The Wings Over Paradise Scholarship has been renamed to the Becki King Memorial Scholarship in memory of Becki King who earned her angel wings in September 2020.
Our chapter and local aviation community warmly remember Becki from her 16-year career as an air traffic controller at Page Tower at KFMY working for Robinson Aviation.
Becki’s aviation career began in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller, Becki retired with the rank of Master Sergeant, serving in the US and overseas. Prior to joining the aviation community in Florida she worked for Midwest Aviation as a controller and then manager of the Hutchison, Kansas control tower.
Becki was well known for her dry wit and calm voice on the 119.0. Students and experienced pilots fondly remember Becki as a kind voice over the radio; she was patient with pilots in flight training when they made mistakes flying in the busy traffic pattern, and also celebrated their successes.
Becki socialized with area pilots on Hotdog Friday at Base Ops and spoke at aviation education seminars. She was a supporter of women in aviation, giving tours of the tower to our 99s chapter and donating her time, and energy to our chapter’s projects. Becki volunteered to be the tower controller on duty during the Air Race Classic in 2010, launching race aircrafts at 20 second intervals from runway 31. As the race began Becki called out over the radio,
“It’s a sea of estrogen out there!”
While living in Florida, Becki was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a boater, and a dog owner. She also had a beautiful flower and fruit garden at her home in Lehigh Acres. After retirement she spent time in Colorado and Missouri until settling in Bella Vista, AR.
Becki’s support of the Ninety-Nines and aviatrix will live on through her memory and scholarship.
This scholarship is dedicated to the late Becki King, who was an air traffic controller at Page Field, Ft. Myers, FL. Well known for her dry wit and calm voice, Becki was a longtime supporter of Paradise Coast 99s and women in aviation. This scholarship is offered by the Paradise Coast Chapter 99s for any phase of flight training (private pilot through ATP, including instructor ratings) to a qualified applicant residing in the state of Florida.
The 2022 Becki King Memorial Scholarship application will be available on the Ninety Nines Scholarship Registry spring 2022.
Thank you for your interest!
Sherry has demonstrated the spirit of the ninety-nines in her chapter efforts and her personal determination in becoming. We look forward to celebrating her future celebrations!
On behalf of the scholarship committee, we are elated to announce the recipient of the 2020 Wings Over Paradise Scholarship :
A note from Connie:
Ladies of Paradise Coast 99’s,
Thank you so very much for the scholarship. What a wonderful boost of encouragement during this COVID-19 time. I’ve been studying for my written exams and getting very anxious to fly again. I will be finishing up my instrument rating with these funds and then on to commercial. Each and everyone of you are such an inspiration to me, what an amazing group of ladies!!!
We are very proud of your hard work Connie and look forward to seeing you soar!
We will be awarding 2021 Wings Over Paradise Scholarship the spring of 2021!
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