Second Annual Spring Splash-In

Lake Meredith

The Splash-In was a great success!

The weather leading up to the event was horrendous and caused the turnout to be lighter than expected.  A couple aircraft canceled fearing the weather and conditions at the lake would not be suitable.  I must confess that I too was doing a bit of panic.  But, I did something I rarely do…I believed the forecast.  Mother Nature must be a seaplane pilot, for just as predicted, the morning of the event dawned with beautiful blue skies and light winds.  The ideal day!  A hastily arranged dump truck of beach sand was poured over the worst of the mud at the park, and we were in business!

The invasive species inspection station was established at the LHX airport and performed flawlessly.  Cade Sallee, was our volunteer that obtained all the training and equipment needed to expertly manned the station.  A video of the inspection process is available on Youtube.  The video was captured and produced by Chris Swathwood.  I am told that Chris will have a couple more videos for the splash-in available soon.

After successfully completing the inspection, the Cessna Caravan departed LHX just after 8 am and arrived at the lake at 8:20 am.  I was honored with the opportunity to fly it from LHX to 11CO.  The aircraft is a beautiful example of Cessna workmanship and quality that we have come to appreciate in all their aircraft.  This was my first opportunity to fly a Caravan and it responded very much like its smaller brother the 206, except of course it can carry 10 pax and.  I highly recommend anyone that has the opportunity to jump at it.  This aircraft was provided through the courtesy of Textron Aviation as part of their ongoing support of general aviation and the Colorado Seaplane Initiative.  Thank you to the Cessna flight and ground crew!  We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Mike Smith from Kansas flew his Lake Renegade 250 to the lake.  Mike can always be counted on to support our events.  Mike is a professional crop duster and his business is in high demand most flyable days.  Nonetheless, Mike made the commitment to support our event.  Furthermore, Mike has contributed donations to the Colorado Seaplane Initiative and our legislative efforts.  He is also the only one to have brought his seaplane to both our events at Lake Meredith.  He is truly committed to water flying and general aviation.  His aircraft is featured in the invasive species video.  Thank You, Mike!

The seminars were well received and attended.  Rick Durden, aviation author, attorney, and seaplane instructor was a big hit.  His comments on instructing in seaplanes and the techniques used by seaplanes pilots to integrate safely with other water users were both informative and entertaining.  His words of wisdom were developed from years of aviation and seaplane experience.  Rick committed to us even though his schedule is quite demanding and he had to drive several hours to be with us.  Please visit Rick’s website at  Rick, we are honored by the gift of your time and experience…Thank You!

There were many others involved in organizing this event.  I know that I might miss someone; so, please know that all your efforts on behalf of the Colorado Seaplane Initiative and the Seaplane Pilots Association are deeply appreciated.
Bruce Hughes
Tobe Allumbaugh
Cheryl Rivard-Baker
Chris Swathwood
Cary Alburn and Molly
Kelly Sloan
Barb Marsh
and the attendees at our event…you all are making a difference!

Moving on! – Colorado’s First ever mountain Splash-in is Scheduled on July 15, 2017, at Rangely, Colorado!
See you there!