Scotland on Floats – 2021
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Secondly, we aim to help you put the FUN back into your flying - without having to travel abroad or spend a fortune.
How are we going to do that ?
We promote Scotland as a destination both for seaplane instruction and adventure sports by touring extensively - making the airframe available as a quality photo opportunity for tourism, whisky, fresh-air and adventure sports industries - and we are introducing pilots to the sheer freedom and beauty of flying floatplanes around the stunning, world-class environment of Scotland.
If you already have a Pilot's Licence (NPPL, PPL, LAPL, CPL, ATPL, FAA) then you are ready to embark on a voyage of discovery - to rediscover flying as it should be. No landing fees and no clearances - you work out the wind direction and water state and then you choose your landing area. You will learn the skills of taxiing, mooring, docking, sailing and much much more. You can add a seaplane rating onto your licence by completing (on average) between 8 and 10hrs of flight training for the SEP(Sea) Rating. You will also need to pass the written Seamanship Exam. Alternatively you can fly as PU/T under instruction without the stress of an exam at the end, spend a few hours visiting restaurants, beaches, castles and then log the time as your biennial dual-flight with an instructor.
can also offer shared ownership of G-DRAM, (Wee Dram), where you can learn with
us as we rediscover the exciting qualities and joys of Scotland. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
of shares and promotional opportunities.
We have been operating successfully
since 2010, and are registered with the CAA as a Designated Training
Organisation (GBR.DTO.0203). We have three part-time instructors and a tame
in-house examiner, so if you need a revalidation, a renewal, or a new
challenge. Get in touch.
We can also provide the seaplane for
filming and Part-SPO work, and we have a track record in making things happen.
In recent years our clients have included
Club Whisky (David Beckham)
4 (Flying Across Britain with Arthur Williams)
5 (Rumpus Media) Walking Britain’s Lost Railways with Rob Bell
(France) - Par Avion
2021 - LATEST NEWS – 2021
2021 – Our season is well and truly
underway. This week we validated a father and son team in record time. We did
84 landings (waterings?), all around the Galloway
Hills, including some beautiful beaching practice at Loch Dee, and operations
around Clatteringshaws, The Merrick and Loch Doon. Two 8hr courses and 2 skill tests completed in 5 days. A
first for our examiner!! And as I speak, Wee Dram is now splashing on Loch
Lomond, doing her third Skill Test in less than a week. Fingers crossed for
another successful outcome !
June 2021 – A rather special flight,
and quite a thrill for Wee Dram, when she followed the Red Arrows as they
departed Prestwick Airport ! Keep up at the back Red
2021 – Wee Dram is just about to come
out of Annual Maintenance, and we are tentatively starting to fill up the diary
with rating, renewal and revalidation requests.
2021 – A last engine maintenance
flight before going in for Annual Maintenance, and Wee Dram took the
opportunity to test out her new SkyEcho2, ADSB detection against the Skyports Drone Delivery Trials currently being conducted
around the west coast of Scotland. Unfortunately, despite being assured to the
contrary, and stated in their ACP, the drone companies ADSB was not functioning
– which kind of defeated the object of the exercise.
2020 - Despite the inclement weather,
and flying against the ticking clock of expiring temporary extensions, we
managed to use the downtime of 2020, revalidating a CRI rating and qualifiying one of our intrepid instructors as a seaplane
examiner! This should bode well for 2021.
2020 - We hope you all stay safe and look forward to
catching up next year when, hopefully, life returns to some more normality.
2019 - Really looking forward to this year’s Aerobility Aviators Ball – Heathrow T5 Sofitel Hotel on St
Andrew’s Night, 30 November – this is THE Aviator’s Event for 2019, with an
estimated 400 guests. Wee Dram, Scotia Seaplanes (and Seaton the Duck) are
providing some sponsorship, and offering a Seaplane Adventure as an auction
prize – we look
forward to welcoming the lucky bidder next spring ! Remember to bring your
shorts and flip-flops ….
2019 - Last official display of the season was an invitation
to return to Old Warden for the final Shuttleworth
display of the season. This was, like last year, a tribute to Air Racing, and, as Wee Dram regularly races in the Schneider
Trophy, it seemed highly appropriate, and a privilege, to be invited back. The
weather had other plans, and one by the one the display programme was curtailed
as the 15kt crosswinds rose to 25kts and occasional gusts of 30+kts. This kept
most of the precious Collection in the hangars, and sadly the planned
Cessna/Spitfire/Husky combo (not something you see on many Display Programmes),
was slowly trimmed back. The good news is that Wee Dram provided a ‘spirited’ 8
minute display to close the Shuttleworth 2019 season
– pretty bumpy conditions, but safely conducted and hopefully ‘spirited’ enough
to return in 2020!
2019 - Well …. I hate to use the B word, but Business has
been noticeably quieter this year. With all the uncertainty, enquiries from
Europe have dried up, and many more seem to be keeping their hands in their
pockets. It’s a shame because we have had some of the best flying weather in
Scotland this summer. May was exceptional, with several adventures to Mull,
Ulva, Jura and Skye. The long flight
south to Alderney was flown on 21-24 September – this time to compete once
again in The Schneider Trophy – the first time since 2016 – (it was cancelled
in 2017 and 2018). We flew a tight course, but the stronger than predicted
winds hit our handicap and we finished a disappointing seventh. Maybe next year
2019 - Scotia Seaplanes is now an EASA DTO (Designated
Training Organisation), providing training for the SEP(Sea) Rating. We can also
do Part-SPO Ops, and in May we completed some filming for the Children’s BBC
programme Grace’s Amazing Machines – Grace the presenter was given a seaplane
flying lesson from Prestwick to nearby Loch Doon, and she has shared her
experience with 1000s of future aviators – why not watch the episode on BBC catchup!!?
2018 - What an exciting 2 months!! Once again we took part in
the Scottish International Airshow, held over the
first weekend in September. The weather was changeable, and several displays
were cancelled, but Wee Dram put on an exciting display on both days, with
plenty of splash-and-goes along Ayr seafront to keep the estimated 200,000
spectators entertained. And the first snows of the year in mid-October were
captured in dramatic style, with a little adventure into the heart of the
Scottish mountains. Bush flying at its very very
best. The year was rounded off with an invitation to display at Shuttleworth Collection – in a tribute to the Schneider
Trophy Races. This event saw the exceptional combination of two floatplanes
chasing each other round a pseudo-racecourse, while a Spitfire provided
‘Merlin’ sound effects and visual drama a hundred feet or so above J
2018 - Standby your televisions !! Flying Across
Britain With Arthur Williams, an inspirational beautifully crafted 4
part series takes to the air on Channel 4, Sunday evenings 1900hrs. Wee Dram
and Loch Lomond will feature on the 3rd programme, which covers some
of the amazing aviation experiences in Scotland. Tune in, and let us know if it
inspires you !!
2018 – Halfway through the season and
already we have had lots of enquiries for rating training, 2 successful passes
and several revalidation flights. On top of that the usual 2 or 3 day adventure
flying trips to Mull and beyond. Including the Third Annual Mull Treasure Hunt
(featuring the magnificent Bread Arrows), some beautiful sunsets, and an Air
Race win at Sherburn-in-Elmet (The Rolls-Royce Merlin
trophy). The last two photos below are of a day trip to climb Stac Pollaidh, and a marvellous
landing at the beautiful little Banffshire village of Crovie. Flying in and out of the newly activated grass strip at RAF Banff –
home to the Mosquito Strike Wing during WW2.
2018 – A decision to upgrade the
radios and avionics over the winter is now a reality. Fully
8.33, LPV, ILS, VOR and IFR capable with a Garmin GTN650 and twin G5s. A
new fuel flow meter and EGT gauge will also make for more accurate monitoring
and planning of leaning, CHTs and endurance. And ….
Bluetooth music to add to the mountain experience !!
2017 – A delayed start to the season
due to technical difficulties at the annual, but thankfully all is now fixed
and the year is up and running!! And what a busy one it is looking so far. Had
the privilege to fly with Arthur Williams as he toured round Scotland in his
beautiful Piper Cub – hopefully some of the excitement might be coming to your
screens in the autumn!! Watch this space!! We’ve also had several pilot
visitors from overseas adventuring their way around the stunning west coast of
Scotland. Still a few spaces left for some of our Seaplane Safaris into August
and September – remember we can do 1,2,3 or even 4 day
adventures. Took part in another of the Royal Aero Club RRRs Air Racing
weekends on 3+4 June at Llanbedr in wildest Westest
Wales – and this time, headed home triumphant – proud winners of The Gower Cup.
Hoping to return to Alderney this year in September to try and improve on our
Second Place in the 2016 Schneider Trophy. Congratulations to Roderick Morton
in his Lake Buccaneer, who pipped us for First Place by an excruciatingly tight
7 secs !!
2016 – Once again, Wee Dram thrilled
the crowds at The Scottish Airshow, held at Ayr
seafront on Saturday 3rd September.
2016 – DRAM is now in for her annual maintenance, and all things going well (ulp!)
should be back in the air for early March. We’ve already got some 3-4 day
adventure trips booked up with clients for May, June and September – and a
couple of possible students lined up for the summer – so, if you fancy putting
some va-va-voom back into your flying, then please do
get in touch, and we will get the good weather on order. First Air Race of the
season is at Abbeville on 9+10 April 2016, so that’s a definite plan to go and
defend the Battle of Britain trophy. And September could hopefully provide a
repeat, with a Scottish Airshow at the start of the
month, and the Schneider Trophy at the end of the month.
2015 – A massively eventful month,
with ‘Wee Dram’ giving her first ever Air Display – in front of over 100,000
spectators - at the Scottish Airshow on Saturday 5th
September 2015. Wee Dram felt hugely privileged to share this stage with the
Red Arrows, the Catalina, B17, Swedish Historic Flight and, for the last ever
time, the Avro Vulcan. This
culmination of 5 months planning, practice and obtaining of the
necessary approvals and Display Authorisation from the CAA.
Later in September, Wee Dram headed to
Alderney in the Channel Islands to take part in the famous Schneider Trophy Air
Race. Originally instigated in the early 1900s as a race purely for waterplanes, Wee Dram became
the first floatplane to race since the Supermarine S6
won the trophy for Britain in 1931 !! The trip
included flypasts at the grave sites of several past Schneider trophy racers
and personalities, including Howard Pixton, Lady Lucy
Houston, RJ Mitchell, Flt Lt Sam Kinkead, Flt Lt Waghorn. Although on the
day we didn’t win any trophies, we won a load of new friends and a lot of
respect. I think we’ll be back to try again in 2016…..
2015 – Once again journeyed across Europe to Lake Wolfgangsee
for the simply breathtaking - Scalaria Air Challenge 2015 – the trip included a nostalgic trip home for DRAM, to
Reims. The last time she flew there was in May 1969, when she was built ! Stop-offs at Headcorn, Le Touquet, Reims, the fabulous Dornier Museum at Freidrichshafen, Tannheim and a
few shuttles at Salzburg, were the order of the day. The return trip a week
later via lunch at Kitzbuhel, dinner at friendly Hohenems, and a breakfast trip to the old museum at Villingen-Schweningen preceded a welcome chillout with good friends at Dijon-Darois
and the excitement of Aero Restauration Service !! The one day (9hour) trip
home from Dijon into 30kt headwinds was a rather more gruelling undertaking,
stopping off at Caen and Gloucester for some well earned
tea and cake !!
May 2015 - What can I say? A month into the flying programme and it has already exceeeeeded my wildest expectations. This year it was decided that, as DRAM is a seaplane, she should enter the Schneider Trophy (please Google it if you are not aware of its significance). Initially this had been the plan in July 2006 when the floats were to be first fitted, but due to circumstances on the other side of the Atlantic they were delayed by 6 months, and the moment passed. Handicapped Air Racing, is organised by the Royal Aero Club and involves getting an FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) Race Licence, insurance approval, a Royal Aero Club Handicap and partaking in two races prior to the Schneider itself (27th September 2015) on Alderney. Some common sense maths were applied to the principle of 45degree bank racing turns at speed, and Turnberry lighthouse became a practice turning point for one glorious spring evening in late April.
The race weekend at Abbeville in France (9/10
May 2015) presented itself as the perfect opportunity to get all these
requirements completed, and have a continental adventure into the bargain.
Seven days were set aside, and leave scrounged from the day job, and
despite 30-50kt winds, a safe yet steady, route was negotiated to
Abbeville, with social stops at Gloucester and Shoreham on the way
out, and Cambridge and Sleap on the return. My trusty navigator flew in
from Copenhagen and rendezvoused with DRAM and I in 1920s style at Brighton
City (Shoreham). And so, the adventure began. Slightly nervous about flaunting
the kilt after the Election Result, our whisky and tasteful shirts were warmly
welcomed into the Racing fraternity, and a keen interest was taken in the two
headwind generators that were attached to our amphibious aerial chariot.
Saturday dawned with a sporty 20-25kt wind, resulting in the most challenging
race conditions that the ensemble could remember (that may be due to old
age and whisky). Despite this, Team DRAM finished a very respectable 10th out
of 17, and there was much hearty congrats and cheering at the lively evening
Sunday, the Battle of Britain Trophy race
day, saw perfect conditions, a gentle 10kts, and few
cumulus at about 1500'. The 5 laps of 23 miles round the Somme estuary
flew by (scuse the pun) at 131mph ias, and as we turned the final corner
(having overtaken a Cessna152 at the second last turning point - 5kts faster)
we started to get worried. Where was the swarm of RV8s and Rallyes that had
screamed past us by this stage yesterday? Keeking over my left shoulder I could
just see them a mile or so behind, approaching the last Turning Point .... but by this stage we
could see the finish at Abbeville Airport. We passed over the Somme
canal at 700ft, at which stage we could commence a final dive to 100ft
toward the finish line. The nose went down, the airspeed rose, 140, 150,
160..... the altitude wound down 600, 400,200..... the line of poplars and the A16 tollroad flashed past
underneath.........we could see the fear in the truck-drivers
eyes .....yet, we nervously held our line, looking over our shoulders
expecting to be bypassed at any second ......but it never came......the
finishing line rushed past with a huge black and white chequered flag and we
pulled up into a gentle climb to 1200ft and had a nervous giggle to
ourselves......"did we just cross the line first?"....then the doubt
sets in......."I think I cut one of the corners at
TP1"......."we can't have won"........"NO WAY" . We waited for all the other racers to cross
the line, join the circuit and land ahead (we needed a little more care as
we could only use the intermediate exit and didn't want to hold up the landing
stream with our supermarche-trolley-like taxiing tendencies). And so, to the
grass parking, engine shutdown, adrenaline still
racing, and the calming tick-tick-tick of a gently cooling 210HP, 5.4litre
Continental flat-six (IO360DB)...... Chilling out on the grass in glorious
24deg sunshine, listening to the skylarks celebrating overhead, this felt good.
A local aviateur in his World War One Royal Flying Corps SE5a replica
completed the picture with a celebratory flypast (or he may have wanted a
closer look at my hi-vis screaming pink and yellow beach shirt (seaplane
flying de rigeur attire)). Whatever, the kindly committeee sidled up to us
and with a wink of congratulations, suggested that we might like to check the results. Partly in disbelief, partly embarassed at our
beginners luck and partly humbled to be the winners of such a prestigious
trophy on the 70th anniversary of VE Day, we were warmly applauded and
welcomed into the racing fraternity. No longer racing virgins, now we have a
trophy to defend next year, and a tiny thought that maybe, just maybe, we are
not in the Schneider to merely take part any more ...... addiction has never
felt this good.
- Well, what looked as if it would be a quiet year turned out
wildly busy, way beyond expectations. The
highlights were getting two more instructors up and running, helping to take
some of the pressure off the one-man-band. It also enabled us to get 4
ab-initios though their SEP(Sea) ratings,
including the first to qualify at Loch Doon (a former WW1 seaplane base) since
1918!! History in the making. On top of that there
were numerous 3-4 day training safaris around the west coast, taking in Oban,
Mull, Plockton, Wick, Inverness and all points and
lochs in between. Another highlight was a trip to the Orkney Folk Festival,
Fair Isle, and the northern reaches of the Shetland Isles and Out Skerries
- including landings on Scapa Flow, Lerwick Harbour (the first since
Charles Lindberg) and St Ninians Isle. But the total highlight of the year
was DRAM being used as the star of - David Beckham's Haig Club Whisky advert.
Now shown across the world, on inflight airline videos, in airports, on TV
stations and repeated in late 2015. Anyone else needing a seaplane to shine on
their video … have a look at what can be done !!
a few flights over the winter - weaving amongst some spectacular snowy
mountainscapes - but by heck the water was bloody freezing - we need more
jetties in Scotland, to save having to paddle!! After her annual
maintenance DRAM was back in action early April. A two week jaunt at
the end of May all around Scotland, as far north as Cape Wrath, and taking
in about 20 different lochs, picking up flying students at various locations on
the way. Camping at Plockton, lunching at the rollvan on Loch Lochy, or slumming it in the occasional 4star hotel. Variety, and good
weather, was the spice of 2013. In July, we took the FlyScotland
message to Scalaria Air Challenge 2013 at Lake Wolfgangsee in Austria. We
lunched at the Red Bull Hangar at Salzburg, and were entertained at Lake Wolfgang as
VIP guests, by the hosts and sponsors (Gulfstream, Lufthansa, Mercedes and
Scalaria Hotel). We were treated to amazing flying displays by Team Red Bull, and
we took in some sightseeing amongst the spectacular alpine backdrop. We look
forward to returning in 2015 and meeting up again with the Catalina, the Dornier Do24T,
Beavers, Cessnas and Super Cubs from Germany, Norway, Poland, Switzerland,
France and Italy. The sad event of the year was the last ever RAF Leuchars
Airshow. As a wee boy in short trousers I well remember being lifted
over the fence exactly 40 years ago, at Leuchars 1973, to sit in a Hawker Hunter
cockpit - and that set in chain an inspiration and chain of events that led me
into aviation as a career. Forty years later, it was a privilege to show
other youngsters around Wee Dram. Hopefully the inspiration can be passed on to
the next generation.
A summary of 2012. An incredibly exciting year. Started with some flying and interviews around Skye and Loch Ness, with French TV Station Magneto who are putting together a series of documentaries on what inspires pilots around the world. Series due to go on air in May 2013. In mid-May we headed south to the bi-annual Biscarrosse seaplane meet - stopping off at Dunkeswell, Dinard, Chateau Monhoudou and Amboise en route. Returning (after enforced delay due to wind, rain and low cloud) via Caen (with 40kt headwinds), Gloucester and Halfpenny Green. Good to catch up with old frriends and get the low down on the next adventure ..... which was ...... a trip to Norway and the Arctic Circle at the end of June 2012. First leg was 3hrs, direct from Prestwick to Sumburgh, and then a 197nm hop over to Bergen. Now beer may be £10 a pint, but what a stunningly beautiful country - and can't wait to return. Planning started a few months in advance, getting local advice (thanks Cyrus, Frank and Daniel) on fuel availabilities and charts. The adventure continued north, stopping off at Kristiansund, Bronnoysund (for the longest day), crossing the Arctic Circle south of Bodo, and then carrying on as far as 69 Deg North. Spent 4 amazing days based at Helle on the Lofoten Islands - thanks Frank :) - taking in the Trollfjord, VFR flying at midnight, beer-drinking with Wideroe crews and doing lots of inter-island splashing about near Harstad and beyond. All too soon we had to head south again, keeping a weather eye open for the hoped for hop back across to Scotland. A nightstop at KristiansUnd then we headed for some landings at Geirangerfjord, Bergen and lunch at the beautiful Rosendal Fjordhotel. By this stage low vis and clag had settled in on Scotland and showed no sign of shifting. So, rather than heading off on a 260nm direct route with 350nm endurance and no diversions, we headed off on the southerly route toward Denmark and the low Countries. We got as far as KristiansAnd until the weather socked us in yet again - nevertheless, we met up again with Daniel (who was night-stopping with a Wideroe Dash 8) and made the most of live music, tasty beer, free coffee and wifi and the Italy v Germany World Cup semi - now poor Daniel knows what it feels like to be a Scotland fan ..... Eventually we had to adandon DRAM for 3 weeks and fly home by (whisper it) Ryanair. Still that was the excuse for a return rescue 3 weeks later .. but therein lies another tale :)
2011. Was grounded with a
broken arm during July, but fully back flying by mid-August, just in time for
some late summer adventure and training. Islay Airshow
(Aug 13th), and then a week around the west coast of ScotlandRAF Leuchars Airshow (Sept 10th), including Story-Telling
sessions about “Wee DRAM” for the kids. Schneider Trophy Commemorative Flypast
December 2009 - Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2010 to all those who like a
DRAM. The latest Christmas present will be a
totally new engine for DRAM in February 2010. Ordered through
Richard Boddie at Norvic Aero
Engines. This Factory Exchange Continental IO360DB will get DRAM off the
Private Cat back onto the Public Cat and available for rentals, revalidations,
shares and instruction. More to come in the New Year including
.... a 2 week adventure to
17 Sep 2009 - Videotime .... Spent a fun Thursday
afternoon and evening making a movie with a pal from work. Headed up to Loch Eck for some beautiful scenery and glassy water.
The music is by two Scottish bands .... 'The Red Hot
Chilli Pipers' and 'The Chair'. If you wonder what all
the fuss is about seaplanes and
12 Sep 2009 - Leuchars. Fortunately it was no repeat of 2008 .. at least not as far as the weather is concerned. A simply stunning sunny east-coast day, with over 45,000 visitors and some superb displays. Many many thanks to Derek, PopPrune, Seaton the Duck and Ricardo - who all helped out with showing dozens of kids (large and small) around the intricacies of a seaplane. We also sold a few photies and raised a wee bit for Help for Heroes. You can read an enthusiasts report of the show here. Despite the parking chaos, despite the lack of Tornadoes and despite the curry running out in the VIP tent ... it was a cracking day out. We were lucky enough to be right on the centreline of the Reds display, but they still caught us napping coming in over the trees - that WOULD have been a superb picture if the camera had switched on quicker ... anyway, we are all looking forward to 11 Sep 2010, the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain - the summer leave has already been booked. Hopefully see you there !
Aug 2009 -
Alderney/Jersey/Ireland - The Mysterious Tale of the Disappearing Bicycle .... A word of warning ....
if you visit
25 July 2009 -
Loch an t-Seilich - (
15 July 2009 -
June 2009 -
30th May 2009. A certain little aeroplane had a
significant birthday.... and to think she took to the same French skies less
than 3 months after Concorde
001, F-WTSS not a million miles away in
22nd-25th May 2009. Headed south from Orkney and across the
water to the International Seaplane Festival at the Share Centre near
Enniskillen. Enniskillen is situated on Lower Loch Erne and was home to 2
flying boat bases (Castle Archdale and Killadeas)
during WW2. On the Saturday, 5 seaplanes (from Northern and Southern Ireland,
18-21st May 2009. Went 'stravaigin' around Scotland, visiting Loch Shiel, Loch Morar and a few more lochs near Achnasheen, with overnight stops at Plockton, (where we took part in a mini retro-remake of The Wickerman) and Peterhead Longside, (where we were warmly welcomed and biscuited by Alfie, Ken, Bruce and the Buchan Aero Club). Then on to the Orkneys, for a quick overnight visit to the Orkney Folk Festival.
1-3 May 2009 -
Glenforsa Yakathon -Celebrated Mayday in style with a camping trip to
March 2009 - Springtime stretch
of the wings. Two sunny days spent splashing around Loch Venachar
(lunch at the Harbour Cafe ),
Loch Earn, Loch Rannoch and Loch Laidon before
About "G-DRAM" - The first Cessna 172 Amphib in Europe.
operate a Reims/Cessna FR172F "Reims Rocket" on brand-new Wipline
2350A amphibious floats. This aircraft (G-DRAM "Spirit of Scotland")
is no ordinary Cessna 172 -
with EASA approval G-DRAM becomes the FIRST (and ONLY) certificated amphibious
Cessna 172 in
by Reims in
Why travel thousands of miles to
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING ?
November 2008 - Tucked away again for winter, we can all relax and enjoy restful nights, not worrying about tie-downs and the wind whistling down the chimney at 3am .....
September 2008 - RAF Leuchars Airshow - Mark your diaries. This is THE premier Airshow in
August 2008 -
Scottish Island Hop - DRAM's
summer holiday for 2008 was a 1000 mile epic island-hopping adventure with a
tent and folding bikes. From Prestwick to Cape Wrath (not strictly an island),
Orkney, Eday, Sanday, Westray, Papa Westray, Fair Isle,
Lewis, Harris (with a boat trip to St Kilda as a non-flying bonus), then back
to the mainland for a couple of days camping at Plockton
before a successful CAA checkride at Lochearnhead - Scotland now has one more Seaplane
Instructor :) Finished off (where else) on
1-4 May 2008. Biscarosse Airshow,
Well we made it !! Stopping off at Ha'Penny Green,
friendly Lasham, Guernsey for a tasty lunch (Hi Colin
and Sam!), Dinard, Quiberon (Hi Pierre!) and La
Rochelle - 5 days, 900 miles, many storm dodges and many lunches later, G-DRAM
and her tired crew splashed down on Biscarosse Lac
near Bordeaux. 2 fantastic days of seaplanes and sunshine,
and the promise that we will return in 2010 - (the 100th Anniversary of the
first ever seaplane flight by Frenchman Henri Fabre). We spread the word
29 November 2007 - Tucked away for the winter. After the horrendous weather of 2007, the decision was taken to hangar G-DRAM over the forthcoming winter. She is now safely tucked away and should re-emerge next April with a new C of A and fresh annual completed.
27 April 2007 - Finally .... back on the water
again !! Probably the best
weather day of the year so far .... well
.. DRAM is back !! :) The engineers at ACS in
We got airborne and had a wee splashorama ....
February 2007 - GOOD NEWS !! -Repairs are now well under way, and we expect to be back in the air by Easter. God Bless the insurance, God Bless the engineers and God Bless everyone at Glasgow who helped secure DRAM and prevent further wind damage later in the week. Nice articles on our plans in this month's Pilot and Today's Pilot Magazines :-) A BIG THANK YOU to Ron the Loss Adjuster, Brian and the Insurers (sounds like a band doesn't it?) and all at Glasgow Airport who helped out in our time of need ... The Flying Club, BAA Ops and Works Dept, Air Traffic, the Fire Service, mates Stewart and Neil (for holding the ropes), Bob, Brian and Steve with the Hi-Ab (for not dropping it off the back of a lorry on the M8 in the middle of the rush-hour) and to all the well-wishers who emailed, phoned and commiserated on Scottish Radar 127.27 .... Thank you :)
1 January 2007 -
Happy New Year (NOT) - Not the
best of news at 9am this morning. Gusts of 80mph last
night snapped the two fixed tie-downs and dragged G-DRAM (and another 4 large
concrete tie-downs). Damage to left float, awaiting
assessment :-( ....... in best Victor Meldrew voice
... "I DON'T BELIEVE IT!!" - 4 other aircraft damaged at
Cumbernauld, and a hangar blew down in
20 December 2006 -
FIRST FLIGHT - successful 2
hour test flight on land and water. Aircraft re-positioned to Glasgow Flying
17 December 2006
- G-DRAM rolled out the hangar
11 November 2006 -Full bare metal respray with photochromatic paint, completed by Eastern Air Executive at Sturgate Aerodrome (01427 838280) - Oyster leather Interior completed by Aircraft Interiors (01902 345251) -G-DRAM flown to Perth for float fitting by Air Charter Scotland (ACS) Engineering (01738 552503).
September 2006 - Float shipment delayed until October 2006 - respray now expected September/October with float-fitting and completion in November 2006.
May 2006 - Floats have now passed FAA and EASA STCs, are due to be shipped from Wipline in July and fitted by end of August - with expected rollout mid-September 2006. Respray now scheduled for end of September 2006. First lessons planned for Summer 2007.
If you would like to register your interest for flying
next year, or if you just want to blether about float-flying, then please feel
free to contact
us on - email@example.com - or by
mobile phone 07710 460694