The Seaplane Pilots Association created a video course that aims to instill an unfailing habit of raising landing gear immediately after every hard-surface takeoff in any amphibious aircraft.
The group created a video and online course after an analysis of accident data revealed that pilots simply did not raise the landing gear after takeoff and before landing on water—in 83 percent of all gear-down water landings. According to a written briefing provided to AOPA, the safety message of the course is equally simple: “The first link to break in a chain that could lead to a gear-down water landing accident is to raise the landing gear after taking off from a hard-surface runway. The action that will break that link: Positive Rate of Climb—Gear Up!”
SPA Executive Director Steve McCaughey delivered the message on camera in the video created to raise landing gear awareness, noting that about one in every four gear-down water landings results in fatalities. “It is violent, disorienting, and totally preventable.”
The video was developed by the Seaplane Foundation and Seaplane Pilots Association, and was filmed and produced by FF&T of Orlando, Florida.