The Ninety-Nines, Inc., is the first and only international organization of licensed women pilots. From 35 countries, we currently have over 5,500 members throughout the world. We are a non-profit, charitable membership corporation holding 501(c)(3) U.S. tax status.
Our International Headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Although there are other female pilot organizations in various states and nations, virtually all women of achievement in aviation have been or are members of The Ninety-Nines.
The organization came into being November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 American female pilots had been invited to assemble for mutual support and the advancement of aviation. Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked tirelessly to keep the group together as we struggled to organize and grow until 1931, when Amelia Earhart was elected as first president and the group was named for the 99 charter members.
Today Ninety-Nines are comprised of women who fly purely for fun, fly professionally for airlines, corporations, flight schools, and government agencies, or fly their own airplanes for their own businesses. First and foremost, we are all women pilots who love to fly!
"Aviation, this young modern giant, exemplifies the possible relationship of women and the creations of science.
Although women have not taken full advantage of its use and benefits, air travel is as available to them as to men"
- Amelia Earhart
The Florida Goldcoast 99s Chapter was founded in 1940 and it was originally called the Florida Chapter. Our members range from Private Pilots to 747 Captains. We meet monthly, generally on the second Sunday of the month, to build our knowledge about aviation education or to participate in a flying adventure. Annually, we offer our Fran Sargent Scholarship to female pilots. We love to share our passion for flying with other female pilots. We invite you join or visit our FL Goldcoast 99s Chapter.
We encompass many areas of aviation including general aviation pilots and aircraft owners, professional and retired pilots, military pilots, student pilots, foreign pilots, aircraft builders, and FAA employees. We enjoy the camaraderie of gathering for educational meetings, sharing our passion for flight with the next generation, fundraising for our chapter scholarships, celebrating each other's achievements, air marking, and supporting community outreach and diversity initiatives.
We greatly appreciate the support of our Friends of the Ninety-Nines, our 49 1/2 spouses, and our community partners.
99s MISSION --The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.
Our Chapter offers the "Fran Sargent Scholarship" annually.
We raise funds by selling raffle tickets as well as through our chapter events.
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We welcome all pilots, living in or visiting South Florida, to participate in our monthly fly-in adventures and aviation educational programs.