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Pilot Briefing: Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

AOPA Homecoming brings thousands to airport

Baker joins seaplane association’s board

Article | Jun 17, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker, a longtime land and sea pilot, recently joined the Seaplane Pilots Association's Board of Directors.

Pilot wins water wings

Article | May 22, 2015

Arizona flight instructor (and newly hired airline pilot) Blake Godfrey won the King Schools Alaska Seaplane Rating Sweepstakes.

Reversible prop approved for Husky

Article | Apr 24, 2015

A newly approved reversible propeller for the Aviat Husky will give floatplane pilots greater control during water operations, Aviat Aircraft announced at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

Hartzell launches backcountry, seaplane sweepstakes

Article | Apr 23, 2015

If you're up for an adventure that will improve your piloting skills, Hartzell Propeller's "Trailblazer Sweepstakes" could take your flying to the next level.

Maine pilots hold eighth annual forum

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

Snow and a record cold February proved no obstacle for 65 Maine aviators who turned out Feb. 28 for the Eighth Annual Maine Aviation Forum.

‘The single most important license I got’

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Delta Air Lines Captain Jeffrey Whitesell said flight instruction has been his backstop his whole career, many times opening a door where one otherwise might not have been opened.

Seaplane ‘footprint’ small in Adirondack Park

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2014

Seaplanes “require no roads, trails or infrastructure to support their use,” wrote AOPA President Mark Baker in a letter to the Adirondack Park Administration.

Pilots urged to complete Lake Hood Seaplane Base survey

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2014

AOPA is urging pilots who use the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to participate in a master planning survey.

Pilot Getaways: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Coeur d’Alene is a premier resort destination of the inland Northwest. Surrounded by pine-carpeted mountains, Coeur d’Alene Lake has been called one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Consider visiting on your way to the AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16.

Pilot Getaways: Priest Lake, Idaho

Article | Aug 04, 2014

The murmur of a breeze in the evergreens sings a soft harmony to the deep blue of a brightening sky—it’s morning in the Idaho mountains. In Priest Lake, Idaho, the choices of fun and relaxation, from water-skiing to huckleberry picking, are nearly limitless. Explore the area during your visit to AOPA’s Spokane Fly-In.

Light Sport Aircraft: Soul-stirring airplane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Like a duck that switches from sitting placidly atop the water to a furiously splashing, flapping, quacking master of flight, the Amphibious Carbon Cub leaps into air with a burst of raw energy.<

Big city seaplanes

Article | Jul 15, 2014

A seaplane base on the East River turns an hours-long drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons into a brief flight.

Water lacking, floatplanes launch from trailer

Article | Apr 24, 2014

A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.

Alaska seminar launches float season

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2014

Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.

Pilots: Mary Silitch

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Mary Silitch’s love of aviation started when she was four years old, after taking a flight in a crop duster over her family’s Arkansas farm.

Couple donates Twin Bee to Vermont school

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Californians Jeanette and Roger Glazer have enjoyed their Twin Bee UC-1 for the past six years, but recently considered selling it. Instead the Seaplane Pilots Association convinced the couple to donate their storied aircraft.

Time traveler

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

The last of the 1.5 gallons of oil chugs into the left engine’s tank, satisfying the big Pratt & Whitney R-985—for now.

Weekend seaplane odyssey

Article | Nov 13, 2013

As a baker's dozen of pilots discover, moving five seaplanes--four of them on straight floats--1,200 nm from Minneapolis to Florida is an adventure in flying, and a lesson in human relations.

Baker splashes in—literally

Slideshow | Oct 07, 2013

AOPA President Mark Baker attended the newly launched Lake Gaston Resort Seaplane Splash-In Oct. 5 in southern Virginia and, flying in a 1947 Republic Seabee, literally splashed in.

Italian aero club marks century of seaplane flying

Article | Oct 02, 2013

A hundred years of seaplane flying from a lake renowned as one of Europe's most stunning resorts was to be celebrated Oct. 5.

Greenville Seaplane Fly-In celebrates 40th year

Slideshow | Sep 18, 2013

At a time when airports are hemmed in by high fences, barbed wire, and security gates, seaplanes provide rare direct public access to airplanes.

Tacoma sees new seaplane access as asset for city

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Tacoma, Wash., officials celebrated the opening of a new floatplane dock at the mouth of the Thea Foss Waterway.

Virginia looks to expand landing areas, pilot population

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Virginia, mindful of the need to build the next generation of pilots, is looking to expand turf runways and supporting the seaplane community as well.

Pilot Briefing: Everything under the sun

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Brazil’s brand-new Wega arrived in the United States in April. The Wega is an all-composite, Experimental-category airplane built in the Santa Catarina district in Brazil.