Future pilots join Pat’s festivities
St. Patrick’s Day guests will once again be coming by land and air with the gyrocopter pilots joined by some future pilots in a group with a very prestigious heritage.
This group is the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots, a 90-year-old organization that was founded with 99 members under an impressive president — Amelia Earhart.
“It’s a pretty vibrant organization,” said Brandynn Stanford, who has been helping with the group’s arrangements in Dublin. “They have a lot of opportunities for girls to discover aviation.”
The organization promotes the advancement of aviation among young women through education, scholarships and support while promoting the group’s rich history and passion for flying.
The Fort Worth chapter is currently organizing girls between the ages of 13 and 18 to fly in to the Dublin Airport at 7 a.m. on March
16. As of press time, nine girls have signed up to land in Cessna 150’s and Cessna 172’s.
Stanford said Dublin was put on the group’s radar after the Fort Worth vice governor, Monica Graham, and her husband visited Dublin at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day with the gyrocopter fly-in.
“We are always looking for somewhere to fly and places we have had not gone to before,” Graham said. “We had not flown into your airport, so we decided to fly in and enjoy all the festivities of Dublin.”
Graham was immediately taken with the look of Dublin and the friendliness of its people, so she started planning for the Ninety Nines to visit this year.
“The individuals of Dublin have been incredibly warm, welcoming and so gracious with their time and energy in preparing for our flying event,” she said.
After landing, the group will get an aerial view of Dublin through 20-minute discovery tours before disembarking to take part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for 10 a.m. (All activities are weather permitting.)
The Dublin Airport will also have the taco truck on site for breakfast and lunch, providing some fresh eats for pilots and guests who want to talk shop and see the vehicles flying in. One of the pilots will also be bringing in restored vintage RV’s from the 1950s and 1960s for everyone to see.
Girls age 13 to 18 are welcome to join in with the Ninety Nines’ activities, although registration is limited to 25.
For more information on registration of the airport’s events, visit dublin aero.com.