May 25, 2022


Jon Robinson

The Ninety-Nines will again bring together women pilots from around the world this July in Charleston, S.C. Since 1930, The Ninety-Nines have held an annual conference which is much more than just a business meeting but is the annual get-together of women pilots from around the world. The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support while honouring their unique history and sharing their passion for flight. Members span the globe, representing 44 countries. This year’s conference will be held in Charleston on July 6 through 10 and will feature world-class speakers, a merchandise Fly Mart, educational seminars and an aviation career panel, providing the opportunity to connect and network with other members and peers in aviation.

“This year, we have a great combination of speakers that I know will be both entertaining and memorable,” says the international board of directors secretary, Cathy Prudhomme. “With Ninety-Nines members in general aviation, all segments of the aviation and aerospace industry and in all phases of life and career, we provided speakers and seminars that will resonate with the female pilots.”

Speakers at the 2022 conference include:

  • Brian Schiff, airline captain, FAA-DE – Keynote Address
  • Mary Build – “Once a Pilot, Always a Pilot”
  • Susan Ying – “The Third Revolution in Aviation: Electrification”
  • Kathy Yodice, FAA Investigations – “What Every Lawyer Wants You to Know”
  • Heidi Hammerstein – “An Affair with Flying, Aircraft, Engineering, Science] and Space Operations: Training with Project PoSSUM”
  • Judy Phelps – “Keeping the Sunny Side Up and My Journey from Waitress to DPE”

“This group of speakers will appeal to both members and guests. The conference also provides seminars to support leadership at the chapter and section level,” adds Prudhomme. “We know our members will be inspired, informed and energized going forward.”

On Thursday evening the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Foundation (AEMSF) hosts its yearly banquet. Since 1941, the AEMSF awards has exceeded $12 million, with over 800 scholarships plus more than 300 awards to student pilots earning their first flight certificate.

The conference concludes on Saturday evening, July 9, with the International Awards Banquet recognizing contributions to aviation, contributions to The Ninety-Nines, an award for humanitarian efforts, the Award of Inspiration, the Award of Merit, the President’s Award and the George Palmer Putnam Award.

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 Ninety-Nines own two museums, the 99s Museum of Women Pilots in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kan. The Ninety-Nines is a non-profit, charitable membership corporation holding 501(c)(3) U.S. tax status with headquarters located in Oklahoma City.