May 2015 Update
Texas Water Rights Bill
The state of Texas has recently adopted a bill that declares all state controlled waterways are open to aquatic aircraft (seaplanes, float planes, etc...). The Texas bill states in part "... a governmental entity that owns, controls, or has jurisdiction over a navigable body of water may not in an area in which motorized boats are permitted:
1.) prohibit the takeoff, landing, or operation of an aquatic aircraft; or
2.) regulate or require a permit or fee for the operation of an aquatic aircraft."
This bill removes the erroneous distinction between motorized watercraft and seaplanes. We intend to use the Texas bill to introduce similar legislation in Colorado, The bill has been sent to
several state legislators for review and to the Colorado Division of Aeronautics, which in turn has sent it to the Colorado Department of Transportation.