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Amanda Ybarra

Transfer Member - 2022

Amanda moved to McCall in November and her instrument training has been on the back burner as she settles into a new job and builds funding for more flying.  She is seeking a CFI and is excited to get back into flying and into the community of women who have the same interests.

 

Amanda answers a few introductory questions:

  1. What got you interested in aviation?

  • My dad gave me an intro flight for my birthday one year.I had no desire to fly until I took the flight. I had so much fun and loved it.I kept thinking about it for about a year after. I couldn’t resist any longer and jumped right into my PPL.

  1. How many years in the air?

  • 3 amazing years!

  1. Current Ratings?

  • PPL, working on my Instrument!

  1. Best, funniest, most interesting aviation story or experience?

  •  It was on a night flight into Pocatello (KPIH) runway 17 which is out in the boonies and is pitch black all around! As I started my flare, a turkey ran right in front of the plane.Luckily, I was able to do a smooth go around. For a second, I thought it could it got so close to my prop!Was I grateful turkeys couldn’t fly that night!

  1. Why the 99s?

  • I joined the Eastern Idaho 99s Chapter as soon as I started flight training in Pocatello, I loved the chapter. The ladies were so warm and welcoming. It was hard being only 1 of 6 student pilots in Pocatello, so meeting with the ladies in Idaho Falls once a month was a breath of fresh air. I hope to find that with the Idaho 99s Chapter as well!

  1. How did you find the Idaho Chapter?

  • I came from the Eastern Idaho 99s Chapter, so I just signed up again now that I’m in McCall!

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Lisa Martin

New Member - Nov 2021

I have been wanting to become a member for some time now and actually found you guys when I was applying for scholarships to start my training.  I love that there is a place I can connect with other women pilots!!  I am new to it all but I feel like anytime I go to an event or gathering I am one of the few ladies that are there (that are pilots) its crazy to me!

I have finished my private and am currently working on instrument and commercial.  I plan to go for the CFII and on from there.  I love teaching, outreach and networking.  I currently teach during the day and fly anytime I can!!!

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Maguire Wardle

New Member - April 2021

Aviation Path:  My dad was an airline pilot.  Instead of vet school, I chose aviation.  I have been flying for two years and have my private pilot certificate and currently working on my instrument rating.

Most interesting aviation experience:  I was cut off by a B17.  It was awesome!

Why a 99?  I heard the group was very active and supportive, and I wanted to be a part of the success and growth of women in aviation.

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Jennifer Steffen

New Member - April 2021

Aviation Path:  I've loved aviation since I can remember.  Flying to SeaTac to visit relatives when I was young seemed like the best theme park ride!  I took a few glider lessons in Eastern Washington as a teenager.  I have been a private pilot since 2005 and am working on my instrument rating.

Best aviation story:  I began lessons when my husband and I were stationed at Osan Air Base in South Korea.  Several times I had to hold for a U2 or the A10s.  I got to fly in formation with them. :-)  I passed my checkride at six months pregnant with my oldest daughter.

Why a 99?  Women in aviaiton!  Why not? :-)

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Mimi Steel

New Member - May 2021

Mimi moved from California this spring.  She immediately sought out people and opportunities in the aviation community.  Mimi re-joined the International 99s and became a member with the Idaho 99s because it is an active flying group.  Her Citabria will be with her soon so she can experience flying with us in Idaho.

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Bobbie Herbert

Transfer Member

Bobbie had been active in the Ninety-Nines for many years in New Hampshire where she lived until moving to Boise to be near her children.

The first plane she and her husband owned was a model of The Swift.  When she visited the Spirit of Flight Museum with the Idaho 99s in March, she saw that Gordan had one of The Swifts in his collection.

As soon as Gordan gets checked out in the plane, he will take Bobbie up for a flight .  She is looking forward to to that flight as much as she did when she first flew her own Swift.

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Lisa Martin

New Member - Nov 2021

I have been wanting to become a member for some time now and actually found you guys when I was applying for scholarships to start my training.  I love that there is a place I can connect with other women pilots!!  I am new to it all but I feel like anytime I go to an event or gathering I am one of the few ladies that are there (that are pilots) its crazy to me!

I have finished my private and am currently working on instrument and commercial.  I plan to go for the CFII and on from there.  I love teaching, outreach and networking.  I currently teach during the day and fly anytime I can!!!

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Maguire Wardle

New Member - April 2021

Aviation Path:  My dad was an airline pilot.  Instead of vet school, I chose aviation.  I have been flying for two years and have my private pilot certificate and currently working on my instrument rating.

Most interesting aviation experience:  I was cut off by a B17.  It was awesome!

Why a 99?  I heard the group was very active and supportive, and I wanted to be a part of the success and growth of women in aviation.

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Jennifer Steffen

New Member - April 2021

Aviation Path:  I've loved aviation since I can remember.  Flying to SeaTac to visit relatives when I was young seemed like the best theme park ride!  I took a few glider lessons in Eastern Washington as a teenager.  I have been a private pilot since 2005 and am working on my instrument rating.

Best aviation story:  I began lessons when my husband and I were stationed at Osan Air Base in South Korea.  Several times I had to hold for a U2 or the A10s.  I got to fly in formation with them. :-)  I passed my checkride at six months pregnant with my oldest daughter.

Why a 99?  Women in aviaiton!  Why not? :-)

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Mimi Steel

New Member - May 2021

Mimi moved from California this spring.  She immediately sought out people and opportunities in the aviation community.  Mimi re-joined the International 99s and became a member with the Idaho 99s because it is an active flying group.  Her Citabria will be with her soon so she can experience flying with us in Idaho.

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