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Ryan h
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First Time On The Water

Mon Jun 26, 2006 4:09 pm

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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Delta732FF
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RE: First Time On The Water

Mon Jun 26, 2006 4:13 pm

That looks like it would be fun. Thanks for sharing the great pictures also.
 
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RE: First Time On The Water

Mon Jun 26, 2006 6:37 pm

What, no pictures of the inflight meal?!

Nice report!

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ardian
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RE: First Time On The Water

Mon Jun 26, 2006 9:19 pm

Wow! Very awesome  Smile Nice tripreport and great pictures
 
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RE: First Time On The Water

Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:37 am

Having done a float plane myself I have to say they are a unique experience.
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RE: First Time On The Water

Tue Jun 27, 2006 3:20 am

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

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RE: First Time On The Water

Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:53 am

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

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RE: First Time On The Water

Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:07 am

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.

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RE: First Time On The Water

Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:11 pm

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!!!
 
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RE: First Time On The Water

Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:56 pm

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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RE: First Time On The Water

Fri Jun 30, 2006 10:54 am

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