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Samaritan Aviation: Serving Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River basin

Article | Aug 05, 2015

Mark Palm’s sights were set on becoming a commercial or military pilot before a college trip to Papua New Guinea set him on a course to serve 500,000 Oceania islanders using floatplanes to deliver medical assistance.

Fleetwings Sea Bird: Golden Wings museum’s shiniest airplane

Article | Aug 05, 2015

Among the more than 30 exceptionally rare aircraft at the Golden Wings Flying Museum, the prototype Fleetwings Sea Bird stands out¬—and not just because it’s so shiny.

Wipaire offers scholarship, Caravan interiors

Article | Jul 24, 2015

Wipaire now offers the Aurora interior for Cessna Caravans to include divans and cabinets. The company also announced a seaplane scholarship.

Touching base: Enjoying AirVenture’s seaplane facility

Article | Jul 24, 2015

The EAA AirVenture seaplane base, about five miles southeast of Wittman Regional Airport, is a little-known treasure that few Oshkosh visitors experience.

SkiGull details revealed

Article | Jul 22, 2015

In a departure from his long-held practice of keeping his airplane projects secret while still in development, Burt Rutan used a public forum at EAA AirVenture on July 22 to reveal details of the SkiGull, an ultra-efficient, long-range seaplane capable of landing on asphalt, grass, snow, or water.

Music, barbecue, aerobatics at Barnstormers Party

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Eclectic music, Southern-style barbecue, and an aerobatic routine will open the weekend of the AOPA Minneapolis Fly-In at a Barnstormers Party Aug. 21.

‘Top Prop’ winner to be named at AirVenture

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Pilots may sign up through July 21 for a chance to win a three-day backcountry flying adventure or a seaplane rating in Hartzell Propeller's Top Prop Trailblazer Sweepstakes.

Weekend in the wilderness

Article | Jul 14, 2015

Deep in the northern woods of Maine, the grandson of one of the most influential aircraft designers hosts “Sikorsky Weekend” each year, telling tales of his grandfather, Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution, the early days of helicopter design—and taking visitors seaplane flying and fishing.

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.