Seaplane Pilots Association Australia


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 Seaplane Pilots Association Australia (SPAA)

Join Us

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

    • 06 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 07 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • YWOL Illawarra Regional Airport

    Don't miss this regional Airshow at the home base of the world renowned Historical Aircraft Restoration Society!

    SPAA is seeking volunteers to help with our Seaplane display at this important community event.

    Please Contact Donna Handley on 0409 172 776 or email donnadqn@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer at the SPAA marquee for part of the weekend.


    • 20 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 21 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • YRYL Rylstone Aerodrome NSW

    Join with the SPAA community at the beautiful Rylstone Air Park for a fantastic fly-in and BBQ for Saturday lunch.

    Contact Rob Loneragan on 0411 816 300 or email rob@searey.com.au for further details


    The Mudgee-Gulgong-Rylstone of NSW is a well known wine producing region.


    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 4:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Rathmines

    The third Biennial "SPLASHDOWN 2017" SPAA Conference in October 2017 is shaping up to become bigger and better than ever!

    Lock away 26 through to 28th October 2017.

    ALSO Don't forget to stay for the Rathmines Catalina Festival on Sunday 29 October!

    Registration fee covers your attendance at all conference sessions and includes lunch and dinner meals at Club Catalina.

    Contact: Donna Handley on 0409 172 776 or donnadqn@gmail.com

    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Former RAAF Base Rathmines NSW 2283

    Don't miss out on the BIGGEST and best annual seaplane event in Australia!

    Rathmines was the largest WW2 flying boat base in the Southern Hemisphere.

    SPAA will again support the festival by encouraging the Seaplane Pilot community to attend with a variety of private and commercial aircraft. The festival encourages the construction of a museum with Catalina aircraft in a hangar at the former Rathmines RAAF base.

    The festival begins after the SPAA Seaplane Pilots Conference concludes!

Latest news


The Australian Seaplane community was shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of two lives in Perth on Australia Day. On behalf of all its members, SPAA expresses sincere condolences to the families and friends of the pilot and passenger killed in this tragic accident.

SPAA's inaugural Christmas Party was a great meeting of two organisations! 

A large gaggle of Seaplanes gathered at Grafton South Airfield for the SPAA Christmas Party last December. The whole weekend was a resounding success for both SPAA and Grafton Aero Club. We hope to organise another Christmas Party at Grafton in December this year!

'Splashdown 2017' SPAA Seaplane Pilots Conference to be held at Rathmines 26-28 October.

'Splashdown 2017' The SPAA Seaplane Pilots Conference will be held at Rathmines in October 2017. The last conference was a huge success. Don't miss this one!

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