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Seaplane Facts

What are seaplanes?
How do they work? 
Are they safe? 

We have gathered interesting facts about seaplanes, Textron’s Cessna Caravan and Samra Seaplane. You might be surprised to learn that seaplanes have been around for a lot longer and are more common than most people think.

We continuously add to the list here and on social media, so make sure to come back to learn more about the versatility, usefulness, safety, efficiency and convenience seaplanes offer.

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Constructing new airports poses a huge environmental concern as it requires a permanent location and destruction of a natural habitat and infrastructure support which leads to more construction, waste disposal, and also requires time and massive investment. Seaplanes require only a body of water such as a suitable beach, or a floating dock. It means that seaplanes provide fast, safe, and low-impact transportation to remote and sensitive areas and the only infrastructure we require is water.

The Cessna Caravan Amphibian was first approved by the FAA, and equipped with Wipaire floats, in March 1986.

Cessna is part of Textron, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer, exceeding 100 million flight hours across their aircraft models.

There are as many as 114 seaplane bases in Alaska. Lake Hood in Anchorage is the world's largest and busiest seaplane base: in 2015 it accommodated an average of 197 daily takeoffs and landings, with nearly 600 on peak summer days.

Our seaplane operations will be conducted in daylight hours only, both for safety and the passengers' enjoyment of the ultimate views of Thailand’s beautiful geography.

Depending on their location, the construction of new airports may pose an environmental concern as they require a permanent alteration of the natural habitat and other infrastructure to support their activity which directly impacts the surrounding areas. Seaplanes on their hand require only a body of water to land and a minimal infrastructure to be docked such as a suitable beach, or a floating dock, providing fast and low-impact

Conventional aviation fuels have both CO2 & lead emissions. Our highly efficient Pratt & Whitney turbine engines utilize highly refined kerosene as fuel which is up to 90% more efficient than conventional piston engines. Turbine engines emit zero lead into the environment unlike conventional aircraft.

Aircraft equipped with turboprop engines are mostly efficient at a medium altitude and commonly used for short to medium distance flights.

During the1930s, the Chao Phraya river was used as a water aerodrome for commercial flights since Bangkok as Don Mueang airport was mostly for military use. That part of the river was wide enough, with a 2 km long runway and no heavy water traffic. Still today, it is called 'Sanambinnarm' sub-district, which means 'water aerodrome'.

There are currently over 40 seaplane operators in the world, according to Wikipedia.

Our aircraft will always be thoroughly washed and cleaned before and after every single flight.

All floats are required to have a minimum of four watertight compartments. These prevent the entire float from filling with water if it is ruptured at any point. The floats can support the seaplane with any two compartments flooded, which makes the seaplane difficult to sink.