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Chelan Seaplanes Lease Termination

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:59 pm

Chelan Seaplanes closes its doors after lease termination

Read the story here: http://www.ncwlife.com/chelan-seaplanes-closes-doors-lease-termination/

After receiving a lease termination notice from Sunset Marina LLC, Chelan Seaplanes is ending its service on Lake Chelan indefinitely after 30 plus years on the property.

The seaplane service received a notice of the termination in September, said Scott McKellar of Sunset Marina, adding that it was “unfortunate news.”

The new marina is set to break ground this winter, and with condominiums planned for the property the seaplane service lost its space.

Chelan Seaplanes has been in operation since 2009 on Lake Chelan after taking over service from Chelan Airways, which brought chartered passengers on Lake Chelan starting in 1945.

Chelan Seaplanes started a petition to submit to the city of Chelan and the Port of Chelan County to help the service find a permanent home for future operations on Lake Chelan.

The petition aims to have 1,000 signatures, with 590 so far since it opened on Dec. 1. The petition can be found at here:
http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/save-seaplane-service-on-lake-chelan


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Re: Chelan Seaplanes Lease Termination

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:36 pm

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Re: Chelan Seaplanes Lease Termination

Unread postby jjbaker » Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:32 am

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Re: Chelan Seaplanes Lease Termination

Unread postby KlausNW » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:38 pm

Local radio station (KOZI) covers the Chelan Seaplanes dilemma :
Listen to podcast here: http://kozi.com/chelan-seaplanes-loses-lease-closing-after-70-years-in-service/
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Re: Chelan Seaplanes Lease Termination

Unread postby jjbaker » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:07 pm

Klaus, that petition is beyond 1200 signatures with a new target set for 2000!
Great feedback and lots of interest from the seaplane community.

Beware!

This could work after all.....

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Re: Chelan Seaplanes Lease Termination

Unread postby KlausNW » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:57 pm

Like everything we find ourselves advocating, this goes deeper then the articles expose.

The Port Authorities and city politicians won't make a decision. Lake Chelan has needed an official seaplane base for 70 years. All the previous seaplane company owners have been gracious to fellow seaplane pilots and allowed them to tie-up and buy fuel. The local government officials need to designated an area for a permanent seaplane dock and operations area. This lake is very useful to the seaplane pilots traveling over the +5000 feet passes of the Cascade Mountain Range.

Over the years the firefighting aircraft have saved the homes around the community and a seaplane base in the right place could offer the community even better medical, fire and disaster relief.


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Re: Chelan Seaplanes Lease Termination

Unread postby jjbaker » Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:07 am

Fortunately the seaplane industry is perfectly positioned in terms of advocacy. Excuse the cynisism...

The petition however is getting LOTS of signatures, which in itself is pretty unusual in this "quickly push like and forget it" Facebook world of ours.
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