Seaplanes facing obstacles in Seattle

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Kenmore Air has been using Seattle's Lake Union as an airport since 1946, and the airline that also flies off Lake Washington at Kenmore says as many as 40 takeoffs a day make it the largest seaplane operator in the United States.

A proposal to build three 24-story apartment towers at South Lake Union seems like an obvious concern, but the airline says that's only a minor problem.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/10i8Q9A ) the flight path can be adjusted, and the planes wouldn't have any trouble clearing 240-foot buildings that would be allowed under new zoning.

The airline says it's more worried about a growing number of boats on Lake Union and noise complaints from new residents in the growing area.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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