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Seaplanes Over Miami

11 July 2016

Miami has at least two seaplane operations with Cape Air operating from the Miami Seaplane Base (MPB) and Miami Seaplane Tours based from a dock on Virginia Key. Cape Air aircraft are Cessna Caravans on amphibious floats and taxi onto/from Government Cut using the ramp at MPB. Miami Seaplane aircraft is a venerable de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a Cessna 172—both on fixed floats.

Cape Air Cessna Caravan on approach to Miami Seaplane Base photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Cape Air Cessna Caravan Flight 1538 on approach to Miami Seaplane Base—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Cape Air Cessna Caravan on approach to Miami Seaplane Base—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Cape Air Cessna Caravan on approach to Miami Seaplane Base (note the main gear wheel wells just aft of the float steps)—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Cape Air Cessna Caravan on approach to Miami Seaplane Base with Rickenbacker Causeway and SoBe in view (Miami Seaplane Base is in the lower right)—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

 

Cape Air Cessna Caravan on approach to Miami Seaplane Base—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Cape Air Cessna Caravan on final to land in Government Cut (note the ramp at MPB, lower left)—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Cape Air Cessna Caravan on approach to Miami Seaplane Base—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Cape Air Cessna Caravan making a water borne landing—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

De Havilland Beaver operated by Miami Seaplane Tour—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver operated by Miami Seaplane Tour flying north along Biscayne Bay—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

De Havilland Beaver operated by Miami Seaplane Tour—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

De Havilland DCH-2 Beaver operated by Miami Seaplane Tour—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Glassier Sportsman GS-2—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Glassier Sportsman GS-2 in grey stripes no less—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 July 2016 01:29

    Nice vantage point there for the Cape Air Cessna Caravan landing!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      11 July 2016 16:05

      Yes, indeed, I got lucky with that one!

  2. Bruce Kay permalink
    12 July 2016 22:29

    Joe:
    I bet you were in the Beaver getting Photos of the Caravan. ?
    Bruce

  3. 19 July 2016 04:06

    Hello Joseph,

    these photos are just amazing! I love the point of view. It brings me a lot of nice memories because I spent beautiful day at Miami Seaplane Base in February: http://airspotter.eu/mpb.html
    Thank you for your website, I like it for a long time.

    Marek

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      19 July 2016 07:23

      Hello Marek,

      Good to write with you. Your website is lovely and filled with excellent photos. Especially aircraft I do not often see. Though you have wonderful images of an Atlas 747…they fly out of Miami, where I’m located, as well.

      We will have to compare notes later 🙂

      Joe

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