ATA – Beaver crossing

Been quite some times since I have posted a plane pic here. I dunno why. But I couldn’t help but get one while driving near my house today. Beaver about to cross the road.





  1. #1 by famillysyncro on April 1, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    Oups, I am not use to plane, I though I’ll see wildlife on this post…..;-)

    So, for someone not use to planes, is this guy really gonna cross the road? Cannot fly the other side?


    • #2 by albell on April 1, 2014 - 7:54 pm


      some float planes have little wheels on the floats so they can land on firm ground, but this beaver doesn’t (I don’t think) . Just across the road is a ramp down to the ocean, Patricia Bay, and that is where it is heading.



  2. #3 by Angus on April 2, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Hooray for airplane pictures! The terminology is ‘straight floats’ vs amphibious floats.

    • #4 by albell on April 2, 2014 - 10:05 pm

      Thanks for the terminology Angus.

      So, I see these wee wheels on the underside of the floats on some planes around here. I never have seen one touch down. But it appears to me that you have to be somewhat more exact in your attitude when making contract with the asphalt. Am I right?




      • #5 by Angus on April 2, 2014 - 10:24 pm

        Nope, amphibs have two wheels per float – touchdown occurs initially on the mainwheels and the nosewheels follow, so there is still a range of pitch attitudes acceptable. No more difficult than a tricycle gear airplane, easier than a tailwheel aircraft.

      • #6 by albell on April 2, 2014 - 10:30 pm

        So you, as the pilot, just forget that you have floats and land as if it was regular tricycle?

        They just look so strange to the casual (me) observer.



      • #7 by Angus on April 2, 2014 - 10:38 pm

        The only important aspect is to ensure the landing gear is retracted for water landings. That is very important. 🙂

  3. #8 by Michael Wendell on May 24, 2016 - 9:46 am

    Why is there half a car behind that airplane?

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