Photographer Bert Reiheld sent in these photos, snapped at the Seaplane Base during last week’s AirVenture in Oshkosh. Enjoy!
Ten years ago on June 17, Thomas Mardna set a world record in aeromodelling that still stands today: A 111km out-and-return flight with a piston-motor seaplane, flying along the banks of Lake Maardu in Estonia.
If you want to bag a distance world record in aeromodelling, it helps if you get up early, when the wind is calm and the sky is clear, according to officials with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, also known as the World Air Sports Federation.
Ruth and David Taisch are the people you really want to have as next-door neighbors, because not only are they two very nice and interesting people, they have the best toys, too.
For starters, there’s the big model railroad behind their traditional Florida-style stucco home, complete with what looks like miles of G-gauge trains, tracks, trestles and tunnels. The sprawling complex, complete with mountains, waterways, bridges, and towns with little handmade buildings, occupies most of the backyard, and is the realization of Ruth’s childhood dream. It’s her handiwork, mostly, along with a good bit of Dave’s directed hard labor. [Read more…]
By STEVE WIGHTMAN
I blame my flight addiction on Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous quote: “For once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk with your head turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return.”
Beginning with flying model airplanes in my teens, my eyes were often turned skyward. I’d read about airplanes, engines and feats in then hard-to-find aviation magazines like a bear devours chocolate bars. [Read more…]
Aviation photographer Brian Neidhardt sent in this photo of a Piaggo Royal Gull on Lake Agnes in Florida. It was also included in a photo series in the April 21 print issue of General Aviation News. [Read more…]
In response to our call for readers’ seaplane stories, Howard J. Whaley sent in his: “I was born and raised next door to the Philadelphia Seaplane base in Essington, Pa. — the oldest seaplane base in United States. [Read more…]
Ace photographer Brian Neidhardt sent in this photo taken in Greenville, Maine, of a Quest Kodiak on floats. Look for more of Brian’s photos in our April 21 print issue. [Read more…]
In response to our call for seaplane stories, Eric Ziegler sent us this one: “When I was a pre-pilot with about eight hours of land time, my wife and I visited her brother, who lived in Thibadoux, La. He worked for the gas pipeline company there, and frequently inspected small concrete data islands in the swamp. He invited me along for such a trip in a float C-180. Our first takeoff exhilarated me — so smooth.
“From the left seat our pilot allowed me take the controls, even for our first landing. Looking forward to a great splash-down after a good approach, I was startled when he took the airplane from me at about 100 feet and did a go-around. At 500 feet he chuckled “bumps in the water.” In this case, alligators.
During our brief stay on the little island I saw gators, water mocs, and more. I was quite happy to leave, but happier to get my splash-down on the lake by the headquarters. Surreal, but great day!”
In response to our call for seaplane stories, Ed Heinen sent in these two photo with an explanation: “In June 2002 I got my floatplane endorsement when I was over from Holland visiting my parents on Vancouver Island. The pictures were taken while getting the floatplane ready on a deserted pebble beach at Cowichan Lake for my five solo splash and goes for the endorsement. What fun!” [Read more…]
We put out a call for seaplane stories to our readers. Here’s one from Doug Robertson: I chartered this de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver N4444Z on straight floats from Rust’s Aviation at Lake Hood Seaplane Base in August 2007. The photo (below) taken from copilot seat shows us rolling out on final for landing at LHD. [Read more…]