Seaplane Operations Seaplane Operations

   The explanations herein apply to light single engine and multiengine seaplanes typical of those used in general aviation operations. For information regarding specific types and models of airplanes approved as seaplanes, reference should be made to that airplane's operating manual and the manufacturer's recommendations.

   In addition to material contained herein, there are numerous commercially produced publications relating to water operations that contain additional valuable information. All this information used collectively with good training and practice will result in a safe and pleasurable experience during water based operations.

   The operation of an airplane on water is somewhat different than operating one on land, but should be no more difficult if the pilot acquires the essential knowledge and skill in the techniques involved. This is particularly important because of the widely varying and constantly changing conditions of the water surface.