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I read with horror the article about the ATP who went flying in his newly acquired Lake Amphibian and crashed.
Unfortuneately similar events- more often than not fatal, though, as he was lucky to have survied- happen almost every time a pilot new to flying boats - hull seaplanes tries to land on water without Lake specific instruction.
The Lake requires respect and anyone who thinks he can fly one because he has hundreds, thousands, or even 10s of thousands hours flying will end up wet and probably dead.
A float plane pilot is in the same situation.
If you want to enjoy the unique Lake flying an amphibious flying boat will provide- get specific instruction from an AIRSURE accepted instructor. Many of us who fly these planes insure with AIRSURE and if new to Lakes are required to take 25 hours of instruction with one of their approved instructors, AND each of us must take an annual check ride to remain insured.
The Lakeflyers club has an excellent newsletter, a good forum, and an annual safety seminar which brings together around 200 Lake pilots and instructors every year in February in florida.
To attempt to fly without proper instruction is not what makes bold pilots, old.
Take the time to ensure that your action creates the desired response.
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