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.
Passengers: 3 (originally 5, converted to 3 for more passenger comfort)
Cruise Speed: 120 knots (140 mph)
Range: 482 miles
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
The shark teeth are a tribute to the P40 Flying Tigers from World War II. Read more about the P40 here.
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.
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.