Ace photographer Brian Neidhardt sent in this photo taken in Greenville, Maine, of a Quest Kodiak on floats. Look for more of Brian’s photos in our April 21 print issue. [Read more…]
In response to our call for seaplane stories, Eric Ziegler sent us this one: “When I was a pre-pilot with about eight hours of land time, my wife and I visited her brother, who lived in Thibadoux, La. He worked for the gas pipeline company there, and frequently inspected small concrete data islands in the swamp. He invited me along for such a trip in a float C-180. Our first takeoff exhilarated me — so smooth.
“From the left seat our pilot allowed me take the controls, even for our first landing. Looking forward to a great splash-down after a good approach, I was startled when he took the airplane from me at about 100 feet and did a go-around. At 500 feet he chuckled “bumps in the water.” In this case, alligators.
During our brief stay on the little island I saw gators, water mocs, and more. I was quite happy to leave, but happier to get my splash-down on the lake by the headquarters. Surreal, but great day!”
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.
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.
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.
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.