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    • 10 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 12 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tanglefoot Seaplane Base (D28), Coolin, Idaho

    Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) Annual Splash-in at Tanglefoot Seaplane Base (D28)

    June 10-12, 2022
    Priest Lake, Idaho

    Greetings and welcome to the 2022 Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) annual splash-in at Tanglefoot Seaplane Base! After having to cancel last fall, we are excited to welcome you for an early summer celebration! 

    Situated in lovely Cavanaugh Bay, our gathering will be held at Tanglefoot Seaplane Base (D28), home to Loel and Olson Fenwick. The base features two docks, beach, and ramp space for both straight floats and amphibious aircraft. On wheels, the Cavanaugh Bay Airstrip (66S) is located next door and is operated by Allen Lieske. Accommodations at both the airstrip and seaplane base include camping with restroom facilities. Since most of you will be camping, we encourage you to bring warm clothes for the evening hours. A headlamp will be helpful in traveling between venues and on site after dark.

    Event Sponsor

    We are pleased to announce that Aerocet has agreed to become our primary sponsor once again this year. If you come across their folks during the weekend, please extend your thank you for their efforts and commitment to our organization. 

    Event Details

    At check-in, paid registrants will receive a t-shirt commemorating the event. Friday night will feature arrivals and camp setup, followed by a cookout with burgers, brats, and sides. A vegetarian option will be available for non-meat-eaters.

    Saturday morning, we are pleased to welcome the FAA Safety Team Representatives, Chris Popov of Sandpoint and Mike Kincaid of Coeur d'Alene, who will provide a safety presentation on seaplane operations on the lakes and rivers of North Idaho. Presenters will review safety procedures for flying Lake Coeur d’ Alene, Lake Pend Oreille, and Priest Lake, as well as the local rivers. Seaplane and boater interface operations will also be discussed. This presentation will qualify for WINGS Proficiency Credit through the FAASTeam

    Following the presentation, a splash-out safety briefing will be held to discuss aircraft launching and flight operations in and around Priest Lake. Sacked lunches will be available for you and your guests, to be packed in preparation for your day of exploring and eventually gathering at the north end of Priest Lake in Mosquito Bay.

    Saturday evening will feature a social hour hosted by the Fenwicks, followed by dinner of pulled pork and chicken with sides, dessert, and drinks. After dinner, we are excited to welcome special guest, Dick Rutan, who will provide a presentation on the content from his recently released book, "The Next Five Minutes." In it, he discusses the real story behind the first ever, non-stop, unrefueled flight around the world! 

    Arriving and Departing

    In the days leading up to the event, registrants will receive detailed information and handouts with a map of Priest Lake, recommended arrival and departure procedures, as well as any other information that is pertinent to ensuring a safe and enjoyable weekend for all!  

    • Arrival and departure frequency: Cavanaugh Bay Area Traffic Unicom 122.9.

    • Once on the water, 122.9 for mooring and ramping instructions. 

    • Please practice safe piloting.

    • Please land outside of the water buoys around Blue Diamond Marina, which is just north of D28. 

    • Upon departure, please reduce RPM’s for noise abatement.

    No doubt some of you will be drafted or may just be inclined to help with meals and cleanup, and marshaling aircraft, which will be sincerely appreciated. This should be a fun event and we look forward to seeing all of you. If for any reason you encounter difficulty in getting to the splash-in or have a change of plans, kindly notify Amy Fenwick, (562) 508-7939 or amykfenwick@gmail.com.

    Thank you to our Hosts!

    We would like to thank Olson and Loel Fenwick for the gracious opportunity to utilize their private residence and grounds for this fly-in. This is truly a unique spot on earth and to show our appreciation, we would encourage you to practice “Leave No Trace” camping and respect for their personal property. If you would like to view photos of the site and shots from previous year's events, visit Tanglefoot Seaplane Base online at Facebook and Instagram.

Past events

11 May 2022 WSPA 2022 Spring Rust Remover
25 Feb 2022 WSPA 2022 Grounded Hogs Gala - Cancelled due to COVID
21 Apr 2021 WSPA Spring Rust Remover Virtual Safety Seminar
05 Mar 2021 WSPA 2021 Grounded Hogs Virtual Meeting
18 Aug 2020 Port Angeles Hollywood Beach Fly Out - PROPS Bar Opening
16 Aug 2020 Lake Whatcom – Floathaven Seaplane Base Splash In
05 Jul 2020 WSPA 2020 Seaplane Splash-In at Eagle Nook Resort
21 Feb 2020 WSPA 2020 Grounded Hogs Dinner Gala
30 Oct 2019 WSPA Seaplane Safety Stand-Down
04 Oct 2019 Chelan-"Mahogany & Merlot" Invitational - Cancelled
21 Sep 2019 Joint Splash Out with BCFPA - CANCELLED
14 Sep 2019 Fall DART Exercise
07 Sep 2019 Lake Cushman - CANCELLED
12 Jul 2019 Priest Lake Splash-In
27 Apr 2019 Washington State Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) Exercise - Kenmore Air
22 Feb 2019 WSPA 2019 Grounded Hogs Dinner
07 Dec 2018 WSPA 2018 Holiday Party on Lake Sammamish
01 Oct 2018 WSPA/SPA October 1-6 Events
29 Sep 2018 Kenmore Open House
08 Sep 2018 WSPA and B.C. Floatplane Association Joint Splash Weekend
13 Jul 2018 2018 Priest Lake Splash In
04 May 2018 Poulsbo Splash Weekend
23 Feb 2018 WSPA 2018 Grounded Hogs Dinner
23 Sep 2017 American Lake W37 Fall Splash In
10 Sep 2017 Lake Whatcom 2017 Splash In
20 Aug 2017 Central Oregon Splash-Out – Total Solar Eclipse 20-22 August 2017
23 Jun 2017 Lakes at Tanglefoot 2017
01 Jun 2017 Idaho: Hill’s Resort Huckleberry Seaplane Splash-in and Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast
13 May 2017 Poulsbo Splash In
24 Feb 2017 WSPA 2017 Grounded Hogs Dinner
10 Dec 2016 WSPA Holiday Party 2016
09 Sep 2016 Priest Lake Tanglefoot SPB Splash In
20 Aug 2016 AOPA Bremerton Fly In
19 Aug 2016 Long Lake Splash-In Camp-In 2016
12 Aug 2016 Sullivan Lake Fly In Splash In
24 Jun 2016 Lake Amphibian Fly-In
18 Jun 2016 Seaplane Preflight Postflight and Base Operations Seminar
15 Jun 2016 100th Anniversary of First Boeing Seaplane Flight
14 May 2016 Kenmore 70th Anniversary Seaplane Fly-In
19 Feb 2016 2016 Grounded Hogs Dinner
18 Nov 2015 WSPA Board Meeting
05 Nov 2015 AOPA 2016 Fly-In Planning
09 Oct 2015 Board Meeting
16 Sep 2015 Board Meeting
11 Sep 2015 Priest Lake Splash In
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