Flight Training Programs

December 22, 2020 update:  We will be open for business at St. Mary's County Airport (2W6) terminal building starting on January 1st, 2021! 


We have a Cessna 140 available for tailwheel training and a Republic Seabee for seaplane training.  The PA-12 is still undergoing maintenance and is not expected to be available in 2021. 

Apply for Training today to hold your spot in line for 2021!  Reservations are required.

Located about 1 hour 30 minutes southeast of Washington, DC, St. Mary's County Airport (2W6) is surrounded by a large variety of grass strips and water landing sites on and around the Patuxent and Potomac rivers.  

We do training part-time and by appointment only.  Due to our customer list, full-time jobs, restricted airspace, DPE availability, and other aviation-related challenges, we may not be able to fly with you right away.  Please contact us for more information and we will make every effort to accommodate your training needs.

A reservation for flight training requires a non-refundable deposit, equivalent to 1.0 hour of training, to protect us against no-shows and cancellations within 24 hours.


The Republic Seabee is a great seaplane, but it is "a lot of airplane."  Prior to a SES practical test, you must have a complex, high performance, and tailwheel endorsement.  The training program is more robust than other courses.  Our Private or Commercial SES Add-On Course starts with a tailwheel refresher flight in the Cessna 140 (or an endorsement course), then progresses into the Seabee.  High-performance and complex endorsements will be worked into the training as required.

Seabee: $500/hour all inclusive

(Examiner fee not included for Practical Test)

Discovery flights for non-pilots, seaplane introductory flights, refresher training, insurance checkouts, and advanced seaplane courses are available.

Minimum booking (and for gift certificates) for seaplane instruction is $500, equivalent to 1.0 hour flight with ground instruction.


The Cessna 140 is a great tailwheel trainer.  Tailwheel endorsements usually take 4-6 hours over 3-4 flights.  Discovery flights for non-pilots, refresher training, insurance checkouts, and advanced tailwheel training are available.

$200/hour all inclusive

Minimum booking (and for gift certificates) for tailwheel instruction is for $200, equivalent to 1.0 hour flight with ground instruction.

©2019 by Southern Maryland Seaplanes. Proudly created with Wix.com