Higher horsepower upgrade for Caravan floatplanes approved

Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, and Wipaire, Inc. of South St. Paul, Minn.,  have received FAA approval of the Blackhawk XP42A engine upgrade for Cessna Model 208 and 208A Caravans on Wipline floats.

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Seaplanes cleared to land in New Mexico

AVweb is reporting that the State of New Mexico has abandoned plans to ban seaplanes from landing on lakes in its state parks, thanks, it would seem, by a lobbying effort among seaplane pilots.

New Mexico proposes floatplane, amphib ban

AVweb is reporting that float and amphib aircraft operators throughout the U.S. are rallying to fight a proposal by the state of New Mexico to ban aircraft from the state’s lakes. The proposal is a single line item tucked in a long list of proposed changes to the New Mexico Administrative Code, blindsiding the seaplane community. Read more here.

Season opener Splash-In slated

The Washington Seaplane Pilots Association will hold it season opener Splash-In May 19 at Lake Whatcom.

Officials note this is a special occasion, long in the planning process, as a network of organizations have been putting together a plan where seaplanes could become an important part of the area’s  emergency response resources.

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