Wings Over Marin - September 21, 2013

Meet Marin’s flying community and celebrate women in aviation at the Wings Over Marin Air Show Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. This family friendly event will take place at the Marin County Airport (Gnoss Field) in Novato, home to 295 aircraft, from bi-planes to private jets. Wings Over Marin will feature plenty of family activities, including fly-bys of historic and modern airplanes, over 50 vintage cars, displays of emergency equipment from the Marin Sheriff and Fire departments, and burgers and hot dogs fresh from our grill (cash only). In addition, children ages 8-18 can enter a free raffle for a chance to win a 20-minute flight with a female pilot. These flights are sponsored by local EAA chapter's Young Eagles program.

Celebrating Women in Aviation

This year’s event celebrates women in aviation. Wings Over Marin will feature a seminar with female pilots from major airlines, Federal Express and the U.S. Air Force. In addition, representatives from aviation law and the Federal Aviation Administration will attend the event to speak about aviation careers.

Wings Over Marin is designed to inspire the next generation of aviators, and set the stage for a mentoring relationship for girls and boys interested in aviation.

Student Aviation Scholarships

Two $1,250 aviation scholarships will be awarded to students interested in aviation career paths. Applications are available at the information booth. More information below.

Event Details

Tickets for Adults are $10, Youth $5 (kids under 9 years of age are free). Click to buy tickets

Please do not drive to the airport. Free parking and shuttle services are located at Novato's Fireman's Fund (777 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA).

Click here for directions.

Buses will shuttle from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Ride to airport is 5 minutes.

Marin County Airport (since 1973) is owned and operated by Marin Public Works Department, and mandated by title grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. Gnoss Field Community Association, now in its 5th year, is hosting Wings Over Marin. For more information, please visit us at


Schedule of Events

10:00 (First bus at 9:45 from Fireman’s Fund parking lot)

10:45 Young Eagles - Kids Flights #1 and Raffle for Flight #2

11:00-11:30 Fly Over Series #1

11:30-11:40 Young Eagles - Kids Flights #2 and Raffle for Flight #3

11:45-12:15 Speaker #1: Nancy Lemmon, Fed Express Pilot

12:15-12:30 Young Eagles – Kids Flights #3 and Raffle for Flight #4

12:30-1:00 Fly Over Series #2

1:00-1:15 Young Eagles Kids Flight #4; Flight #5 raffle; General Raffle #1

1:00-1:15 Award of Recognition: Joyce Wells

1:15-2:00 Speaker #2: Dr. Yvonne Cagle, Astronaut
(introduced by Marin County District #5 Supervisor Judy Arnold)

2:00-2:30 Fly Over Series #3

2:30-2:45 Young Eagles Kids Flight #5; General Raffle #2

2:45-3:30 Seminar – Career opportunities in Aviation
(Kristin Winter, Mollie Davis, Deborah Ale Flint, Allie Metcalf)

3:30 General Raffle #3

3:30-4:00 Fly Over Series #4

4:00-5:00 Raffle #4; Show over – 1 Hr. Crowd Departure

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Yvonne Cagle (Astronaut):

Dr. Yvonne Cagle is a NASA Astronaut and Family Physician. Dr. Cagle was born in West Point, New York, but considers Novato to be her hometown (she is a Novato High School graduate). She spent her college years at San Francisco State University, receiving a bachelor degree there in Biochemistry. She earned a doctorate in medicine from the University of Washington in 1985. Yvonne received her certificate of Aerospace Medicine from the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. Shen then completed her residency in family practice and Ghent FP at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1992.

In 2008, Dr. Cagle retired as a Colonel in the USAF where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp in 1996. In 2005, Dr. Cagle was assigned to the NASA/ARC as the lead ARC Astronaut Science Liaison and Strategic Relationships Manager for Google and other Silicon Valley Programmatic Partnerships. Dr. Cagle's groundbreaking work is preserving historic NASA space legacy data while, simultaneously, galvanizing NASA's lead in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives, and disaster preparedness. Dr. Cagle is advisor for the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program (CRuSR). Currently Dr. Cagle is on faculty and serves as the NASA liaison for exploration and space exponential technologies with Singularity University.

Currently, Yvonne Cagle is an advisor for NASA’s flight opportunities program. She’s also on NASA’s staff facility for exploration and space development. At the moment she’s involved with a research team based in Hawaii to determine how to keep astronauts well nourished during their long trips to outer-space.

Watch Dr. Cagle's TED talk

Allie Metcalf (Air Traffic Controller):

Allie had her first airplane ride at 11 years of age on a flight from Lake Havasu to Las Vegas. That started her love affair with airplanes. Her father was also a pilot and flew P3's in Vietnam.

But she was held back from pursuing her flying career thinking that she couldn't do it. What motivated her to pursue her career further was her sister's career path as an air traffic controller. Over the years, she bounced around in some odd jobs and then joined the Navy where she too, became an air traffic controller. It wasn't long after this that she started making aviation friends who would give her rides in their airplanes. From there it was on to learning how to fly herself. She got her private license in 1993.

One of the most memorable experiences of her flying career was her ATP ride in a 1963 Piper Apache during which the fuel wasn’t properly checked. As a result, they lost an engine and made a single engine approach - for those of you who have never flown Apaches, the approach was barely controlled on one engine! They managed to land at an airport where they ran out of gas shortly after touchdown.

Allie loves the demands of the aviation industry as well as the many ways one is able to participate and contribute to flying. Eventually she would like to work with the NTSB, preferring to work on the prevention side of the agency rather than in accident investigation.

Her present job is as an FAA analyst where she compiles, analyzes, and makes meaning from the data that she collects which she then sends to upper management in the FAA district office. This data affects everyone in the aviation industry.

She feels like air traffic control is a great career choice for women; the money and working conditions are good, the work offers women pride, and the retirement is good. However, she isn't flying at present.

Laura Kushner

Laura received her BS in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Washington in 2007. She first came to NASA Ames Research Center as an intern, and was hired full-time when she graduated. At Ames, Laura develops and implements optical methods for making aeronautical measurements. These optical techniques are usually used in wind tunnels to study the effects of flow around airplanes and launch vehicles. She has worked on numerous projects including Orion, the Space Shuttle, Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity), LCROSS and various rotorcraft projects.

Kristin Winter (Aviation Attorney, A&P, Air Transport Pilot):

Kristin first started flying in 1979 as a junior in a college in Minnesota. After attempting to obtain a computer science degree, she dropped out of school and met a man who introduced her to aviation. She immediately fell in love with flying. She soon decided to pursue flying as a career. After leaving school, she got her commercial, instrument, and CFI ratings.

After a stint of flight instructing in Alaska, she returned to college, but this time it was at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. There she completed Riddle's Airframe & Powerplant course and became a licensed A&P instructor. In 1984, while at Embry Riddle, she received her multi engine and multi engine instructor ratings.

Afterward, she taught flying and helped maintain a small fleet of Piper trainer aircraft. She also flew night cargo and charter flights. It was during this time that she was building flight hours by flying cancelled checks throughout the Midwest. She received her Airline Transport Pilot rating in 1985. After flying in the Midwest for a number of years she helped set up a flight charter operation on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She became Director of Operations at the charter company where she obtained her FAA Inspection Authorization and subsequently became the chief inspector.

In 1991, she lost her job. She then headed out to California and landed a job at IASCO in Napa, California, teaching Japanese students how to fly. After five plus years teaching at JAL and realizing her dream of flying for the airlines wasn’t going to happen, she decided to pursue a legal education and went to law school.

For the last eleven years she has been practicing aviation law and flying her own personal airplane, Maggie, a 1969 Piper Comanche, for business.

Molly Davis-Atkinson (Commercial Pilot - Virgin America):

Molly was born in Marin and spent the majority of her childhood in Novato. From an early age she was exposed to aviation. Her grandfather, father and uncle were all pilots for United Airlines.

Her whole life has been spent around airplanes; however she was never interested in flying until she graduated from college. She attended Michigan State University where she graduated with a degree in environmental science. She soon began work as an environmental scientist in Chicago, IL. After a year or so she realized that this was not what she wanted to do. She decided she was going to become an Airline Pilot.

Her parents, was very excited about her choice to become a pilot. Molly decided to go to a local flight school in Chicago to start flight training.

After a few flights she was “hooked.” After a year of flight lessons, she earned her Private Pilots License. She then attended a more advanced flight school by the name of ATP. After 90 days at ATP she was a fully qualified commercial pilot as well as a flight instructor.

Her first flying job was flight instructing at West Valley Flying Club in Palo Alto, California. After 18 months she was able to get a job offer from ExpressJet Airlines in Houston, Texas. She was hired by ExpressJet as a First Officer and upgraded to Captain after 2 years. She spent almost seven and a half years at ExpressJet flying the Embraer 145 Regional Jet.

In January of 2012 she was hired by Virgin America as an Airbus A-320 First Officer and is currently based in San Francisco where she mainly flies east coast flights.

Nancy Lemmon (Commercial Pilot - Federal Express, Asia):

Nancy has had quite a colorful flying career. She flew for Southern Air Transport (SAT) out of Africa and for FedEx out of Asia. She was born at Mather Air Force Base. Just a few of the places she has lived are: Plattsburg, NY, Anderson AFB, Guam, and in Springfield, MA (where her dad retired from the Air Force). In 1964 she returned to Rancho Cordova, just outside Mather AFB, east of Sacramento. Nancy's first flight training was in Cessna 150, 152 and 172s at Spangdahlem Air Force Base, Germany. On returning to California she kept up her instruction at Phoenix Field in Fair Oaks. Her quest to build hours led her to fly more complex Cessnas such as the 421 and 402.

In 1982, she finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities at Cal State University in Sacramento. She then moved to Marin County and continued flying at Gnoss Field, commuting to Sacramento Executive airport to finish her Commercial and Instrument rating. During the time when she was building her flight hours, she worked as a legal secretary in both Marin County and San Francisco to finance her flying lessons. She flew corporate for a local businessman in his Cessna 337 until she was hired by a commuter airline and moved to Fresno, CA.

She moved back to Marin County and got hired by Martin Aviation in Orange County to fly a freight feeder route between SFO-SAC (Sacramento Executive) in a Britten-Norman TrIslander (the BN-3 was a 3-eng. She then finally started to make some good money.

She went to work for Southern Air Transport in 1987, where she was the fourth woman they had ever hired. From there she went to TWA briefly in 1988, then returned to Southern Air Transport later the same year. She flew military contracts all over the U.S. and began flying famine relief missions in East Africa. While in Africa, she flew for the diamond mines in Angola.

As Nancy says, “I got blown up by taxiing over an anti-tank mine in Wau, Sudan, September 9, 1991.” She was off work for two years, getting put back together. She then returned to work at Southern Air Transport on 9/1/93. She found out that Southern Air Transport had knowledge the airstrip was mined before they sent her in there.

In Aug. 1994, she was hired by FedEx. She was transferred to Subic Bay, Philippines in August, 1995, when Fed Ex opened its first Asian domicile.

There was a lawsuit against Southern Air Transport for the landmine incident and was settled in October, 2002. She then bought "Casa KaBoom" in Novato the next month. She was the first person to collect anything in a lawsuit from the time that Southern Air Transport was founded in 1946 to the settlement of her lawsuit. After everybody told her she'd never see a dime, this was hugely satisfying.

She transferred to Hong Kong in 2009 when FedEx Asian operations moved from the Philippines to Guangzhou, China.

Vintage Car Display

A vintage car display including fifteen to twenty cars will be on display at the air show courtesy of Marin Coupe Roadster Club.

Marin Coupe and Roadsters was organized circa 1952 and, as you can imagine, the organization has gone through many changes in membership. Presently we have around 18-20 active members with cars ranging from high end restorations and customs to vehicles that recall the period modifications of the early '50's and '60's. Vehicles range from early l934-36 Fords (coupes, sedans and roadsters) to l950-60 Chevrolets and 1960-1980 Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Novas, Chevelles, and Trucks.

Scholarship Info Section

Scholarship Purpose:

To fund youth who wish to actively pursue their interest in the field of aviation. Two scholarships of $1,250 will be awarded to 1 male and 1 female winner.

Age of Applicants:

This scholarship opportunity is open to applicants between the ages of 14 to 22 years who submit an essay showing genuine and specific goals of what the student would accomplish if awarded the scholarship funds.


  • Must be a Marin resident
  • 14 to 22 years of age (Note: FAA requires student to be 16 years of age to acquire a pilot license. Students can take ground school and flying lessons prior to being sixteen.)
  • Students may be attending school (college/flight school) outside of Marin, as long as they are from Marin.
  • Applicant must write an essay of no more than 1,500 words (three single spaced pages)
  • This essay must be submitted and received by 5:00pm, Thursday, September 12.
  • Top 6 finalists may be interviewed by phone. Must provide your Name, Address, Email, & phone number with your essay.
  • Submission will be sent to Pat Scanlon, Scanlon Aviation, 451 Airport Road, Novato, CA. 94945
  • GFCA will make every effort to announce the scholarship recipients at the WOM 2013 airshow at Gnoss Field in Novato. Applicant does not need to be present in order to win the scholarship.
  • The scholarship recipients, by accepting the scholarship, agree that GFCA may publish their names and photos for use in web site, news announcements or publicity activities.

Essay should explain:

  • How your interest in aviation developed
  • What activities and actions have been pursued to date in aviation
  • What area of aviation you are interested in and why:
    • Private or commercial pilot
    • Helicopter pilot
    • Flight instructor
    • Air Traffic Control
    • Air Transport Pilot
    • Airframe and Powerplant license (airplane mechanic)
    • Military career
    • Other
  • How you plan to achieve your goals with and beyond the scholarship funding

Updates by Recipients: Both winners will agree to submit a 1 page update every two years for the next 4 years (2 updates) to GFCA reviewing the progress toward your goal.

If you have questions about the scholarship, please call Pat Scanlon at 415-717-1189; or Steve Knecht at 415-246-5493;

All public meetings and events sponsored or conducted by the County of Marin are held in accessible sites. Requests for accommodations may be made by calling (415) 473-4381 (Voice) 473-3232 (TDD/TTY) or by e-mail at at least four work days in advance of the event. Copies of documents are available in alternative formats, upon request.