Preflighting Your Seaplane

To sum up how a seaplane preflight is different:

  • Watch for the float plane listing or tilting when you first approach it.
  • Remove water from all compartments.
  • Ensure drain plugs are in place and secure on floats or hull.
  • Check your bilge pump is working if installed.
  • Be cautious how you stand on the float when checking oil and fuel.
  • Be cautious not to allow fuel or oil to drip into the water.
  • Check water rudder cables are working properly and will not bind the air rudder.
  • Check the rigging of the floats.
  • Be very skeptical of a float compartment that yields no water when pumping.
  • Check for propeller erosion.