November 18, 2003

Seaplanes On the East River

POST #    573

The cockpit of a seaplane.

On the front page of today's NY Times, there is an article of a breed of pilot that is not too common in New York, the urban bush pilot. They fly seaplanes from NYC out to the Hamptons for $375 one way. In the article, there is a link to some photos of the spectacular views that the seaplanes offer. The shot above is the view of the skyline from the seaplane. If you don't want to pay the $375, you can try to fly into LGA to get the view and if you're lucky, you'll see it off to the left of the plane.

- the aforementioned article: Clear to Land, but Dodging East River Flotsam

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 9:34 AM



Ok, I pay less than that to fly into NY from Toronto. That's just not right, but I suppose people who live in the Hamptons should have no problems affording that price.

Posted by: rappy at November 18, 2003 3:05 PM

yeah, i could fly to california with that kind of money. crazy rich people. although if i had money to burn, i would consider the seaplane service.

Posted by: tien at November 18, 2003 5:20 PM

Any time you want to come to New Haven, I'll fly you over to Block Island or up to the Vineyard in a Piper Warrior - won't cost you a dime, and it's fun as hell. Bring a camera, and maybe a change of underwear, for that windshear on short final approach.

Posted by: Oscar at November 20, 2003 12:35 PM

oooh.. can i get in on that, oscar!? hahaha

Posted by: rachelleb at November 20, 2003 2:05 PM

oooh, i would gladly come up to new haven for a flight in your plane...i would even bring a "real" camera and maybe some diapers.

Posted by: tien at November 20, 2003 2:10 PM

d'oh!! rachelle, i just realized that you and i both went "oooh."

Posted by: tien at November 20, 2003 2:11 PM


Posted by: rachelleb at November 20, 2003 2:30 PM

Let's all do it after the first of the year. Cameras packed. And video cameras.

Cold air is the absolute best for flying. You know, when it's hot, there's less air in a cubic inch, and when it's humid, there's even less because the water displaces it, so the performance of the airfoils AND of course, of the engine, suffer. But in the winter, the thing flies and climbs like a rocket.

It'll be great!

Posted by: Oscar at November 21, 2003 9:17 AM

sounds good to me. i've never been in a plane that small. i can feel the need for extra underwear already!

Posted by: tien at November 21, 2003 9:33 AM

i better bring my barf bag! jk. it sounds awesome!!!!

Posted by: rachelleb at November 21, 2003 5:09 PM

oscar - i assume you're familiar with the EAA? I grew up near its headquarters in Oshkosh, WI

Posted by: rachelleb at November 21, 2003 5:25 PM

Yes, I am! That's cool. Oshkosh is definitely the place for general aviation. I really want to go to one of their huge fly-in's one of these years, but I'd be scared to death to fly in there with 5000 other planes bombing around all over the place. I'm thinking it's better to drive, but how wimpy is that?

Well, we can go for a hop around the Northeast any time you guys schedule, my schedule, and the weather cooperate. It really is great fun - one of my very favorite things to do.

Posted by: Oscar at November 22, 2003 11:52 AM

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