SPLASH - IN NORTH 2008 Bay Bridge Airport (w29) and Breezecroft (05MD) Oct

06-09-2008, 08:01 AM

Planemakers | 3311

Hi Folks,

Speaking of the Splash-In, are we still a go for having it up by Fred in the late summer?

Congrats Tom and Sandy for getting her back in the air.

See you all soon,

John J

06-09-2008, 10:18 AM

Fred Lohr | SPLASH - IN NORTH 2008 Bay Bridge Airport (w29) and Breezecroft (05MD) Oct 4,5, & 6


How about bay bridge airport (W29) for the splashin. paved runway is 2900 feet/ I will be happy to act as a host as my home is about 45 minutes from there. The airport management says we are welcome and there are several hotels/motels restaurants in the immediate area. www.kentisland.cc and it is about 45 minutes from BWI and a little more from DCA in washington. the seaplane ramp is out of service, but so what.there are some nice restaurants that front on the chesapeake bay within walking distance. check it out on airnav.com. the chesapeake offers lots of areas for water landings including the seaplane base at my house (23MD). For those who want to, Annapolis offers a great area to visit on the other side of the bay bridge. I would be happy to host the group at my house sat evening. there are additional places to stay closer to my home in Chestertown MD. www.Chestertown.com. possible dates include sept 12,13 or most weekends in october. any thoughts? other suggestions?

06-10-2008, 07:58 AM

jar59nh | 3314

HI Fred,

I am definitely in for Bay Bridge. I know the area well as my brother lives across the bridge in Annapolis. Also it is just out of the ADIZ so I can fly my non-transponder aircraft there and not get shot down.

I know we talked about this at the Splash-In at Planemakers and all seemed up for it. I like the idea of 2 Splash-In's every year. The spring one in FL at Planemakers got us a little reprive from winter and this one should be great on the Chesapeake Bay.

Thank you for hosting.

Please post here if you like to join it!

Happy flying, John

06-15-2008, 07:52 AM

rwolf | 3317

Fred, thanks for taking the lead and hosting this. I look forward to attending but the dates are critical. I'll be on other travel 10/10 - 10/17.

06-15-2008, 07:54 AM

Tom Saccio | 3315

Guys, Fred Lohr has been kind enough to extent an invitation to host the next Seawind Splash-in In Virginia in October. As of this point very few Seawinders or want to be Seawinders have responded to his offer. Please let him know how we all feel about this, as plans need to be made. I for one will be there with bells on. Lets all get behind this . Don't let our Splash-ins die. Tom Saccio N516SW

06-15-2008, 07:56 AM

Mike | 3316

Everytime I plan to fly somewhere, there is an issue that prevents me from going. So this time I am not going to be able to attend with the intentions to attend.

06-16-2008, 07:51 AM

billhayes | 3320

Sounds great to me. I'll plan to attend. Bill

06-19-2008, 07:36 AM

Tom Saccio | 3325

As of today only 5 people have responded to Fred's E-mail about the splash-in. It is real important to let Fred know who and how many people are coming. Please respond as soon as possible. He has a lot of work to do to set this thing up and it would be nice to give him as much time as possible. We should also know if the date is good and how everyone feels about it. Thanks, Tom Saccio

06-19-2008, 07:41 AM

Fred Lohr | 3330

thanks for the comments. It really is up to the membership as to when and if we have a seawind flyin. from the responses i have recieved, it looks as if late september or early october might be the best time. if there is not enough interest from seawinders to reach a critical mass... no problem, we can do it another time. Or another possibility is to combine it with a gathering of the chesapeake seaplane pilots association. there are lots of people in that group that love seaplanes and seawinds as well they would enjoy the social side of things and could skip the techincal parts. It would be especially nice if we could get dick silva or Paul marshall to come down from PA. any chance of that? I can put this thing together with a few weeks notice since I already have a place to do it.

06-19-2008, 07:43 AM

Fred Lohr | 3329

thanks for the comments. It really is up to the membership as to when and if we have a seawind flyin. from the responses i have recieved, it looks as if late september or early october might be the best time. if there is not enough interest from seawinders to reach a critical mass... no problem, we can do it another time. another possibility is to combine it with a gathering of the chesapeake

06-19-2008, 07:49 AM

Jack Ardoyno | 3326

Fred, I am planning on it. Dates you have indicated are all OK with me. I may just bring my plane. Jack

06-20-2008, 07:39 AM

Planemakers | 3333

Count Chris and I in as well.

John J

06-22-2008, 07:47 AM

Ed Lynch | 3335

Dear Fred, Thanks for hosting!! Mary Lou and I will be there, with our new Seawind (knock on wood!)

06-23-2008, 07:45 AM

keithw | 3336

I will be there. Looking forward to the splash in with N80CC Keith Walljasper

06-26-2008, 07:38 AM

Russ Kotlarek | 3338

Sorry guys I have been so busy working on the plane I missed this post. If a final date is indeed in stone I will do what I can to make it by airline.

The Lake EP is going up for sale in hopes of focusing on the Seawind down what I woudl like to believe is the final stretch and no that stretch is not real close at all !!! .... any takers ???? .

07-15-2008, 02:49 AM

Fred Lohr | 3357

Ok its official. Seawind flyin in Maryland the weekend of oct 4. Here are the details and preliminary schedule. Location: Bay Bridge Airport (w29) and Breezecroft (05MD). check www.airnav.com for exact location. Nearest major airports BWI or DCA. PHL is OK as well. tentative schedule: arrival and preliminary meeting friday afternoon at Baybridge.If there is interest, friday morning could start with a charter fishing trip on the bay minutes from Bay bridge airport. Plan casual dinner in annapolis or kent island (on the bay). Then spend the nite on Kent Island, or head up to Chestertown,MD. Saturday meet at Baybridge and either drive (45 min) or fly (15) min up to Breezecroft 05MD, near Chestertown,MD. Or land on water at Seaplane base Breezecroft 23MD.Hanger session there about 10 am. with grill for lunch. Flying and kicking tires, then break for afternoon/evening poolside barbecue/picnic. Other seaplane pilots from Chespapeake Seaplane Pilots Association may arrive to seaplane base at Breezecroft (23MD) and join us for social hours. Sunday kick tires in the AM, go for a boat ride, tour chestertown or maybe fly a few minutes up to MD1 to see what is being restored at Massey Aerodrome (masseyaero.org). Baybridge is 2900 by 60 foot paved with clear approaches. Breezecroft 2700 ft turf. Pilots not comfortable with 2700 ft, rolling turf runways should not plan on landing at Breezecroft. This is my home, so pilots planning on landing there will be asked to sign a liability waiver. 100 LL available if absolutely needed. Landing in the water is up to you. Ramp only works at high tide, so tying up on small beach or to floating dock may be required. In the event of inclement weather we will go for it anyway, as we can still meet in the hanger and have social events indoors. There are hundreds of miles of protected coastal waters for seaplane operations within minutes of these two airports. Both are outside the Washington ADIZ so normal vfr operations are no problem. Just don't stray into the ADIZ at DC or camp david on the way in. Also there is an small MOA just west of breezecroft, so call Martin Tower (KMTN) if you will be cutting through from the west or just duck under it. Websites www.Chestertown.com and www.kentisland.cc also www.visitannapolis.org I will see if special rates can be obtained at motels in Kent island for friday and Chestertown for saturday. This will be a new venue for our flyin and i think you will love it. I have invited Paul Marshall to join us. A head count will be needed eventually so respond to my email flohr@dmv.com or to this site. I will ask John Riciotti to send this to his email list of seawind people. The more the merrier so do not pass this one up. The bayside coast of Maryland in the fall is absolutely beautiful. Plus, come see my expanding museum of destroyed seawind landing gear parts!

07-16-2008, 07:30 AM

rwolf | 3360

Fred, I plan on attending, at least on Saturday. I don't have anyone to fly my plane so I'll just drive.

07-16-2008, 07:32 AM

Tom Saccio | 3359

Sandy and I will be there. Maybe my plane will be there too. Tom Saccio

07-16-2008, 07:34 AM

Jack Ardoyno | 3358

Thanks, Fred for all the hard work. I am planning on attending with a 75% chance of bringing my plane. Jack

07-17-2008, 07:27 AM

billhayes | 3361

Looking forward to it Fred. Good excuse to get out of the office. Bill

07-18-2008, 07:21 AM

Planemakers | 3365

Chris and I will be there too. Sounds like fun.

07-18-2008, 07:23 AM

Russ Kotlarek | 3364

Fred, I am starting to plan now with high hopes I can make it happen. Unlike Jack there is a 0% chance my seawind will be there

07-18-2008, 07:25 AM

jar59nh | 3362

HI Fred,

Sounds like a great plan. I am looking forward to it. I will send out emails tomorrow to all our members, and some past members. As you said, the more the merrier. I will let you know who RSVP's to me directly.

Thanks for putting this on!

Regards, John

07-19-2008, 07:19 AM

keithw | 3366

Hi Fred, Plan on being there with N80CC. I couldnt stand to miss the oppertunity to see all your "hhuuummmm" gear parts. I have some Dandies myself. Will start planning now. Keith

07-20-2008, 07:18 AM

Mike | 3367

Greetings Fred, I am finally looking forward to meeting you and the group. I hope to make it with my bird.

07-22-2008, 02:47 AM

Fred Lohr | 3369

For those of you interested in the future of the Certified Seawind, make sure you attend our flyin in October. I spoke with Dick Silva after i saw the recent post on the Seawind.biz site. He has kindly agreed to attend the October flyin and tell us what is the latest progress. From a business standpoint, he is looking for the last few investors willing to buy shares to have enough ready capital to complete the testing and duplicate tooling. He will put that money in escrow until ready to go and then forge ahead quickly. But it is better to hear the details from him. Rules require a minimum 150,000 (for 1% stock) but there is nothing to prevent a partnership from buying a share in the event that a few builders wanted to join together. email him if you want more info Rsilva@Seawind.net. I will be interested to hear about the flight characteristics of the certified bird first hand from Dick. This is shaping up to be a great flyin, so don't miss it.

07-25-2008, 02:51 AM

Ed Lynch | 3375

Sounds like a great plan, Fred. And now I have TWO MONTHS to finish! 99 and 44/100ths percent sure our Seawind will be there. Marylou and I will be there fore sure! Really looking forward to it! Ed Lynch

08-13-2008, 02:40 AM

jar59nh | 3413

Here are the details of our upcoming Splash-In on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It should be a beautiful setting for our get together with our Seawind friends new and old.

Looking forward to it immensely! John

Tentative Schedule Events Seawind Fly-in Oct 4, 5 2008

Friday Oct 3 Early bird arrivals

Bay bridge Airport meet or call 410 708 2527, Fred Lohr’s cell phone.

Plan for dinner at local restaurant about 6 pm

Saturday Oct 4

9:00 meet at Baybridge http://www.airnav.com/airport/W29 coffee/donuts

10:00 technical discussions on seawind building and repair/open forum

topics in no particular order

How to destroy your landing gear Fred Lohr

Flying the Seawind Jack Ardoyno

Progress Certified Seawind Dick Silva

Buider Assistance Issues/answers Planemakers

12:00 break for lunch

1:30 more hanger talk

3:00 flying demonstrations/

4:00 fly or drive to Breezecroft (05MD) for reception/barbecue


5:30 Cocktail Party and Eastern Shore Barbecue with crabcakes/steamed crabs

at Breezecroft Farm, 9860 Breezecroft Lane, Chestertown, MD 21620

Sunday Oct 5:

9:00 coffee/donuts at Baybridge after hanger session consider a drive to

Annapolis or St Michaels http://www.stmichaelsmd.org/ or a flying tour

of Eastern Shore with possible destinations

Tangier Island (one of two inhabited islands in the Chesapeake bay)

has a nice landing strip/great history and seafood. http://

www.tangierisland-va.com/ http://www.airnav.com/airport/KTGI

Massey Aerodrome (restoration of historic aircraft)

http://www.masseyaero.org/ http://www.airnav.com/airport/MD1

Rehobeth/Dewey beach


08-18-2008, 02:44 AM

Fred Lohr | 3402

I have a arranged a slightly reduced rate for those of you wishing to stay near the bay bridge airport. The Best Western 410 827 6767 has rooms available and when booking mention the name seawind pilots group to get a small discount to $170/nite. this includes breakfast, pool, etc. The other hotels in the area are almost completely booked, so make reservations now. The town is "stevensville, Md" if you prefer to use hotels.com or mapquest.com to find your own place. If you choose to stay in Chestertown for saturday nite, try one of the B and B's listed at chestertown.com or the comfort suites 410 810 0555, the holiday inn express 877-410-6681 or stay at Great oak landing 410 778 5007 where you can park your seawind at my place and come by boat. These places are getting booked up so make arrangments soon.

08-28-2008, 02:42 AM

Duane White | 3412

I plan on attending. Is there an itinery of events? I will have to drive down from NY and would like to know when and where to hook up with you guys.

09-10-2008, 02:34 AM

keithw | 3422

I have just made a trip to MERFI (Mid-East Regional Fly In) Urbana, Ohio and found that the Seawind Lovers are not only found in our group "ISPA" but also the general GA comunity and all the wanabes that attend these gatherings. N80CC was voted 1st Place Peoples Choice of all the planes . Let me tell you builders and those flying and thinking about building a a Seawind --The cameras come out and the croward gathers and the comments are "Highly Complementry " They Love our airplane of choice! Now----The heading to Urbana, Ohio is exactly the same that I will be flying in THREE WEEKS TO THE SPLASH IN. I'm planning on leaving early like Oct. 1st and fly the good weather only. Fred--I will load up some of my gear parts and give a summary to the folks as how not to dooo.mmm Looking forward to the trip. Keith Walljasper N80CC

09-11-2008, 02:32 AM

jar59nh | 3424

HI All,

Fred Lohr has sent me a waiver form to post on our website if you want to land at his field. You can see it with this post and you can download it from the link posted here also. For PC users right-click to download the file. For Mac users control-click the link.

I am hoping to fly my Taylorcraft down (weather & schedule permitting...) as I am a few years off from my Seawind being completed.

Please download the form and mail a signed copy back to Fred if you are considering flying to Breezecroft.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Regards, John


A guest Waiver of Liability must be on file before you land at Breezecroft Airport.

Airport users must have/carry a minimum of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) Liability

Insurance. In consideration of being permitted to use the airport, each airport user agrees

that neither Frederick T Lohr, Mary D Lohr, Breezecroft farm nor their officers, directors,

agents, employees, family members, and guests shall, at any time or to any extent

whatsoever, be liable, responsible or in any way accountable for any loss, injury, death or

damage to persons or property which at any time may be suffered or sustained by any

person whomsoever arising out of the use or occupancy of the airport or its facilities. Each

airport user also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Frederick T Lohr, Mary D Lohr and

Breezecroft farm directors, agents, employees, family members and guests free and

harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, loss, damage or expense

whatsoever, including attorney’s fees, arising out of or resulting from any use of the airport

or any portion thereof by said airport user, his passengers, guests, invitees, agents or

employees and said airport user waives all claims against Frederick T Lohr, Mary D Lohr,

Breezecroft Farm, and their officers, directors, agents, employees, family members and

guests for any death or bodily injury and damage to aircraft or other personal property on or

about the airport or any portion thereof from any cause or reason whatsoever. Each airport

user specifically waives any claim against Frederick T Lohr, Mary D Lohr, Breezecroft Farm

and their officers, directors, agents, employees, family members and guests as a result of

the negligent design, inspection, repair and maintenance of the airport including, but not

limited to, its runway, taxi way, tie downs and hangars. Each airport user understands the

risks inherent to use of airport including but not limited to turf conditions, irregular surface,

obstructions of trees and wires, wildlife incursions, farming operations.

__________________ _________________ ____________________

Today’s Date Insurance Company

______________________ _________________ ____________________

Date of Arrival Policy #

__________________ _________________

Date of Departure Renewal Date

__________________ _________________ ____________________

Aircraft Type Aircraft N# Pilot’s Signature

__________________ _________________ Frederick T Lohr

Print Pilot’s Name Home Address 9860 Breezecroft Lane

Chestertown, MD 21620

__________________ _________________ FAX : 410 778 9860

Airman’s Certificate # Home Phone Phone: 410 778 1226


Revised 09/05/2008 Frederick T Lohr

09-11-2008, 02:36 AM

Planemakers | 3423

Hi Keith,

Congrats on the people's choice award!!!

We'll see you in 3 weeks.

John J

09-11-2008, 02:37 AM

Mike | 3425

Ditto Keith....Congrats!!!!!!

09-16-2008, 07:31 AM

Russ Kotlarek | 3431

I will be flying in Wed Oct. 1st about one in the afternoon. If anyone is coming early to the area and would like to explore or be a tour guide please let me know I am all game. I have not made hotel arrangements yet I will be doing that shortly and look forward to seeing you the Seawind group again.

09-17-2008, 02:26 AM

Fred Lohr | 3433

Russ and anyone else arriving early. Give me a call on the cell phone 410 708 2527, and i can give you suggestions on where to visit and where to stay (see previous post for hotels) Annapolis and St Michaels are two places worth hitting. For the more adventurous, if you have your plane, fly down to Tangier Island for a day visit. If the weather cooperates, this should be fun, so those of you sitting on the fence make plans to come. Be sure to check Southwest.com for the best fares into BWI as they are not listed on the usual travel sites.

09-17-2008, 02:28 AM

Mike | 3432

I am planning to be there friday around noon. Rental car and hotel are all set. C-YA

09-19-2008, 02:22 AM

keithw | 3435

Russ What airport are you flying into? I had planned on going in to Bay Bridge W29 Plan on arriving 1 to 2 PM Keith

09-19-2008, 02:24 AM

keithw | 3434

Hi Russ I will be flying in on Wed. Oct. !st . Weather permitting. call me on 309 530 3097 and we can get together and do some sibht seeing. Sandy Sachio has made me reservations some place? Havent checked it out yet? Keith Walljasper

09-23-2008, 07:28 AM

Russ Kotlarek | 3437

Looking forward to the Splash in and seeing everyone...

I looked at the options of some of the other reservations and being as I have friends to visit earlier in the week in Annapolis and it is closer 13 miles vs 41 I elected to book at Best Western Annapolis.

$87 the first two nights then $102 over the weekend was the rate plus the taxes ...

They do have rooms available and if anyone would like to stay there this rate was had through www.cheaphotels.com

09-29-2008, 07:16 AM

rwolf | 3440

I won't be bringing my Seawind to the Splash In but I'm coming. Everyone is welcome to fly/drive to the Leesburg, VA airport (JYO) on Sun to see it. Let me know if there is any interest.

09-30-2008, 07:20 AM

Russ Kotlarek | 3442

I'd be inteested in seing it but leaving on Sunday, Flying in tomroow (wed) is there any possibility of coming up before hand? Russ

10-01-2008, 07:11 AM

Fred Lohr | 3446

weather forcast is good. Pilots should just be aware that we get ground fog in the mornings this time of year. usually gone by 10 am. see you all soon.

10-01-2008, 07:18 AM

Mike | 3444

I hope to be Buzzing Freds House around 1-2pm Friday afternoon, landing at bay bridge.....

OUTL@@K IS SUNNY...........

10-01-2008, 07:23 AM

rwolf | 3443

Sure, Russ. How about late one afternoon, say 5:30. Does that work for you?

10-01-2008, 07:26 AM

Russ Kotlarek | 3445

If you get this soon try calling my Cell 414-899-1077 Russ

10-02-2008, 07:14 AM

Mike | 3447

Does this mean I can't buzz your house at 500ft.....

10-05-2008, 06:50 AM

Russ Kotlarek | 3448

LEt me be the first to say this was an exceptional weekend. The weather was perfect, the Seawinders all had a great time, and our Host and his lovely bride went far beyond the call to provide a perfect reception !!!!

THANK YOU !!!! Russ Kotlarek

10-05-2008, 07:06 AM

Mike | 3449

FRED and his wife, Mary or Mary and Fred did an outstanding job with this past weekend..!! Thank you very much for the efforts you made to make the weekend a success. By the way, I missed who won...Keith or Fred.?? I am finally happy to place the faces with the names. I enjoyed all's company and L@@K forward to the next gathering.

10-06-2008, 07:01 AM

rwolf | 3450

Fred, thank you for going way beyond the call of duty to make the Splash In and dinner at your home such an outstanding success. Also, I'd like to learn your secret to controlling the weather.

10-06-2008, 07:08 AM

keithw | 3451

Hi Seawinders Yes I agree, what a wonderful week end. Fred, you and the Wife are to be congratulated on hosting the GET TOGETHER of so many wonderful folks. You are the winner of the SEAWIND NOSE GEAR FIASCO BROKEN PARTS COMPETITION. Your main gear leg did the trick. Your points whent right off the scale. Please note! I dont plan on adding any new parts to my collection. The trip hom was great. Weather was a !0 and N80CC performed an outstanding #14. BMI to W29-- 4 hrs -- W29 to BMI 4hrs. 39min. non stop What a great cross country machine. God Bless youall. Keith

10-06-2008, 07:09 AM

Mike | 3452

Ok Keith....now I didn't want to jump the gun BUT; The trip home for me was exciting. How you say....Well going thru NY airspace with a crosswind, I L@@Ked once again at the ground speed and again thought something might be wrong,,,SOOooooo I called ATC and asked if he could tell me my Ground Speed... 180knots, hummm thats 206mph...? He proceeded to ask me what I was flying (not tooo busy) of course I "exclaimed with glee...Y a Seawind of course; HXB going to HXC. Anyway he said he has a book and he L@@Ked for the type and couldn't find it. I mentioned that it is a seaplane...Hey ATC guy..not bad for a seaplane - A -. Someone else piped up and asked if it had pontoons. I said you have to "google it to belive it". They said they would. Wanna know the best part.......I was running at 67% power...YEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAA. I was so proud I gave her a bubble bath when I got home..!! :)

PS...Keith....The Race Is On Next Year..!!

10-07-2008, 06:57 AM

Planemakers | 3454

As always, we had a great time. It was great to see you all again and we missed the ones that couldn't make it this year. Orbitz jockied around our flight around and we had to leave early. Looking forward to seeing you at the next one.

Thanks again Fred.

Be well,

John J and Chris D

10-07-2008, 06:59 AM

billhayes | 3453

Great Flyin, thanks again Fred for your Chesapeake hospitality. The Massey Aerodrome trip was especially enjoyable. Bill

10-10-2008, 06:55 AM

jar59nh | 3455

I couldn't agree more with all the comments. Fred was the most gracious host and even provided excellent weather to fly down and back from New Hampshire. Although I couldn't do it in the fine style of Keith or Mike. Someday!!!

As always, it was great to see all the Seawinders together. What a great group we have. Thanks again Fred for all your hospitality in the most picturesque setting possible. It was a fantastic weekend!

Regards, John

10-11-2008, 06:52 AM

Ed Lynch | 3457

Russ said it all! Marylou and I had a great time seeing everyone, and a big THANK YOU to Fred and DeSales for hosting us all! Ed and Marylou Lynch

11-30-2008, 11:55 AM

Mike | Some Pictures

A few pictures of the event - Great time

Click on the pictures.!