Normal Seaplane Landing

A few tips to remember about good landings:

  • Set your landing attitude early, and know what a proper landing attitude looks like (your instructor will explain this on your first takeoff)
  • Maintain the appropriate approach speed, do not get slow or fast
  • Using a little power (no more than 1,500rpm typically) through the landing will help the landing sequence happen a little slower and buy you some time to manage your flare as you descend to the water
    • If you’re not on the water by a safe point you have selected (the first half of the lake or earlier) then go around and try again, or find a “bigger” body of water.  Bigger is a relative term because there are a lot of things that can make a lake “bigger”.  Some of these factors are:
    • Headwind component may be more at one lake than at another
    • Elevation
    • Obstacles (approaching a lake without obstacles you can come in lower and not leave water behind you before touchdown)
    • Texture (glassy water increases friction on the floats or hull)

Flying Boats

Common Error (skipping)