Seaplane Pilots

About VSPA

   

The Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association (VSPA) was formed in May 2013, it’s main goal is to educate, promote and preserve seaplane operations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and Chesapeake bay region. The Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association hosts numerous splash-in events throughout the summer months.  Education of public officials, decision makers, other waterway users and the general public about seaplanes and their operations is key to continued acceptance on commonwealth waterways. Promotion of seaplanes in a public safety and service role provides value to the local community. Education and promotion will result in the preservation of seaplane operators’ rights to share the commonwealth’s natural resources with other groups. With a concerted effort by the 209 seaplane pilots already in Virginia we can make the business and sport of flying seaplanes in Virginia much safer for the pilots and citizens of this great commonwealth through education and preservation and cooperation. One of the association’s first missions is to document in the commonwealth airport directory and Seaplane Pilots Association directory information on landing waterways, including contact information for those responsible for those waterways.  If you have plans to visit Virginia and would like information on a particular landing site, give us a call.  We will be updating the SPA Water Landing Directory as we continue to explore landing sites throughout the state.  

Virginia, Seaplane Friendly!

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Explore all the area has to offer

With over 10,000 miles of shoreline, Virginia is centrally located along the Mid-Atlantic. Virginia provides seaplane operators a convenient stop for fuel or a great vacation opportunity. Many of the marina’s located throughout the state are seaplane friendly and do offer ethanol-free avgas.  

          

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Seaplane Splash-Ins

Virginia is considered a seaplane friendly state. The 8 major lakes located within the Commonwealth are all open to seaplane use and provide pilots the opportunity explore all Virginia has to offer.

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Generate Excitement

Promotion of seaplanes in a public safety and service role provides value to the local community. Education and promotion will result in the preservation of seaplane operators’rights to share the commonwealth’s natural resources with other groups.

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Experience the Thrill of Seaplane Flight

Seaplane Facts

Certificated Pilots

  • There are over 200 certified seaplane pilots in Virginia.


Training

  • There are 6 seaplane flight schools within the region. See the seaplane training page for a full list of providers, contact information and aircraft.


Designated Examiners

  • There are 3 Designated SES/MES examiners within the state, 


Open Waters

  • There are over 1500 lakes and 10,000 miles of shoreline
  • The 8 largest lakes within the Commonwealth are open to seaplane use and can be found in the SPA Water Landing Directory App.




Learn More

The Seaplane Pilots Association is the world advocate for water flying. Since 1972 we have been protecting and promoting seaplane pilots and the water flying community.

Seaplane Training

Pearson Aviation, Inc.

Southern Maryland Seaplanes

Pearson Aviation, Inc.

Aircraft: Searey Elite
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Phone: 540-903-7003
Seaplane Ratings Offered: Sport, Rec, Private, Commercial

Chesapeake Seaplanes

Southern Maryland Seaplanes

Pearson Aviation, Inc.

Chuck Tippett
Aircraft: 1946 BCS12D Taylorcraft
Potomac River - Coles Point, VA
540-905-5091
urplanecrazy@aol.com

Southern Maryland Seaplanes

Southern Maryland Seaplanes

Southern Maryland Seaplanes

Jeremy DeBons
Aircraft: PA-12
Potomac River - Dameron, MD
281-222-5514

www.somdseaplanes.com

SML Aviation

Chowan River Rats

Southern Maryland Seaplanes

Aircraft: Cessn 180 amphib
Matt Short mgr
Location: Moneta Va 24212
Phone: 802-233-9312

www.smlaviation.com

Chowan River Rats

Chowan River Rats

Chowan River Rats

Rat Landing Seaplane Base (NC18)

Henry Joyner
Phone: 252-395-0822
www.chowanriverrats.com

Sand Dollar Seaplane

Seaplane flight off or Beautiful Lake Gaston in Southern Virginia.

Flying the James River

SeaRey flight up the James River to our annual Splash-in at Don Maxwells.

2019 Mid-Atlantic Seaplane Splash-in

One of VSPA's annual Splash-ins. 

2019 Lake Anna Splash-in.

The VSPA's kick off annual event held on Lake Anna, hosted by Bob and Penny Woodberry.

Jimmie's Creek Seaplane Adventure

Experience the thrill of seaplane flight, Beautiful Lake Gaston.

Aviation Events

3/27-29/2020

Seaplane A Palooza, Tavares America's Seaplane City

All day

Event Details

3/27-29/2020

Seaplane A Palooza, Tavares America's Seaplane City

Kick off the seaplane season. this promises to be a good jump start for those seaplane pilots from around the country traveling to Sun N Fun

All day

3/31-4/5 2020

Sun N Fun 2020

All day

Event Details

3/31-4/5 2020

Sun N Fun 2020

Experience Flight in 20/20

All day

5/16/2020

Lake Anna Splash-in

All day

Event Details

5/16/2020

Lake Anna Splash-in

May 16 - Virginia: Seaplane Splash-In, Lake Anna. N38-04.590 W077-48.740. Unicom 123.45. This is a social gathering with food, fun, flying &...

Event Details

All day

5/30/2020

Colonial Beach Splash-in

All day

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5/30/2020

Colonial Beach Splash-in

Come join the VSPA for lunch at the Dockside Tiki Bar and Grill

All day

8/15/2020

Maxwell Splash-in on the James River

All day

Event Details

8/15/2020

Maxwell Splash-in on the James River

Don and Carol's annual splash-in on the James, always plenty of food and fun. See a video of last years event at https://youtu.be/F4LnwzAd_-...

Event Details

All day

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Aviation Links

FAA

AOPA

FAA

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A quick link to the FAA, for all your aviation questions. Certification, Medical, seaplane facility development.

SPA

AOPA

FAA

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All your seaplane answers can be found here, advocacy, invasive species and water landing directory.

AOPA

AOPA

Chesapeake Seaplane Association

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Supporting general aviation and the issues affecting our freedom to fly.

Chesapeake Seaplane Association

Chesapeake Seaplane Association

Chesapeake Seaplane Association

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Our sister organization supporting seaplane operations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and Southern Maryland.

Customs and Border Protection

Chesapeake Seaplane Association

Customs and Border Protection

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A quick link to help you plan your adventure of a lifetime, north or south of the boarder.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association

88 Pea Hill Drive Valentines, VA 23887

(301) 606-0723