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 at the 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. www.adventureseaplanes.com/rentals

CJ3 seaplane at Browns base. www.brownsseaplane.com, 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. www.brownsseaplane.com

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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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Short excursion to Biscarosse and Arcachon

Beginning of October we headed to Biscarosse. They do some seaplane training there and have a flying community. One of the houses make B&B – so we left the plane just beside the house overnight (you find it on booking.com).

B&B Biscarosse

Next day we flew to Arcachon – over the Dunes of Pilat.

Arcachon - Dune of Pilat

After landing in Arcachon we rented from nearby car rental Pyla Mehari an E-Mehari, fully electric (pilots discount). You can also contact tower.

E-Mehari

After some Oysters and French food – it was a bit  windy and therefore rather cool – we returned back home.

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