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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1558 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5611 times:

Volcanic Air Safaris
Lake Rotorua
Tuesday 13 June 2006
Cessna 206
ZK-EFI
Seat Up the front next to the pilot.

This flight waqs one of the flights I wanted to go on while I was in New Zealand. However, the weather was very bad over the last couple of days, but cleared in the afternoon.

This was my very first on a floatplane. Volcanic Air Safaris operate both a Cessna 206 and a DHC-3 Otter, but the Cessna was used as there was only three of us, myself, dad and the pilot.


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Engine run up was a strange feeling, felt like we were about to take off, but we did not.

Water was rough, and I felt it in the plane. I expected with the drag of the floats the takeoff run would be longer than what it was.


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As we flew the pilot pointed out various lankmarks along the way. It was quite rough with the aircraft bouncing around a lot.

I was surprised how poor the view was over the intrument panel was, particularly during landing and take off.


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After 15 minutes flying we landed back on the lake, the landing itself was smooth, but the swell soon made the plane rock around as we slowed down.

Since there are no brakes the engine was cut before we reached the jetty.


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I would like to thank Terry (our pilot) and the other staff at Volcanic Air Safaris for a great flight.


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User currently offlineDelta732FF From United States of America, joined May 2005, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5610 times:

That looks like it would be fun. Thanks for sharing the great pictures also.

User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5552 times:

What, no pictures of the inflight meal?!

Nice report!

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5460 times:

Wow! Very awesome  Smile Nice tripreport and great pictures

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12118 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5347 times:
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Having done a float plane myself I have to say they are a unique experience.


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User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5277 times:

nice report and beautiful pics. I see that part of NewZealand is green even in the winter. wonder if they ever get any snow??

[Edited 2006-06-26 20:21:56]


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5132 times:

Nice pics. I hope to go to New Zealand sooner or later.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineBMIE70 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4982 times:

Quoting Ryan h (Thread starter):
I expected with the drag of the floats the takeoff run would be longer than what it was.

Actually the floats are shaped to generate lift and so are possibly more efficient than wheels.

Steve


User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4803 times:

Flew in a seaplane twice in Alaska. Both times, I was seated next to the pilot. What a fantastic experience. Flying over glaciers - I wish I had pics, but alas, that's a negative. But what memories!!!

User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4746 times:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 5):
nice report and beautiful pics. I see that part of NewZealand is green even in the winter. wonder if they ever get any snow??

The photos you saw are from Rotorua (literally Second Lake) in the North Island. No snow there, but heavy frost sometimes with night temperatures of 0C. The elevation of the local airport (ROT) seen in the pics is 935ft.

On the North Island's Central Plateau, only a two hour or so drive south from Rotorua, yes we do get a lot of snow in the winter, with the Desert Road (SH1) closed - it's been closed quite a lot over the last few weeks!



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1558 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

NZ8800, the couple of nights I spent in Rotorua, overnight temperatures were forecast as -1 degrees.


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