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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.

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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'.

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Similar to boats, seaplanes have retractable water rudders which are used at slow speeds on the water.

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

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.

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

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 Canadair CL-215 and CL-415 flying boats are some of the world's best amphibious "water-bombers". They are designed for aerial firefighting and can perform other roles such as passenger services, freight transport, and air-sea search and rescue operations. The newer variant CL-415 takes just 11 seconds to scoop up more than 6,100 litres of water from a water source and drop it on a fire, without having to return to base to refill its tanks.

The tide is a variable element that needs to be monitored when the seaplane is beached or moored close to shore. A descending tide may leave the seaplane stranded on the sand, while a rising tide could take the plane out to sea. These elements are always to be considered to ensure a proper operation in all conditions.

While the Cessna Caravan EX might look small in photos, it's not that small of an aircraft. The wingspan measures almost 16 meters, while the aircraft height is 5.3 meters and the length is 12.67 meters

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