Helga Kleisny


German Seaplane Day

With Cesare Baj, THE seaplane pilot in Europe. At his famous Seaplane Base with his rare and beautiful L19 plane. Shortly before a flight at the 3rd German Seaplane Day at Lake Como.
The German Seaplane Day (GSD) was created by me to promote water flying in Europe. The GSD was meant to be an informal gathering of friends from all over Europe who meet once a year to fly seaplanes. The first event was held on the Mosel River in Germany in 2009, followed by an international meeting in England in 2010 and the third event was held at Lake Como in 2011.
The corresponding website, which contained many photos and videos of the three events, was unfortunately hacked so badly afterwards that I did not rebuild it. If there is time (for me), there might be some more publications.
Water flying had a sad existence in Germany in the past decades. With the beginning of the German Seaplane Day in Germany, water flying was again actively promoted, the public was informed and the enthusiasm for this extraordinary kind of flying was awakened. In the meantime, fortunately, many comrades-in-arms have been found to take up the cause. Everything is good as long as it serves the idea.
Among them are German pilot magazines which had previously rejected printed articles about seaplane flying: "Oh, we had already published an article about seaplanes last year", now started to print articles about seaplanes one after the other. Cool.
Even the American seaplane magazine Waterflying, whose editor had also told me that none of their readers would be interested in reading an article about an event in Europe (!), has since – a new editor-in-chief sometimes works wonders there - published some articles about waterflying in Europe.
Funny enough after years of me talking like a broken record at Brown's Seaplane Base (Florida), some US seaplane pilots flew over to Lake Como and the long awaited (by me) connection between Cesare and (Jon) Brown was finally made. The two major seaplane players in this world met in person! Of course this was worth mentioning in detail at the magazine Waterflying. Without a word about the GSD or my efforts to make this happen.
The success of the idea to introduce the magic of waterflying to the public now seems to be spreading itself. What more can one wish for when initiating a project of this magnitude than that it becomes internationally successful and that the press will follow the original idea?
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Reviews of articles about seaplane flying

Flighttime Radio (at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland)