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Seaplane Expo Annually Graces the Shores of Madden’s

For the last two years, the Seaplane Pilot’s Association has hosted their expo at Madden’s. Not only do we love hosting their event, we absolutely love the view they provide. The shores of Steamboat Bay from our Marina to our Lodge are lined with seaplanes. Overflow “parking” can be found at the East Gull Lake Airport and along other shores of the resort.

Seaplanes line the shores of Steamboat Bay

Close up of the seaplanes docked along the shore in front of Madden's Sunrise Villas.

The group enjoys their time in trainings and seminars throughout the weekend, but our favorite part is their fly-over on Saturday. The skies fill with seaplanes!

A seaplane takes off from Gull Lake

A seaplane soars over Madden's on Gull Lake

**Have you been able to join us for the seaplane expo in the last few years? We’d love to hear about it! Share your favorite story by commenting below or emailing me at**

Until next time, Elizabeth


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Seaplane Certification at Madden’s on Gull Lake

If you’ve ever dreamed of gliding peacefully onto a pristine lake with your own plane, now you can.

A seaplane soars over Madden's on Gull Lake

Wings Over Water Inc. has teamed up with Madden’s on Gull Lake, the Midwest’s Top Fly-in Destination, to  offer a Sea Plane Rating and vacation package. Enjoy the comforts of our luxury resort while you train and earn your seaplane certification from some of the top sea plane pilots in the Upper Midwest. This unique partnership promises to bring you the most enjoyable aviation training experience ever provided.

Gull Lake and the Brainerd Lakes area features some of the most beautiful lake country flying available anywhere in the country. The combination of one thousand acres of resort facilities, 63 holes of championship
golf, fine dining and flying are enough to exceed any pilot’s expectations. Or if recreation is not your interest, how about a relaxing massage at Spalon Montage at Madden’s, located right on the shores of Gull Lake. Whatever your interests, Madden’s has something for everyone!

The Sea Plane Rating Package, includes four days/three nights lodging, breakfast and dinner each day, golf on our Pine Beach East or Pine Beach West golf courses and a special guest rate at “The Classic at Madden’s”,
Minnesota’s only Golf Digest 5-star rated golf course.

Wings Over Water Inc. will provide you with the opportunity to earn your certification in a Super Cub on floats. A total of six hours of flying time are included, the average time necessary to complete the program.

Instructor Mary Alverson poses with her training plane a restored 1969 Piper Super Cub

Madden’s on Gull Lake and Wings Over Water Inc. invite you to visit Minnesota’s northland for a true taste of the art of Sea Plane Flying.

For more information on this unique opportunity contact Ben Thuringer at 800-642-5363.

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Aviation, Local Tidbits


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