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Seaplane facts

What are seaplanes? How do they work? Are they safe? We've compiled a list of 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 our social media, so make sure to check in every once in a while to learn more about the versatility, usefulness, safety, efficiency and convenience seaplanes can offer.

Do you have other interesting facts we should add? or a question about seaplanes? contact us!

The maximum cruise speed on the Caravan EX Amphibian is 164 kts (or just over 300 km/h)

Both seaplanes and helicopters may take you to the resort without your feet getting wet. However, for those who love water activities, most seaplanes can carry more cargo or your water sport equipment like scuba gear or surfboards.

In the 1930s, flying boats were used for air travel between the United States and Europe, including routes to South America, Africa and others.

Conventional aviation fuels have both CO2 & lead emissions. Our highly efficient Pratt & Whitney turbine engines utilize highly refined kerosene as fuel which is up to 90% more efficient than conventional piston engines. Turbine engines emit zero lead into the environment unlike conventional aircraft.

Our aircraft will always be thoroughly washed and cleaned before and after every single flight.

Some flying boats have “sponsons”, which are short, wing-like projections from the sides of the hull near the waterline. Their purpose is to stabilize the hull from a rolling motion when the flying boat is on the water, and they may also provide some aerodynamic lift in flight. Tip floats are also sometimes known as sponsons.

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

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.

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

Amphibious hull seaplanes have unique handling characteristics both on the water and in the air. Because the thrust line is well above the center of drag, these airplanes tend to nose down when power is applied and nose up as power is reduced.

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