As has been reported the Seaplane Pilots Association with the generous help of numerous other pilot organizations and there members can celebrate a major victory in access to water victory for seaplanes in New Mexico. The Seaplane Pilots Association coordinated a major advocacy effort with AOPA, RAF, New Mexico Pilots Association, EAA and numerous others including members from the SeaplaneForum.com and conducted meetings with the New Mexico DOT, Army Corp of Engineers, New Mexico State Parks and BOR among others.
As a result a proposed rule that would have effectively closed seaplane access to waters controlled by New Mexico State Parks (which effectively controls all the water that is usable for seaplanes in the state) has not been adopted.
We would like to personally thank everyone that participated in this effort! Countless members wrote letters and sent emails, the New Mexico business community stepped forward in our support, and most importantly the New Mexico State Parks Division listened to our comments and agreed to work with SPA on such issues if and when they come up in the future.
Thanks to all... what a great way to close out an amazing 40th Anniversary for SPA members!
SEAPLANES AND FLOATPLANES. The Division proposed adding a new section
prohibiting the taxiing, landing, or takeoff of seaplanes or floatplanes
in state parks. The Division received hundreds of comments opposing the
implementation of this rule. Based upon the comments received, and given
that the Bureau of Reclamation and United States Army Corps of Engineers
already have regulations addressing seaplanes and floatplanes, the
Division did not adopt the proposed rule.