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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.

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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.

Our seaplane operations will be conducted in daylight hours only, both for safety and the passengers' enjoyment of the ultimate views of Thailand’s beautiful geography.

The maximum take-off weight of the Caravan EX Amphibian is 4,110 kg, including a maximum payload of 1,400 kg enabling us to fit both our guests and their luggage.

The fastest jet-propelled seaplane is the Convair F2Y Sea Dart, with a top speed of 1,328 kilometre per hour!

Aircraft equipped with turboprop engines are mostly efficient at a medium altitude and commonly used for short to medium distance flights.

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.

In 1919, the Curtiss NC-4 became the first flying boat to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Cessna Caravan Amphibian was first approved by the FAA, and equipped with Wipaire floats, in March 1986.

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

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.

Depending on their location, the construction of new airports may pose an environmental concern as they require a permanent alteration of the natural habitat and other infrastructure to support their activity which directly impacts the surrounding areas. Seaplanes on their hand require only a body of water to land and a minimal infrastructure to be docked such as a suitable beach, or a floating dock, providing fast and low-impact