The primary mission of the Seaplane Pilots Association is advocacy. Our mission is to be the voice of the seaplane community and to represent the interests of seaplane enthusiasts on the federal, state, and local levels. It includes ensuring fairness and equality for seaplanes to share public waterways with all other user groups.
We achieve this on a variety of levels, providing our members with a host of benefits, by working with government organizations, insurance companies, manufactures other aviation advocacy organizations and seaplane training schools and instructors to create a positive environment for seaplane flying and ownership.
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What is a Seaplane Pilots Association Field Director?
The Seaplane Pilots Association desires to maintain a team of Field Directors in every state in the United States as well as areas around the world where seaplanes operate. These Field Directors are the heavy lifting arm of our volunteer advocacy team. They ensure that SPA maintains a strong presence in their seaplane community and—very important—they help address advocacy issues in their regions.
Field Directors essentially are the eyes and ears that help SPA maintain situational awareness in a given geographic region.
SPA Field Director Job Description
Field Director duties vary widely depending on individual skill sets as well as factors in the regions they represent. In general, they develop and maintain open communications with local and regional governments and agencies that control area waterways. They also are in regular touch with seaplane pilots and operators in their region, with the area media, and with the general public.
Field Directors assist in maintaining the completeness and accuracy of listings in the Water Landing Directory for their region.
They are the first responders to local and regional advocacy issues, and they conduct public outreach and develop community relationships in their respective regions.
Field Directors conduct seaplane-related workshops and safety seminars in their region.
They represent SPA and the seaplane community at aviation events and other relevant public events in their region, such as appropriate government and agency meetings.
Field Directors work with other Field Directors and Lake Liaisons to advance SPA’s advocacy goals and outreach objectives.
What is a Seaplane Pilots Association Lake Liaison?
A Lake Liaison is a seaplane pilot that lives on and/or operates a seaplane on a particular body of water on a very regular basis. These Lake Liaisons report to and work with their state Field Director team leader to help SPA maintain an active presence and situational awareness of a lake or stretch of waterway.
As a Lake Liaison members will become an active member of the SPA advocacy team and have the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to providing the information needed to help maintain an active and healthy water flying community.
What are there duties and responsibilities?
A Lake Liaison is responsible for the following: