Sometimes a pilot has to dig into a bag of tricks–lift a float, pop some flaps–to encourage the seaplane into getting airborne. With the Carbon Cub SS a pilot can easily lose count shortly after pushing the throttle to full and barely moving the stick forward, as it leaves the water behind in a flash.
Now that I have a SES rating on my Commercial certificate, I can take myself, my husband, and my kids out into the wilderness around me like never before. This rating has completely unlocked our family time and I can’t wait for the snow to melt, the lakes to thaw and to get current on the water.
After one aborted attempt to take off from McDames Lake in British Columbia, Canada, the pilot of the big Fokker F-11AHB tried again. Moments later, the spectators heard snapping conifer branches and muffled tin-canning. The elegant Fokker would never fly again.
Seaplane pilots and non-pilots that are fans of seaplanes, if you are not getting Water Flying magazine you are missing out on the only full color magazine dedicated to covering the entire seaplane community from Alaska to Florida from Australia to Lake Como, Italy and all points in between.
While most of the readers of Water Flying are seaplane rated pilots, an ever increasing number of non-pilot fans of seaplanes are receiving the magazine by joining the Seaplane Pilots Association.