Comment un hydravion décolle d’un terrain sec?

Posted on 15/02/2012 by

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How to launch a float plane

Here is a « takeoff » that is interesting.  I’ve heard of this type of takeoff but have never actually seen it.  Just another day for a bush pilot!

Thought you might like to see what kind of aviation related things they do in Prince George, B.C.  You have seen hundreds of float planes come and go…but bet you haven’t seen one take off like this. Video was taken in Prince George….got to give the pilot full marks for guts. I imagine you only get one shot at this… notice the fire truck following them… they obviously had a few doubts themselves.

Anyway, you have probably heard in ‘aviation lore’ about all sorts of things pilots have attempted with airplanes. Well, be prepared to witness one of them. When a float plane ( no wheels) is landed on the grass and taken to the hangar for maintenance, obviously it has to depart once again. Landing a float plane on grass is easier than becoming airborne on grass.This is where ‘Dolly’ comes in. Put the aircraft on a ‘dolly’, fire it up, tow it down the runway, and, once a certain speed is attained, push the throttle to ‘Warp Factor 9’, and you are airborne.
Get ready, here is how the good people at Hill Aircraft Service Ltd. in Prince George, B.C., accomplish a ‘dolly take-off’!’