Seaplanes returned to the River Clyde after a gap of 60 years. Loch Lomond Seaplanes operate from a take-off point near the Glasgow Science Centre and cut journey times dramatically: 12 minutes to Loch Lomond, a further ten to Oban on the western seaboard.
This flight offers magnificent views both of the conurbation of the lower Clyde and its nearness to the mountain panorama immediately to the north, with Ben Lomond a famous landmark.
The operators say that it makes a great addition to a visit to Glasgow – see the coast and countryside by day and the city at night. They also say that many just want the experience of takeoff and landing in a seaplane.
The operators also want to play their part in the regeneration of the River Clyde – as well as taking advantage of the obvious fact that any stretch of water is potentially a runway, with only a conventional jetty needed.
They also point to the Alaskan and Canadian models of seaplane use, where these adaptable craft are considered to be like buses.
The seaplane also has green credentials: causing zero pollution to water and virtually no disturbance – it even has a small wake in comparison to motor boats with highly polluting two-stroke engines. It also flies at a maximum ceiling well below the creation point of ‘con-trails’.