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

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 4:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Rathmines

    "SPLASHDOWN 2017" SPAA Seaplane Pilots Conference

    26 through to 28th October 2017

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

    Registration covers your attendance at all conference sessions and includes lunch and dinner meals at Club Catalina from Thursday night until Saturday night.
    Conference registration payment will also include your annual SPAA membership renewal!

    Money-back weather guarantee: if flying-in!

    FULL CONFERENCE registration $395 (If registered after 1 August)


    'Partners' guest registration $150 (non-pilot's program only)

    For more information contact: Donna Handley on 0409 172 776 or email 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!

    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • 03 Dec 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Grafton Aero Club, Grafton South Airfield

    Join SPAA Members and guests at Grafton Aero Club for the 2017 SPAA Christmas Party. Registration is essential.
    Pay $30pp on the night

Latest news


SPLASHDOWN Rathmines Conference Registrations close SOON!

Register HERE

Rathmines Catalina Festival will be held on Sunday 29 October:

Join with SPAA members for the amazing festival at Rathmines on the last Sunday in October.

SPAA's 2017 Christmas Party at Grafton Aero Club on 2 December

Join with SPAA members for another fantastic Christmas Party at Grafton on 2nd December this year!

'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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