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Old 12 April 2010, 07:42   #1
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Never Seen This Before.......

I was out on Saturday, enjoying our day of Summer, when son spotted a float plane over the Solent, not far out from Yarmouth.
It was quite unmistakeable, single engined, with two large floats slung underneath. As we watched from quite a way off, too far to see any real details, it descended, and going North East up the Solent it touched down momentarily, and then took off again. For a wheeled aircraft I think this is called a touch and go? Did anyone else see it?
I would have loved to have been closer (with a camera ).
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Old 12 April 2010, 08:02   #2
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I've only seen it on the Hudson River next to Manhatten Island !

There used to be an amphibious microlight at Lee on Solent - but it was a bit 'iffy' with regard to performance. Landed once in Christchurch Harbour when I was down there.

The big problem in this country is keeping the rating on yourlicence - unless you are doing the hours the rating will drop off your licence. Used more in Scotland where its more usefull than down here as I looked at doing some time on a float plane for the fun of it.
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Yep, met a mate of mine going up river, as we were going down river, returning to the Solent from Beaulieu - he said there was a water plane doing a "touch and go".

By the time we got there though, he had gone!
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we always used to call practice landings Circuits and bumps.
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They're pretty common in these parts... at least up north a ways. It's about the only way to get around, other than canoe...
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We went on one in New Zealand the last time we were there - over Doubtful Sound where we got engaged! Mandy, my now wife hated the experience as it was "a little bumpy!"
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got a regular service in the clyde west coast area excellent views
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They're pretty common in these parts... at least up north a ways. It's about the only way to get around, other than canoe...
We obviously live in very different environments; in some ways I am very envious, in others............
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We obviously live in very different environments; in some ways I am very envious, in others............
Ya, most of us live within a few hundred miles of the southern border. A few hardy ones live pretty far up north (our own Prairie Toober from Winnipeg, being one of them) and then there's (literally) about 4 million square miles of wilderness with a few thousand people and a lot of critters north of there...
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