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Q: Is landing on water more or less difficult than on land?

A: Both!  With water having many times more drag than a typical paved runway, more attention and skill is needed to contact the water smoothly and at a safe speed.  Waves and boats also challenge the pilot when he lands on water.  However, other factors, such as strong crosswinds are typically more challenging on paved runways since runways only point in one direction.  Seaplane pilots often have the flexibility of choosing where, and in which direction to land, since there is no official runway. With this flexibility, the pilot can land directly into the wind, avoiding a difficult cross-wind scenario.

Q: How is the seaplane able to land on both water and land?

A: Our Cessna 206 “Stationair” has amphibious floats.  Quite simply, our pilots operate an electric switch, activating an electric hydraulic pump, which creates the hydraulic pressure to actuates pistons that lower and raise the wheels.  Each float has one larger main wheel in the aft, and one smaller front wheel that is free castering, used to steer.

Q: How high in the air do we fly?

A:  We typically fly between 2,000 and 5,000 feet, depending on current conditions.  Wind typically varies both in speed and direction at different altitudes.  Depending on which direction we are heading, a certain altitude may have the most favorable wind to give the favorable “tailwind” which helps speed the plane to its destination.  To give perspective, most jet airlines fly 10 times higher than we do.

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ISLE ROYALE SEAPLANES

Hancock Portage Canal
Seaplane Base
21125 Royce Road
Hancock, MI 49930

Cook County Airport
123 Airport Road
Grand Marais, MN 55604

(906) 483-4991

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To celebrate EARTH DAY this year we have teamed up with Raven Rock Grill at Skyport Lodge in Grand Marais, MN for a GIVEAWAY!
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We are giving away a Scenic Seaplane Tour from the Grand Marais Seaplane Base and lunch at the Raven Rock Grill for two!
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Here’s How To Enter:
•Follow Skyport Lodge (@skyportlodge) on Facebook and Instagram.
•Follow Isle Royale Seaplanes on Instagram and Facebook.
•Tag three friends you would want to share a lunch & seaplane ride with on this post!
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—An additional TWO entries will be given to those who post the giveaway on their story and tag Isle Royale Seaplanes & Skyport Lodge!
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—Multiple entries are allowed and encouraged!
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If you are on the Michigan side of the Lake, we have a giveaway coming your way too! 😊
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Just a few of our favorite things: beer & Seaplanes. But not necessarily in that order. 😊
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And Tomas. We really like Tomas.
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Comment 🌲 if you’ve ever flown to (or from!) Isle Royale with Tomas!
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The countdown continues...... but we are getting closer!
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Where is your favorite place on Isle Royale to watch the sunset?

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A stop in Grand Marais would not be complete without a cup o joe from @javamoosegrandmarais and checking out what the @northhousefolkschool is up to!

Not pictured: @worldsbestdonuts (Can’t leave GM without a stop there!! They are the best!)

Just a few of our favorite stops in Grand Marais as you’re passing through for your flight with us to Isle Royale!

Flights to Isle Royale National Park from Grand Marais, MN.

We can even pick you up from Duluth and bring you to Grand Marais for a weekend full of North Shore fun!

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