Seaplane Splash-In at Lake Tahoe

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Twenty-four seaplanes were expected at the Mike Brown Splash-In on Memorial Day. However seaplane pilots prefer their water under the fuselage, not on the windshield, and only three local aircraft were able to make it to Obexer’s Boat Yard on the west coast of Lake Tahoe, California.

It was interesting, though, to compare the takeoff at 6225 feet elevation of a C180 turning a turbocharged O-540, a DeHavilland DH-2 Beaver and a SeaRey, well known to KITPLANES readers (cover subject, May 2007). John Spratt’s turbocharged N48CJ was off in less than 15 seconds; the others took as long as 90.

Good food and the beauty of the region lifted the spirits of the attendees above the 44°, 10 knots of wind and the occasional rain shower. You might want to consider making plans to attend the event in 2009.

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KITPLANES readers will remember Bob Fritz (1947-2011) for his acclaimed Home Machinist series, but his accomplishments go well beyond that long-running feature. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, Bob put his degree in mechanical engineering to use and was a tireless advocate for effective and consistent quality control. He brought that discipline to his work for KITPLANES. An avid diver and motorcyclist, Bob's love of flying was a surprise to no one.

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