“No thanks,” I replied, not daring turn my head too far for fear of falling into the water.
We were adrift in the middle of the Colorado River, me balanced precariously on the seaplane’s float, face down, pumping water out of the forward float compartments.
Twice we had tried to take off, both unsuccessfully given today’s calm wind and glassy waters.
“You must not have emptied all the water from the floats,” said examiner Joe La Placa, finally. “Get out there and do it again.” Great way to start a checkride, I thought.
I was here to earn my single-engine seaplane rating from La Placa Flying Service at Lake Havasu City, Arizona…
Photo: Joe LaPlaca congratulates me on earning my single-engine seaplane rating in his 150hp Cessna 150 on floats, February, 2000. See more photos.
(Read an expanded version of this story in my book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane.)
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