Rising Sun Hosts Inaugural Seaplane Splash-In Saturday, Sunday

Posted On July 16, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Seaplanes will land and take off on the Ohio River this weekend as part of Rising Sun's inaugural Seaplane Splash-In. file photo

Seaplanes will land and take off on the Ohio River this weekend as part of Rising Sun’s inaugural Seaplane Splash-In.
file photo

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Mac’s Seaplane Service owner and operator Troy MacVey describes the upcoming, first ever Rising Sun Seaplane Splash-In as a car show for airplanes.

And just like a car show, the general public will have the opportunity to come check out the pontoon-mounted aircrafts on the city riverfront Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20.

For seaplane pilots, the Rising Sun event will serve as a stopover for those on their way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the EAA AirVenture airshow there July 28 through August 3. An open invitation was sent to pilots across the country, but at least six pilots have informed MacVey that they will be visiting Rising Sun.

“But sometimes seaplane pilots have a tendency to just show up,” said MacVey in hinting that the turnout for the inaugural Rising Sun Splash-In could be larger.

The Ohio River at Rising Sun was officially designated a seaplane base by the FAA two years ago, says MacVey. The city is the only one in a 300-400 mile radius that MacVey knows a splash-in is held. There are similar event, but they are located in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

The seaplanes will be arriving and departing on the Ohio River from dawn to dusk both days. Pilots will be in town spending money at local businesses and seeing the small city.

Outside of the seaplanes, the event will feature an appearance by retired NASA astronaut Bob Burns. “He’s flown about everything,” MacVey said.

The seaplanes will be out of the water and stored on land during evening hours Saturday, when people will be able to get an up-close look at them. Live music will be performed by Brian and Ann Coleman at the shelter at Front and Plum streets from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Eagle 99.3 will be broadcasting live at the Rising Sun Seaplane Splash-In on Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Seaplane rides will not be provided during the Rising Sun Splash-In, said MacVey, but visitors will be welcome to schedule a future flight.