Seaplanes to service Sydney-Canberra?

johnboy 18 April 2007 39

In a move which will see Terry Snow phoning his buddies in the NCA quick smart the SMH reports that Sydney Seaplanes is looking at setting up a service operating between Sydney’s Rose Bay and the pontoons in front of the National Gallery here in Canberra.

“Mr Shaw wants to start flying a 12-seat Cessna Caravan to Canberra within the year – charging a fare comparable with Qantas’s $250 one-way monopoly service – and to market it as one of “the world’s great flights”.

“You would be flying past the Harbour Bridge and landing in front of Parliament at the other end, and it’s beautiful terrain in between,” Mr Shaw said.

It has a huge regulatory burden to get on top of but it would beat the hell out of trekking all the way from the airports back into town.

UPDATED: JD115 has put together a simulation of what the flight could be like:

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39 Responses to Seaplanes to service Sydney-Canberra?
Thumper Thumper 8:56 pm 29 Jun 08

Hey, do it man…

Can you throw in skydiving?

shawpo shawpo 6:42 pm 29 Jun 08

I’m the owner of Sydney Seaplanes. Clown Killer – the upholstery in the aircraft is an extremely classy beige leather. Not red, maybe we’ll order that for the next one.
Still working on the LBG service but so far the NCA’s efforts in increasing commercial activities on the Lake has resulted in a hot dog stand and a kayak.
Designating the Lake as an airport is the issue. We can and have flown from Rose Bay to Canberra airport (55 minutes), but to land on LBG (about 15 seconds flying from finals at Canberra) is a no go at the moment…

Mælinar Mælinar 1:31 pm 17 Jun 08

Hasdrubahl said :

We’ll be ballooning there next.

I tried to get a Zeppelin on the cheap a while ago, but they only had burnt ones.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:55 am 17 Jun 08

I’d rather see something like a Catalina or Sunderland operating off the lake.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 9:01 am 17 Jun 08

Awsome! Why do Cessna’s always have red upholstery?

vg vg 4:47 pm 21 Apr 07

Thanks very much for that. Any dramas I know where to go

JD115 JD115 4:43 pm 21 Apr 07

hi vg

Tassim mesh (free) from plus VOZ 1.3 (free) should get you everything you need for Canberra. email me at (reversed) ua.moc.arrebnacym@atiat if you need CD versions, help etc.

vg vg 5:33 pm 20 Apr 07


I have FS2004. What do I have to do to upgrade it to get the level of stuff you have? I have downloaded VOZ 1.1 as well


fnaah fnaah 3:44 pm 19 Apr 07

Bonfire, that’d be like an AN-124 or Galaxy landing at Canberra Airport! Oh, wait…

bonfire bonfire 2:10 pm 19 Apr 07

very cool.

i wonder if the spruce goose could land there ?

Al Al 2:06 pm 19 Apr 07

Short arms too apparently that couldn’t be seen reaching the yolk…

JD115 JD115 9:43 am 19 Apr 07

very short pilot, used to call them dwa**es but now vertically challenged… non discriminatory airline this one

Al Al 9:22 am 19 Apr 07

Thought the same thing myself – remote control plane.

On second thoughts, the security at either end may actually be a bit of an issue – if we all got used to having planes buzzing around the centre of the town, the opportunities for doing a mini 9-11 on the Hill would be a bit of a concern. But would love to do the flight myself (and see lake George full again).

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 7:25 am 19 Apr 07

Mrs Hasdrubahl is seriously worried that there’s no pilot in this plane!

johnboy johnboy 11:22 pm 18 Apr 07

Interesting to note the fountain makes an excellent wind sock.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 11:02 pm 18 Apr 07

That was a great flight, JD115. Loved the sound FX!
Thought we were going to crash into the C’wealth Bridge however.
Next time, can we take off under the old Coathanger?

JD115 JD115 9:34 pm 18 Apr 07

As promised boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, here’s a wee video of what it might be like to fly on a floatplane from Sinney to Canbra…

Quickly done so no complaints about the quality thankyou…

edlang edlang 2:19 pm 18 Apr 07

So much for the other uses of the lake …

Will they have stops for Lakes Tuggeranong and Ginninderra, too? Plenty of government departments near those!

shauno shauno 9:20 am 18 Apr 07

I have to say I’m glad I don’t work for that company. That would be bloody annoying having to sit in a car for 3 exceedingly boring hours instead of sipping a beer in the Qantas club and getting on a half hour flight. lol

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