Not many people can say they pursued their seaplane rating out of necessity, but Greg Corrado from Port Orchard, Wash., can.
For the fifth year in a row, Fantasy of Flight will once again host the Splash-In of the 39th annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, held in nearby Lakeland, Fla., April 9-14.
The Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) will hold its annual Grounded Hogs Dinner Feb. 22.
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.
What’s going on out in the marketplace? More than any time since the launch of Light-Sport Aircraft in 2004, I have not observed such a frenzy of activity for a particular niche, this time for LSA seaplanes. Next season, in 2013, we could see no less than nine entries — three brand new — and that count does not include any LSA equipped with floats, possibly adding several more. Yet some major potholes appear in the runway…or perhaps that should be waves sloshing over the bow.
Organizers of the South Florida Seaplane Splash-In, which will be held this Sunday, Nov. 11, at Lake Jackson in Sebring, Florida, say the weather reports show it will be a perfect day for the splash-in. For more information about the splash-in, contact Bill Schmalz at 561-414-6865 or go to the Seaplane Pilots Association website, click month, click year, and click GO. Until then, here’s a few pictures from past splash-ins: [Read more…]
The South Florida Seaplane Splash-In will be held this Sunday, Nov. 11, at Lake Jackson in Sebring, Florida. An incorrect date had been run on our Calendar pages. For more information about the splash-in, contact Bill Schmalz at 561-414-6865 or go to the Seaplane Pilots Association website, click month, click year, and click GO.
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.
John Vigran recently completed a short film about seaplanes and flying around the San Francisco Bay Area for his friends at Seaplane Adventures in Mill Valley, California. He sent along a link, noting it he thought it might be of interest to our readers as the main charater in the firlm is a 1955 de Havalland Beaver.