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Tooled up: Inside the Allen Exploration fleet

Tooled up: Inside the Allen Exploration fleet

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The seaplane is one of the first toys Allen looked for. “My family is a family of aviators. We have a Citation X+. We’ve got a Cirrus SR22, and we have an Icon. I wanted to build the Icon so that we could house it on Axis, which makes it a small aircraft carrier.” The lightweight plane has foldable wings. It’s been rejigged with lifting gear for the support vessel’s crane.

“I wanted to use it not only as a pleasure craft, but also as part of our scouting team when it comes to fishing. It’s great to go looking for schooling tunas, marlin basking on top of the water, schools of dolphin, or weed lines, but also for treasure hunting.

“You can get so low to the water that you can see anomalies, stuff that shouldn’t be there. You hit it on a waypoint on the GPS and then come back and investigate it. So it’s very functional as well.” Allen prefers to leave the flying to professional pilots. “It’s not a jet ski with wings. It’s not a flying car. It’s an aeroplane and needs to be treated as such.”

The whole fleet is available to charter with Ocean Independence.

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