NYNJ 99s helping out during time of COVID-19
Maria Estrada, Greater New York 99, Moto Spirits
Maria Estrada owns a distillery in Brooklyn. Pre-pandemic they made whiskey and jabuka (an apple and rice based spirit). Now they hve converted operations to making hand sanitizer, which, with partnerships with NYCMakesPPE and Hack Manhattan, they donate to hospitals, NYPD, Churches, Firefighters, organizations like Hungry Monk who are going out daily and feeding the homeless... the Sisters of Life, who are serving pregnant women who are financially burdened. They are now offering the hand sanitizer for sale on food delivery sites along with bottled, pre-mixed cocktails. It is also available to buy online and ships nationwide.
Moto Spirits website: https://motospirits.square.site/
Instagram : @motospirits
Finger Lakes 99s sew masks and gowns for essential workers
More details to come
Zineb Louriqate awarded
Fly Now scholarship
Zineb just completed her master’s degree at Cornell University, and plans to work in the aerospace industry.
"My goal is to be involved with aircraft design, and earning my private pilot certificate is the beginning to achieving my goals in aerospace. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Ninety-Nines and receiving the Fly Now Award. I am very grateful for the assistance to complete my private pilot certificate."
Harriett Bregman wins Wright Brothers Award
by Linda M. Cioffi
It is my pleasure to report that our Chairman, Harriet Anne Bregman, was presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award during our January 21, 2020 Meeting held at Scarborough’s Restaurant, Latham, NY. This Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years. Of the over 5900 Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award certificates given since 2003, only about 2% have been women and only a handful of those have also been a Ninety-Nine.
Harriet started flying in 1969 and has owned/flown many different airplanes over the years. She keeps current and proficient with her private pilot license, instrument rating and her high performance and complex endorsements. When Flexible Flyers’ Piper Comanche 250 was sold in late 1997, she re-joined Condair Flyers (a flying club with 5 airplanes) and has been active holding the positions of crew chief, maintenance officer and treasurer.
Harriet joined the Ninety-Nines in September, 1974. In the 45 years since then, she has been very active within the local chapter of the Ninety-Nines, including serving as Vice-Chairman and Chairman. In addition, she served as Treasurer, Secretary and Governor for the NY-NJ Section during the 1980s and 1990s. A life member of the Ninety-Nines, Harriet has flown herself to many of the Ninety-Nines’ annual conventions both in the US and internationally, often with Ken Haefner (her 49½).
Jeff Wasileski and Mike Bush (Albany, NY, FAA FSDO) presented Harriet with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. Also present to celebrate were Kaitlyn Koch (Vice-Chairman), Jessica Hayashi (Secretary), Carol Keinath (Nominating Chairman), Linda Cioffi (Membership Chairman), and Nancy Fitzroy (99), Amanda Stahl (99), and guests Ken Haefner and Ned Spain.
With over 1600 hours, Harriet continues to be a constant source of knowledge and inspiration to us all. I will always remember our chance meeting back in 1995 and how she has always been there to mentor my steps in aviation. And best of all, she remains a dear friend. We are all proud of her accomplishments!