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Sydney Harbour Secrets: The Centenary of Seaplanes at Rose Bay

December 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the ferry to Manly…every tourist to Sydney, Australia knows where to go, but Sydney happens to be home to the largest natural harbour in the world. It’s in and amongst those large sites you’ll find the smaller secrets, and we’re sharing a few of our favorites all this week.

So we've already noted that Sydney Harbour is more than just some water, but an entire national park of 970 acres. Well, all that space includes some truly picturesque bays, utilized for private moorings, public swimming areas, or protected marine environments. One in particular, Rose Bay, is home to over a century of aviation history and the very founding of commercial air travel in Australia.

Rose Bay was Sydney’s first international airport, owing to regular flying boat service from 1938 clear through 1974, when the land-based airport we now know as Kingsford-Smith got going. The first seaplane flight actually happened in neighboring Double Bay in 1914, making this year, 2014, the centenary anniversary of seaplanes in Australia.

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A Quick and Dirty First Timer's Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

July 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | ()

If you're the sort of person who looks up to the sky at the sound of an aircraft engine, prepare to be nearly catatonic for hours every day at OSH.

"OSH" is the airport code for Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport and the common term for the event formally titled EAA AirVenture, a massive aviation celebration of 10,000 airplanes and half a million people who swamp the tiny town for one week every summer. That week happens to be this week, july 28 - August 3, and we cannot stress hard enough the awesomeness of it all. You should go, if you aren't there already. Make it a long weekend, a day trip, whatever—just make it happen.

Should you heed our advice to give AirVenture 2014 a go, these are the quick and dirty tips to getting to the most of OSH:

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New Airline Alert: Tailwind Adds More Seaplanes to More Major Cities

June 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | ()

New airlines and new routes can kind of be hit or miss, but we’ve got to say we’re intrigued by the premise behind Tailwind Air Service.

The plan is to cater to the business crowd, but instead of traditional airports and runways they’ll be doing it all on the water. Seaplane service will fire up as soon as this summer, as Manhattan’s East River will be the primary takeoff and landing spot for plenty of planes and people.

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How to Take a Seaplane to the Hamptons This Summer

May 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM | by | ()

The decision to spend a summer weekend on the beaches of Long Island need not begin with dread for the long train ride/car trip/bus journey to the Hamptons. There are other options, but a faster, more comfortable ride will of course cost more. Prices have gone up $25 from summer 2013, but they're still competitive.

Did somebody say seaplane? In 35+ minutes from Manhattan's East River seaplane port, small planefuls reach the shores of East Hampton, Montauk and beyond.

Here are the two companies with regularly scheduled flights:

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Throwback Thursday: Pan Am's Art Deco Airline Terminal is a Sweet Miami Secret

Where: 3500 Pan American Drive [map], Miami, FL, United States
February 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | ()

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Some call it the "Gateway to the Americas," but most just know it as Miami City Hall.

This small, art deco building in the south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove houses the offices of city officials and one stately meeting room, complete with wood dais and original Pan Am winged clock. Why a Pan Am winged clock? Well, this meeting room was once a departures area for flights, and the building the airline's very first terminal.

Acting mostly on rumor and the results of a few Google searches, we made the 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. Venturing inside, we were thrilled to discover that the general public is welcome to meander around after a brief security screening and during city business hours, but note that the second floor restaurant has closed.

Visitors expecting a full airport will quickly notice the lack of runways; Pan Am placed this terminal here to utilize the neighboring calm waters of Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay for the operation of their flying boat services, with routes stretching as near as Cuba and as far as Buenos Aires, covering most South American and Caribbean capitals in between.

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The Most Romantic Flight Surprise We Can Think Of

February 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM | by | ()

Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.

Idea #2: Seaplane flights for two

Please allow us to switch into the first-person for a moment, to describe the most romantic thing we did for ourselves in 2013 and which you, in 2014, should absolutely take under consideration.

There's something innately seductive about Vancouver. Perhaps it's all that fresh air, the surrounding mountains and sparkling harbour, and a summer season short enough to get the entire city out and about in their shortest shorts from July to September. For a frequent traveler like myself, however, the allure is heightened by the delicious tangibility of seaplane flights.

Vancouver is the home base for Harbour Air, the world's largest seaplane airline and also the only completely carbon neutral airline. Their DeHavilland Otters and Beavers buzz Vancouver's shoreline day-in and day-out, flying commuters and residents to Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island and Whistler, but it's their extra special offerings you'll want to check out.

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How to Get to the Hamptons (by Seaplane!)

May 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

The decision to spend a summer weekend on the beaches of Long Island need not begin with dread for the long train ride/car trip/bus journey to the Hamptons. There are other options, but a faster, more comfortable ride will of course cost.

Did somebody say seaplane? In 40+ minutes from Manhattan's East River seaplane port, small planefuls reach the shores of East Hampton, Montauk and beyond. Here are the two companies with regularly scheduled flights:

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Get Some Seaplane Action This Summer on Tropic Oceans Airways

June 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Usually we think of Vancouver when we hear about seaplanes flying to here and there, but apparently we’ve been missing out on Florida when it comes to the planes with pontoons. We just noticed the Sunshine State’s only true seaplane airline, so we figured that we ought to share it with you.

If we recall correctly, there was an episode of Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami that featured the duo flying around South Beach, but that was a different charter operation. What we’re excited about is the regularly scheduled service offered up by Tropic Oceans Airways.

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A VIP Seaplane Departure Lounge in The Maldives? We Want to Go to There.

Where: Male, Maldives
May 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM | by | ()

Our love of Airport Lounges around the world knows no bounds, even when it comes to helicopter departure lounges. Thus, it shouldn't be a surprise that when our sister site HotelChatter mentioned that three luxury hotels in the Maldives share a VIP Seaplane lounge at Malé International Airport in the, our ears perked up.

The Waldorf-Astoria's Beach House Resort, Hilton's Iru Fushi Resort and the Conrad Rangali Island Resort allows their guests—many of whom are dropping over four figures for each night at the hotels—to chillax in this special space that includes free WiFi, an open-air terrace, a small plates buffet cooked by a resident chef and complimentary shoulder massages.

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Skip the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck For a Seaplane Ride Above Dubai

March 1, 2010 at 4:34 PM | by | ()

Ever since the new Burj Khalifa opened and then rapidly closed it's 124-floor observation deck, we haven't really trusted it. Instead, we'd be more likely to just hop on a seaplane to zoom above the building itself, and kill a few other birds with the same stone by continuing our flight around other Dubai landmarks.

This type of airborne sightseeing adventure is exactly what a new tour from Seawings Dubai offers. For $333 per person (the plane seats up to 9), you'll buzz in the Dubai skies in a seaplane, passing by these spots on the 40-minute flight: The Jebel Ali Palm, Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah, the 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Creek, The World Islands and of course the Burj Khalifa building.

It might seem pricey, but remember that just showing up at the Burj Khalifa and wanting a ticket up to the observation deck costs you $109, and you don't even get to go in a seaplane! And then, there's the toll to even cross the causeway to visit the Burj Al Arab Hotel, so we think this is pretty much worth every penny.

Related Stories:
· Seawings [Official Site]
· Seawings Launches Burj Experience Flight [AsiaTravelTips]
· Dubai's Trouble Deepens [Jaunted]
· Dubai Travel [Jaunted]

[Photo: seawings.ae]

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Glasgow Gets Seaplane Service

August 16, 2007 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

A seaplane that lands in a city center? Sure it sounds odd, but Glasgow is excited to be getting the first city-center seaplane service in Europe. The Scottish city will be serviced by Loch Lomond Seaplanes who will land their 9-seater Cessnas on the River Clyde starting next week.

From Glasgow, the seaplanes will fly into the Scotch-happy Highlands which traditionally take ages to reach. The first destination will be Oban in the Western Isles, but the islands of Mull and Skye are expected to be on board soon. So if you're a transportation freak and want to try something new, book your Scottish seaplane flight soon. A rocks glass will be waiting for you on the other side.

Related Stories:
· Loch Lohmond Set To Launch Seaplane Services [Flight]
· Glasgow Airport To Get Rail Link [Jaunted]
· Loch Lomond Seaplanes [Official Site]

[Photo: N and L]

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Google Earth Views: Seaplanes are Hotter than Helicopters

June 16, 2006 at 11:27 AM | by | ()

We blame our Google Earth helipad obsession on Trump.  However, led us to a cool floating heli-pad off Mercer Island, near Seattle.

Guess who it belongs to? Nope, not Bill Gates.  The floating landing barge belongs to Paul Allen, who is rumored to have built the pad because the Mercer Island powers that be wouldn't let him land on his abutting property. Doesn't dude know that seaplanes are the way to go in the Pac Northwest? Sure seaplane insurance policies are few an far between because of the whole plane + water = near certain disaster equation, but if we were Paul Allen we would have gone seaplane.

Floating heli-pad aside, we still think seeing Seattle by seaplane is the decadent way to go.

Related Stories:
· Paul Allen's Heli-pad [maps.google.com]
· NW Seaplanes [Official Site]