SPLASH - IN NORTH 2010 Bay Bridge Airport (w29) and Breezecroft (05MD) Oct

07-30-2010, 12:44 PM

Fred Lohr | SPLASH - IN NORTH 2010 Bay Bridge Airport (w29) and Breezecroft (05MD) Oct 1,2, & 3

Ok its official. I will be hosting the Seawind SPLASH-IN which will be held in Maryland the weekend of Oct 1-3, 2010.

Location: Bay Bridge Airport (w29) www.airnav.com/airport/W29 and Breezecroft (05MD) www.airnav.com/airport/05MD. 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.


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.


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 are good for some local information. I will see if special rates can be obtained at motels in Kent island for friday and Chestertown for saturday. The more the merrier so do not pass this one up. The bayside coast of Maryland in the fall is absolutely beautiful.

A head count will be needed eventually so please respond below.

Any thoughts? other suggestions? Please post below.

07-30-2010, 01:31 PM


Fred, Thanks again for your offer. I will be attending as long as the weather gods are willing. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I will be more than happy to discuss the forum and options.

07-31-2010, 07:59 PM

Ed Lynch | We'll be there!

Thanks, Fred for hosting again. Marylou and I will be there with our Seawind. Really looking forward to it--last time was a blast! Ed Lynch

08-01-2010, 10:01 PM

keithw | 2010 Splash Inn

Fred Count me in and N80CC Keith Walljasper Just finished the air race---Had a wonderful time time. Mike Riebling also flew the race and hoping that we can get a few more to fly it. It will start at Dayton Ohio next year. Mike is a wonderful Seawind Pilot and has realy been putting his to use. 400 hrs. or more in avery short time. Great Job Mike R

08-03-2010, 01:26 PM


Fred . Glad to get the confirmation that you will be hosting the flyin. My wife Caroline and I are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Please get the motel information out as soon as you can. We will be driving down from our home in Connecticut. Probably on Interstate #95. Moe Schwartzmann. SEAWIND KIT #100 Named, "The Flying Mermaid"

08-03-2010, 10:58 PM

mike reibling | 2010 Splash in

Kristle and I will try to attend this year, weather permitting. Looking forward to it.

Mike Reibling

08-17-2010, 11:45 AM


Thanks Fred,

looking forward to seeing everyone. Bill Hayes

08-18-2010, 05:17 PM

Fred Lohr

great to see many of you coming

just a reminder to anyone who did not make it last time

BWI for commercial flights. Bay bridge for seawinds.

hotels close to airport include three at Kent Narrows just a few miles on rt 50

Best Western, Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn (nice view).

In Chestertown, where sat nite party will be Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn

and several others and B and B's

08-19-2010, 10:39 AM



Which hotel was up the road from the restaurant that I stayed in …….(old age)

Do you have a phone number for them….?



08-21-2010, 08:58 PM

keithw | Splash In 2010

Fred count me in with N80CC Thanks so much for hosting the event again as I had a great time 2 years ago. Keith Walljasper N80CC

08-23-2010, 10:14 PM

keithw | Mike and Kristle Reibling and 2010 Splash In

Hi Mike and Kristle YOUR FLIGHT TO THE 2010 Splash In would bring you close to our place here at Airport Ident (BMI) Bloomington Illinois. Barbara and I would love to have you stop here for a few days to rest up. With our Seawinds the balance is only four hrs. Also Mike can you call with your email adress. 309 530 3097 Would like to get in touch since we got seperated on the weather Osh deal. Keith Walljasper

08-24-2010, 08:21 PM


Count me in! Sound's like another Seawind-owner's-paradise (water and land) - can't wait to check it out.


Guillaume de Ramel


401 662-5477


08-25-2010, 05:26 PM

Jack Ardoyno | Splashin

Hi Fred,

Thanks very much for hosting again. I am planning on arriving on Friday and will be available for a presentation at your convenience. Tom Saccio and I are planning on flying up in his plane after a couple of days of splashing and dashing down in Washington, NC.

I will be available to help in whatever way might assist over the weekend. We will probably be landing at Breezecroft at one time or another so please send the waiver and I will get that to you ASAP. I will copy one for Tom and send it as well. It looks like we might have six plus Seawinds so it should be quite a weekend.

Thanks again for your effort. I'm looking forward to it.


08-26-2010, 07:55 AM


Hi Fred,

Chris and I will be there too.

See you in a month,

John J

09-01-2010, 09:13 PM

keithw | Waiver

Fred Please send me a waiver also. Keith Walljasper

09-05-2010, 01:44 PM

mike reibling | Splash in


Sorry for being so slow to respond.

I didn't know there was a second page of posts here until yesterday.

Thank you for the generous offer. We would love to stop and spend a day or 2 with you and Barbara if it can work out. We are just starting to plan our trip today and will let you know as soon as we can. Thanks again.

Mike Reibling


Home - 306-586-8679

Cell - 306-539-3313

Work - 306-352-3337 Ext 27

09-05-2010, 01:51 PM

mike reibling | Wavier


Please send me a waiver also.

Mike Reibling

09-07-2010, 11:18 PM

Larry Brunzlick | Splash-in

Hi Fred,

Thanks for sponsoring the event. Sharon and I plan to attend unless the weather stops us. We met you when we attended the spash-ins in Duluth. We will be flying our Cherokee Six and can go IFR. We have a rolling 2800 ft. grass strip at our home with 70 ft trees at either end, so breezecroft shouldn't be too dificult. We hope to arrive at Bay Bridge by 3;30p on Friday.

Please E-mail me a copy of the wavier to land at your place.

Larry Brunzlick

Bryant, WI



09-10-2010, 09:54 AM

Jack Ardoyno | Friday Lunch

Tom Saccio and I are flying N516SW up to Bay Bridge A/P on Friday and are meeting, so far, Fred, Mike Witkowski, Ed and Mary Lou Lynch for lunch. Fred has suggested KentMorr restaurant, five miles away and also having a short turf strip. Please join us if you can.


09-10-2010, 06:04 PM

Tom Saccio | Fuel System

Jack would like to give a talk on the fuel system of the Seawind. He thinks that it hasn't been covered enough at the other Seawind gatherings. We would like to thank Jack for his enthusiasm on this subject.

09-11-2010, 02:10 PM


Oh Yea......the fuel system......

09-11-2010, 04:15 PM

Jack Ardoyno | Oh Yeah!

That's right, Tom. But I would also like to cover two new items: Big Tail problems and "Wish -bone" (main LDG attach point) failures. Can we squeeze in a few minutes for these? I only plan to talk about the fuel system for about two hours.


09-15-2010, 10:39 PM

mike reibling | Hotel

Has anyone booked their hotel yet if so which one?

Mike & Kristle

09-16-2010, 10:55 AM

keithw | Book Motel? Where?

Hi Seawinders I'm With Mike Has any one booked a motel yet and if so where?? Keith Walljasper N80CC

09-16-2010, 07:57 PM

mike reibling | Hotel info

I reserved a room at the best western yesterday. The rate I got was $93.00 weekdays and $170.00 for weekends with AAA.

I checked the Hilton one room left at 239.00.

Holiday Inn is sold out.

Sleep Inn rates 70.00 to 90.00 weekdays and 117.00 weekends. They have lots of rooms. We may be able to get a group rate if enough people are interested.

Mike Reibling

09-17-2010, 11:53 AM

Ed Lynch | Sleep Inn

Mike, Keith and I Have reserved rooms at the Sleep Inn for Friday and Saturday nights for $262 total cost. Also rented a car from Enterprise for about $100 for the weekend. Look forward to seeing you at the Splash In. Ed

09-17-2010, 12:31 PM

Jack Ardoyno | Planes Galore!


If all goes by plan we will have, at last count, 7 Seawinds at this year's event. I count the planes as:

Fred Lohr

Tom Saccio

Mike Witkowski

Guillaume DeRamel

Mike Reibling

Ed Lynch

Keith Walljasper

This might be a record!

Hope everyone can make it and get together for lunch at Bay Bridge at noon on Friday.


09-17-2010, 09:57 PM

mike reibling | Group Rate At the Sleep Inn

I arranged for a group rate at the Sleep inn. Just let them know you are with the Seawind group and they will discount the rooms to:

- weekdays $ 71.99 ($81.50 tax in)

- Weekend $ 107.99 ($121.46 tax in)

Ed you don't need to call I got you included on the rate already.

Sleep Inn # (410) 827-5555

Free Breakfast & Internet Access.

101 Vfw Avenue

Grasonville, MD 21638


09-18-2010, 08:04 AM

mike reibling | Washington DC Special Flight Rules

Thanks Ed,

This is real good info for flying in the DC area.


Here is the link to the site and the name of the course is below it.


Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA)

09-18-2010, 03:58 PM


Thanks for arranging the discount. Booked my room at the Sleep Inn (10/1-10/3).

09-20-2010, 02:03 PM


We'll be at the Sleep Inn too. Our flights might not get us there in time for the 12:00 lunch at Bay Bridge on Friday but we'll try.

See you all soon,

John J

09-20-2010, 02:45 PM


where are you guys flying into (BWI)? If you like I could pick you up with the Seawind... unless you're coming into DCA (Reagan Int'l).

09-21-2010, 09:25 AM

Fred Lohr | updated schedule

I wanted to update the information on the flyin with a more accurate schedule

thursday nite: if you are here call me 410 708 2527 and may go out for food or drinks

Friday: early arrivals meet at Bay Bridge Airport. Plan for lunch at noon at Kentmoor marina and restaurant. There is a short airstrip there. One of the few places you can arrive by boat or airplane for a meal.

Friday nite. Hit the hot spots on Kent island or even annapolis.

Saturday: Meet at Bay bridge by 10 am or so. We have the offer of a hanger this year complements of Chesapeake Sport Pilots. Hanger session. Then grill right there.

Saturday afternoon. Hang out/fly/Take a bunch of seawinds up the chester river. Plan on Arrival at Breezecroft and my home by plane/boat / automobile .. whatever.

Cocktails plus pigroast beginning around 5:30.

Sunday: If there is time, a quick flight over to MD1(Massey Aerodrome) to see the restorations under way there.

09-21-2010, 09:31 AM


Thanks G. We have a rental car all set. Thans for the offer though.

09-21-2010, 03:50 PM

keithw | Seawind Nose Wheel Upgrade

Hi Seawinders--- After Jack has his 2hr. presentation on seawind fuel systems I would like to have a few min. to tell you about a neat improvement for our nose wheel assembly. Also Mike R might enlighten everybody on the excitement and fun of flying the Air-Venture Race.? We will envite all to race next year. Race starts at Wright Bros in Dayton Ohio. July 24 2011 Keith Walljasper N80CC P> S. Ends at Oshkosh for the Greatist Airplane, Air show in The World!

09-22-2010, 11:26 PM


Keith, any sneak peaks (pixs) of your new nose wheel assembly?! I'm thinking of switching mine.


Guillaume de Ramel


401 662-5477


09-24-2010, 03:51 PM


OH BOY, a week to go and we will be splashing-in. Watching the weather...

09-26-2010, 04:26 PM

keithw | Keeping an eye on the weather

High pressure in the central u s is needed to push the crud out in the east and south east. Anybody a forcaster??????? Keith N80CC

09-26-2010, 08:28 PM

Ed Lynch | Weather Forecast

The official forecast is for BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS (no matter which direction you are arriving from) on your flight to the Splash-In. Punxatawny Phil

09-27-2010, 09:50 PM

Tom Saccio | Splash-In

That's true Ed. The weekend looks like it is shapping up nicely

09-30-2010, 11:40 AM

Fred Lohr | excitement building

Weather looks to be clearing. With 4 inches of rain today my runway might still be a little wet but should dry some by saturday. Don't try it till I've checked it out and I will tell you at bay bridge if it's ok. Of Course the water landing area is always wet. I have a floating dock to tie up to now and have cleared the ramp so it is semi-usable.

Add one more guest to the list! .. Dick Silva is going to attend with all up to date info on certified Seawind project... should be great info!!! might be 8 Seawinds?!!

09-30-2010, 04:04 PM


Weather in NY is the pitts. Hopefully by Friday noon it will clear enough to get in the air.

Just L@@Ked at the weather channel, friday looks like a wash out...... Sat looks better.

It's Friday....1:30pm...crap outside however starting to clear....mabe later

10-01-2010, 08:07 AM

moe | Splash-in


Caroline & I arrived at Sleep Inn Thursday night. We will see you at Kentmoor marina and restaurant for lunch.

10-03-2010, 08:15 PM

gderamel | Video: Splash-in 2010

Short (5.5 minute) video of some aerial footage of the flight to and from Fred's place. Feel free to send me your comments, suggestions, etc - I'm getting the knack of editing.


Link takes you to Youtube... be sure to WATCH the clip in 480p... otherwise it defaults to 360, which does catch the fun of the flying.

A great big thanks to Fred and his wife for hosting a fantastic Seawind splash-in!!

10-04-2010, 07:50 AM


Thanks again Fred & ....(Case of CRS) for the Great weekend. I had a great time seeing everyone again as well as the new members.

Fred, if you have given any thought to adoption, please keep me in mind.....

10-04-2010, 11:01 AM


We had a great time. It was fun seeing you all again. I forgot to bring my camera to the events so if anybody has pictures they would like to send us that would be great. I want to put some up on our website in the "What's New" section. planemakers@planemakers.com

Thanks again Fred, for hosting the event and we hope to see you all again soon.

John J and Chris D

10-04-2010, 12:02 PM


Fred, thanks for hosting another fabulous Splash-in. With 8 Seawinds and great weather on Sat and Sun this one sets the high water mark for a Splash-in.

Thanks again. I can hardly wait for next year.

Dick Wolf

10-04-2010, 03:23 PM

Fred Lohr | downright fun!

To all of you seawinders.. Thanks for coming. Any event is only as good as those who participate and we had great people which made this a huge success. Nice weather helped too as my runway dried out in time for visits from Two seawinds in addition to my own. All told, 8 seawinds, Lohr, Silva, Deramel, Lynch,Saccio,Walljasper, Witkowski, Reibling. The hanger session included a great update by Dick Silva on good things to come with certified plane and what may be available to us builders then. Fascinating stuff by Russ Kotalek on the rotary mazda engine he is installing, informative update on the Website by Mike, input from Keith on the nosewheel axle available from Matco. Informative session from Jack Ardoyno with some ideas on how to deseminate useful information on technical problems and issues. Look to the website for that. My personal highlight was the flight of 3 seawinds cruising up the Chester River,then down the Sassafrass along the chespeake bay, skimming just above the water on a beatiful fall day. Check the video from Guilliame to see what that was like. Thanks to all for coming! Those who missed, see you at the next one.

10-04-2010, 05:16 PM


Fantastic weekend. It was great hearing Dick's stories. He needs to write his memoirs, although that might prevent anyone else from attempting such an endeavor. Thanks again Fred for all that Chesapeake hospitality. Bill

10-04-2010, 09:43 PM

Tom Saccio

Thank you Fred for a great weekend and some really fine food and company. Thank you also for bailing me out when I couldn't meet my commitment to you all. Maybe next year.

Tom Saccio

10-05-2010, 02:25 PM


Thanks Fred for a great weekend.

I added some footage of Dick's airplane - taking off and his flyby - to the video.



10-06-2010, 07:10 AM


Very Cool Guillaume... Thanks for the videos.

10-06-2010, 07:53 AM


Fred ,Just wanted to add our thanks to you and your wife for not only hosting the flyin but also for organizing all of the other events that made the weekend such a special time. Caroline and I can't thank you enough for your hospitality as well.

10-06-2010, 08:44 PM

gderamel | Priceless!!

Fred/Dick... the looks on your faces are priceless!

10-07-2010, 08:09 AM

Fred Lohr | Nice!

thanks for that photo of the only slightly used landing gear (available for sale) and for the extremely cool video! I have sent the link to a lot of people and they are all very impressed. Those of you who have good photos of the event, see if you can send them to a website like photobucket or picasa and let us know so we can all access them. To who who attended and replied above, your thanks are welcomed and appreciated. Now lets start planning for Seawinds at Sun and Fun seaplane flyin!

10-07-2010, 08:30 AM

Jack Ardoyno | Seawind 2010

What a great event! 8 airplanes for a record.

I've been on the road since leaving Bay Bridge on Sunday, so haven't had a chance to comment.

Fred, we all owe you big time for all the effort and expense on your part to make this a great Splashin. Thanks for everything, including your wonderful hospitality. It was also fun to catch up with DeSales and discover that she went flying in the Seawind and may? go again soon.

Thanks also to Guillaume for the excellent photography and editing.

I intend to post also in General Discussion concerns about the "Big Tail" and a new panel I would like to get started regarding the resolution of problems many of us have experienced in our flying.


10-07-2010, 10:49 AM



Originally Posted by Fred Lohr View Post

thanks for that photo of the only slightly used landing gear (available for sale) and for the extremely cool video! I have sent the link to a lot of people and they are all very impressed. Those of you who have good photos of the event, see if you can send them to a website like photobucket or picasa and let us know so we can all access them. To who who attended and replied above, your thanks are welcomed and appreciated. Now lets start planning for Seawinds at Sun and Fun seaplane flyin!

I will set up a photobucket account and post the password.....


A new photobucket account has been set up for the Seawind Pilots Association.


To enter the account:

User - Seawindpilot

Password - 1seawindpilot1

Once in, click on upload to and select the area you wish to upload to........

Click on upload images and video, select image or video from your computer, upload

10-14-2010, 09:21 PM

keithw | Fred, Wonderful Time

Fred ---I want thank you and your wonderful wife for having the Seawinders again this year. I thoughly enjoyed seeing and visiting with everyone. I had weather problems on the way home in n/w Virginia and a glitch with the alternator but with the two battery situation I flew N80CC on home. No problem! Will write about it later. Also Mac Servo on the alt. air door went loco???? Will post later on this situation. Keith Walljasper