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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default Does anybody have a flying boat?

I've been looking into these things for a while. I first saw them in Florida 7 or 8 years ago, and I've noticed more in the air last summer then ever. I'd like to see one, and hear opinions on the likes/dislikes from aluminum vs rubber. They've came down enough in price that they are now in my range of purchasing one.

SeAir's model can convert from a boat to a trike, so I could fly around town and such. But I think it would be great to have the boat since I spend a lot of time on the water in the summer.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #2
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:10 AM   #3
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:10 AM   #4
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100% serious. Me and sol goode talked about getting them last year, but we figured we'd be dead if we both had them.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:16 AM   #5
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100% serious. Me and sol goode talked about getting them last year, but we figured we'd be dead if we both had them.
You could mount paintball guns and dogfight.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:20 AM   #6
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #7
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dont ya need a pilots license to operate ultralight aircraft?
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Old April 9th, 2008, 09:58 AM   #8
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I don't think so??? Why would you? Some wings and a lawn mower engine....
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Old April 9th, 2008, 10:02 AM   #9
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If you do get one make sure it has a ballistic parachute system on it. They add to the price a bit, but hey, its only your life. No training is required to own or operate one, but hey, its only your life
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maybe I was wrong... but I want one now!! I'll die with you and Sol..

Getting the BFI would require, though, that you first get your ultralight pilots certificate, that you have a qualified aircraft (the FIB) that is registered with one of the organizations, and that you've been signed off by a BFI examiner. It's that last part that might be tough. Every month that goes by, there are fewer and fewer of them around, so you might have to travel to another state to find one. But even if you do go through all those hoops, you will only be able to fly a qualified FIB until 2010 before the exemption is revoked.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 10:09 AM   #11
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Yes and no. You have to have 15 hours of flying time, and 10 hours of book time with an instructor. Already found a course at OIA in waterford, and its $1900.00 for the complete thing.

With training, the tricycle kit, and the everything else, you can have one of these for under $30,000.00
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Old April 9th, 2008, 10:09 AM   #12
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I think you have to give it more than 1/3 throttle to get in the air.
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BTW, I'm not sure about flying boats (like the one pictured above), but water landings are about the most difficult in a conventional plane. Also, I don't think you can fly them around town. No person may operate an ultralight over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons. (AOPA online)
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I did not think you needed any certification for ultralight.... could be wrong but that is definitely the way it used to be.

i think anyone should have some training regardless.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 10:30 AM   #17
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No person may operate an ultralight over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons. (AOPA online)
That is correct, but what is "congested" and who's going to pull me over. :tonka:

You also can't fly over 8000 feet, and you can't fly near other airports!
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Old April 9th, 2008, 10:32 AM   #18
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If you do get one make sure it has a ballistic parachute system on it. They add to the price a bit, but hey, its only your life. No training is required to own or operate one, but hey, its only your life
Wouldn't you be too low most of the time for the parachute to be any help? I know I'd just be buzzing the trees and not thousands of feet up.
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That is correct, but what is "congested" and who's going to pull me over. :tonka:

You also can't fly over 8000 feet, and you can't fly near other airports!
that is true
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Old April 9th, 2008, 10:39 AM   #20
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be sweet to use at silver lake. Always see the ultralites flying overhead.
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