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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.

Bill to ban seaplanes on Oregon’s Waldo Lake opposed

Article | Mar 27, 2013

With temporary rules that restored floatplane access to Oregon’s Waldo Lake less than a year old, AOPA and the aviation community are moving to oppose a bill that would re-impose a ban on floatplanes’ use of the lake. AOPA’s advocacy effort is focused on the Oregon House of Representatives, where Senate Bill 602 was headed after an 18-11vote for passage in the state Senate.

Troubling aircraft title issues

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Ron Golden Attorney, Counsel to AOPA More than 30 years of aviation legal experience Serves on the Board of Directors, Seaplane Pilots Association Pilot since 1975, owns a Cessna Cardinal RG PPS participants-only:Article archives >> Troubling aircraft title issues Buying or selling an aircraft? Be careful. Over the years, we become complacent.

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.

Cessna 206 Amphibian

Article | Sep 01, 2004

Forget the Hummer, this is your go-anywhere vehicle Cessna's 206 has long been known as one of the workhorses of general aviation. The airplane can squeeze itself in and out of tight strips with ease, swallow and carry a big load, is easy to maintain and operate, and — perhaps most important — has many modifications available in the aftermarket to increase its already impressive list of capabilities.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Mark R. Twombly, a writer, editor, and pilot, now lands on two different runway surfaces.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has flown 290 types of aircraft, 10 short of his 300-type goal. Once in a while I am asked what aircraft I most enjoy flying.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

San Francisco — you know the area well and have done it all, right? Have you taken a seaplane tour yet? Didn't think so. Seaplanes still fly over San Francisco just as they did 60 years ago, thanks to San Francisco Seaplane Tours.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

Michael T. Vivion serves as a wildlife biologist and airplane pilot for the U.S.