Pictures of the day: Birds of a feather

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Searey amphibian owners are known as a close-knit group, having gathered for a fly-in lunch on the Sunday before SUN ‘n FUN for over 15 years. This year the Searey factory in Tavares, Florida, took over responsibility for the annual gathering, which attracted around 30 of the flying boats and more than 100 people, including our own Tom Snow. Here are some of his photos from the event: [Read more…]

Ferry flight to Florida

Sea Rey Ferry Flight to Florida

Bay Bridge Airport, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis, is a special place to fly. It’s even more attractive now with two flight schools specializing in light-sport aircraft (LSA). One recently posted an opportunity that can arise from time to time. When you see one like this, grab it if you can. [Read more…]

Barefoot flight training in a SeaRey

*Flight PLanning

“We sell fun,” says Helen Woods, manager of Chesapeake Sport Pilot in Stevensville, Md., a flight school specializing in Light-Sport Aircraft and recognized by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as one of the 50 best flight schools in the nation.

The school operates a fleet of European-made LSAs, but being located next to the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, with hundreds of potential water landing spots to explore, Woods has shifted her focus to the Searey “flying boat” amphibian made by Progressive Aerodyne in Tavares, Fla.

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Flying the Searey

Searey Feature

I’m retired, so officially every day is a day off. But I do a lot of writing and lately, I’ve been looking for a little more fun in my new home state of Florida. Last week, I kicked around some boat clubs and breezed through the sailboat ads. Then, my EAA chapter emailed that Searey was bringing its seaplanes to the Spruce Creek Fly-In community.

I loved the pilots-eye video of flying this most successful LSA seaplane. I wanted to know more. So I went to the company, based in “America’s Seaplane City” of Tavares, Florida.

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