Wed, Dec 15, 2010
Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Honors 81-Year-Old
The women pilots association The Ninety-Nines has received a
grant of $10,000 from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation.
Founded and chaired by Lightspeed Aviation Corp. president Allan
Schrader, the Foundation's grant program aims to help increase
recognition and funding opportunities for aviation-related
charitable organizations. Twenty organizations were nominated for
this first-year program, and over 20,000 pilots cast votes for
their favorite group. The top five vote-getters each received an
award. In addition, each of the twenty nominees will share
additional funds generated from gifts designated by purchasers of
Lightspeed Aviation products.
Schrader, in announcing the winners, acknowledged that all the
nominees are already "doing good for aviation" and encouraged
everyone to support the work being done by all of the
The Ninety-Nines, founded in 1929, has an 81-year history of
providing scholarships, conducting aviation education programs and
safety seminars, and maintaining historical records of women's
contributions to aviation. In keeping with one of the goals of the
original 99 members, to assist women pilots in advancing their
aviation careers, the organization also sponsors a successful
mentoring program for professional women pilots and an online
flight training forum for women either just beginning or continuing
their flight training.
Adds Susan Larson, Ninety-Nines president, "This grant will
allow us to implement some of our long range plans to enhance our
programs and reach more women pilots. We are so grateful to
Lightspeed Foundation for their support of our mission and those of
the other winners and thank everyone who voted for us."
The Ninety-Nines is based at Will Rogers World Airport in
Oklahoma City where it operates The 99s Museum of Women Pilots. It
also owns and operates the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in
Atchison, KS. Membership is open to any woman with at least a
student pilot certificate.
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