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Mike Brown Memorial Splash-In May 25

Posted on May 15, 2015
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

mike-brown splash inIn honor of long-time local Mike Brown and his contributions to aviation and seaplane flying, the Annual Mike Brown Splash-In takes place Monday, May 25, 2015 from 8am to 2pm at Obexers Store in Homewood.

It’s a day of seaplane flying in Mike’s memory and part of North Shore’s Opening Day celebrations, the Seaplane Season, and Obexer’s 104th birthday, kicking off a summer of fun.

Remember: Clean, Drain and Dry your seaplane.

Annual Mike Brown Splash-In
Memorial Day – May 25, 2015
Obexer’s Marina in Homewood

8:00 am – 10:00 am Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the West Shore Association and available at Obexer’s General Store and Deli at the boat yard. Check out the sea and land planes on display, and mingle with the seaplane pilots.

10:00 am – 1:30 pm The beach at Obexer’s Boat Yard will open at 10:00 am for seaplane arrivals.  BBQ at noon to 1pm and a tribute to Mike, Chuck, Tyler, and Larry followed by a two pass flyby of the beach.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm At the end of the beach party, pilots will stage individual flybys past the beach, and a Parade of the Seaplanes as they depart Lake Tahoe for home.

Pilots:  Help stop the spread of Aquatic Invaders via Planes – Yep, Planes can carry the critters too.

Even for seaplanes, it is a violation to introduce Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) into Lake Tahoe and all seaplanes are subject to inspections.  Please familiarize yourself with seaplane cleaning procedures and critical water bodies known to have AIS so you Clean, Drain and Dry your plan before you arrive. Visit and view the seaplane video and complete the 5 minute online training to receive your certificate of completion to bring with your Pilot Registration/Mussel Awareness form. Visit for more info.

About Mike Brown:

For over 30 years, Mike and Lois Brown ran Cal-Vada Aircraft on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, providing charter services, scenic tours and seaplane training. Their daughter Pam and son Galen worked with them for many years and grew up with the business. Although charted as the Homewood Seaplane Base, seaplane pilots just called it “Mike Brown’s.”

A graduate of Tahoe Truckee High, Mike was a Tahoe local all of his life. A former Marine, he worked in the local ski industry and formed the first water ski school on Lake Tahoe.

After selling their marina in Tahoe Vista, Mike and Lois learned to fly in Reno and opened Cal-Vada Aircraft on Lake Tahoe. Mike held many FAA certifications, including ATP S&MEL&S, CFI and A&P. Mike was also a Designated Pilot Examiner and many seaplane pilots earned their ratings with him on Lake Tahoe. Mike was a member of the AOPA, Seaplane Pilots Association and Quiet Birdmen.

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