SPA is actively working to prevent the State of New Mexico from adopting a a new law that would effectively shut down all of the usable water to seaplanes within the state. If you are able to attend the meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Wednesday October 17th, your voice will be heard. SPA's Executive Director Steve McCaughey will be attending the public hearing and has been assured by the state park division that he will be given time to urge that the proposed changes to water access are not approved. SPA is working closely with the New Mexico Pilots Association, AOPA, RAF and the International Assoication of Natural Resource Pilots to oppose the closure of New Mexico's water to seaplanes, and we have received support from the New Mexico DOT and the Bureau of Land Management's State Aviaiton Manager.
Please see the threat to access listed below:
The New Mexico State Park Division (NM SPD) is proposing to prohibit seaplane (aircraft) operations in their parks. All of the water in the state suitable for seaplane operations is controlled by NM SPD, therefore this would effective eliminate seaplane operations in the state. Worse yet, to travel by float plane from the Mississippi river system to the west coast, one needs to be able to stop somewhere in New Mexico along the way. The only other way to get across the U.S. is using the Missouri River system in the northern U.S., which is not useable in the winter months.
Proposed Ruling >>> "18.104.22.168 SEAPLANES AND FLOATPLANES: The taxiing, landing or takeoff of seaplanes or floatplanes is prohibited in the state parks system."
The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division will hold a public hearing on proposed rule amendments at 6:30 p.m. on October 17, 2012 in Porter Hall (first floor), Wendell Chino Building, 1220 South Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Please join SPA and our pilots to protect this vital area of seaplane accessible water.