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Unread postby cubdriver2 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:53 pm

We are thinking of starting an Adirondack Floatplane Association. Any interest? About 40 floatplane owners that I can think of local so far.

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Re: ADK Floatplane Assoc

Unread postby KlausNW » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:46 am

Good luck with your efforts. I believe the possibilities of opening water ways by cutting bureaucracy and shrinking the 'anti-human' crowd's power is possible now.
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Re: ADK Floatplane Assoc

Unread postby BGH » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:34 pm

In British Columbia the local government started banning float aircraft from lakes in provincial parks & writing tickets,it led to a confrontation with almost 100 pilots flying into Williams Lake airport to confront the local government representatives; the results of that very heated meeting led to the bc floatplane association being formed.The first meeting of the new association had the membership invite local mla's & bc parks.It took a bit of discussion to get the government to accept the new group but now parks comes to the bcfa to assist them with parks cleanup & members get access to bc parks.
If you start a group invite the local government to participate & in the spirit of co- operation it should be a success,remember that it won't always go the groups way & even if it does all will need patience & time to allow the message to get through.

It can work.

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Re: ADK Floatplane Assoc

Unread postby jjbaker » Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:42 am

Most of the NY seaplane people seem to play elsewhere these days and I cant see how a newly formed group will present massively different concepts from whats already on tap in Florida.

You would gain much more support from out of state, if presented properly. I would skip any website or forum and go straight to Facebook, which has completely stalled most of the seaplane specific forums.

Most seaplane peeps are Facebook addicts, ready for pre-chewed light luxury entertainment and it has become a very shortlived and flat online world. It will cost money to grow a page and get calls to action in front of people.

There was a movement to funnel NY pilots within the highly effective and powerful SPA, what happened with that? Is there a field director for the state, currently?

Any momentum to replace or challenge the status quo in Florida (there must only be one King) will be met with harsh and solid opposition.

Proof is in the pudding: When I launched (secretly and anonymously), SPA was first to inquire about who runs the show. None less than the Chairman of the Board asked candid questions. Fortunately Chris was involved and able to answer diplomatically. Still, even though nobody knew who he was, SPA completely ignored and stonewalled the magazine. After I revealed that I own the page, it became as silent as this forum.

Definitely not easy to get anything off the water in this severely corrupted and divided industry, all the more difficult, if the group will try to get anything done without the blessing from SPA.

If the King don't like it, it will sink like a duck full of stones. Position wisely and choose a good diplomatic and well respected person (within the SPA).

Better yet: launch it under their "leadership" - then it may fly.

Good luck!
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Re: ADK Floatplane Assoc

Unread postby skimmerone » Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:04 pm

Us Northeast Lake owners have an email list kept by one of the active Lake owners with probably at least that many names on it. If we are having a flyout somewhere, or a flyin somewhere a message goes out to all on the list. Those that actually participate are maybe 10 souls, but the number increases every year. Hardly worth organizing a specific club. Just a spot to let folks know if there is something going on.

Speaking of fly-ins, for those interested in Lake Amphibians, our annual convention is to be held February 26, 27, 28, Mar 1, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Lakeland Florida. Lake Amphibian Club registration is $125 per person, which includes the opening banquet and morning seminars dealing with all sorts of subjects, including a maintenance seminar and lunch at the Shannon's Amphibians Plus in Bartow. You don't have to be a member to be present and soak up Lake knowledge. We have many members who bought Lakes because of this convention. The instructor's forum is worth the cost.

The Lake Amphibian Club has since, January 2016, been run by a committee of members who did not want to see the old Lake Flyers Club fall by the wayside due to inept management. Membership has increased steadily over the year and the newsletter and forum are open to members. Our website, is open to the public and is brand new and full of good knowledge about Lake Amphibians and how to join the club.

Skimmer One has been flying now for over 6 years and has not had any problems at all, other than not flying enough each year.
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