Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S03-10. Practices in Preserving and Developing Public-Use Seaplane Bases

Seaplanes were introduced in 1910, and are important to the national air transportation system. They operate in highly diverse environments, from congested airspace to unimproved remote locations. Unlike aircraft with traditional rubber-tire landing gear, seaplanes do not require hard surface runways and can operate into and out of many suitable bodies of water. Similar to small general aviation airports and backcountry airstrips, there are many pressures that may impair or reduce seaplane operations. Seaplanes continue to serve a valid public purpose and preservation and development of public-use seaplane bases continues to drive local economies. Potential users and beneficial uses of seaplanes include, but are not limited to: (1) Civilian pilots-recreation; transport to remote locations; development of pilot skills and advanced pilot training; (2) Commercial operations- Transport of people, goods and materials; guiding; medevac; ecotourism; resource development; (3) Military and other government agencies-search and rescue; natural resource conservation; firefighting; disaster response. The objective of this study is to identify current practices in developing and preserving public-use seaplane bases. In addition, the report would identify challenges and gaps in practice that exist to preserve and develop seaplane bases. The principal audience for this synthesis is users, communities, policy bodies, seaplane facility owners, and other stakeholders that seek the benefits of seaplane operations.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $40000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    SMQ Airport Services

  • Principal Investigators:

    Quilty, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20140529
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37651

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543515
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2014 1:01AM