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Palma de Mallorca plans to become Europe’s seaplane capital

The Mallorcan Aeronautical Foundation has hatched a plan to convert the harbour in Pollensa into the capital city of seaplane operations in the Mediterranean. The project aims to re-develop an existing air base which is currently used by Canadair CL-215T Fire Fighting aircraft flown by the Air Force.. When talking to the Spanish press, the foundation’s president Miguel Buades revealed how FAM has a road map for the setting up of a Mediterranean Seaplane Office.

Harbourair Malta flew the DHC-3T (9H-AFA) and a DHC-6-300 (9H-AFY) intermittently between 2007 and 2012. File Photo: Riccardo Flask

President Buades continued that the office based in Palma de Mallorca would position Puerto Pollensa as a reference point for seaplane operations within the Mediterranean basin. The project aims to create protocols that would be embraced by the whole seaplane community and thus set a common standard which would be acceptable to all parties involved in the industry. The whole project also envisages the setting up of a maintenance centre at Pollensa Air Force Base aimed at the seaplane community. Buades added that this would create specialised jobs in engineering and other ancillary work. He reiterated that the maintenance centre would not be a standalone investment but would be complimented by a world-class Seaplane Pilot Training Centre that would raise the bar for the SEP/Sea qualification.

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