As the crowds travel home from this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Lisa Bentson and William E. Dubois sent us these photos they snapped at the EAA Seaplane Base, one of the hidden treasures of the Oshkosh show. It’s an oasis of calm in the overwhelming scene that is AirVenture. [Read more…]
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) plans to proceed with rulemaking to allow seaplane landings in the coming months on Buckeye Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and Salt Fork Reservoir (see map), and even more in the future.
In December 2015, officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Seaplane Pilots Association held meetings in Columbus with members of the Ohio legislature, as well as officials from Gov. John Kasich’s administration, to discuss how to go about making Ohio more friendly to seaplanes. [Read more…]
The first Colorado Splash-In will be held Saturday, May 14, on Lake Meredith near Sugar City in southeastern Colorado. The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is expected to draw some 500 spectators.
The Seaplane Pilots Association has been working for years to gain access to Colorado waters. Colorado historically has been off-limits to seaplanes, so the splash-in promises to be an historic day, association officials note.
Ace aviation photographer Brian Neidhardt sent in this photo of a Maule 7 in Greenville, Maine. See more of Brian’s photos in the April 21 print issue of General Aviation News. [Read more…]
George Weaver sent in this photo of “an anxious J3 on Lake Hood in Anchorage, Alaska — Floatplane Heaven. Nearly everything ever adapted to floats can be found there.” [Read more…]
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…]