Team Hopes To Fly Benoist Seaplane Reproduction January 1 | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 09.26.16

Airborne 09.27.16

Airborne 09.21.16

Airborne 09.22.16

Airborne 09.23.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 09.26.16

Airborne 09.27.16

Airborne 09.21.16

Airborne 09.22.16

Airborne 09.23.16

Fri, Dec 27, 2013

Team Hopes To Fly Benoist Seaplane Reproduction January 1

Aircraft Is Credited With Being The First To Fly Scheduled Air Service

It is said that the modern airline was born in Florida on January 1, 1914, when a company called the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line flying a Benoist XIV seaplane flew one passenger at a time between the two cities for five dollars each way. It was the first scheduled passenger service. On January 1st 2014, a team from the central Florida aviation attraction Fantasy of Flight hopes to recreate those flights on the first flight's 100th anniversary.

Fantasy of Flight founder Kermit Weeks is leading the team working to produce a replica of the Benoist. Tampa television station WFTS reports that Weeks has spent nearly $300,000 on the reproduction airplane, and they hope to have it completed for test flights this week. The team has been working 12 hour days this holiday week in an effort to get the airplane ready for its January 1 flight.

Weeks told the station that the last three months have been "frantic" and that they are "right down to the wire." But "this thing is going to fly," he said.

The team has reportedly still not gotten an airworthiness certificate from the FAA for the reproduction seaplane, which is required even though the entire flight will be over water. If all goes according to plan, the 30 minute flight will depart from the water near the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and arrive about 30 minutes later near Peter O. Knight airport.

(Benoist XIV flying near Tampa. Image from file)

FMI: www.fantasyofflight.com/aircraft/early-flight/1913-benoist-xiv/

Advertisement

More News

AeroSports: EAA Surpasses 200,000 Members

The Association Continues To Grow And Engage Flying Enthusiasts EAA has reached a major milestone, as the association has surpassed 200,000 members. It appears that more and more p>[...]

Klyde Morris (09.26.16)

Klyde Can't Miss The 'TSA Obnoxious Olympics' FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Airborne 09.23.16: GA Pilot Sues SFO, Drone Legalities, EAA Hall Of Fame

Also: Zenith Open Hangar Days, KSMO Nonsense, Recalled Devices, Piper M600, 800th TBM, NASAO, Commercial Space The pilot of the last piston airplane based at San Francisco Internat>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.26.16)

"At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank to>[...]

SpaceX On Track To Determining AMOS-6/Falcon 9 Accident Cause

'Anomaly' Resulted In Loss of Rocket, Payload and Extensive Launch Complex Damage As promised, SpaceX is starting to reveal details of their investigation into the catastrophic los>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC