ASA Notes of a Seaplane Instructor

By ASA

Part No. ASA-NSI-2
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The book is full of hard-won knowledge that any seaplane pilot, novice or veteran, can learn from. I wish I had this book back when I was learning to fly seaplanes. —from the new Foreword to the Second Edition.

Notes of a Seaplane Instructor is a distillation of all the tips, techniques and procedures of a veteran flyer and teacher, in an accessible and informative format. Author Burke Mees has an affinity for the "feel of the floats on the water" and how to communicate it in writing, as well as a sensible, professional approach which lends a truly "one-on-one" aspect to reading his book.

All the seaplane maneuvers are covered, starting with preflight, proceeding through taxiing, takeoff, landing, and postflight procedures; also operating in various water conditions, stability of the aircraft on the water, step-taxi and -turn, and much more. Many illustrations, taken from and inspired by the author's own original flight instruction notebook sketches, help to further explain the concepts. In this new second edition, Burke provides even more notes on technique and performance particular to the world of floatplanes, with a special emphasis on safety and the best kind of pilot decision-making processes that keep seaplanes flying. The Second Edition also features an added chapter on multi-engine seaplane flying, and an appendix with notes on "pumping the floats" and "ropes and splicing."

What is it like to fly single-engine float planes? How do pilots develop and then hone their water-flying skills? What techniques apply to both landplanes and seaplanes, and which ones belong in only one realm? The answers to these questions comprise a unique approach to seaplane flying, in a book that reveals what floatplane mastery is really all about. Notes of a Seaplane Instructor offers insights to all pilots, from already-rated seaplane pilots to those looking to experience the benefits and pleasures of seaplane flying for the first time.

In these pages, readers will learn:

    How seaplane preflight inspections differ from those in landplanes
    Normal, glassy and rough-water takeoff techniques
    Flight characteristics of seaplanes
    Seaplane landing skills, in a wide variety of water conditions
    Water handling and sailing techniques
    Advanced operations, including density altitude, weight-and-balance, and performance considerations particular to seaplanes, along with examples of restricted terrain operations
    Details on operating amphibious floatplanes, with explanations of both the benefits and drawbacks.
    Multiengine seaplane operations
    Pumping the floats
    Ropes and splicing

Author Burke Mees has many years’ experience with the demands and rewards of float-flying and seaplane instruction. From the diverse environments of flying seaplanes year-round in Alaska, to an extensive background of seaplane instruction, Burke Mees has developed his talent for teaching the transition from landplanes to seaplanes.
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PRODUCT INFORMATION

Name ASA Notes of a Seaplane Instructor
SKU ASA-NSI-2
Model # ASA-NSI-2
Brand ASA
More about ASA

ASA was started as Merrell Aviation Ground School by Creighton Merrell in 1940. The company�s primary goal soon became the training of post-war military pilots returning from active duty to work in the early civilian airlines. Plotters, regulations and training manuals were the first products. In 1960, the company broadened its production and development efforts with additional pilot supplies and books added to the ground school training line. Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc. does business as �ASA�. ASA is the leading publisher of aviation books and the largest producer of pilot supplies in the USA today, providing trusted materials for more than 76 years.
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