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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, the A5 wing easily cleared [...]

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 Cessna Caravan arrived at low t [...]

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 years) to watch [...]

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 in the summer. John, the airport manager at [...]

Splash-in 2017

Splash-in 2017
August 6, 2017   Friends of the Essington Seaplane Base gathered for a splash-in on the Delaware River. The weather was ideal for a picnic and for seaplane operations. The most dramatic change to the site is the major refurbishment of the Lazaretto house. The massive porch has been demolished and the trees have been taken down. But, the groun [...]

How to plan a seaplane splash-in?

How to plan a seaplane splash-in?
Seaplanes at Essington 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 (who doesn’t like flying for food?) Getting volunteers Pleasing the weather gods Things to do: Add event details and RSVP to website(s) Advertising. Invi [...]