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Snow & Seaplanes in Minnesota – Annual MSPA Safety Seminar

May 7, 2010

The ice is out, but it’s snowing in Minnesota.  And cold.  1” accumulation forecast tonight.  Coming from 91 o in Lakeland yesterday, the weather is both bone-chilling and magical for this Floridian.  It has been a long time since I’ve driven through snow, and it was beautiful.

We’re At Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN, for the annual Minnesota Seaplane  Pilots Association Safety Seminar.  This late snap of wintery conditions forced some to switch from wings to (four) wheels, but a little weather won’t stop Minnesota pilots, and the turn out is terrific.  It was great to reconnect with old friends and meet new members-to-be as the exhibit hall opened this afternoon.  Thanks to Wipaire for sponsoring the social hour, and a special thanks to Grant from Lake & Air who shared helpful insights and advice from his own online experience about SPA’s forum concerns.

After a wonderful fish fry, the FAA presented an educational and entertaining safety seminar.  This was no solemn lecture from the FAA – instead, a humorous sketch delivered the message as a CFI “counseled” a wayward seaplane pilot, who arrived at his session in snorkel gear, after his latest landing incident. 

MSPA President Mary Alverson announced a change in agenda for tomorrow, ski training rather than floats.  But the forecast is to be mostly sunny with a balmy 49o so hopefully we’ll see more arrivals on the water.

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