How do you plan a successful seaplane splash-in? There seem to be at least four key ingredients….
- 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 aviation clubs
- Invite the neighbors
Always a nice gesture and better to have them on the good side of the sport.
- Solicit Volunteers for site prep, food, setup.
- Plan Food
Hard to plan for food, especially if it’s a public event. Ideas:
- Options: Caterer, Food Trucks, BBQ.
- Plan for food that is non-perishable (frozen burgers, chips, snacks, etc)
- Ask for donation from local vendor, deli, grocery store
- If it’s a private event, attendance is more predictable and a BBQ is easy.
- Can always plan to run out of food: first-come-first-serve.
- Plan other activities (optional)
The Splash-in and camaraderie may be sufficient, but, ideas:
- plan at the same time as a local fair
- Get a local car/motorcycle club to have a meet at the same time
- Invite the local firestation
- Boy Scouts merit badge
- Coordinate with local ATC, Depending on proximity to local ATC facilities.
- Coordinate with municipality
- Facilities check: windsock, ramp, mow grass, trim, dock, porta-potty
- Plan cleanup/setup activity
- Reminder email(s).