The Shark Seaplane

The Shark Seaplane is a Cessna 185 Amphibious Seaplane.  This configuration allows us to land on water or a standard runway.  This model of plane has been a choice of many bush pilots.  The Cessna 185 can be configured with different types of landing gear, including wheels, floats, or amphibious floats.  Below is key information about our seaplane.

  • Manufacture:  Cessna
    Model:  A185F
    Crew: 1
    Passengers: 3 (originally 5, converted to 3 for more passenger comfort)
    Cruise Speed: 120 knots (140 mph)
    Range: 482 miles
    Length: 27ft.
    Wingspan: 39 ft. 6 in. (WingX Extensions)
    Height: 13ft. 5 in.
    Gross Take Off Weight: 3,525 lbs.
    Useful Load:  993 (on amphibious floats)
    Fuel capacity: 84 gallons
    Fuel Type:  100LL
    Powerplant: Continental IO-550-D
    Horse power: 300
    Floats:  EDO 696-3500 Amphibious Floats

    Why the shark teeth on the seaplane?

    The shark teeth are a tribute to the P40 Flying Tigers from World War II.  Read more about the P40 here.

    Does is take special training to fly a seaplane?

    Flying a Cessna 185 on amphibious floats requires the pilot to have a seaplane rating.  As we operate commercially, our pilots also a commercial seaplane ratings.

    Can you land a seaplane on any body of water?

    From a safety standpoint, we need to make sure the water is free of debris, is long enough for a takeoff, and wave conditions are within limits.  From a legal standpoint, a seaplane is treated like a boat on most bodies of water.  However, we confirm with local, state, and federal regulations before landing our seaplane on a specific body of water.