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There are thousands of woman pilots out there; but not nearly enough. A rumor has it that only about 6% of all pilots are ladies. Be pro-active: tell your friends and invite them to join us to be a part of this proud organization.  Printable 2013 Calendars
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Our regular meetings resumed in September at the Base Ops FBO at Page Field. 

The business portion of the meeting begins at 5:30 PM followed by the educational Right Seat segment.

For more information please contact Chair Nancy Moore at 239 292 5132.

Girl Scout Aviation Education Day PDF Print E-mail

 In December we welcomed Girl Scouts and parents to Page Field for Aviation Education Day.  Paradise Coast members organized a classroom session to study charts and navigation.

We also had tours of three planes provide by our members where the girls could sit in the pilot's seat and ask questions about the different types of planes.  A tour of the Page Field Air Traffic Control Tower and the Base Ops FBO were also included.  We had a lot of fun and the girls asked many good questions.





Jean Lewis of Harborside Aviation Hosts Aerospace Academy Students PDF Print E-mail

Early in November chapter member Jean Lewis (CFII, MEI) hosted 5 high school students from the Embry Riddle Aerospace Center at Charlottle Co. High School.  Jean is owner and manager of Harborside Aviation based at Punta Gorda, FL. The ERAU program provides student with a dual enrollment and college credits, and exposes them to various aerospace careers.  Three women ERAU Ambassadors also flew in and discussed other career options open to women in aviaition.  Jean also gave each girl airplane ride!!!

Thanks, Jean, for giving back to the aviation community, and getting more girls involved.


Chapter members gathered to honor the winners of the 2013 WINGS OVER PARADISE scholarships at a reception held March 21 at the Page Field Base Ops FBO, Fort Myers, FL.  Since the chapter’s founding in 2007, Paradise Coast members have worked to raise more than $15,000 for the scholarship fund, presenting the first scholarship award in 2011.



Ms. Myra Bugbee of Pembroke Pines, FL is the winner of the AST simulator/CFII instruction package donated by Mr. Jim Hendricks of Naples Flight Simulator, LLC.  . Myra is a retired public school principal who has accumulated more than 500 flight hours. Myra is secretary of the FL Goldcoast Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. Myra and husband Roger Hirchbein own an RV 6A based at KHWO (North Perry) airport. She flew in her first Air Race Classic in 2012. Myra will be training for her instrument rating.

The winner of the $2000 cash scholarship is our chapter secretary, Ms. Terry Carbonell, of Alva, FL. Terry has over 2000 flight hours and owns a Cessna 182RG, based at Tavernaero Park Airport.Terry presently serves as the Governor of the SE Section of the 99’s, and is Secretary of Air Race Classic executive Board of Directors.She has also written and published the “Youth and Aviation Adventure Guide” which is a reference source for aviation education for young people.Terry is an attorney whose goal is to make aviation her full-time occupation. She will be using her scholarship to complete her commercial/multi-engine/instrument rating.

Many thanks our scholarship committee members Anne-Marie Lavallee, Marilyn Burysz, Michelle Estevez, Donna Hendrickson, Nancy Moore, and Ellen Herr for their efforts in promoting the scholarship, encouraging women to apply, and selecting the winner from our many deserving candidates.         






4th Annual Sunshine Derby!! PDF Print E-mail

The 4th annual SUNSHINE DERBY awards luncheon was held at Mel's Diner in Fort Myers on April 29.


This year's Derby had a new format, a cross country VFR route. Following a series of aeronautical clues, each pilot had to plot a course, and identify landmarks and objects on the ground. Chosing the correct weather and visibility conditions, navigating airspace and avoiding obstacles were part of the contest. Points were awarded for accurate navigation and observation.


The SUNSHINE DERBY winners are... a TIE for FIRST PLACE!!

Susan Carastro/Robin Holtsinger and Anne-Marie Lavallee/George Houston

Congratulations to these sharp-eyed aviators!

Terry Carbonell and Ellen Herr were the judges.

The event also included a POKER RUN judged by Carolyn Skaggs.  Airports where cards were placed included X14, X06, KBOW, KCHN and KFMY.



Winners were able to choose among an array of gift bags with all kinds of flying equipment any pilot might need!

Our first place winners (with a straight) are Evelyn Treworgy, Jack Jawitz, and Augustin Camejo from Sarasota!!

Other poker winners included Anne-Marie and George, Nancy, Marilyn, Cheryl Lynn and Stan, Jessica, and Anne.

MANY THANKS to all the fliers who participated, and those who donated their time and energy to making this event happen!

See you all NEXT YEAR!!!  


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