Up, up and away seaplane tests the waters
IS it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a boat?
Test flights for Ireland's first seaplane service took place in Cork Harbour yesterday afternoon. Harbour Flights Ireland has applied for planning permission to set up a landing base in Cobh, Co Cork, to run its service, having already acquired rights at Mountshannon, Co Clare.
Test flights ran on Harbour Flights' four-seater plane. The company has already acquired six-, nine- and 14-seat planes, which it hopes will be in operation by the end of this year.
Harbour Flights said planning was lodged in Cork six weeks ago and is progressing smoothly. Currently, the only other city in Europe that has seaplane flights is Glasgow.
Harbour Flights hopes to open up all of the lakes, waterways and estuaries nationally. It also plans to work in tandem with hotels around the country. Initially, the company will be operating a Cessna 172 plane and a Cessna 206. By 2012, the company plans to add a Cessna 208 to the fleet and, by 2013, a 19-seat De Havilland Twin Otter.