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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!

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

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 Seaplane Pilots Association(SPA) has been the voice for protecting and promoting water flying since 1972. In addition to supporting seaplane pilots, SPA publishes the Water Flying magazine, the only magazine dedicated to covering the seaplane community. Find out more:

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All floats are required to have a minimum of four watertight compartments. These prevent the entire float from filling with water if it is ruptured at any point. The floats can support the seaplane with any two compartments flooded, which makes the seaplane difficult to sink.

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.

Constructing new airports poses a huge environmental concern as it requires a permanent location and destruction of a natural habitat and infrastructure support which leads to more construction, waste disposal, and also requires time and massive investment. Seaplanes require only a body of water such as a suitable beach, or a floating dock. It means that seaplanes provide fast, safe, and low-impact transportation to remote and sensitive areas and the only infrastructure we require is water.

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

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

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.

On 18 December 1990, Pilot Tom Casey completed the first round-the-world flight with only water landings using a Cessna 206 seaplane named Liberty.

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