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Seaplane freedom

Featured aircraft in the flyover

Two thirds of our planet is covered with water, so it is no surprise that airplanes can be fitted with floats to enable operations on rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Photograph by Chris Rose.
Photograph by Chris Rose.
These airplanes move people and goods every day in Alaska, in the Bahamas, and anywhere between that has a long enough stretch of water. The Icon A5 has captured the imagination of new fliers and seasoned pilots alike. How cool to fly in the air and land on the water.

The flyover

An array of aircraft representing virtually every chapter of general aviation’s storied history will be on full display over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during a spectacular commemoration of the numerous contributions the GA industry provides to our nation. The celebration will coincide with AOPA’s eighty-fifth anniversary in May 2024. This special event will take place over one of Washington, D.C.’s most restricted flight zones, P-56, something that’s never been done with GA aircraft. Spectators on the ground and online will watch the aircraft fly above the Lincoln Memorial, down Independence Avenue, and past the Washington Monument. The flyover will consist of more than 20 different “chapters” telling the story of GA in America starting in the Golden Age and continuing to the present day when aircraft like this Icon A5 will join a Cessna Caravan, de Havilland Beaver, and more to celebrate seaplane freedom. The flyover concludes when the Titan Fuel aerobatic team will fly over the National Mall.

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