New Mexico Shelves Seaplane Ban
EAA member efforts help turn the tide
December 20, 2012 - EAA and EAA members helped make a difference in New Mexico, where state officials have apparently decided not to implement a ban on seaplane operations in state parks. This determination came after the aviation community voiced strong opposition to the plan because of safety and operational reasons.
In October, EAA learned that the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department was proposing the ban of seaplane operations, including taxiing, takeoff, and landing in state parks, which encompass almost all navigable waterways in that state. EAA sent comments directly to that agency, while hundreds of seaplane and floatplane owners and operators also voiced their opposition.
The final rule announced by the New Mexico State Parks Division this month included an announcement that it "received hundreds of comments opposing the implementation of this rule. Based upon the comments received, and given that the Bureau of Reclamation and United States Army Corps of Engineers already have regulations addressing seaplanes and floatplanes, the Division did not adopt the proposed rule."
EAA was joined by AOPA, the Seaplane Pilots Association, individual seaplane and floatplane owners, and members of forums, such as SeaplaneForum.com, in opposing the measure. Thanks and congratulations in making this grassroots effort successful.