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City of Tavares

Posted on: February 22, 2019

Seaplane-A-Palooza - Saturday/Sunday March 30-31 - Wooton Park


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The City of Tavares will host SEAPLANE-A-PALOOZA, a pre-Sun ‘n Fun splash-in at the Tavares Seaplane Base (FA1) on Saturday, March 30th & Sunday, March 31st. Pilots journeying to Sun ‘n Fun are invited to get a jump start on their aviation experience in “America’s Seaplane City!”

SEAPLANE-A-PALOOZA 2019 will provide opportunities for pilots to visit with exhibitors and participate in a variety of activities. Flying contests on Saturday will include fastest takeoff, “watermelon bomb drop,” and spot landings. The on-going seaplane beauty pageant will allow visitors to vote for different creative categories.

Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures, based year-round at the Tavares Seaplane Base will be returning with their Seaplane Bingo Games! In an effort to give back to the community Jones brothers will be offering scholarships to local students to pursue aviation training. Following the flying contests on Saturday, Jones Brothers seaplanes will fly a similar pattern to the “bomb drop” event, however their bombardier will take aim at a grid in the water. Spectators will be hoping the ball lands on their bingo square in each of the games.

Pilots of land planes can fly into the Leesburg International Airport (LEE) and catch a shuttle service to the Tavares Seaplane Base. The shuttle will operate both days during the event hours.

For more information on SEAPLANE-A-PALOOZA and to access registration materials please visit

Seaplane-A-Palooza Registration and Materials