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How much room does a pontoon plane need to land,and how deep does the water need to be?

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Answer #1 | 16/12 2013 06:00
depends on aircraft in question. width of wings. weight etc. most small lightweight 2 seater craft needing at least 1 mile for safety reasons though can stop and land a great deal shorter. water depth needs to exceed pontoon depth at least 5 times to allow for wave and wind depressions making for shallow parts. ( troughs etc) so as to minimise risk of contact with subsurface. better off contacting a company that operates such craft eg NZ based.
Answer #2 | 16/12 2013 06:06
Both answers depend entirely upon the specific model of plane in question, how heavily it is loaded and the wind as well as current and wave height. As a rule, float planes can land much shorter than the distance required to take off. If there are obstacles to clear, such as tall trees, the required distance is much greater. A Cessna 206 needs at least 1,500 feet for the water run and 2,000 feet or more fully loaded, plus extra distance to clear obstacles on climb out. A DeHavilland Beaver only needs half that distance. A turbine Otter, even less. As far as depth, 2-3 feet is sufficient, but more is safer.
Answer #3 | 16/12 2013 13:22
depends on the size/type of plane

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