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Jack Brown's Seaplane
Base. It's a neat place.
One of the seaplane fleet,
a piper cub with floats. I think the instructor is pulling the
plane in to tie it up. I think when launching it, they turn it
A floatplane in action! I
think he's actually just taxiing in rather than on the takeoff run.
It's still a cool shot. When I would do a high-speed taxi, I was
very aware that there were no brakes and would tend to be far too
conservative and cut the power too soon. Once you get off 'the step'
and the floats dig into the water, you slow down pretty fast.
The view of the instruments
from the pilot's seat. Yeah, it's a crappy picture, but it was a crappy,
disposable camera. The cub instruments are the ones required
for basic day-VFR flight (in order from left to right: tachometer,
oil pressure, airspeed indicator, magnetic compass, oil pressure,
altimeter. (Note: the white thing that's on the bottom, second to
the right is not an instrument). The seventh required instrument
is the gas gauge, which is on the cowling (not visible in this
picture): there's a coat hangar attached to a cork that floats in the
gas tank. The amount of the wire hangar that sticks out indicates
how much fuel is left (the plane holds around 2 hours of fuel).
Below the instrument panel, you can see the control stick and the
rudder pedals. The fuel tank is the ridged thing behind the panel
Actually, the view from the instructor's seat. The student sits in the back, behind the instructor. (Jan 2004)
is a more typical view of the instruments, although I should note
that this instructor was smaller than other's I've had, so
I could see around him better. Usually, if you crane your
neck, you can see the tachometer and the airspeed indicator, with
an occasional glimpse at the altimeter. Those are really the only
ones you really need for the training. Before a takeoff run, I
would try to make sure the area is clear (e.g., by making 'S' turns)
but I would also ask the instructor to verify the area is clear.
We landed in a narrow channel,
demonstrating that even though you're in a seaplane, there are still times
when you can't land into the wind, and thus still need good cross-wind
skills. This picture is looing out to the right, the shore is about
20-30 feet away (around 10 meters). We are in the center, so we've got
about the same amount of room off to the left. While it's comfortable,
it's far more narrow than a lake.
This was a bit of a cloudy,
overcast, gray, drizzly day. Still, one of the neat things about
flying a cub in Florida is flying over the orange groves and smelling
the orange blossoms (is that it?), while being around 500-1000 feet
up, often with the fold-down door left open (it functions as a good
stall warning indicator; when it starts to rise, you're just above
a stall). You can also see another lake in the distance.
There are a ton of lakes in the area, each one offering
an different opportunity for take-offs and landings, with maybe
a 3-5 minute trip enroute.
Another shot of the
orange orchards. It's really neat to fly over them.