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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!

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

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.

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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.

Find out more about seaplanes and the environment

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.

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.

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

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

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

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