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Questions tagged [seaplane]

An aircraft designed to takeoff and land on water

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What flying boat has the highest maximum takeoff/landing sea state?

I assume that flying boats have limits on the sea states they’re certificated to take off and/or land in (for instance, hitting a ten-meter wave head-on in a five-meter wooden plane is probably ...
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How can I recognize Taylorcraft BCS-12D-4-85?

I'm perfecting my logbook and can't name the subtype of the aircraft I've flown. Some directories says it was built in 1946 and is a BCS-12D on floats. Others say it is a BCS-12D-4-85 which according ...
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Do seaplane bases ever have marked “runways” or approach lighting?

Some seaplane bases have prescribed areas for landing, but are the landing areas marked by buoys or lights? If so are "runways" outlined in the water or just a general area? Do they have IFR ...
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Do floatplanes land on rivers?

I'm sitting here in a coffee shop on the local river and I noticed it was just wide enough to facilitate a landing. There is no chop on the river, but it does move pretty switfly, and there are ...
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What are the drawbacks for manufacturing a large airliner capable of water landing?

Emergencies are rare but still occur. Apart from weight and extra fuel costs, What are the drawbacks for manufacturing a large airliner capable of water landing in case of an emergency? Assuming the ...
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Why choose a seaplane for crew rotation at sea, supply of spares to ships, long-range search and rescue and surveillance?

The Indian government has been discussing with Japan since on buying Shinmaywa US-2 aircraft which would be used for various roles such as crew rotation at sea, supply of spares to ships, long-range ...
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What's a similar looking aircraft to this illustration?

There is this crazy picture of a plane or a boat or both...? This is just a drawing, I know, but if this aircraft does not exist, is there perhaps a similar looking one in reality?
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Why was the boat mounted this way on the underside of the wing on the “Landseaire” flying yacht?

After seeing the below image of the "Landseaire" flying yacht here I was curious to know why the small boat mounted to the underside of the plane was mounted the way it was. At least to me (and @Dave ...
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What is the optimal time to get from ASEL to ASES certification?

I am currently a ASEL pilot, in process of studying for IR, and will then be proceeding to AMEL. I know that if one holds ASEL & IR, and takes AMEL with instrument maneuvers included in the ...
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How to slow down a seaplane on water?

A seaplane cannot use brakes to slow down, like a land-based aircraft. So how does one slow it down? I am asking this in the context of landing, taxiing, aborted takeoff etc., as long as the plane is ...
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Can a seaplane make a long distance sea voyage on the sea?

In general, if a seaplane can fly X distance, can it travel that distance on the surface of the water as if it was a boat or ship? In other words, this would be equivalent to taxiing all the way to a ...
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How does a jet fighter with water-skis land safely?

I just read about the Convair F2Y on the obvious encyclopedic site. It's a delta wing jet fighter from the 1950's, with hydroskis so it can take off and land on water. Can such a landing be made ...
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Has there ever been a seaplane with inflatable airbags rather than traditional pontoons?

Traditional pontoons are big and cause a lot of drag. It would be nice to retract them like normal landing gear but they are just too big. Has there ever been a seaplane with inflatable airbags ...
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What is this flying boat being restored at the Udvar Hazy Center?

I am fortunate to live ~20 minutes from the Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. At the back of the Museum is there restoration hanger, surrounded on two sides by a second level glass enclosed ...
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Do flying boats carry anchors?

Inspired by the first comment here, and considering they are called "boats", do flying boats carry anchors?
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How do seaplanes do run-up checks without brakes?

Usually on run-up you want to check the response of the motor when changing for example the carb-heat (if existent). At least we did so on my intro flight (yey!). To prevent us from rolling onto the ...
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Where is the landing distance for seaplanes specified?

I need to know, is there a specified distance for the landing areas of seaplanes? In airports, we have generally distances are defined according to the flight requirements. I need to know whether ...
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Were stub wings on early flying boats designed or able to exploit ground-effect lift?

I came across a link to the Dornier Do X, and the Boeing 314 Clipper in another question, both aircraft have similar short wings/floats low on the fuselage, described in one wikipedia article as "stub ...
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Why were the speed records set by seaplanes in the early thirties?

For nearly all of the 1930'ies, the fastest aeroplanes were all of the seaplane category (as opposed to landplanes, to use the terminology of FAI). Presumably, the designers of the two categories had ...
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Are seaplanes allowed to taxi in residential areas?

There's a small pond/lake behind my house. A sea plane was just going around it. It was very loud and got like 10 feet from the shore. It's just going in circles and won't take off and leave. This is ...
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Can any land-based plane be made to land on water?

Can any land-based plane be converted to a seaplane by installing skids? For example, is it possible to convert a Boeing 747 to one that is capable of landing and taking off on water using pontoons or ...
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Can you land IFR at sea?

I've heard that some seaplane bases have IFR approaches, but what about landing at sea? If you flew out into international airspace, could you land at sea and then taxi back into US waters without ...
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How is the glide ratio affected when converting a wheeled plane to floats?

I'm looking for published data that describe the effect on glide ratio when an aircraft is converted from wheeled to float configuration. I suspect that the glide ratio goes down considerably due to ...
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Has there ever been a seaplane with retractable pontoons?

I would like to know if there's ever been a seaplane in which all of its pontoons or sponsoons are retractable after takeoff. This could be a seaplane with 1 or 2 main pontoons that somehow retract. ...
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What prep work can I do before transitioning from SEL to SES?

I'm very interested in getting my SES rating. Is there any personal studying or prep work that I can do to minimize time in the air and with an instructor? EDIT: I do have my SEL pilot license ...
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Can I legally taxi a seaplane in a canal or channel?

I live on a good sized canal in a subdivision in Florida, USA. Is it legal for me to taxi down the canal about 100 yards? Is it legal for me to taxi down a large main channel which is part of the ...
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Is it still “landing” in a seaplane?

This probably sounds like a silly question, but I was watching floatplanes land on Lake Union, Seattle, and it got me wondering whether a plane that touches down onto water is still talked about as "...
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Is it possible to sail a seaplane?

Say a seaplane has ditched onto ocean or a very large lake due to engine failure. Is it possible to sail the plane to the shore using wind alone, similar to sailing a boat?
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Has anyone considered putting a hydrofoil on a sea plane?

One of the main problems with water landings is that you need a bigger engine to counter the various drags caused by the pontoons. The specific case of "run[ing] across our own wake to be able to get ...
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Why would seaplanes use a curved takeoff run?

I came across this interesting factoid in another SE Aviation answer (How flat does a runway need to be?): seaplanes often use a curved takeoff run. I'm trying to imagine why but cannot come up ...
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Operating a floatplane/seaplane on water through a drawspan?

Lets say that you were in a floatplane (whether it be Terry's floating Cub or a big ol' Martin Mars) and the only otherwise-reasonably-suitable landing spot in the waterway where you are trying to go, ...
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How is the direction chosen when landing a seaplane on water?

When using a runway, many factors are taken into account to choose the landing direction. A lake can be used in almost any direction by seaplanes. I imagine wind is prevalent, but I guess other ...
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Why do some airplanes have vertical strakes?

A lot of different aircraft have vertical or near-vertical fins below the empennage, or above the empennage and attached to the front of the vertical stabilizer. What purpose do these devices serve?
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Can seaplanes land on normal airfields or in a marsh or muddy area?

I know there are some amphibious planes which can land on both water and land but how different is the their landing in comparison to that of a normal small aircraft? Also, if seaplanes needs to go ...
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How is a seaplane steered on water?

Steering a seaplane on water appears to be a little more 'interesting' than steering a land aircraft, at least according to the FAA Practical Test Standards for single-engine seaplanes (ASES), which ...
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Why was a complete test flight of Hughes Hercules H-4 (Spruce Goose) never undertaken?

I get that ,the max altitude it was flown to was 70 ft. after its 3rd test taxi.I also am aware that even this was done to prove a point. But,why was there no attempt later on to complete a test ...
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Do seaplane have designated landing areas?

Do seaplanes have to land in particular places or are they allowed to land pretty much anywhere there is room to land safely?
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Where can I rent a float plane?

Is it possible to rent a float plane with a private pilot's license? Flying floats is one of the main attractions for me to learn to fly. However, after some searching on the internet I can only ...
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If I have a float plane, can I land on any body of water?

What are the rules with regards to landing a float plane on a body of water? Can I land anywhere (non-emergency, obviously) that would also accommodate the take-off? If not, how do I determine which ...