Normal Seaplane Takeoff

A few notes to recap the video above:

  • Do use carb heat prior to takeoff to ensure you do not have carburetor ice.
  • Do use a mnemonic device or other memory aid to ensure you are ready for takeoff (i.e. CARS, Carb Heat, Area, Rudders, Stick/Safety Belt)
  • Porpoising is most often due to the incorrect attitude (nose low or high), and most of the time, is corrected with a little back pressure on the yoke or stick.
  • If you cannot correct the porpoising quickly, close the throttle, hold the yoke or stick back, and return to displacement taxi.
  • Water drag increases at the square of the speed, meaning the faster the floats go on the water, the more drag there is exponentially.  Tailwinds, high-density altitude, heavy loading, and glassy water can all contribute to making you “stuck to the water” requiring a higher water speed for liftoff.  At some point drag equals thrust and the seaplane stops accelerating, you may not be able to takeoff until conditions change.

Abort Points and what happens when you do not use them

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