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Sea Plane on Tenby Shores


Possibility of a future sea plane service from Haverfordwest.. Press Article by Narberth and Whitland Observer.

Beach-goers at Tenby’s South Beach witnessed an unusual sight on Saturday afternoon – a seaplane landing offshore.
The visit, by Euro Seaplane Services Limited, was to seek suitable water landing areas along the South Wales coast.
“With Saturday’s south-westerly breeze at Tenby, the conditions were excellent, especially with the protection of Caldey Island from the Bristol Channel swell,” said Captain John Russell, managing director of Euro Seaplane Services Limited.
The company is based in Blackbushe, near Farnborough, and the flight took about two hours.
Continued Captain Russell: “We hope to visit the area again later in the summer and may be able to offer some water experience trips from Haverfordwest Airfield.”
He explained that the aircraft was a Cessna 182 Amphibian, which means there are retractable wheels in the floats to allow operations on grass and runways, as well as on the water.
“With four wheels rather than the normal three, runway landings are a bit like landing a supermarket trolley, but at least all the wheels want to go in the same direction!” he added.
The aircraft clocked up its 400th water landing at Tenby, this figure achieved over a period of just over two years, since it was converted from a landplane onto floats.
The aircraft has flown to various parts of the UK and Europe, including Biscarrosse (the French home of flying boats near Bordeaux), the Cote D’Azur and the Italian Lakes.
Added Captain Russell: “In September, we will be flying to Germany to take part in the first ever German Fly-In to the River Moselle, as part of the Bernkastel Festival. Next year, we will be returning to Biscarrosse to celebrate the centenary of water flying.”

Narberth And Whitland Observer

Narberth And Whitland Observer

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