To preserve the memory of forgotten PBY Catalina Pilots of WWII, 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.
Dornier Seaplane Co. recently landed its Seastar CD2 seaplane in Germany after a U.S. and Canadian demo tour. The tour encompassed more than 220 flight hours, 184 landings on land, and 154 water landings.
Some pilots become jaded with time. Need to perk-up your aviation life? Pre-Sun ’n Fun, I returned to Central Florida’s lake country and a training operation that will freshen anyone’s outlook on flying.
Located on Lake Dora above Florida’s Turnpike 35 miles northwest of Orlando, it’s Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures in “America’s Seaplane City,” Tavares, Florida. [Read more…]
By AMELIA T. REIHELD
Wouldn’t it be great to own the only seaplane operation in the Hawaiian Islands? Fly excited tourists around one of the most beautiful islands in the world? Sit on your own waterfront lanai, surrounded by potted palm trees, and never again have to look at a snow shovel? Sounds like your gig? Then you need to talk to Pat Magie, seaplane pilot and raconteur extraordinaire.
The “first new amphibian design in 60 years” is how John Meekins, the energetic president of Privateer Industries, bills the Privateer.