Kicking Back at the AirVenture Seaplane Base

Prominently displayed Coot A amphibian built and owned by John Ohnstad of Fargo, ND.
Prominently displayed Coot A amphibian built and owned by John Ohnstad of Fargo, ND.

Perhaps nothing is as cathartic after a few days of dodging AirVenture golf carts, trying to carry on conversations in between T-6 passes, and slathering on sun screen as an afternoon at the Seaplane Base. People at the seaplane base mostly stroll or sit under the trees. There are no golf carts although a few scooters are parked. No music or banter over loud speakers. Arriving and departing aircraft run just above idle in the harbor. Everyone seems relaxed and very happy.

A Glasair Sportsman on floats.
A Glasair Sportsman on floats.

[sc:ad180]So, when you feel saturated with hustle and bustle of Whitman Airport during AirVenture, I recommend that you check out the seaplane base.

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John Knapp, Micro Mong builder/owner/pilot talks with some young admirers.
Glamar displays their floats under the trees and along the shoreline.
Clamar displays their floats under the trees and along the shoreline.
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Relaxing at the abundant picnic tables.
AirVenture seaplane base harbor
Two planes taxi into the AirVenture seaplane base harbor.
Planes shut down their engines and drift into the docks.
Planes shut down their engines and drift into the docks.

Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

One Reply to “Kicking Back at the AirVenture Seaplane Base”

  1. Nice wriite up on me and the seabase,if you make it next year, page me and we get you up in my avid, maybe something bigger!!!!

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