International Organization of Women Pilots:
The "Ninety Nines"

Greater San Diego County Area Chapters

Please note: This webpage is no longer updated. Please visit our new site for our current calendar of events, chapter news and flight scholarship information!

San Diego~Palomar~Coyote Country~Borrego Valley

What's a "Ninety Nine", you ask??? The "Ninety Nines" are licensed women pilots who have come together for the mutual support and the advancement of women in aviation. Formed in 1929 and named after the original "99" charter members, the "Ninety Nines" are now 6,000+ from 35 countries. Virtually all women of achievement have been 99s, such as: charter members Amelia Earhart, air racer Louise Thaden, and San Diego "Womens Air Force Service Pilot" Betty Gillies, along with current members like Space Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins, T-34 Airshow pilot & airline captain Julie Clark and World Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff.

Active in local aviation, our activities include: flying events, CFI workshops, Flying Companion Seminars, air races, and painting airmarkings for navigation. We encourage the public interest in flying and promote awareness of womens aerospace contributions. As supporters of women in aviation and the aviation community, our goal is to unite women pilots and act as mentors to women who are obtaining their pilots licenses. We also give scholarships for flight training advancement.

The women of the San Diego County chapters of the 99s are private pilots to ATPs, lawyers, professionals, secretaries, counselors, biologists, computer analysts, bussinesswomen, and airline/charter pilots. As women pilots we all share a common interest and accomplishment- Flight! We are always looking for women who want to enjoy the company of like minds and support our aviation community.

Student pilots are always welcome too! We are here to help YOU. Todays students are tomorrows pilots. Friendship, support and encouragement are what we have to offer. You can also participate in all 99s events supporting general aviation while still a student. Please bring your enthusiasm and love of flight. No experience necessary!

For information on other FAQs such as:

  • What are the Private Pilot Requirements?
  • How much does becoming a pilot cost?
  • How do I become a Commercial Pilot?
    ...see our pages on Getting Your Pilots License & Flying Careers & How Much Does Getting Your PPL Cost?

    We also have a link for Flight Scholarships to help female students find additional resources to help pay for flight training.

    If you are looking to start training and want a fabulous '99' for a flight instructor, the SD chapter has three fixed wing and 1 rotorcraft:
    Jill Baker, Valerie Berg, Norva Gandolphi & Elizabeth Cook.
    Visit The SD 99s Flight Instructors Page to find out more and get contact information.

    The San Diego Chapter
    Meets the 4th Saturday of the month at various locations. Click the name to be redirected to the current SD chapter website. To find out about future meetings and events, E-mail: Lorraine

    El Cajon Valley Chapter
    Presently merging with the San Diego Chapter. See above.

    Palomar Chapter (Carlsbad, CA)
    Meets the 2nd Tues of the month at Mission West Executive Aircraft Center, Palomar Airport 7pm. 1-800-484-2670

    Coyote Country Chapter (Fallbrook, CA)
    Meetings vary, E-mail Penny at

    Borrego Valley Chapter
    Meets first Saturday of the month. Contact Louise Phillips or June McCormack