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ICON A5 Demo Rides

ICON A5 Demo Rides

Icon Aircraft visited Essington as part of their east coast sales tour on August 22. They had a reception at Wings Field the night before, and scheduled demo rides at the Philly Seaplane Base in the afternoon of the 22nd. The Icon team had no issues utilizing the floating doc for their operations. Without sponsons, […]

Tropic Ocean Air visits Essington

Tropic Ocean Air visits Essington

Tropic Ocean Airways (link) provides scheduled seaplane service from Florida to the Bahamas. They also offer charter service and are trying to expand to the New York and mid-Atlantic area. On August 3, 2018, they landed at the Essington Seaplane Base to pick up a passenger for a flight to the New York area. The […]

Getting my Merit Badge from Commander...

Getting my Merit Badge from Commander Millsu

During 1966, give or take a year or so, I can’t remember exactly, I was a young strapping passionate aviator around 12 years young: a Boy Scout. Many times, I passing by the Philadelphia Seaplane Base riding my bicycle from Norwood to head down ‘Old Rat Road’ behind Westinghouse (where my Father worked for 35 […]

Stopping in for fuel

Stopping in for fuel

The seaplane base does not have fuel, but if someone needs some, we can arrange to ferry some jerry cans from a local airport. On May 3, 2017, a Cessna 172 was being ferried from Sarasota, Florida to Orilla, Quebec, a 1200NM trip. Brendan was ferrying the plane for its owner who uses it in Florida […]

How to plan a seaplane splash-in?

How to plan a seaplane splash-in?

How do you plan a successful seaplane splash-in? There seem to be at least four key ingredients…. Big rocks: Gathering interest of pilots Planning food Getting volunteers Setting a Date Things to do: Add event details and RSVP to website(s) Advertising (public): Flyers, Local newspaper, Facebook Invitations (aviators): Seaplane Pilot List, Fly-in Calendars, Flyers, Local […]

A Priceless Lesson

A Priceless Lesson

By Robert Dant Edited by Mark Twomby May 23, 2004 It was a calm morning at the Essington Seaplane Base near Philadelphia when I arrived for my second seaplane lesson. I met up with instructor extraordinaire Hank Grenfell, who gave me some pointers on the preflight. The 65-hp Cub on floats looked raring to go. […]

Tribute to Bob Mills

Tribute to Bob Mills

By Walt Ellis, March 2008 Frank Mills had already been operating the Philadelphia Seaplane base for 5 years when, in 1920, his second son Bobby, was born. If anyone ever grew up in aviation it was Bob Mills. In his early years Bob lived right up the street from the Seaplane base where his father […]

WALKING THE TRACK

WALKING THE TRACK

By C. Robert Mills, Jr. I’m pretty certain that anybody reading this article who earned their seaplane rating at Philadelphia Seaplane Base, knows that the J-3 Cub or C-140 that they flew was launched and recovered much like a trailer-able boat. The plane—on its wheeled dolly—was simply pushed down an earthen ramp into the water […]

100th Anniversary Splash-In (9N2)

100th Anniversary Splash-In (9N2)

Invitation: June 13, 2015, 9AM – 2PM. High tide: 11:00AM. The Essington Seaplane Base near Philadelphia has been operating since 1915. Although activity at the base has been limited since Bob Mills retired, it is still a licensed seaplane base, owned by the township. We will be celebrating a century of seaplane flying with a […]

A Few Seaplane Base Photos

A Few Seaplane Base Photos

A Few Seaplane Base Photos: Bob Mills Luncheon, November 2000 Millville Airport, 2000 Bob Mills, Naval Aviator Philadelphia Seaplane Base Seabee and Other Photos