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Big City Seaplanes

Pilot Magazine | Mar 20, 2013

The official name of the facility is New York Skyports Inc. Seaplane Base, or as seaplane pilots know it, 6N7.

AOPA's Fuller to keynote Northwest Aviation Conference

Advocacy | Feb 14, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller will be the keynote speaker, and AOPA will participate in a wide variety of activities and programs at the Northwest Aviation Conference Feb. 23 and 24 in Puyallup, Wash.

Alton Bay ice airport opens for season

Article | Jan 31, 2013

The Alton Bay ice airport in Alton Bay, N.H.--a seasonal public-use facility at the charted location of the Alton Bay Seaplane Base--has opened for the 2013 season, said Paul LaRochelle, its volunteer manager.

Hearing set on Waldo Lake access rules

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

Pilots and aviation groups have worked hard to reverse a seaplane ban at Oregon's Waldo Lake, and are now rallying to ensure the Oregon Aviation Board makes permanent the existing temporary rules that allow aviation access. A hearing is set for Jan. 31.

New Mexico drops proposed seaplane ban in face of opposition

Advocacy | Dec 26, 2012

A proposed seaplane ban in New Mexico was tabled after the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department’s State Parks Division received hundreds of comments opposing the measure.

NM seaplane ban opposed

Article | Oct 18, 2012

New Mexico officials should work with pilots on mutual goals rather than adopt a state agency's plan to ban seaplanes from public waters, AOPA said in a state regulatory filing.

Pilot, city commissioner honored with Let’s Go Flying Award

Article | Oct 11, 2012

Jamie Beckett of Winter Haven, Fla., is the recipient of AOPA's 2012 Let's Go Flying Award for his efforts in promoting and defending general aviation. The award was presented Oct. 11 during AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif.

Seaplane Pilots Association announces scholarships

Article | Jul 31, 2012

Three Seaplane Pilots Association scholarships were awarded at this year's EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

Icon Aircraft promotion benefits Seaplane Pilots Association

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Los Angeles-based Icon Aircraft has cut A5 deposits from $5,000 to $2,000 at the 2012 EAA AirVenture show, and will donate $100 of the deposit to the Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA). The promotion covers in-person and online sales.

Floatplanes regain access to Oregon’s Waldo Lake

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2012

Seaplane pilots once again have access to Waldo Lake in the Cascades after pilot groups banded together to encourage the Oregon State Marine Board to exclude floatplanes from its ban on internal combustion engines operating on the lake.

Return of floatplane access to Waldo Lake urged

Advocacy | Mar 28, 2012

Pilots can make their voices heard with an Oregon state agency as it reconsiders a two-year-old ban on floatplanes on one of the state's largest lakes.

Fuller to speak at Washington State aviation events

Article | Feb 02, 2012

AOPA members are invited to join AOPA President Craig Fuller at the Washington Seaplane Pilots Association 2012 Grounded Hogs Dinner on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.

Water dog

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

The small attach points on the side of the AOPA 2012 Sweepstakes Tougher Than a Tornado Husky are easy to overlook and have no real bearing on the way the airplane flies day to day.

Final Ross Lake management plan supported

Advocacy | Jan 19, 2012

The decision to include seaplane access as a component of the final planning document for the Ross Lake National Recreational Area in Washington state resulted from an effective collaboration between government planners and aviation organizations during the plan's review process, AOPA said.

Challenges: River dance

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Let's all tip our caps to aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss, who was one of the first to brainstorm the possibility of marrying a boat to an airplane. Curtiss attached pontoons to a biplane and managed to get airborne in 1911, and pilots have enjoyed both the utility and the fun of being able to land and take off on water ever since.

Curious cargoes

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

A commercial pilot recounts a number of "curious cargoes" he's hauled as a bush flyer in Northeastern United States.

The nation’s quirkiest airports

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Illustrations by John Holmes Toss a casual question on the AOPA Forums, and you’ll come up with answers worth an article. The question was simple: “Which are the nation’s quirkiest airports?” On the advice of AOPA Pilot staff, I didn’t define the word quirky.

The iceway is open

Article | Jan 01, 2010

Picture this movie scene: The local airport has closed down. At a meeting of area businesspeople, everyone agrees the airport was a boon for the local economy and a much-loved attraction that should be restored.

'AOPA Pilot' 2008 General Aviation Photography Contest

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

There’s something inherently beautiful about general aviation and the places and people it touches. Take earth, water, or sky, add a sunset or a season, and mix in an aircraft, a person, or an event to portray its amazing culture.

America's Airports: Another Day in Paradise

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base (F57); Winter Haven, Florida; May 20, 2008 It’s an unusually cool morning for mid-May in central Florida. Low scud races overhead, indicative more of winter in this area than of the cusp of summer.

Pilotage: Recreational vehicle

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Mark R. Twombly is a charter pilot on a Citation II based in Southwest Florida.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Mark R. Twombly is the AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer at Florida's Fort Myers airport.

The Can-Am Fly-In

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

"When you share a passion, it's easy to communicate" As a vicious evening thunderstorm roils across Lac Taureau, a large Canadian lake northeast of Montreal, lightning plunges the crowded banquet hall into darkness. My instant reaction, and probably that of many others from "south of the border," is to groan.

Beriev Be-103

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Now landing in water country, U.S.A. Seaplane pilots looking at the Beriev Be-103 light amphibian for the first time express skepticism about its unusual low- to mid-wing configuration and are curious to know how such an airplane performs on water.