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 [...]
Seaplanes at Essington
How do you plan a successful seaplane splash-in? There seem to be at least four key ingredients….
Gathering interest of pilots
Setting a Date
Things to do:
Add event details and RSVP to website(s)
Advertising (public): Flyers, Local newspaper, Facebook
Invitations (a [...]
June 18, 2016, 10AM – 2PM. High tide: 12:30PM.
We are planning a Splash-In and cook out at the seaplane base on Saturday. Drop us a line if you are interested in this event. If you think you might fly in, we’d love to know. email@example.com
Pilots: The floating doc is in good shape and can accommodate a c [...]
Fall Picnic & History Event:
October 3, 2015, 10:00AM – 5:00PM.
Activities will move inside for this event on Saturday to the community room at the fire house at 77 Wannamaker Avenue.
Activities will take place at the Essington Seaplane Base including a picnic and a history event celebrating 100 years of aviation at th [...]
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.
The tide on the Delaware River w [...]
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 worked. Bob and his two brothers all worked for [...]