Mark Twombly Introduces the Leading Seaplane Advocacy Organization
Nothing in aviation emulates a sense of freedom and relaxing retreat more than the seaplane culture; the ability to take a weekend excursion to a far-off fishing lake or quiet lagoon inspires many to join the adventurous lifestyle of the seaplane community. Much like A.O.P.A. for the general aviation enthusiast, the Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) provides the leading voice for seaplane enthusiasts since its beginnings in 1971. With over 8,000 members, SPA serves to represent the interests, technical support, and advocacy for seaplane pilots and aficionados around the world.
The Seaplane Pilots Association’s primary dedication is to support the preservation and heritage of water flying. Since 9/11, the access to public waterways has been dramatically impacted due to the increasing security measures enacted across the United States. Many of these bans have resulted from complaints pertaining to noise levels, as well as safety concerns from the general public despite legitimate legal justification. To prevent these unfair restrictions, the Seaplane Pilots Association takes what they call, “Proactive Advocacy” actions in attempt to stop unreasonable access regulations before they become laws.
In addition to their advocacy efforts, the non-profit organization provides numerous resources for both technical and educational support. Beyond their extensive online resources, SPA publishes WaterFlying Magazine, a nationally recognized seaplane publication providing technical expertise, adventure recommendations, and innovative advancements within the seaplane community. SPA also publishes the Water Landing Directory, a 325-page encyclopedia for waterway access regulations and information.
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