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Seaplane Facts

What are seaplanes?
How do they work? 
Are they safe? 

We have gathered interesting facts about seaplanes, Textron’s Cessna Caravan and Siam Seaplane. You might be surprised to learn that seaplanes have been around for a lot longer and are more common than most people think.

We continuously add to the list here and on social media, so make sure to come back to learn more about the versatility, usefulness, safety, efficiency and convenience seaplanes offer.

Do you have other interesting facts we should add, or a question about seaplanes? Contact us.

During the1930s, the Chao Phraya river was used as a water aerodrome for commercial flights since Bangkok as Don Mueang airport was mostly for military use. That part of the river was wide enough, with a 2 km long runway and no heavy water traffic. Still today, it is called 'Sanambinnarm' sub-district, which means 'water aerodrome'.

In many places around the world, seaplanes are considered tourist attractions themselves. Many passengers take scenic tours to experience the beauty of the sky and landscape below them.

As a pilot, in order to be allowed to fly a seaplane, you need to obtain a seaplane rating, for which you receive ground and flight training and pass a class rating theoretical and practical test.

Amphibious seaplanes can land and take-off on both land and water.

The Cessna Grand Caravan EX is less noisy than a typical speedboat.

Cessna is part of Textron, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer, exceeding 100 million flight hours across their aircraft models.

The Cessna Grand Caravan EX is dubbed the “world’s ultimate utility vehicle”, but can also cater for luxury interiors.

The Cessna Caravan can be reconfigured within minutes for VIP, medical evacuations or cargo operations.

In 1910, the first successful powered seaplane flight was completed by Frenchman Henri Fabre in the Gnome Omega-powered hydravion, a trimaran floatplane.

There are currently over 40 seaplane operators in the world, according to Wikipedia.

The world’s largest seaplane is the size of a Boeing 737. Its first test take-off was in July 2020 in China. While it can carry up to 50 passengers, its main purpose will be for forest firefighting, marine rescue and other critical emergency rescue missions.

While we are a last-mile transportation service ensuring comfort in bringing you to waterfront locations, our aircraft actually have a range of up to 1,500 km.