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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!

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

(Also: check out our partner and friends in Florida, Tropic Ocean Airways and Jones Brothers & Co.)

Once the seaplane operates on water, whether powered or not, it is required to comply with all relevant maritime and water navigation laws and policies - just like boats.

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

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.

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

There are as many as 114 seaplane bases in Alaska. Lake Hood in Anchorage is the world's largest and busiest seaplane base: in 2015 it accommodated an average of 197 daily takeoffs and landings, with nearly 600 on peak summer days.

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

Seaplanes have a water rudder just like boats.

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

The floats on our seaplanes, even being completely watertight, also have additional storage units for light cargo.

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