But he's in love with the lady of the waters
And she lives somewhere up around Cheauxvan
He's gonna circle high her runway of love
Until She gives him her permission to land
Strange bird from a different nest
Flying low not like all of the rest
If you can't catch him you can't name him
If you can't see him you can't claim him
Stay on the ground or he will shoot you down
Wings on his heart, he's a strange bird
Watch out girl, he's a strange bird
- Jimmy Buffet from the song Strange Bird
How many seaplanes are there? It is estimated around three thousand. Each of their pilots has stories to tell of wonderful places seen, fish caught, camps set up and visited, friends made, repairs executed, flying conditions met and conquered. These pilots are individualists who prefer no line boys, no paved aprons, no dispatchers, no tower control, no line-ups for a runway. They are enroute from the moment they untie the plane. They are free, as flyers were always meant to be. But remember: Stick ALL the way back.
- Frank Hofmann
Whose is better off, someone living on the beach in the tropics with coconut trees all around, (chicks in bikinis too!)and home every night, or someone earning a great deal more, but spending their life in hotels and twiddling their thumbs at 30,000 feet between one big stinking city and the next? Only you can say for yourself…
Visions of freedom come in many forms, one of which is an airplane that's equally at home whether on land, on water, or in the air. Although an aerodynamic compromise, the amphibious airplane is viewed by many as a virtual freedom machine that can, in many parts of the globe, function independently of runways.
- Budd Davidsson
A shower of spray and we're away!
- Fred Ladd
Some people are not cut out for seaplane flying. They have a macho attitude toward it, and that's the type of attitude that's going to get you in trouble.
- Mike Volk, president of the American Seaplane Pilots Association
This strikes a chord, the sleepy splash of water, a flying boat riding quietly at anchor. Its a scene from my childhood.
- The Last African Flying Boat.
If you want a GA career and an interesting relaxed lifestyle, floats is the way to go :)
Down the ramp and into the damp.
- Fred Ladd
Any plane on floats will do what it will do and its better than sex. Buy what you can afford and fly all you can. You will be happy when you learn what it will do and don't try anything more.
Go for it you won't regret it ever.
- Randy maag
Being able to land in the water gives me lots of liquid runways along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and the beaches of the Bahamas where I can drop my anchor and climb out on the wing for a nap or a swim.
- Jimmy Buffet
Seaplanes are great and generally the work environment is pretty positive, especially if you are flying happy tourists to beautiful places. I can understand why you are so keen on them.
Personally, one of my other passions is the water and, if I’m not flying, then I am happiest sailing, cruising or jet-skiing on the river or ocean. So, being able to combine the two is my idea of heaven.
- Ali Telling