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Welcome to the Floatplane Operators Association


Acting as a common voice, the FOA is committed to sharing knowledge, experience and being accountable to members through equitable, transparent and inclusive operation and serving as a forum to be both responsive and proactive to changing industry dynamics.

Overall, we aim to actively promote the development of a ‘safety first’ industry.

  • Our Objective

    is to establish Best Practices,
    together with a consistent culture of safety across the industry by creating credibility for all operators and confidence for the public.

  • RSS Aviation News

    • NASA's Antarctic "Balloons On Ice" Begin Launches
      NASA had two successful launches of its largest scientific balloons this week in Antarctica as part of a three-flight series on behalf of university researchers studying components of outer space. The project, NASA's Antarctica Long Duration Balloon Flight Campaign, uses unmanned balloons with 40 million cubic feet of volume, as big as a football stadium.
    • Australian ADS-B Mandates Stir Up GA Objections
      Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority has announced it's extending its deadline for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast installations in private aircraft, but GA advocates say the move won't do much to offer regulatory relief for aircraft owners. CASA recently announced the deadline, a requirement for satellite-based separation of IFR flights, will be delayed from Feb. 2, […]
    • Buzz Aldrin Evacuated From South Pole
      Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is in a New Zealand hospital after he fell ill on a trip to Antarctica. Aldrin, 86, was evacuated from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station early Thursday on an LC-130 cargo aircraft, the National Science Foundation announced. Aldrin was with a group visiting the South Pole under arrangements by tour operator […]
    • EAA Provides Update On New Medical Rules
      The FAA is working to comply with new legislation, passed in July, that will make it possible sometime next year for private pilots to fly without a medical -- but right now, until new rules are in place, the current rules remain in force, and that has created some confusion. One examiner advised some pilots […]