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where can you land a seaplane

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by SoCalFlyer2, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. SoCalFlyer2

    SoCalFlyer2 Well-Known Member

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    Other than lakes/rivers and actual sea ports, where are you allowed to land a sea / amphibian plane? Can I land in the ocean as long as I stay "x" amount of feet away from the shore (same rules for boats)? Can I land the plane and taxi into a regular boat harbor and tie my plane up to a dock?
  2. Douglas

    Douglas Old School KSUX

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    There is not a restriction on where you can land or an "X" amount of feet away from shore. Sometimes, the best place to land is very close to shore.
    Nothing says you have to dock at a seaport, either.

    In fact, if you are land pilot, there is nothing that says you have to land at an airport, either.
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    NickH Well-Known Member

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    Anywhere which isn't private without permission) or where banned by your state authority.
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    germb747 Well-Known Member

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    Don't land at Disney World! :D
  5. slushie

    slushie From Back In The Day

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    I've heard that many states are not too seaplane friendly.
    There are publications that mention places that are landable.
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    t-cart Active Member

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    The Hudson river seems to be a good place to land.:)
  7. WacoFan

    WacoFan What difference, at this point, does it make.

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    Prticularly this time of year - see, the water is colder and gets a little harder, making it easier to land on the water...
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    splash Well-Known Member

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    This is misleading information above. Not a very good generalization, Mark. What is true is that there are publications where you can not touch down in water and where you are prohibited. These publications are published in the seaplane pilots association website and you must be a member to view them. It is called the water landing directory. The restrictions that have been lifted and are also added to the directory. There are not many contrast to the comment above.

    As a rule of thumb, if there is no publication that says you can't land in a certain body of water then you can land there but be aware that if a problem is created (ei. noise pollution) then it may become another on the list. Be extremely friendly and cater to the surrounding neighborhoods if any are in the area. Offer them a ride so they can get a view of what it is like to fly instead of the view as "something that makes noise over my house". There are very few prohibited areas in my state. South Cali, I never looked at them.

    Here is a link... http://www.seaplanes.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=68
  9. BillErvin

    BillErvin Peddling as fast as I can

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    Here in Texas, when George W was Governor he signed a bill prohibiting any restrictions against landing and taking off on any waters in the state. This hasn't stop some cities from trying though.:mad: Federal owned waters have their own rules of course, some NPS lakes and rivers have restrictions, Corps of Engineer lakes are hit and miss
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    Douglas Old School KSUX

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    I stole this and it is now my e-mail signature. Thanks.
  11. Sisson2011

    Sisson2011 Well-Known Member

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    What about helicopters? I know I have seen some helicopters in the most random places before. I'd love to take a helicopter and land it in the Outback's parking lot for steak. :rawk:
  12. BillErvin

    BillErvin Peddling as fast as I can

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    Where do you think I got it, plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery:D
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    mooneyguy Old Fart

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  14. Douglas

    Douglas Old School KSUX

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    Did you watch the inauguration today, there was a helicopter at the base of the capitol steps. Then again, it was painted green and referred to as marine one...
    Still an interesting landing spot.
  15. mooneyguy

    mooneyguy Old Fart

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    I read a story many years ago, about a police helicopter that landed in a vacant field next to a dunkin donuts...to get donuts...of course they ended up looking for a new job too!
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    JoelT Well-Known Member

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    Check this one out:

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  17. mooneyguy

    mooneyguy Old Fart

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    :rotfl:Ok lets see number 1 looks like a C-337 or the military O-2 version with 4 hard points, the second is an F-4 and the last is a F-104?????
  18. JoelT

    JoelT Well-Known Member

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    How do you not get that number one is an F-15?!;)
  19. mooneyguy

    mooneyguy Old Fart

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    Ok:whatever:, It looked like a high wing design at first, but should have caught the rectangle intakes of the F15:D

    To the op:hiya:...sorry I will stop hijacking your thread now;)

    The easy answer, any public body of water, or private body of water which you have permission to land on. The hard answer is any public body of water that does not have any local, state, or federal regs prohibiting aircraft ops. In other words there is no easy answer! From what i have been told, you just have to research each body of water you have an interest in landing on.
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    Douglas Old School KSUX

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