Samaritan Aviation uses Cessna 206 amphibs to provide essential medical support to remote villages in the East Sepak province of Papua New Guinea. It’s hard work for the pilots and their families who volunteer for the mission—hazardous flying conditions, handling a variety of tasks, and providing emotional support for hospitalized villagers, among many other duties—but it is a life’s calling.
Southeast Alaska has been described as a miserable paradise; it can be so beautiful and at the same time so uncomfortable. On clear days, 15,318-foot Mount Fairweather can be seen towering above the landscape from 100 miles away, but on a typically rainy day, visibility may be only 100 yards in fog and mist. You have to be comfortable flying in weather that might make a pilot from the lower 48 stay home.
The Seaplane Pilots Association, in cooperation with the Seaplane Foundation, recently launched the Seaplane Safety Program to provide a range of new education resources for the seaplane pilot community. The first effort focuses on the number one safety issue involving amphibious seaplanes: landing on the water with the landing gear extended.
Seaplane pilots and non-pilots that are fans of seaplanes, if you are not getting Water Flying magazine you are missing out on the only full color magazine dedicated to covering the entire seaplane community from Alaska to Florida from Australia to Lake Como, Italy and all points in between.
While most of the readers of Water Flying are seaplane rated pilots, an ever increasing number of non-pilot fans of seaplanes are receiving the magazine by joining the Seaplane Pilots Association.