Quiz: Seaplane Skills Challenge

So you’ve mastered the art of flying a land-based airplane and want to advance your skills. Or maybe you’re a long time floatplane jockey and want to confirm your time-tested knowledge. Even if you’ve never set foot in an airplane, get your feet wet and take our quiz to see how you measure up on what it takes to be the pilot-in-command of a seaplane.

What are the three positions used by seaplanes to taxi around on the water?
What are the three positions used by seaplanes to taxi around on the water?
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How many watertight compartments must be built into each float on a seaplane?
How many watertight compartments must be built into each float on a seaplane?
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When in the water, a seaplane will rotate around its _______.
When in the water, a seaplane will rotate around its _______.
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When considering float design, what is the purpose of the step?
When considering float design, what is the purpose of the step?
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During a glassy water takeoff, what maneuver will reduce water drag and shorten the takeoff distance?
During a glassy water takeoff, what maneuver will reduce water drag and shorten the takeoff distance?
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When determining landing direction, streaks in the water are an indication of what?
When determining landing direction, streaks in the water are an indication of what?
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Having a childhood dream of aviation, Chris first became an Aviation Explorer, motivating him to earn his private pilot's license as a teenager. During his four years at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University he earned his commercial, multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating. While experimenting in seaplanes, gliders, and a variety of other personal aircraft, Chris developed a passion for general aviation and shares that passion as he develops aviation training apps and content for Sporty's Pilot Shop.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps my thinking is processed differently but #6 is always wrong on your question. The streaks move with the wind no matter the velocity therefore the wind is NOT parallel to the streaks but perpendicular to the streaks.
    Seaplane Rated – Air Traffic Controller – 30 year US Navy Sailor – Navy Diver

    • If the wind is blowing from the south, draw several arrows then any streaks will be parallel with the shafts on your arrows. If the wind blows a while and is strong enough, waves with crests and troughs will form which are perpendicular to the wind.
      On a large body of water you can have swells develop from one direction with a local wind causing waves and white caps at an angle to the swells.
      If there is a river with current or some other force such as a tidal rip seaplanes should avoid landing.

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