Excerpt from media release by Akky Mansikka, Co-chair of the GCAR 2019, First Canadian Chapter of the 99s: “We thought your readers in the Collingwood area might be interested our flying event on Thursday Sept. 19th, 2019. At 9:00 AM, 26 women in 11 airplanes will be departing Collingwood Airport on the 99s Annual Gold Cup Air Rally (GCAR). Our organization, The Ninety-Nines (99s) is an international organization of women pilots founded in 1929 by 99 Licensed Women Pilots. Amelia Earhart was elected as the first president. The Ninety-Nines mission is to promote the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honouring their unique history and sharing their passion for flight. The Rally is not a race. It is a cross-country challenge competition based on aviation knowledge and skills and is open to all 99s members and any female pilot. Two of the pilots are from the Collingwood area. The other pilots are mostly from southern Ontario and one from the United States. The women pilots come from all walks of life. From doctors, to massage therapists, to gardeners and teachers, flying for recreation, commercial pilots for the airlines, instructors, and military pilots. We all have one overpowering interest and that is the passion of flying and bringing awareness to young girls that there is a career for women in aviation in what is still a male dominated profession.” Photos: Dave West Photography