Questions tagged [seaplane]

An airplane designed to take off and land on water. This include floatplanes and flying boats.

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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does an uncovered naval aircraft suffer any weathering affects?

This question is for WW2-era naval aircraft. I noticed that some cruisers and battleships carried a couple seaplanes, launched by catapult and recovered with cranes. Obviously these are unprotected ...
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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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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?