Used Aircraft Guide

September 2017 Issue

Lake Amphibian

If youíre ready to step into the world of flying boats, consider a Lake amphibian. Prepare for specialized training, pricey preventive upkeep and serious fun.

P utting a boat hull on an airplane creates a few tradeoffs that prospective buyers should understand. For one thing, it doesnít make for efficient aerodynamics, so donít expect blistering speed and edgy handling. You also wind up with a complex airplane and face the costs of maintaining retractable landing gear and a constant-speed propeller. There are also the expenses of keeping a boat alive and well.

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