April 3, 2008
The just-issued sixth edition of the Seaplane Pilot Association's Water Landing Directory includes completely updated information on the hundreds of water landing locations in all 50 states and adds a special feature: "seaplane friendliness."
"It's the new plastic spiral binding," said SPA Executive Director Mike Volk. "The old metal binding scratched seaplane paint and tended to rust in a water environment. It's one of those small details that landplane pilots wouldn't worry about, but SPA members appreciate." The front and back covers of the 224-page comprehensive directory are also coated with water-repellent plastic material.
The 2000 edition of the Water Landing Directory features improved readability and separates listings of private or personal-use water landing areas from public-use facilities. Listings are organized by state and include federal, state, and local waterway use regulations. For the first time this year, regulatory information has been translated from "legalese" to plain English.
Also included in the new directory is valuable data on fuel and Customs availability, improved cross-country planning maps, and a summary of Canadian regulations for seaplane operators. In recognition of the fast-changing nature of flight information, SPA has also added a supplemental directory update service via its Web site.
"Supplements appear on the SPA Web site almost as quickly as changes occur," said Volk. "It makes it easy for seaplane pilots to keep their hardcopy directory current."
SPA's Water Landing Directory is the only annual guide offering seaplane pilots both facility and regulatory information for all 50 states. Its 5.75-inch by 8.5-inch size and spiral binding makes it equally easy to use in the cockpit or on the kitchen table for reference and preflight planning.
The 2000 Water Landing Directory is available to SPA members for $19 and to non-members for $38, both plus shipping. Orders may be placed by calling SPA toll-free at 888/SPA-8923 (888/772-8923), by mail to Seaplane Pilots Association, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701, or through the SPA Web site.
The 7,200-member Seaplane Pilots Association was founded in 1972 and works to keep seaplane flying safe, fun, and as inexpensive as possible. In recent years, SPA has stepped up efforts to fight regulations that could unnecessarily restrict water flying.
July 10, 2000
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>