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Float-plane or Sub-plane?

Old 3rd Jan 2019, 23:54
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Float-plane or Sub-plane?


Start about say 1m 5s. PPRuNe does not seem to work correctly with the youtube t=xx parameter.

some stills from the video.



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Old 4th Jan 2019, 11:15
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Why floatplanes are so expensive - this sort of accident typically destroys the aircraft but leaves the people inside alive to claim on the insurance.
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Old 4th Jan 2019, 12:19
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Yup! 'Seen that from the inside when my student made a landing error - not good. Though the landing place was chosen better than it could have been, with river banks for reference, it was still more in the middle than I would have chosen for a glassy water landing. Glassy water, as any uniform surface, is nearly impossible to judge height from. The aircraft must be landed by carrying a correct flare all the way down from a suitably high height, to contact with the surface in that attitude. Doing so requires carrying power down the flare, and removing power after contact with the surface. Glassy water landings are the most common need for this technique, though skis on unbroken snow can need it too.
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