Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, July 25, 2016

Floatplanes and Dry Land

One way to do it!

This is a common technique, as you can see here and here.

Landing is usually done on grass, better in the early morning when there is dew. Then you lift it up with a crane and onto a dolly.


Anonymous said...

The traditional way is with the airplane on a dolly with castering tail wheels. There is a spring loaded brake that is held in the off position by the weight of the aircraft. The dolly is usually neglected since it's used once a year so the brakes are iffy and wheels don't want to swivel freely leading to some interesting moments when the airplane is no longer guiding the dolly.

I've watched a Beaver landing on wet grass that tipped to about 80degrees from the horizontal. I was sure it was going to dig in and go over. The next week we sprayed the grass with the firetruck for the 185 to land.


deadstick said...

The Me163 dolly didn't disengage until it was airborne...must have been a high maintenance item!

Will said...


you for sure didn't want the me163 dolly to let go too soon. The resulting pyrotechnics made for bad pilot pool retention, which was already pretty bad. Looks like a neat ride, except for that nasty fuel situation.