SkyNews.ch February 2014

The aviation magazine SkyNews.ch asked for a report again and I really appreciated the opportunity to write. It is available at any “Kiosk” store in Switzerland during February 2014. The essay is about learning to fly on floats in Seattle and Vancouver. After only 6 hours in a Super Cub at Kenmore Air I moved…

Short Runway at the Lake

Neither have I, nevertheless the airport at Lake Zurich felt as if it was one. After a nice and stable approach over the water – which reminded me of flying floats at 500′ and below – I touched down pretty much on the numbers and I didn’t even need to apply braking on the short…

Feel the Freedom

The song in this video ran today on my last.fm radio. It reminded me of this video a former student of Island Coastal recorded – by the way Rosh, if you read this, thanks so much! I remember memories of the float training crystal clear when I hear that song. I feel as back on…

High Final 25

This picture is here to attract people and because Pilatus Porters on high final look badass. Heading straight down to earth and put down right on the numbers. But can you do that in a Piper Tomahawk? That’s the link to this article. Let’s find out. On thursday I had two flight lessons. (Two flight…

50hrs Floatplane Course Completed! =)

Wow, I flew 50 hours on floats. I am so happy my smile goes all around my head! I spent more time on floats than on wheels. My total time is 102.2 hours and in 150 hours I’m gonna have my first job! Yay! The only problem is now my lack of money. On my…

46.5h – You Can’t Beat Circuits *video

Tons of landings again. 3.5 hours nonstop up and down. During the last four flights I did more than one hundred landings. That’s totally crazy. My landings became pretty good now but I still didn’t like most of them. Tom’s trick is to fly a perfect arc until you are on the water. In order…

43.0h SES – Beaching And Landings

Some more pictures! I’m so tired after three hours of training… My instructor started now with emergency drills and he sets me a bit more under pressure. Or maybe I set myself more under pressure. Anyways here some pictures of a sandy beach at Pitt Lake: My landings got a lot better. Only one of…

39.8h SES – Hundreds Of Landings

After seven hours intensive training I am not sure how many landings I actually did today. I wrote 60 into my logbook for the last two flights. That’s crazy. There wasn’t much more to do in this weather today. Sometimes I had to avoid clouds at 500 feet (150m). I love playing with the clouds…

30.0h SES – Shooting Landings

The airplane is repaired, I am well rested and ready to shoot hundreds of landings. Tom’s plan is to give me some basic seaplane instruction. We’re going to fly about 6 hours tomorrow. The last days were great to learn some things about aircraft maintenance. At least I know now of which parts the alternator…

29.5h SES – Alternator Failure and Hangartalk

We hopped from wave to wave and I struggled to keep the planing attitude of the airplane. “Higher, lower, make small changes, higher, too high, there we go.”,┬áTom was permanently talking to me until we got airborne. The wind was strong and the takeoff somewhat bumpy. I had my clearance from the tower to follow…

Slow Down!

I had a day off. I flew seven days in a row up to six hours a day. I slept in this morning and Tom had a fishing patrol at ten anyways. He came back and told me he gives me a brake now. He meant it was good I had a hard week. As…

29.2h SES – Victoria Harbour

“Victoria Harbour it’s floatplane Golf Kilo November Hotel. We’re 10 miles to the west and we’ll follow the shoreline at one thousand five hundred for Elk Lake and Shawnigan Lake.” We flew around Victoria! I love the city. I went there with my girlfriend in June. It is a city where you can walk around…