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. Just 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. GSD was intended to be an informal gathering of friends from all over Europe who meet once a year to waterfly. The first one took place in 2009 at the river Mosel in Germany, followed by an international meeting in England in 2010 and the third event took place at Lake Como in 2011.
The associated website, which featured many photos and videos of the three events, was unfortunately subsequently hacked so badly that I have not rebuilt it. If there is time (for me), maybe there will be some more publications.
Water flying had a sad existence in Germany in the decades before. With the beginning of the German Seaplane Day in Germany, water flying was actively promoted again, 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, who now also take up the cause. Everything is good as long as it serves the idea.
These include German pilot magazines that had previously rejected printed articles about seaplane flying: "Oh, we had already published an article about seaplanes last year," now began 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 (by me) long awaited connection between Cesare and (Jon) Brown finally got established. The two major seaplane players in this world met in person! Of course that was then worth to be mentioned in detail at Waterflying. Without a word about the GSD or my efforts to get this done.
The success of the idea of introducing the enchantment of hydroplaning 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 crowd follows the original idea?
cesare fly

Reviews of the Event

Flighttime Radio (at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland)