224.9h – Advanced Decision-Making

Runways, weather, terrain, wake turbulence and many factors more affect a pilot’s decisions. Some decisions significantly effect the outcome of a flight, but other in-flight decisions go even beyond that. Let’s talk through the insignificant stuff first. Last week I had a wonderful navigation flight which went so well that I was finally confident enough…

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.”, Tom 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…

26h SES – Whistler and Chatterbox Falls

Sky clear, winds light and variable, temperature 26. But that’s Vancouver right? Yes, I chose the best two weeks of the year to fly in the area! The first flight in the morning took us to the ski resort of Vancouver. Whistler lies in a gorgeous valley. As I overflew the town a Beaver took…

19.9h SES – Martin Mars and Radio Calls

I flew to the largest flying boats on earth! 🙂 The Martin Mars are based on Vancouver Island in Sproat Lake. They have a majestic wing span of 61m and each of the four engines produce up to 3050hp. My Cessna’s got 160hp. haha 🙂 The Martin Mars were built at the end of World…

16.8 SES – Beautiful British Columbia *Video!

Fast keine Zeit um übers Fliegen zu schreiben, vor lauter fliegen! 6.1 Stunden waren es heute. Ich war fast ständig gefordert und bin jetzt sehr, sehr müde. Jetzt aber doch noch ein Blogeintrag – in den nächsten Tagen werde ich genauso müde sein! Ein ehemaliger Flugschüler hat hier dieses Video gedreht. =) Enjoy! Das ist,…

8.0h SES – 50hrs Course

I’m living in a hangar now! 🙂 I always dreamt of an airplane in the living room. But I must admit I didn’t think about the smell of fuel… Tom and Christine are running the business here and they gave me a warm welcome! 🙂 This is the place for my 50 hour course on floats….

6.1h SES – Seaplane Checkride =)

Das war mein dritter Tag im Wasserflugzeug und schon habe ich das Seaplane Rating! =) Ich flog auch heute wieder zwei Mal. Der erste Flug heute war der Feinschliff für die Prüfung. Amenda, eine Beaverpilotin etwas älter als ich, war meine Fluglehrerin. Ich musste alle verschiedenen Takeoffs und Landungen üben, sowie auch Step Taxi. Es…

4.5h SES – Splash and Goes

Heute gab es nicht viel neues, ich musste alles gelernte weiter üben, damit ich fit für die Prüfung bin. Viele, viele Konfigurationen musste ich mir merken. Bei jeder Technik ist etwas anders, seien es die Landeklappen, die Trimmung oder die Motorleistung. Manchmal brauchts die Wasserruder, manchmal nicht. Witzig war, als Jeff mir sagte, ich solle…

2.3h SES – Super Cub!

Es macht noch mehr Spass, als ich mir erträumt hatte! =) Die Super Cub ist genial. Das Flugzeug ist viel anspruchsvoller zu fliegen, als die Cessna 152. Jedenfalls in Bezug auf die Längsstabilität. Man muss richtig mit den Füssen arbeiten, nur schon in den kleinsten Kurven. Was mir auch auffiel war, dass ich jetzt viel…

Good Morning Kenmore Air!

I decided to get the seaplane rating here at Kenmore. The big advantage of the FAA rating is that it is good for a life long. =) This morning, my first lesson was scheduled. Due to winds in excess of 15 knots and gusts I didn’t go flying yet. Jeff, my flight instructor, taught me…

1.9h – Pilotage and Communication

Heute gings endlich wieder in die Luft. Der Start sah von aussen bestimmt lustig aus, als ich im Slalom um die Mittelstreifen raste! In dieser Lektion ging es darum, das Flugzeug kennen zu lernen und gleichzeitig noch zu wissen wo wir sind. Ich musste drei Flugplätze suchen und schlussendlich wieder zum Paine Field zurück finden….