The Old Dominion Chapter is excited to host this year’s 99s Mid-Atlantic Spring Section Meeting in Fredericksburg, VA. This quaint little Civil War town is nestled along the Rappahannock River with activities for all ages.

Date: May 17–19, 2019
Registration Deadline: May 6, 2019 by 12 PM.
Location: Fredericksburg Hospitality House, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407, 540-786-8321.

Questions: Contact Barbara Wilper, 703-765-4262 or

Full Registration includes: Registration, Luncheon, and Hospitality Room. 

If you register by mail close to the deadline, please contact Barbara Wilper, 703-765-4262 or with your meal selections so we can inform our restaurants by our May 6th deadline.

Click here to download the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Spring Section Meeting Registration Form and Information Packet

Click here to register online

Accommodations: Group name is “Old Dominion Chapter 99s.” Make your reservation directly with the hotel. Call 540-786-8321 and ask for the Old Dominion Chapter 99s block.

Hotel—Fredericksburg Hospitality House, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Rate: $99.00 per night + tax and includes up to two breakfasts per room.

Registration link

Airport—Stafford Airport (KRMN), is our general aviation airport ( DC Special Flight Rules Area awareness training required. Successful completion of this course fulfills the regulatory requirement for special awareness training on the Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) for pilots flying under VFR within 60 nm of the DCA VOR/DME.


Hospitality Room—The Hospitality Room is a generous space intended to be a primary informal gathering place throughout the meeting. It will also be the location for registration check-in Friday late and Saturday morning.  Snacks, nibbles, baked goods and beverages will be available. This is the venue for networking and camaraderie.

Luncheon ProgramFly Marine Corp Airfield Quantico
Ever wanted to know what it takes to do a touch and go at Quantico airfield? How about practice a ground-controlled approach? Three controllers will provide a brief on the Quantico airspace from the ATC perspective and then open the floor up to questions and answers.

Menu options: Chicken Champagne, Tender Beef Tips, and Pasta Primavera, see the registration form for meal descriptions.

Banquet Program

Speaker: Shelly “Gringa” Mendienta
Location: Brock’s Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, VA

Shelly “Gringa” Mendieta began her journey of service in Air Force ROTC at the University of Texas. Her goal was to earn her commission and become a flight surgeon, but when the opportunity to fly fighter aircraft opened to women, her objective shifted on this new challenge.

Gringa graduated Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training at Naval Air Station Pensacola where she flew the T-23, T-1 and T-39. As a Weapons Systems Officer in the F-15E, she was assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron and deployed to Operation Southern Watch and twice to Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, supporting both Special Operations Forces and precision strikes.

As an instructor in both the F-15E and basic navigator training, her biggest reward was mentoring young officers, not only in how to expertly employ their weapons system, but also in service, leadership, and followership. After serving as the Director of Operations for the 389th Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Gringa commanded the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. She led 122 personnel, across two bases, supporting seven other squadrons and 340,000 missions at the Department of Defense’s busiest combat logistics hub. Learn more about Shelly online at

Brock’s Riverside Grill is located on the banks of the Rappahannock River. The Banquet room has large windows directly overlooking the river. Space is limited to 40 persons.

Menu options: Top Sirloin Steak, Chicken Parmesan, and Vegetarian Jambalaya, see the registration form for meal descriptions. The steak will be prepared “medium” (pink throughout).


National Museum of the Marine Corps—Open daily 9:00 AM–5:00 PM. Admission is Free. 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle, VA 22172, 877-653-1775.

The exhibits have been designed as immersive experiences involving sights and sounds and motion and temperature changes and other interactive surprises that are revealed as the visitor proceeds on their own self-paced discovery. Photography is permitted, just no flash. A visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps qualifies for a Museum stamp for the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program.

Shannon Air Museum—Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. Admission: Adults $9.00; Seniors, Active Military $8.10; 12 and Under $5.00; Kids (5 and under) free. 3380 Shannon Airport Circle, Fredericksburg, VA, 540-642-4387.
Robin’s Nest Café open Monday–Saturday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM–4:00 PM,

Shannon Airport was founded in the 1950s by Sidney Shannon Jr, as part of his love for aviation and to honor his father Sidney Shannon Sr., who was one of the founders of Eastern Airlines with legendary World War I Ace Eddie Rickenbacker.

In the mid-70s, Sidney Shannon Jr. founded the Shannon Air Museum at his airport, which was one of the largest collections of rare aircraft in the world at the time. The airport had air shows, and fly-ins on a regular basis at which time many of the museum aircraft would be flown. Sidney Shannon Jr passed away in 1981, and thereafter the aircraft were dispersed and moved to Richmond Virginia.

Luke and Kim Curtas purchased Shannon Airport in February 2014. Luke, a businessman in Fredericksburg, VA, and a private pilot since 2006, began repairs and restoration immediately. The old terminal was remodeled and completely restored. The runway was repaired and the runway lights restored and the taxiways repaired. Many of the museum artifacts were never moved to Richmond and were in various locations at the airport. The old hangar that was attached to the terminal building, where the 1927 Curtiss Robinson Aircraft was stored, was turned into the Robins Nest Café, and flight store. The big maintenance hangar that was once the facility where most of these aircraft were worked on and restored was completely refurbished and conditioned with humidity control, in anticipation of the collection returning home to Shannon. In the early summer of 2016, the collection returned to the Shannon Air Museum. The Museum is now open and houses one of the rarest collections of vintage aircraft in the world.

Hartwood Winery—345 Hartwood Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 540-752-4893. Open Saturday and Sunday 11 AM–6 PM. Pet friendly.

Hartwood is in an area long known for its heavy deer population. “Hart” is the old English word for deer, and according to local legend, is the basis of the area’s name, and in turn Hartwood Winery’s logo.

6 Bears and A Goat Brewing Company—1140 International Pkwy., Fredericksburg, VA, 540-356-9056. Open Saturday 12–11 PM.

6 Bears and A Goat Brewing Co. is named after its founders (and the mascots of their respective military services). The six Bears are 20-year retirees from the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Goat is a retiree from the U.S. Navy. Collectively, the six Bears and a Goat have served their country for over 140 years.

Tours require advance notice. Tours are free. Groups no larger than 20. You will need close-toed shoes for the tour. Remember, they are a working brewery.  The tour lasts about 30 minutes. They can accommodate wheelchairs on tours, but access is limited.

Red Dragon Brewery—1419 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA, 540-371-8100. Open Saturday 11 AM–10 PM. Tours Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM & 3 PM. Spaces Limited. Sign up at the bar.

The red dragon appears on the national flag of Wales, which has symbolized this Celtic nation for more than a millennium. Our brewery is inspired by the owners’ ancestral roots in Ireland, Scotland, England, and in particular, Wales. It is with pride in this heritage that the Red Dragon Brewery is committed to producing the very finest of craft beers.

The Flying Circus Air Show—This air show is a demonstration of the “Golden Years of Flight,” which is characterized by the barnstorming era in the years between the two World Wars. The gates open at 11:00 AM on Sunday. The pre-show starts at 2:00 PM and the show starts at 2:30 PM. Admission: Adult $15.00, Children 5–12 $7.00, Under 5 FREE. Open Cockpit airplane rides are available before and after the show. Ride tickets are purchased at the gift shop, first-come, first-served. (Prices are subject to change.) The Flying Circus has some food available (Hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, Pepsi products, and ice cream). Outside food is permitted. Some benches are provided; you can bring chairs or blankets. It is possible to fly into Warrenton airport (KHWY) and arrange shuttle transportation by calling the Flying Circus (540-439-8661). Please visit for more information on pricing and rides.


Friday, May 17, 2019
Arrival at Stafford Airport
4:00–5:30 PM—Registration at Fredericksburg Hospitality House
6:00–8:30 PM—BBQ and Movie at Stafford Airport
9:00–11:00 PM—Hospitality Room open, registration in Hospitality Room

Saturday, May 18, 2019
6:00–9:00 AM—Registration in Hospitality Room
8:00–9:00 AM—Chapter Chairman Meeting (Washington Room)
9:00–11:30 AM—Section Meeting (Washington Room)
8:30–11:30 AM—49 ½ activity opportunity
12:00–2:00 PM—Luncheon (Washington Room)
2:00–5:00 PM—Hospitality Room open
2:00–5:00 PM—Afternoon activity opportunity
5:30 PM—Gather for transport to Brock’s Riverside Grill
6:00–8:30 PM—Banquet at Brock’s Riverside Grill
9:00–11:00 PM—Hospitality Room open

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Transport to Stafford Airport
7:00–11:00 AM—Hospitality Room open
Flying Circus, optional