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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 Getting volunteers Setting a Date Things to do: Add event details and RSVP to website(s) Advertising (public): Flyers, Local newspaper, Facebook Invitations (a [...]

Splash-In 2016

Splash-In 2016
Invitation: 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. mailbox@phillyseaplanebase.com Pilots: The floating doc is in good shape and can accommodate a c [...]

Fall Picnic, 2015

Fall Picnic, 2015
Fall Picnic & History Event:  Invitation: 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 [...]

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. The tide on the Delaware River w [...]

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 worked. Bob and his two brothers all worked for [...]