As enthusiastic users of our nation’s lakes and rivers, seaplane pilots are strong advocates for the protection of those waterways --- protection from policies and regulations that would restrict access by trained and responsible users, and protection from predatory and destructive invaders of our waterways. The Seaplane Pilots Association recognizes the very serious threat that invasive species pose to the health of our lakes and rivers, and is committed to a proactive approach to protecting waterways from the introduction and spread of unwanted and harmful marine plants and animals.
While there are many reasons why seaplanes do not represent a significant risk of contributing to the proliferation of invasive species, our members and our association are aggressively working to reduce the potential, no matter how small, for seaplanes to be part of the problem.
SPA conducts seminars across the country to familiarize pilots with invasive species and introduce them to specific methods for preventing the carriage of invasive hitchhikers from one body of water to another. Also, with the help of our friends at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, we have produced videos and test programs such as the ones below. These programs further educate our pilot/members on the best ways to prevent the spread of invasive species. By employing these proven methods, seaplane pilots and owners are able to self-certify that their aircraft are free and clean of nuisance aquatic organisms.
Take the test for the Invasive Species training video above by clicking the link to the immediate left, and print out your education certificate to carry with you in your seaplane as proof that you have participated in our invasive species education program and passed the test.
Thanks to our friends at the AOPA Air Safety Institute for helping us make this video and test available..
Mary Alverson one of SPA's Field Directors and a member of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association with one of the signs that the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association has help produce to assist in educating pilots in their state.
The Seaplane Pilots Association is currently working to produce signs like this that will be available to our members and controlling agencies upon request.