.
We will have an airline pilot talk about her job. What's it's like to travel, what she carries in her flight
bag and how she got to be an airline pilot.
Airplane Preflight: We will show what the pilots look at on the airplane before they fly to make sure it's
safe. We'll talk about the different controls and how the plane flies.
Mississippi 99s host youth and aviation
and Janet Miller gave a presentation about their participation in the Air Race Classic this year. It was a very interesting and educational presentation. Linda traced the Air Race from last summer on a map of the USA as well as the next
year’s Air Race. Both Janet and Linda talked about their experience and about what all happened.
Janet also talked about her airfield, Shade Tree Airport and about
the airplanes that she has flown thus far. She had a binder with all kind of wonderful pictures of those airplanes, which
she shared with all of us. Rachel talked about her job as a CFI and CFII and where she wants to go with her aviator adventures,
as well as what it takes to become a private pilot, a commercial pilot, an ATP and a CFI/CFII. The children as well as their
mama’s were very enthusiastic listeners. They had several interesting questions for all of us to answer too! In the
hangar were a Cessna 172, a Mooney, a King Air 200, a Cherokee and a Lancair,etc. to be admired. Afterwards we went to the
Hangar where the Rescue 7 Augusta Helicopter is stationed. One of the pilots explained us about the operations of the helicopter and where it
is used for. The children also got to sit in it and see the medical equipment it does has on board.
Dunedin Montessori School Field Trip to Clearwater
July 14, 2010
Fifteen children from the Dunedin Montessori School were given a glimpse into General
Aviation during a field trip to Clearwater Airpark. A friend and I brought two planes, a Seawind and a Cessna 150, out
on display. Two at a time, the children climbed into the cockpits and took a turn behind the controls to pretend they
were flying. I stood by to answer their questions and to explain a bit about the 150. Each of the children seemed
to enjoy it immensely.
After the ‘getting to know you’ session with the planes,
we had the children gather around a picnic table under a tree with a good view of the runway. I took the 150 up for
a demonstration flight. The first time around, I made a low pass so they could get a good look at the plane in flight.
The children, along with my friend on the ground, had a hand-held radio and I could hear them all cheering wildly when I landed!
We headed back to the school where I handed out gift bags, including The Ninety-Nines Air Bear coloring books, crayons,
foam gliders and pinwheels. We ended the day with ice-cream sundaes.
My husband told me he still remembers his
elementary school field trip to an airport; it’s something that has stuck with him over the years. I like to think
these children will also look back fondly on their trip to Clearwater Airpark. And who knows, maybe we sparked an interest
in aviation for one of these children.
FL Suncoast Chapter of The Ninety-Nines
Recently there were two events at Florida
Institute of Technology (FIT) on Melbourne
Airport. November 6th was Aviation Day for the general
public. There were static displays, information tables, food. It was a cool, windy day,
but we had a table in the hangar. Carol Gosling and Bobbi Lasher from Spaceport 99s spent several hours
telling people about the 99s Organization.
December 4th was a day for Scouts and Aviation merit badges. The Boy
Scouts were there in the morning and the Girl Scouts arrived at 1pm
for the afternoon. Spaceport 99s, Carol and Bobbi talked to more than 100 girls about women in the history
of aviation. Each girl needed to go home and research 3 of these women and find out specific information
about each one. (Two clever girls used their Mom’s cell phone to look up the info before they left
the hangar.) There were 7 other tables set up, each covering a different requirement of the badge. The
girls were interested and attentive. Hopefully, the day inspired a few girls about flying.
All were given a flier about the next Young Eagles Day at Merritt Island Airport.
NIFA Competition draws colleges, kids and 99s!
NIFA, the National Intercollegiate Flying Association, is divided into 11 Regions, we are in Region 9.
Each region holds a competition for the Colleges with aviation programs. The three top teams in
each region then get to go to the National Competition. The Region IX competition was held November 9 – 12 at Melbourne
Airport. Seven of the ten eligible schools competed; Auburn University, Broward
Community College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Memorial University, Florida Institute of Technology, Jacksonville University, Miami
Dade College. There were 4 flying events; Navigation
(a cross country flight), soft field landings, power off landings and message drop. There were also 5 ground
events: aircraft preflight inspection, ground trainer (simulator), computer accuracy (E6B problems), aircraft recognition,
and Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation [SCAN] (flight planning). These events are not as easy as they sound. The Ninety-Nines were
well represented in the Judges area: Joyce Ackers, Bobbi Lasher, Sonia Bortalin, Terry Carbonell, Mary
Anne Demmer, Tamra Sheffman and Elizabeth Bishop., shown in the picture below. Those who were not
available for the picture were Marilyn Shafer, Vickie Sherman and Pat Picornell, who is a Grasshopper, but not a 99.
SOUTHEAST SECTION MEMBERS JOIN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FOR AVIATION PROJECT
In conjunction with the 2011 Air Race Classic, terminating in Mobile, AL, several SE Section 99s joined
in the adventure to participate in the 6 month long "No Limits Aviation Program".
Terry Carbonell and 49 1/2, Vern Conly blasted out of LaBelle early on a January 2011 Saturday morning. We were met
at the airport by Linda Werhle from the Mobile Visitors and Convention Bureau, who tracked us on Flight Aware and with SPOT.
Linda is not yet a pilot but her birthday and Christmas present was flight lessons and she promises me that she will have
a couple under her belt by our next visit. She was our chauffer to get us to the Mobile Boys and Girls club with a brief enroute
stop for coffee and breakfast. We arrived at the Club in time to chat with the program director, Inger Anderson. She showed
us the handouts that she had printed for the girls and gave us the run down for the day’s itinerary with the idea of
mixing and matching activities to keep everyone’s interest throughout the day.
remainder of the guest speakers and assistants began to arrive: Ingred Sorrenson, a local Citation pilot and schooner, Joshua,
crewmate; new race team 99s Linda Keller and Mimi Reiheld (this is the Mobile “local” team. Mimi now lives in
NC but is a transplant from Mobile); Vern (the token male), Linda, Ledonna and a few other ladies from the Boys and Girls Club. The girls
filled out intake questioners that included questions like “Have you even been on an airplane?” Less than one
quarter of the girls had been on a plane and barely half had been to an airport.
brief introductions, the 45 girls plus guests saw the first part of Breaking Through the Clouds. Intermission started
with a question and answer session where the girls earned coupons for correct answers. They knew the number of racers in the
original race, why it was called “Powder Puff Derby” and the year being 1929.
intermission activity was paper airplanes. The girls divided into groups of 5 and an adult was assigned to each group. Each
girl made a paper airplane and test flew it in the gymnasium. Adults helped with the folding and making ailerons to help the planes fly a little better. Then once all the test flights were completed, each team selected a team pilot and airplanes
to compete against the other teams for a distance flight contest. Team #1 threw first and their plane flew nearly half way across the gym, “rolling” to a stop on the half way mark (yes, the roll-out counts in the distance): quite impressive
and hard to beat. Team #2 had a shorter flight but not bad. The Team #3 (Terry’s Team Wild Mama with ball cap clad captain)
launched a plane that FLEW over ¾ of the gym and rolled out just before hitting the far wall! Whoa!!!! Cheers rang
out from team members and others mouths dropped to the ground. Beat that!!! Teams #4 - #8 all flew varying distances but nothing
even close to either Team #1 or Team #3, so Team #3 claimed victory in the first airplane contest and a coupon per team member.
After a quick homemade chocolate chip cookie break, it was back to the remainder of the
film. The after film activities were building on what was learned in the film about the race route and in anticipation of
the route to come. The girls had US maps and had to write the names of the state on the map of each place where the 1929 race
landed and on another map where the 2011 race will land. Each team member got a coupon for each correct map.
Finally, there was a brief exercise on the phonetic alphabet where each girl was given the alphabet and had to write
her name in the phonetic alphabet, reciting their names when called. India-November-Gulf-Echo-Romeo started off. As the girls stood and read their
names one by one, they were dismissed for pizza and soda.
The final coupon was earned
by filling out the daily evaluation: What did you learn? And other questions were posed to see the results of the day. The
buses arrived and girls filed out of the center with pockets full of reward candy and a balsa airplane to go home and launch
into new adventures.
Inger will be working with her counselors to keep the individual centers
alive in training the girls in other aspects of aviation in anticipation of the next group meeting at the airport, Brookley
Field, Downtown Mobile, on February 19th.
After a long day, Vern and Terry launched
out in Wild Mama at dusk. The air was still crisp and cool; the sun was just dropping below the horizon and we had
a tailwind! As we scooted along at 170 kts across the darkened emerald cost we watched the flickering lights below in the
city backlit by the sunset and marveled as we looked forward to see the city lights meet the stars. This is why we fly.
February 2011: Vern and Terry got to the airport by 0830 to meet racer and fellow 99, Mae Marquet, who flew in yesterday
from Lafayette, LA to help
with the girls and to tour the Airbus. This was a special day: most of the girls have never been to an airport and very few
have been on an airplane EVER; so this was going to be a treat. It is hard to say what was the “star” of the show
today; but everything depended on the weather.
By 0930 the girls had arrived at the airport and were ushered
into the lounge at the Downtown Air Center at Brookley Field. There was no sign of the Airbus so we had some filler time.
One of the local line men came over and explained to the girls the function of an FBO and what he does as a line man. Then
Captain Cathy McFarland, another fairly local Airbus Captain, spoke to the girls about the Airbus and the opportunities at
they learned that they could go to college FREE if they work for UPS. That is certainly an opportunity worth investigating.
Several other great opportunities presented while we were waiting out the weather: Tom, the local squadron
commander of the Civil Air Patrol, and his other leaders, spoke with the girls about CAP and Ryan, a local Citation pilot,
opened his Citation so the girls could get a look at a small jet, giving them exposure to small, medium and jumbo sized planes
today. While we were out on the ramp with the Citation, the Airbus taxied over to UPS and 99 Captain, Terri Donner arrived
to tell the girls about the tour of the Airbus A300.
The gaggle of girls – both kids and adults –
followed Terri over for the tour. The cargo had been off-loaded and the empty behemoth stood in front of us all. Whoa! Terri
took us all on the inside tour while Kathy showed the cool stuff on the outside. We filed up the stairs and into the cargo
whoa again! I could picture the rows of passenger seats neatly installed in the plane but it seems so much larger when it
is all empty. The A300 is about the size of the Boeing 767 wide-bodies jet. The cargo version is filled with track rollers,
instead of seats, to accommodate the cargo containers, some of which have rounded tops to fit the contour of the plane. We
toured the jump seat area and the cockpit. I thought Wild Mama
had lots of buttons and toys but this was way cool
– you could see that both the pilot and co-pilot had plenty of buttons to play with on their own!
tour was over all too fast and we headed outside to see the jet engines, the landing gear and the wing areas and learn about
the turbines, retractable gear and fueling. When the tours were over, the girls started back to the FBO to meet up with their
pilots for the Young Eagles rides.
We was fortunate to be able to partner with EAA and the Young Eagle
program to give the girls a real taste for the adventure of flying. A flock of 8
planes, including Wild Mama
, took the girls on a 30 minute scenic flight over the Mobile area. Some of the girls
got to fly but all enjoyed a window seat to a new world.
As the first plane load arrived back at the FBO
in Wild Mama
, Terry was there to greet them: smiles and giddy with excitement
….. that would be both Terry and the girls! A news reporter wanted to get their first impression of flight. None of
these girls had ever been on a plane so the bird’s-eye view of their world was a real life changing experience. Words
like “awesome” “cool” and “this was the best day of my life” were common expressions.
Many of the girls said they were nervous but the nerves quickly subsided as they lifted into the air. They saw some sights
of familiar places that did not look the same to them at all. Through the light haze they over flew the Gulf and the neighborhoods
surrounding the airport. They could see the tall Renaissance Plaza from the air – it looked so small compared to the
way it normally looked. The world was a new and exciting place from 100’!
When all the rides were over,
the girls got certificates, log books pizza and their pilots got lots of thank yous and hugs. Through it all, the adults a/k/a
“big kids” could only sit back and watch their charges with envy. Once the kids were inside chomping away on pizza,
it was the big kids turn. All of the counselors got a ride of their own to see what the girls were all happy about. For them,
it was their first ride in a general aviation airplane; and one lady came off Wild Mama saying “I feel a career change
coming on. That was amazing!” Many ladies inquired about taking lessons on their own – yes: it is NEVER too
late to learn!
In all we flew 53 girls and 9 adults and opened many eyes to opportunities and possibilities.
There is no limit to what these girls can do. Air Race Classic and the Boys and Girls Club of Mobile extend many thanks to
those who helped to make today and awesome experience for many ladies: EAA, UPS, Downtown Air Center and the BFM tower guys
– you were all AWESOME!!!!!
March 2011 - This is a special weekend for the kids in Mobile: ARC and
the Boys and Girls Club are hosting career day as part
of the No Limits Girls Aviation program. The girls will have the opportunity to learn about various aviation careers
- both flying and non-flying - and meet some ladies who serve us in the aviation industry.
99s, Ellen Herr, Bee
Haydu and Terry Carbonell launched out from North County on schedule. The ground fog dissipated and the tailwind aloft left
them cruising about 180 kts over the ground. It was a short 3 hours to go. It was a pleasure to have Bee along with the three
up a lively conversation over the rather annoying interruptions of ATC giving us directions and talking to other pilots. Having
to talk to ATC can be a problem with the conversation in the cockpit is so good!
They landed at Mobile Downtown and hit the ground running, heading off to see Inger Anderson at the Boys
& Girls Club and get directions to the Boys & Girls Club Camp to start work on next months' activities - TOP SECRET
at this point! The camp is a beautiful setting and Bee got some rest under the shade trees for a bit before heading off to
dinner at Wentzel's. They had pre-arranged their dinner meeting so they could fit everything in this short trip. Bee is a
rock star in aviation circles and everywhere they went, folks wanted to meet her and take pictures. Ellen and Terry were thrilled
to be there with her. They met Robin Tillery from TCM and Inger for dinner and laughed and told stories for
the better part of 2 hours. Exhausted and knowing they had a long day ahead of us, they headed back to the hotel for some
much needed rest for all.
Saturday morning found Linda Wehrle, Mobile Visitors & Convention Center, knocking
on their door at 0800 to fetch Terry for the ride out to the Sonny Callahan Club to help finish the set up for the career
day event. They have assembled a varied and impressive group of professional women to talk about their careers and were looking
forward to the presentations as much as the girls. As the girls started arriving, Terry noticed the collages on the walls
and some that girls brought with them. From the "all call" on Facebook, Inger got a TON of magazines that were distributed
to the centers. The girls got to read the magazines and make collages on various aspects of aviation. The collages were all
quite good but the one that caught their eyes was the "Girls With Wings" collage featuring 99 Lynda Meeks. Unbeknownst
to the young ladies who made the collage, Lynda was one of the featured presenters. You can imagine the look on their faces
when they got to meet the lady about whom they had recently read and pictured.
Career Day - "No Limits"
started off with a presentation by Bernice "Bee" Falk Haydu, 44-7 W.A.S.P. Bee captivated the young (and older)
audience with her slide show and talk about her flying career and in particular her days as a W.A.S.P. She had pictures from
the 1940's training days at
Sweetwater and told of the weather extremes that they had to face as trainees; the challenges of learning to fly the military
way, about the rewarding experience of serving her country and about the Congressional Gold Medal Award. The girls were full
of questions including "Did you ever have to kill anyone?" and "Did you ever get a scorpion or a rattlesnake
in your bunk?" But they also wanted to know if she ever got lost flying, what to do if you run of our fuel and boot camp
life. Bee concluded with a mention of her book, "Letters Home". Her presentation was greeted with a hearty round
of applause, requests for pictures, book signings and many words of thanks both for her appearance for the kids and for her
service to our country.
From the past we moved right into the present with US Coast Guard officer and pilot,
Julie Padgett. Julie, who just came off a 0300 search and rescue call, talked to the girls about her career in the US Coast
Guard. She spoke of the education and training required and the different fields available to the girls depending on whether
or not they want to go to college - there is something for everyone with the Coast Guard. Julie showed some slides of the
different aircraft that are used in the Coast Guard and talked about the missions -
search and rescue, assisting with border patrol and anti-drug smuggling operations, homeland security and missions like the
recent oil spill in the Gulf. The girls were particularly interested in hearing about the boot camp and the 8 weeks of training
to get their careers started. Julie finished with a lively question and answer session and departed for her home to rest up
after her all night mission.
After a brief break, the girls divided into 4 rotating groups for more activities
and career learning. The first 2 groups stayed in the big room with Lynda Meeks, Founder of Girls With Wings. Lynda does an
interactive hour long program teaching girls about aviation but about life skills: never look at the big picture and become
overwhelmed. Always break it down into smaller, easy to manage tasks and build on them to accomplish the bigger goal. Lynda
craftily takes the kids through everything they need to know to fly, breaking it into the smaller tasks to prove to the girls
that even something seemingly so complex is really easy and that they can all learn to do anything they can dream to do. Lynda
finishes with an airplane balloon launch showing the girls that even the sky is not the limit!
Group 3 started
with Lisa Brunegraff, Senior Engineering Specialist for Airbus. Lisa is an airplane interior designer and got the girls thinking
about the things that are necessary to design and construct an aircraft, pointing out that an aircraft needs an interior just
like your home. The girls were amazed at how many similarities there were between the two. Lisa talked about the Airbus A380
and how it dwarfs the A300 that they girls had
toured. The engine alone is over 12' tall! Then Lisa explained how it takes four years to construct an A380 but showed a
video of the project - start to finish - in only 4 minutes. WOW! Talk about fast forwarding a project. Just as Lisa designs
airplanes, the girls got to try their hand at constructing a styrofoam plane, complete with test flights for distance and
accuracy. Terry took a bit of a pounding on the accuracy challenge but it was all in good fun.
The final group
started in the round-table discussion of non-flying aviation careers featuring Renee Blackmon, UPS Ground Support Supervisor;
Ellen Herr, retired Air Traffic Controller; Valerie Gray, Communications Specialist and Kimberly Doerner, Director of Human
Resources, GAT Ground Support; Robin Tillery, Marketing & Communications and Theresa Ballard, Aviation Technology &
Customer Service, Teledyne Continental Motors; Lt. Col. Jack Bentley and Cadets, Helen Clark and Jessica Howe, Civil Air Patrol.
Each representative gave an informative overview of her company and profession and they all fielded questions from the girls
and had time for up-close-and-personal chats about available opportunities, education and "a day in the life of...".
The whole 3 hour long program ended with pizza and a meet and mingle where the girls could inquire more on their own and meet
their future employers and co-workers. It is exciting to see how the girls are blossoming and feeling encouraged for a future
full of hope and opportunity.
April 2011 found the car was there and waiting for us when we landed and I hit the ground running. There was lots
to do and little time to do it to be ready for the girls on Saturday.
The weather forecast for Friday was
severe thunderstorms and hail. That w supposed to be set up day but we thought better of it. I put all of the stations together
in my room at the Holiday Inn and delivered everything to the camp Friday for an early Saturday morning set up. Each station
was separated out in a neat pile so none of the strings, etc. would tangle. That lasted
about 30 seconds when we tried to load everything into the air with 20 kt winds. So much for organization.
We got everything unloaded safely at the camp and untangled the mess from the winds so it would be easy to set up Saturday
morning. With a severe thunderstorm and tornado alert for the remainder of the day, we did not want to take the chance of
setting up the whole thing only to have it blow away in the dead of night. Around 10 pm it happened: the tornado warning siren
sounded. It was going to be a long night.
The night passed without incident in spite of the siren sounding
once again around 11:30 pm and I awakened to an absolutely beautiful day. Inger and I scurried out to the camp to work on
set up by 6:30 am. We were later joined by Ingrid and Linda Keller and got the remainder of everything hidden just as the
first van load of girls arrived at the camp. It was going to be a good day.
We had 4 different activities planned for the day. First we had a weather station. The local Coast Guard sent a volunteer
who set up a display to talk about aviation weather and time. Second, Keri Wright, ARC VP, and her crew came for an airport
where the girls were "airplanes" and had to "fly" in to the airport, following the instructions of ATC.
Next, the Azalea City Model Airplane Club arrived with 7 brand new RC airplanes for the clubs to keep. They were to teach
the girls how to fly the RC planes and do a demonstration with a helicopter. Last was the navigation scavenger hunt where
teams of girls had to use the compass to navigate their way through the scavenger hunt, collecting items and clues along the
way. They also had to answer a series of questions based on all of the aviation knowledge they have been accumulating during
the past several months. The winner was the team to answer the most questions correctly.
Inger quickly introduced all of the guests and divided the girls into 3 groups for the beginning of the day. The winds were
beginning to pick up a bit by then which made for a very pleasant day for all but the ones flying the RC planes. The planes
are made of Styrofoam and are very light. With the trees in the camp area, the flyers had to get the planes high in the air
where the wind played havoc with navigation. We ended with a plane in the trees - although it was recovered after much branch
pulling and tugging - and another that caught a great thermal and took off on its own, never to be seen again. Someone will
have a bonus find along Shelton Beach Rd! It was fun to watch the concentration o the girls flying the planes. all eyes tried
to follow as they flew higher and did aerobatic loops. The Boys and Girls Club is keeping the planes and they will be working
with the RC Club in the future after the race leaves to keep the girls interested in aviation.
Keri and Chevonne (her work associate) quickly got to work with the "airplanes" girls. Each girl
got her "tail number being a combination of her birthday and initials. They were all called by the tail numbers as they
were shown how to enter a pattern, taxi down the taxiways and land on the chalked runway. How fun to watch as Keri and Chevonne
tamed the chaos of airplanes into a neat little package of controlled chaos!
Our Coast Guard weather guy
had the girls mesmerized with his weather talk. It was nice to have a small group - only 6-8 girls and he and Keri split a
group - so they could ask questions and get really involved in the discussion. He talked about Zulu
time, about turbulence and all the different ways that the weather impacts aviation. Many of the girls asked questions and
took a real interest in the weather discussion.
The scavenger hunt took the most time for girls to complete.
They all had adult team leaders to help keep them on track. Racer, 99 Linda Keller, Andrew (another of Keri's associates),
Ingrid and LA each took a team and set off. The first round of hunting went slowly with the girls getting hung up on locating
the eggs buried in the sand pile and the balloons in the pond that the wind pushed under the dock. But through the popping
of balloons and hunting for the hidden clues, they managed their way through the entire course. Ingrid and her team was the
first to dig through the sand pile and they made sure that the other teams to follow had quite a chore, burying the other
eggs deep in the pile, some never to be found. Linda expertly guided her group through the pink course, hinting at some of
the more difficult answers to get them a high place in the final standings. Andrew, in particular, was very encouraging to
his girls. He had them running (or vise versa) to the next set of clues; he cheered them on and provided much encouragement
when they had 3 minutes to fill out the map of the US with all of the states. His efforts paid off with a first place win
for his yellow #3 team!
With all of the girls getting prizes for the day, it was time for us volunteers to
head out. Inger and the girls remained at the camp for a sleep-over, but we needed the comfort of our own beds!
Many thanks to the host of 99s and volunteers who came out today to help including the Azalea City Model Airplane Club,
Keri Wright, Chevonne, Andrew, the Coast Guard volunteer, and the usual crew of Boys and Girls Club counselors, Ingrid, Inger
and LA. Without everyone’s' help, today would not have been such a success.
May 2011 found our yound
aviatixes working hard on their shirts and getting the aviation "jewelry". each team of girls was paired with a
so they will be following their progress, emailing their teams and cheering them on as they cross the finish line. This is
the first time that most of
these young girls have had access to a computer for email so it will be interesting to see how they progress in their communications.
Only one month left until the big event!
June 2011 - ARC Terminus Meeting: Finally the big day has arrived.
The girls have decorated their shirts with race team numbers, all sorts of blings and patches, paint and doo-dats of all sorts.
Team Wild Mama
with Terry, and fellow 99s, Caroline Baldwin and Lydia Baldwin, came screaming across the final timing
line in Mobile after a shortened Air Race Classic but we were thrilled to have completed the race as usual. We were greeted
by a couple dozen girls cheering for us. It was so great to be home and fantastic to see all of the girls. As other racers
filtered in, each was greeted by their own young "teammates". Many of the racers brought gifts
for the girls and the meetings were full of hugs and questions.
Saturday found all of the girls with their
families and the racers at the USS Alabama Battleship
and Air Museum. This was the grand graduation and awards ceremony
for the girls who had participated in the program for the last 6 months. There were awards for perfect attendance, best communications
with racers and for girl power! Air Race Classic and Terry each got a special thank you drawing. The afternoon
was quite magical and marked the end of the official Air Race Classic portion of No Limits Girls Aviation Program.
But this is not the end of the story: the girls and their families, and others who did not get to participate
made such a clamoring to continue that the Girls "No Limits" Aviation Program was re-born to continue the efforts
the 99s of Air Race Classic. Congratulations to Inger Anderson and the myriad volunteers for launching such a successful
program and congratulations and best of luck to the young ladies who are just getting ready to embark on a life of "no
Goldcoast Girls Greet Girl Scouts
Goldcoast 99s attended the Girl Scout meeting last night. I really enjoyed it and think we made some good progress.
I think it will be a fun and worthwhile project. We are starting small (four girls are in this group) and, if all goes
well (I'm sure it will), we will expand to a larger group in the future. Last night we:
a tentative date to tour the Miami Tower On Monday, November 21@ 10:00 am (thanks to Sylvia)
the girls a research project, each selecting a famous aviatrix. They were asked to do the research and then
present what they learned in a creative way such as a PowerPoint, write and sing a song, write a poem, perform
a skit, etc. We invited them (Tamra's great idea) to present the information to a 99s meeting in January or February
3) we taught them the Aviation Alphabet and each girl spelled her name in the alphabet
we had a good discussion -- answering questions, sharing ideas about what else the girls want to learn, and determining if
there are any criteria/requirements for the badge. (We are thinking of planning a series of stations at one
of our local airports to possibly address some of the following -- learn the parts of the airplane and do a pre-flight
check; make a glider or balsa wood airplane, learn about how flaps make a difference, and fly them
to see whose flies the farthest; something about weather; have Helen Snapp and Ruth Jacobs make a presentation, introduce
the girls to women in aviation careers;... finally some may take a Young Eagles flight. We are looking for more
ideas and we will definitely need more people to be involved in carrying out the event. This will probably take
place in March or April 2012.
5) after we expose the girls to aviation and teach them, they will do a service
project and teach what they learned to another group as a service project.
a great start!
Novembe 2011: Tamra,
Sylvia, and I went to the Miami Tower today with the Girl Scouts. Tamra and I loved it and learned even more than the
last time we were there. The speaker was a bit over the girls' heads but it was an excellent experience for them, as
well. How many children can say they were in a tower??? We will need to plan shorter activities that
keep their attention and keep them engaged in the next phase of the project.
of planning, they are shooting for the February meeting to make their presentations. Food for thought -- perhaps we
should plan the February meeting in Broward since they live in Plantation.
|Goldcoast 99s host Girl Scout extravaganza!
FL Spaceport hosts Special guests at October 2011
These girls were brought to the meeting by Tuskegee Airman, Louis Bracey. Louis was the winner of our 50/50
raffle at Aviation Day, Melbourne Airport. The girls
were interested in learning about women pilots and aviation in general. We showed a video about the history of some early
women pilots and the Mercury 13 (the women who did all of the Astronaut training, but never got to fly because they had no
jet experience and there was no way for them to get that experience.) The Good Ole Boy Network at work!!