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MontAdria Testing Water Dynamics for Seaplane Operations - Exploring the Waters of Boka Bay: Paving the Way for Future Seaplane Operations

Nestled in the historic landscape of Montenegro, Boka Bay boasts a rich legacy in seaplane operations dating back to 1913. As part of the innovative project Sustainable Water Aerodrome Network (SWAN), funded by the EU IPA INTERREG and supported by private equity investors, MontAdria is taking decisive steps to ensure fast connectivity of the Adriatic Sea Region by seaplanes. To achieve this, we recently utilized jet skis, the closest maritime analogue to amphibian flying boats, to analyze water surface conditions critical for safe seaplane operations. This initiative is further bolstered by a consortium that includes not only private investors but also aircraft operators and manufacturers. This comprehensive collaboration enhances the project's capabilities and potential, setting a strong foundation for the successful launch and sustainability of seaplane services in the region.

Our testing focused on areas near the new water terminal for fast transfers to Tivat Airport, developed by JP Morsko Dobro of Montenegro. This location is pivotal for integrating seaplane services with existing transportation infrastructure, enhancing accessibility and efficiency. The dynamics of a jet ski on water closely mimic those of seaplanes during landing and takeoff phases. Upon touching the water at minimal speed seaplane rapidly decelerating to a halt, these tests provide invaluable insights into the conditions faced by seaplanes during critical moments of flight operations.

Seaplanes are unique in their dual nature: they operate as aircraft when airborne and transition to maritime vessels upon water contact, losing their aerodynamic properties. This dual status subjects them to both the Maritime Safety Law and the Air Traffic Law, necessitating a meticulous approach to ensure operational safety and compliance.

To enhance the safety of waterborne seaplane operations, MontAdria works closely with local maritime experts, port authorities, and officials from maritime safety and port management. Our collaboration extends to key partners such as the Boka Surfing Tivat Water Sports Center, Delfin Tivat Sailing Club, the Maritime Faculty of Kotor, and CMM Marine at both Lazure and Porto Montenegro. Historically significant, both Lazure Marina and Porto Montenegro are the sites of the earliest seaplane operations over a century ago, presenting a substantial potential for seaplane transfers today. These locations have offered tremendous support for this initiative. These efforts mark the initial steps towards launching future seaplane operations, providing tourists in the region with fast, safe, and appealing transport options.

The comprehensive data collected is then used to develop technical reports and risk assessments in collaboration with experts from the Montenegrin Civil Aviation Agency and the Agency for Maritime Safety and Port Management of Montenegro. These assessments are crucial for proposing specific water areas that can potentially serve as operational zones for seaplanes. Subsequent analyses and conclusions will lead to detailed reports essential for establishing water aerodromes.

Through these meticulous steps, MontAdria is not only preserving the historic tradition of seaplane aviation in Boka Bay but also leading the charge towards a modern, connected, and safe future for seaplane travel across the Adriatic. This initiative underscores our commitment to blending heritage with innovation, ensuring that Montenegro can become one of the most charming destinations offering the most attractive tourist transportation while respecting the rich history it has in the field of hydroaviation.

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