trey kule wrote:
......knowing when to use the technique is not so basic a pilot decision making skill..... There is not much in the way of "humble" in your "opinion" as far as I can see. Sounds like a lot of finger wagging at so-called know it all wannabes, 100 hr wonders and fantasy merchant, log dodgers >that's you he's talking about 180<.
In previous threads all I read was....use it all the time... Have to use it if the plane is heavy, and of course all the fantasy scenarios of lurking killer logs....
Not one person posted using it in glassy water conditions when it just might be necessary to unstick one float first.
.....use it every time...Why? Because its neat to do. Makes one feel like a real float pilot,,
Just like step taxiing and step turning at every opportunity. Power off full flap landings in a beaver. These are all things that real float pilots do..
Nothing sweeter, IMHO than getting the plane on the sweet spot and letting it gently lift into the air...boring for the passangers. And lets face it. If I do that so gently how will they ever know that I am a super pilot...
One of the good things about getting older is I no longer have to stand on the dock as a CP and watch all the 100 hr expert float pilots....and then deal with the reasons...although some were so bizarre as to be funny,
You've got your way of doing things trey and other people have theirs. I have done many, many 1000's of float departures all over the planet in many different types and have rolled a float on loads of them. I have done plenty of step taxis for various reasons (some even involving turns) and never felt like I had to justify it.
Personally I think only an idiot would roll a float and un-level your wings on a glassy water departure but that's just me. That's when I am highly focused on level wings and a positive rate until well clear of the surface.
Full flap, power off in a Beaver will separate the men from the girls. Not sure I would be practicing it but if you can do that routinely, you have my respect as a stick.