St. Mary's County Regional Airport
|St. Mary's County Regional Airport
Capt. Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport
|Owner/Operator||St. Mary's County|
|Elevation AMSL||142 ft / 43 m|
St. Mary's County Regional Airport (IATA: LTW, FAA LID: 2W6), also known as Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport, is a public airport located in St. Mary's County, Maryland, four miles (six km) northeast of the central business district of Leonardtown. The airport is also located 8 nmi (15 km) west of Naval Air Station Patuxent River. It is owned and operated by the St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners.
St. Mary's County Regional Airport has been in operation since 1969. The airport was re-dedicated as the Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport in 2000. It recently reverted to its original name.
Facilities and aircraft
For the 12-month period ending April 6, 2006, the airport had 52,618 aircraft operations, an average of 144 per day: 95% general aviation, 5% air taxi and <1% military. There are 100 aircraft based at this airport: 86% single engine, 8% multi-engine, 3% helicopters, 2% ultralight and 1% gliders.
The airport houses small aircraft such as Pipers, gliders, and Cessnas (152's, 172's, etc.). The Maryland State Police house one of their helicopters, Trooper 7, at the airport. Trooper 7 flies medevacs all over the area including to as far north as Montgomery county and even in to northern Virginia. There is also a small flying club where people can learn to fly and rent planes to fly over the Chesapeake Bay.
The St. Mary's Composite Squadron (MER-MD-089)  of the Civil Air Patrol  meets at the terminal building and bases their aircraft there, as well. CAP's primary missions in the community include aerial and ground search and rescue. The local squadron is about 100 members strong, including senior members and cadets.
Airlines and Destinations
There are currently no major airlines serving Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport or St. Marys County Regional Airport but people can charter private flights to other places making the airport public.
- FAA Airport Master Record for 2W6 ( PDF), effective 2007-07-05
- Great Circle Mapper: LTW - Leonardtown, Maryland (St. Mary's County Regional Airport)
- NTSB report for accident at St. Mary's County Regional Airport on October 12, 2006
- St. Mary's County Regional Airport page at St. Mary's County web site