SOUTH SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Wipaire will once again offer the Ben Wiplinger Memorial Seaplane Rating Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2015 in celebration of Wipaire’s 55th anniversary and Ben Wiplinger’s contributions to aviation. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2016. [Read more…]
By JONI M. FISHER
“Dream big or go home,” said Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) Executive Director Steve McCaughey on plans to build a permanent home for the association. [Read more…]
Legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan’s latest project is the SkiGull, a seaplane that’s currently undergoing initial hydro testing.
Mike Kincaid, a seaplane expert who has written often for General Aviation News and happens to live near Burt’s retirement home in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, reports that the SkiGull “will land very slowly, takeoff quickly, cruise fast, and have an almost forever range. Like all of Burt’s creations, this seaplane will be very unique and could change the way we fly water planes.”
The latest design will also be featured in a new documentary, “Looking Up, Way Up! The Burt Rutan Story.” [Read more…]
Do you hold an Israeli pilot certificate? If so, are you looking to add a seaplane rating? Well, I’ve found the guy. Probably, the only guy – in the world – who can help you. How’s that for a niche market? [Read more…]
To preserve the memory of forgotten PBY Catalina Pilots of World War II, documentary filmmaker Daniel Bunker is making ‘Return of the Catalina‘.
“The film documents the restoration of a Catalina and the subsequent flight from Spain to Australia to honor the men who reconnected Australia to England after the fall of Singapore,” says Bunker. [Read more…]
More proof (as if we needed more) that flying is truly magical. This time via a DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver operating in British Columbia. [Read more…]
A new seaplane dock recently opened on Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway. The local daily newspaper, the Tacoma News Tribune, featured a page 1 (above the fold) story and photo about the opening and a question and answer interview with Greg Corrado, vice president of the Washington Seaplane Pilots Association and Chuck Perry and Craig O’Neill, Kenmore Air‘s chief pilot and director of flight administration.
Jonathan Evans of Bedford, Texas, has been chosen as the winner of Sporty’s Alaska Seaplane Adventure Sweepstakes. Evans will travel to Moose Pass, Alaska, to earn his Single Engine Sea Rating with Alaska Float Ratings in a PA-18 Super Cub.
LAS VEGAS— Monarch Sky, the largest flight school and flying club in Nevada, now offers seaplane training in the Cessna 182 Amphib — the only seaplane in Las Vegas, according to company officials.
An $18,000 floating dock has been installed at the Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas with plans to provide guests arriving by seaplane the convenience of a satellite customs and immigration check-in at the resort as well as at-the-dock luggage pick-up service. The Big Game Club, which is located on the main navigation channel in Bimini Bay, features a 51-room resort.