By Emily Turner

TAHOE CITY (KPIX 5) — Forget the long drive up I-80, seaplanes are now carrying passengers between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.

Seaplanes can get you there in just a fraction of the time it takes to drive.

It looks like a sightseeing adventure and it is, in part.

But while it’s certainly scenic, it will soon be the origin of the Bay Area’s newest flight to Tahoe.

“I like most people have driven to Tahoe one too many times,” says Rudd Davis.

So, Davis founded Blackbird, a company that works with charter companies to book flights to several California destinations.

Sausalito-to-Tahoe-City by seaplane is his newest route via pilot Aaron Singer’s company, Seaplane Adventures.

Singer says passenger will “be in Tahoe in an hour and 15 minutes. It’ll take that long to get to SFO and through security…we’ll already be there.”

Compare that to the time it takes to drive and the headache of traffic getting there.

Not a bad alternative when you figure the fares start at $125 each way.

Comments (2)
  1. Emily Turner,

    Here is the other side of the story. Suppose you bought a lovely home, or condo on Richardson Bay 30 or 40 years ago when the seaplanes were an occasional thing. Only one, 4 seater plane took tourists on a brief tour of the bay area. Today, Richardson bay is home to hundreds of residents who admire and respect the tranquility of the area. This small bay is used by scullers, kayakers and paddle boards every day. It is home to incredible wildlife, sea lions, pelicans, egrets, ducks and osprey. It seemed that there was a balance of respect by all until Mr Singer began operating Seaplane Adventures and ramped up everything. He is now operating three airplanes including an 8 passenger plane which makes horrendous noise. Many days a week airplanes are taking off and landing every half hour. He has been very clear that he plans to maximize profits with little regard to how it affects anyone or anything else. You should have done a bit more research before you presented this idea as romantic and charming.