The Seabird Organization at SUN ‘n FUN reports it is prepared for a gathering of seaplane pilots, seaplanes and enthusiasts at the 2016 Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo, held at Lakeland Linder Airport (KLAL) in Florida, April 5-10. However, there will not be a Splash-In again this year. [Read more…]
This past Friday I enjoyed the company of nearly a hundred close friends, most of whom I’d never met before.
The event that brought us together at Gilbert Field (KGIF) in Winter Haven, Florida, was the annual meeting of the Seaplane Pilots Association. Members gather for this once-a-year event, arriving by land, sea, and air. I have to admit, I made my way to the meeting on a motorcycle, but only because I live within spitting distance of the field. Given the opportunity, I’d have flown in, as so many did. [Read more…]
Mike Kincaid sent us another beautiful photo from his seaplane adventures in Northern Idaho. [Read more…]
On Dec. 18, 1990, Tom Casey became the first person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine seaplane, landing only on water. He did it in a converted Cessna 206 named the “Liberty II” equipped with floats. A new novel by William Coleman, “Floatplane Odyssey,” details the account of this historic adventure. [Read more…]
Her name is Tanille Elaine DeLair, a very appropriate name for someone with a passion for flight. She named her light kit seaplane “Juliette.” With an FAA registration of N2269J, this may seem logical, but it’s something most men don’t do, or at least they rarely admit naming their favorite flying machine.
But DeLair is not your typical pilot, and her story can serve as inspiration to female or male, landplane lover or seaplane lover. When I recently investigated the Aero Adventure company, officials were quick to supply her name as an ideal customer. [Read more…]
Sectionals, headsets, kneeboards — all are appropriate gifts for the pilot in your life. If the pilot in your life also has a seaplane rating, gifts appropriate to watercraft operations come into play. [Read more…]
While some beautiful looking LSA seaplanes have captured lots of attention — I am thinking of Icon’s vigorously promoted A5, the unusually capable MVP, the highly innovative Wave, and Finland’s ATOL … all of which have some fascinating features — all but one share one feature: You can’t get one yet. [Read more…]
Does the Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) world seem somewhat obsessed with seaplanes? Certainly, it appears that’s where a good bit of the most innovative thinking is occurring.
However, to observe that is to focus only on the newest designs, the most innovative of which have yet to hit the market and may be years away. For pilots who want to fly today, Aero Adventure is one of those companies you should keep in mind.
Besides the available-today quality, the DeLand, Florida-based company has a seaplane the rest of us can afford. Can you believe average kit prices in the mid-$50,000s and starting below $49,000? [Read more…]
By MIKE KINCAID
Contrary to what some of the younger pilots I examine for the Single-Engine-Sea rating might think, I didn’t begin flying when seaplanes were first introduced.
That honor goes to a Frenchman named Henri Fabre, who lifted off from the water in Southern France in 1908 (Glenn Curtiss began seaplane flights later that year in the U.S.). It was actually 70 years later that I earned my seaplane rating at Anchorage’s Lake Hood.
In those almost 37 years of seaplaning, both for work and play, I’ve come to appreciate this unique segment of aviation so much that I think it’s the best way to travel — by air or water. [Read more…]
Mike Kincaid’s latest book, “Seaplaning,” has just been published. The book is the successor to “Seaplane Rating Basics,” which was published in December 2013. [Read more…]