Seaplane Pilots Association Australia

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 Seaplane Pilots Association Australia (SPAA)

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Seaplane Pilots Association Australia (SPAA) is a not for profit organisation staffed by volunteers. Its goals are to:
  • Promote the safe and responsible operation of Seaplanes.
  • Advocate for equal rights and access to waterways for Seaplanes.
  • Engage with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Air Services Australia (ASA),  industry stakeholders and other interested parties on Seaplane related matters and legislation.
  • Foster high standards of Seaplane training and airmanship.
  • Provide support and information to its members.

As a member of Seaplane Pilots Association Australia you will become part of a great community. You will receive regular newsletters and information. You will also be supporting this amazing sector of the aviation industry.

Join today!

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Support Seaplane Pilots Association Australia with a donation

Donations to SPAA are greatly appreciated, and will assist in the day to day running of this not for profit organisation. There are three easy ways to donate:


1) Make a direct deposit (i.e. “Pay anyone”) transfer to the SPAA Bank account. The 'Seaplane Pilots Association Australia' BSB 032-189 and Account number 137540 (Please remember to put your name in the 'Reference' field so we know that you have donated to SPAA)

2) Use your PayPal account to donate to SPAA via the secure DONATE link below.

3) Make a payment to SPAA using your Credit Card by clicking the DONATE link and using the secure PayPal facility (you don't need a PayPal account to do this).


Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • 30 Oct 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • at 1 Stilling Street, Rathmines NSW

    The 2016 Rathmines Catalina Festival will be held on Sunday 30 October.

    SPAA will be encouraging members and guests to attend from Friday 28 October. If you are unable to fly-in, then please drive!  

    On Friday evening: Film Producer Daniel Bunker will present a special screening of his movie 'The Return of the Catalina' for SPAA members and guests.

    On Saturday evening: SPAA is pleased to present an evening dinner with Michael Smith. Michael will discuss his amazing global circumnavigation flight.

    BBQ lunches will be provided on Saturday and Sunday, along with lots of other festival attractions.
    The Sunday program will include a PBY-6A 'Black Cat' flying display.


    • 17 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Mar 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lake Boga (near Swan Hill) Victoria

    SPAA members and guests are invited to attend the 75th Anniversary commemorations at Lake Boga Victoria. RAAF Lake Boga was the main Air Force flying boat overhaul base in Australia during WW2. You may choose to drive or fly-in to this historic flying boat base.

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 4:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Rathmines
    The third Splashdown Conference in October 2017 is already shaping up to become bigger and better!

    Lock away 26 October 2017 through to the 28th.
    Event details and pricing to be confirmed in February 2017

Past events

16 Feb 2016 SPAA Annual General Meeting

Latest news


Michael Smith breaks world record.

Australian seaplane pilot Michael Smith completed his solo circumnavigation of the world at Longreach on Thursday, 12 November 2015.

Click here to read the full story

'Splashdown 2015' Pilots Conference

The 'Splashdown 2015' SPAA Pilots Conference attracted more than 100 Delegates and partners. The event at Rathmines in October 2015 was a huge success.

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