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 Seaplane Pilots Association Australia

The Peak Body for all Seaplane Activities in Australia


Meet the new SPAA committee 2023/24


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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 in the menu bar above.

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


Marty the Mallard: ...and the lost tinny

Follow along on the adventures of Marty the Mallard as he flies along the top end of Australia. Based on the Grumman Mallard flying boats flown by Daniel Bolton (@thatmallardguy) out of Darwin. With Live Action backgrounds complementing the illustrated characters, the books are enjoyable for both children and adults! 

Marty the Mallard: ...and the lost tinny  available to purchase now at amazon.com.au

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Calling out for Newsletter items!

Would you like to submit an article for our next SPAA "on the Step" Newsletter?

Email editor@seaplanes.org.au for more information!

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Seymour the Seaplane

This wonderful children's book tells the story of "Seymour the Seaplane" and his adventures and would make a wonderful gift.

If you would like to buy the book... 

please contact Barb at:   barbaudas@gmail.com or call 0414 260 603 - Melbourne Seaplanes

seymour the seaplane


     Russell Smith's book, "SPLASHDOWN" describes his years of flying seaplanes, with incredible happenings,                 some adventurous, many humorous, and some just plain harrowing. Set in the spectacular terrain of the                         Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand, his life-saving exploits in emergencies became legendary amongst                       people of the far-flung reaches of the outer Sounds.    

     To buy a copy, please email Russell at the following email address: frogsareus@skymesh.com.au.   Cost is                     AU$20.00, plus freight.

50th Anniversary at Rathmines

We've put together a video re-cap of the Rathmines event that took place on the 18th of February this year for those who were unable to attend. With some of the social highlights as well as Ben Hunter's excellent speech honouring Philip Dulhunty. Click the link to the left to be taken to SPAA's official Youtube page.

Featured: On the Step podcast with thatmallardguy (Dan Bolton) - Endorsed by SPAA

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