The Ninety-Nines, Inc.,
International Organization of Women Pilots, has announced its
selection of the aviation and aerospace professionals who will
carefully choose The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund
winners for 2005. The judges are:
SARAH FERGUSON, THE DUCHESS OF YORK
The Duchess of York, formerly Miss Sarah Ferguson, learned to
fly a Piper Warrior in 1987, achieving her Private Pilot's license.
In November of that same year she earned her helicopter rating. The
Duchess of York enjoys a diverse and successful international
career as a commercial spokesperson, author, public speaker, and is
an international supporter of children's charities.
CAPTAIN ELIZABETH A. NEEDHAM
Captain Needham is an Airbus A320 Captain with Air New Zealand,
and holds ratings in the Boeing 737, 767, and 747 series aircraft,
and a commercial helicopter license. She owns and operates the
Ardmore Flying School that employs 37 instructors, and she enjoys
flying her helicopter and either her Harvard or Beaver
CAPTAIN PATRICK H. SCOTTER (retired)
Captain Scotter became a DC-3 co-pilot with New Zealand National
Airways at age 22 and flew the Fokker F27, Vickers Viscount, and
Boeing 737. He progressed into international operations, flying the
Boeing 767 and 747-400. His last ten years before retirement were
spent as international captain, instructor, and flight examiner. He
is also a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (A&P). He now
enjoys flying his Piper Cub.
The 2005 winners will
be honored at the 99s International Convention, August 21-26, 2005,
Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Ninety-Nines established the Amelia Earhart Memorial
Scholarship Fund in 1940 to honor the memory and perpetuate the
ideals and love of flying of their first president. The annual
program has helped over 400 women from six countries to meet their
aviation career goals. These scholarships are made possible by the
generous contributions of Ninety-Nines members and the United
Parcel Service Foundation.