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Martie...Thanks for the info on the seaplane. We were out yesterday in the boat for the first time this summer and saw the plane as we entered the harbor. Given all the attention now to the flight patterns of the commercial planes, is there a specific pattern for a seaplane coming into Nantucket?
In the past, I've noticed that when a seaplane wants to land in the harbor, it will make a few passes in the area that it wants to land making sure there are no boats in it's path. when it is all clear, it will then land.
Just about everything you want to know about seaplane ops is summarized here: http://www.faa.gov/library/manuals/aircraft/seaplane_handbook/media/faa-h-8083-23-2.pdf
Thanks for the great link, gplane driver. A lot of interesting information about seaplanes there.
I saw a cessna 172 flying really high over the island last week. he must have been around 15,000 ft. Does anyone know the ceiling for those bug-smashers?JAke
Jake, I have a picture of that 172 climbing to 15,000 feet that day. I'll e-mail it to you.
When I woke up around 9000 feet I realized that I still had a 200 fpm climb rate at best angle of climb, at 15,000. So, given that best angle is a lower speed than best rate, I figure I'd have had 300 fpm at best rate. I'm gonna guess that it would go to 17,000 or so. I'd prolly want O2 at that height...next time I'll bring some and see what we can do. If anyone has a tank with a couple of lines from it bring it out and we'll give it a go...
g,You may want to invest in an airplane with a pressurized cabin.
Then passengers will regularly sue me for getting stuck on the toilet seat. Also, you can't open the windows to take pictures without your passenger being sucked out a window the size of a deck of cards. Other'n that, sounds like a good plan.
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