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One of the interesting things about internet and website advertising is that there is almost no way for a consumer to determine which claims are accurate and which are just hyper-inflated self-promotion. Over the last few years some of our competitors have made some disingenuous claims in their advertising that sound great on paper but, in fact, have no basis in reality. Generally we ignore this, but every once in a while it becomes a topic of conversation in the company lunchroom. This happened recently when it was brought to our attention that one of the many flight-booking apps (non of whom actually operate any airplanes) was claiming that they were the only operation that continued to provide service out of New York City during off-season from October through April. This is an admirable claim, but… the facts are that Shoreline Aviation has been providing year-round seaplane service from New York City for more than 30 years. You can still get a flight out of 23rd Street in January or February to anywhere in the Northeast (weather permitting of course). While it is true that several of our seaplanes head south to Florida, The Bahamas, and the Caribbean, at least two remain here to service our clients who wish to fly all year round. We’ll keep a look out for those other winter seaplanes, but based on past history, they will be hard to find.

In Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, Shoreline seaplanes have been operating during the winter season for more than 15 years. This keeps our pilots employed and the airplanes working during the slower winter months in the Northeast. Other companies may claim that they do this, but strangely we’ve rarely (or never) seen them there. One company even had the temerity to claim (based on a few flights several years ago) that they were the first to ever offer amphibious service in the British Virgin Islands, ignoring not only our presence there, but the whole history of Antilles Air Boats, when during the 1970s Charlie Blair and the Actress Maureen O’Hara operated a fleet of Grumman Goose amphibious aircraft throughout the Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean.

We could go on and on… [about ten years ago, one seaplane operator claimed to have thought up the idea of seaplane service between New York and The Hamptons, and were also responsible for putting in the dock, despite the fact that it has been there for decades] … but we think you get the picture.

Happy travels,

Shoreline Aviation–Providing Seaplane Services for 37 Years Throughout the Northeast

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