Float Plane Fun Facts
Did you know Puslinch Lake has a Federally registered Sea Plane Base? What is that you ask? Here’s the story.
When Ron and Yvonne Harper moved to Puslinch lake in 2002, they brought a passion for flying and when you are neighbours with Ken Chute, it is easy to become mesmerized with the concept.
I have watched many residents and guests at the lake stop and pull out their cameras to watch a floatplane take off or land. It’s like our own air show from the shore, adding to the joy we have at the lake.
When Ron Harper applied and achieved a seaplane base approval in 2009, it allowed him to enjoy his wonderful new love and passion, but also added some interesting benefits to us as a community also. On the front of their boathouse is the Puslinch Lake airport call sign CMB3, as noteworthy as CYYZ in Toronto or CYKF in Kitchener.
In 2017, There was a Rogers tower proposed to be erected on the west shore of the lake that would shine a bright beacon on our lake right in our sunset views. Yvonne worked tirelessly to get a petition going to protest this on behalf of the lake community, but it was really the seaplane base that saved us from that eyesore. There is no doubt that a tower on the northwest part of the lake would have seriously impacted the landing path of floatplanes. Our community seaplane base provides us with protection from unsightly towers since they are a hazard to pilots.
There is a 5-kilometre radius that we are protected from as a result of Sea Plane distinction. All aircraft landing on the lake is required to notify and gain permission. This included using any type of drone anywhere on the lake.
If you are on the water when a floatplane is taking off, it is best to stay in the place you are, as the pilot is assessing the best spot to take off from. If you see a floatplane circling around the lake, they are looking for a safe place to land and waiting for air traffic direction. You can support the landing by remaining stationary or gently removing yourself and your craft from the area. I say gently because creating a huge wake with a quick exodus can cause more problems for the pilots landing. A pilot will always be landing or taking off directly into the wind.
Ron and Yvonne Harper live on the North Shore and we are proud to have their seaplane base available to enhance our lake living. If you have any questions about the seaplane base or have questions about floatplanes on the lake, contact Ron at 519-496-2240.