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|04-30-03: Boat with wings in Celina?
|By SHELLEY GRIESHOP
The Daily Standard
Residents near Kozy Marina along Ohio 703 in Celina got an unusual
sight Tuesday night when a seaplane touched down on Grand Lake St. Marys.
The pilot, Bob Reichel of Madison Lake, Minn., docked at the
local marina to fuel his plane equipped with floats for landing and taking off on water.
The men had planned to fly off the lake this morning, but storms in the forecast changed
their itinerary and they headed for a local hotel instead.
Reichel and a friend, Walt Groskurth of Eagle Lake, Minn., left
Connecticut on Sunday after Reichel purchased the new plane from a dealer. He said he's
owned several of the aircrafts, which are a strange sight in the Grand Lake St. Marys
"We're heading home from Danbury," said Reichel.
"Unfortunately, these planes have a small fuel tank and must be refueled about every
Reichel said sometimes the frequent refueling can be a problem because
the planes are prohibited from landing in many reservoirs and other bodies of water.
Grand Lake St. Marys became a test lake about five years ago for
seaplane landings, according to Ted Goodwin, manager of Kozy Marina.
"We've had probably 10 (seaplanes) since come here. They dock here
because we are a good access point," Goodwin said.
Seaplanes are prohibited from landing in most state park lakes, Goodwin
and Reichel said.
Reichel, who's been flying for 51 years, said he once landed a seaplane
at Howard Lake in Minnesota, not knowing it was a state park lake.
"The officials there were friendly, but they did give me a
warning," he said with a laugh. "Boats and planes don't mix."
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