Let’s cover some basics about seaplanes.
There are two types, flying boats or hull planes, and seaplanes on floats (pontoons) often called float planes.
Just like any boat, there are specific names for the parts of our floats or hull, whichever you are flying. The terms we want to remember are:
- Sister Keelson
- Spray Rail
The video above covers each of those parts, as well as the diagram below.
Here’s a list of a few memory checklists that can help with seaplane operations. Different “checklists” work for different airplanes, and these are just general ones you can discuss with your flight instructor about possibly using in your seaplane.
- F – Flaps
- C – Carb Heat
- A – Area / Attitude
- R – Water Rudders
- S – Safety Belts / Stick Back
- W – Wind
- O – Obstacles on water
- O – Obstacles off water
- D – Depth of water
- S – Size of landing area