FAA Advisory Circular AC 150/5395-1A Seaplane Bases
This is a great resource and should be used to help you complete the FAA Form 7480-1 Notice of Landing Area Proposal. It discusses many of the considerations and techniques for establishing a seaplane base.
Practices in Preserving and Developing Public Use Seaplane Bases
Public-use seaplane bases throughout the United States may be publicly challenged, yet seaplane operations continue to serve a multitude of transportation and recreational pur- poses, including promotion of local economies. The objective of this report is to review current practices in developing and preserving public-use seaplane bases throughout the United States, and identify their benefits, challenges, and gaps in practice. The report reviews and presents information on the seaplane base planning process, design considerations, permits, regulatory requirements, and facility and service needs of seaplane bases. For those interested in preserving seaplane bases, effective practices in collecting data and public messag- ing, comprehensive transportation planning, environmental safeguards, and public outreach possibilities are presented. The report synthesizes available information to present a state- of-affairs report on seaplane bases.
The economic impact of seaplanes is an area that needs to be stressed, and unfortunately we there is not a lot of data on this topic. Thankfully, Lake Hood has compiled the economic impact of its seaplane base and you can view and share the dramatic results by downloading this file.