About the Ninety-Nines
The Ninety-Nines is the world's oldest and largest women pilots organization. Founded in 1929 for mutual support and the advancement of aviation, this international organization now has over 6,500 members in 35 countries.
Our mission is to promote world fellowship through flight, provide networking and scholarship opportunities for aviation education in the community, and preserve the unique history of women in aviation.
About Our Chapter
Who are we?
We are women pilots or future women pilots.
Our members live, work & fly in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our local airports are San Carlos (SQL), Palo Alto (PAO), San Jose (SJC), Reid-Hillview (RHV) and Hollister (CVH).
Currently, the Santa Clara Valley 99s has about 85 members; our membership
includes professional airline pilots, flight instructors, FAA personnel, and women who
work in other fields and fly for fun. Our members are also active in other aviation
organizations, including CRAMP, Civil Air Patrol, Santa Clara County Airmen's Association, EAA, NCAAA, Angel Flight, California Aerospace Education Association, US Parachute Association and the United Flying Octogenarians.
Future Women Pilots (FWP)
Women student pilots are welcome to attend
all SCV 99s Chapter activities. We encourage
students throughout their pilot training.
Our shared experience can help women student pilots know what to expect
and what to do with their skills upon receiving
that hard-earned pilot certificate. Student
pilots can also join the 99s as Associate members, which brings them many of
the benefits of full membership in the 99s.
To find out more about the benefits of joining as a Future Woman Pilot, please see the FWP page.
Our regular meetings are held on the third Thursday
of each month. For location see top right Home Page or email for info.
Often, meeting topics are educational and can help you to become a better pilot. The usual format includes hangar flying, a guest speaker, a business meeting, and refreshments. All women pilots and future women pilots are welcome to attend. We also welcome guests, non-pilots and even men.
Be sure to check our calendar, for meeting and activities dates and locations.
Every month, weather permitting, we organize a flyout, arranging to meet at fun destinations, both near and not so near.
One of the reasons the 99s was formed was to provide racing opportunities for women pilots. SCV99s have been racers throughout the chapters history. Members of our chapter often participate in the local Palms to Pines race from Santa Monica to Bend OR. We also have members flying the Air Race Classic, an annual cross-country air race for women.
See a story about the Palm to Pines Air Race.
Scholarships are available through the Ninety-
Nines International organization to help a 99
further her aviation goals by paying for an entire
rating. Scholarships are also available that
help Future Women Pilots earn their pilot
The SCV 99s hold fundraising events to make contributions to scholarships offered by the Ninety-Nines.
See the 99s International site for more scholarship details
Have you ever over flown an airport and been
grateful to see markings that identify it? That
is one of the many services that the 99s provide
the aviation community. At an airport
management's request, 99s paint its runways
with its name, frequency, and elevation for
aerial passersby! See article: Airmarking Golden Triangle Chapter
The SCV 99s Chapter promotes aviation education
to the pilot community and the general
public. We organize and present a Flying Companion Seminar every year, help set up safety seminars and airport tours, provide
mentors to a local high school's students and
pilots to speak to organizations and schools
about aviation careers and aviation basics.
Recent aviation education outreach activities include speaking a local schools on career days, the Fly Girls Summer Camp (with the Girl Scouts), and participation in Young Eagles Day (with the EAA).
If you wish to have a Ninety-Nine speak at your school, send e-mail to:
Support for Local Aviation Community
The SCV 99s Chapter assists with the organization
of many local aviation activities such as
the Reid-Hillview Airport Day and the Watsonville
Fly-in and Air Show, often with
booths at these events. We also have members
who serve on airport boards and committees,
and we award local towers with appreciation
certificates each year.
We are always working to
improve the quality of the aviation community in the present and for the
Part of an International Organization
The Windsock, our monthly newsletter, is one of the best of any aviation organization. With descriptions
of chapter activities, news of upcoming events, safety education, and
great flying stories, the Windsock is sent to all chapter members
and to other local aviation organizations.
The SCV 99s Chapter has always been active at the
International level of the Organization. Our members
look forward to attending and participating in
the International Convention, usually held
every July at various locations around the
country, continent, and world! And the
SCV 99s always have members who are
active in the Southwest Section, our regional
organization of the 99s Inc. Section
meetings are held semi-annually.
Why join the SCV 99s?
The major goal of our chapter is to support
and encourage all women pilots on a
Through friendship, financial
support, and aviation education, we enjoy
spreading the joy of flying to all women!
Interested in Joining Our Chapter?
When you join the Ninety-Nines, you join ranks with over 6,500 women pilots from 35 countries.
More about the Ninety-Nines:
- To find out more the Ninety-Nines International Organization or to find a chapter near you, visit 99's International Web site: