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Float & Sea Flying

There are parts of the world where it’s not possible to create a flat runway, such as mountains and coasts, but they may have a lake, river or sea-lane where suitably equipped aircraft can operate. We’re talking floatplane flying and it’s one of the most fun things you can do in
an aircraft.

There’s a lot to learn about picking suitable water runways, working with the conditions, and handling the aircraft both on the water and during approach and climb-out, but there are plenty of specialist flight schools.

For a start, there’s the Aero Club on Lake Como in north Italy. The club has a dedicated water runway though you can also land elsewhere in Italy’s ‘Lake District’ – Como, Lugano, Maggiore and d’Orta – and the club runs regular courses.

Or, you can travel to North America where there are many floatplane opportunities. Best known is Jack Brown’s Seaplane base in Florida, but there are also mountain flying schools such as Alaska Floats & Skis. 

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