SeaRey Bahamas and Florida

End of 2019 and beginning 2020 we flew with an SeaRey amphibian/seaplane through Florida and the Bahamas and discovered some great spots. The first video is a compilation af some flights and the next videos show more details.

We had some windy days so I had time to learn to make videos. This is a compilation.
In Florida we made met friends on Lake Jackson. After the lunch at Sunset Grille we flew to Little Lake Jackson. A year before we flew in with a C140 from 1946 and stayed in the nice Hotel: Inn on the Lakes. They gave us a room with direct view in the plane. We shall repeat that stay again.
On Maps I was searching for lakes with a ramp that is big enough for the plane and that has a restaurant. So I discouvered Lake Shipp with the Horborside restaurant.
On our flight to the Bahamas we startet at Tavares, the Seaplane City. After refuellling at Pompano we headed to San Andros where we made customs. Then we headed to Stella Maris where we stayed.
At Little Farmers Key a party took place due to a sailing ship event. Our friends were already expecting us. John flew his Cirrus around the world few years ago.
Twice we flew from Stella Maris to George Town to make some shopping and visit the ChatnChill bar on the other side on an island where we got some Conch salad. The first time it was tricky because we did not know the mooring area which was small.
The second time we had crosswind so sailing to and from the beach was a bit tricky. In take off a boat run into our take to make videos. So we had to wave them off. Due to high season we had to find a good spot for the take off through the mooring boats.
ChatnChill is a nice spot on an island and known for the Conch salad and the bar.

We knew that friends have a house at Salt Pont, Long Island. They did not know that we are coming. So it was a suprise to them.

We took all videos and photos with a Gopro and a smartphone and mixed them together with Magix Deluxe Pro video software.

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Visiting Apalachicola with landing in the river

After the Bahamas trip we visited our friends in Apalachicola FL, a flat area close to the sea.

There we made a ramping at a ramp close by.

Before I checked the withspan to make sure we are not going to touch.

Then docked at our friends house.

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Bahamas end of 2019 with an amphibian

After the Searey excursion we stayed another couple of days in the Bahamas, at Stella Maris Resort on Long Island. From there we made some flights in the vicinity.

Stella Maris Resort was founded by German friends in the 1960ies. On the top is the resort, on the buttom left the Moonshine Bar, on the buttom right the Erna’s tidal pool, now unfortunately filled with sand.

One excursions was to the to Dean’s blue whole. It is the second deepest hole in the world and starts a few feet below sea level. Although on the east side of the island the sea is sheltered by a block of corals.

The blue hole is protected by a riff so the water behind is shallow. There was light wind and the take off run will be long enough.

We were also visiting the Chat ‚N‘ Chill® Beach Bar & Grill that is only reachable by boat.

After landings in the sea we had to desalt the plane which takes one hour for everything.

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Bahamas fly-out 2019

We flew with a group of 9 Searey and additional seaplanes. This time we flew the Searey N844SR.

November 1 early in the morning we went to the seaport at Tavares. The plane in front is the one we used the previous years to fly around the in Florida with over night stays.

On the left hand side is the N844SR we are using the next weeks.

After landing at San Andros for refuelling and clear customs.

Then we headed to Black Point where we stayed two nights.

Excursion to the pig island close to Staniel Key, Exumas.

Next place to stay was Hawks Nest, we already know from past excursions.

Excursion to Fernandez Bay Resort

Blue – the colour of the Bahamas / Carribean.

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Searey, factory at Tavares

End of October 2019 we took over the N844AR Searey from Flying Fish LLC at Lakeland. In oder to to have the Searey for a long period had to make a special contract with the company.The Searey is an amphibian for two persons that permits to land on water and on lakes/sea.

My first flight on this plane was to the factory Progressive Aerodyne, Inc. at Tavares.

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Bahamas fly-out with Searey

In November 2018 the first Bahamas fly out took place with 9 Seareys. SPA followed with a Super Cub to take  photographs.

We started at Tavares (the seaplane city).

Landing at a small uninhabited island …

and on Pig Island.

And here a short video:

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Seaplane Flying in Florida 2018

Renting a seaplane in the USA has become difficult due to insurance problem. There are only a very few places where a seaplane pilot can rent a seaplane and fly solo. I found a great solution at Tavares FL, America’s Seaplane City. Here you can join the Jones Brothers seaplane flying club for moderate costs, with a seaplane insurance and six hours seaplane flying included. Rob and his crew are easygoing and helpful.

Cessna 140 on floats 1946.

Cessna 140 on floats 1946, beaching at Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill for lunch with my wife. Jones Brothers seaplane flying club

Overnight staying with the C140.

Overnight staying with the C140 at Sebring in front of the Inn of the lakes hotel. A displays say „do not disturb alligators“.

Beaching the C140 at Tiki Bar Grill for lunch.

Beaching the C140 at Tiki Bar Grill for lunch with Martina.

I also flew some hours on a Searey, an amphibious airplane with Rob. Jones Brothers seaplane flying club

Unfortunately I was not able to fly it solo due to insurance coverage for this specific plane. Hopefully next time this will be solved and we can use it for trips. Below a flight with Kerry, the developper of the amphibious Searey. They are only a few miles away from Tavares.

Other places to fly seaplanes in Florida: 

Landing with the C140 for refuelling.

I flew the C140 to his place for refuelling puposes. Apparently there is a possibility to fly seaplane solo with restrictions.

CJ3 seaplane at Browns base., no solo possible due to missing insurance coverage for pilots.

No solo possible due to missing insurance coverage for pilots. They fly JC3 Piper Cub seaplanes.

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AAA Baltikumreise 2017

AAA Baltikumrundreise

AAA Baltikumrundreise vom 20.-29. Juli 2017.

Die Planung sah wie oben aus, dann gab es gewisse Änderungen insbesondere wegen dem Wetter. Zuerst ging es nach Pilsen, dann via Warschau nach Kaunas. Wir liessen Riga aus und landeten auf diversen kleinen Inseln und Flugfelder von Lettland und Estland. Auf dem Rückweg besuchten wir Riga ausgiebiger und trafen die restlichen Piloten und Crew wieder in Kaunas, von wo wir zum kleinen Flugplatz in Olsztyn flogen. Wegen schlechtem Wetter liessen wir dann Danzig aussen vor und flogen nach Sierksdorf (Nähe Timmendorfer Strand, D).

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