Seaplane flight training in Scotland

The Flying Reporter travels to Scotland to engage in some flying training towards a single engine piston (SEP) Sea Class rating, and finds it to be some of the most, “thrilling and rewarding” flying available.

The SEP Sea Class rating requires a minimum of 8 hours flying training, plus a skill test. Prior tailwheel flying experience is helpful before undertaking the course, although not essential as it helps a pilot to better understand important pitch attitudes during take off and landing phases.

Fundamentally, the flying phase is very similar to ground based aircraft, including circuits which are typically flown at a much lower level. The drag of the sea plane’s floats can be noticeable when handling in the aircraft in the air.

 

Author: FTN Editor

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