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Logging Amphibian Time

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I'm curious, how would you log amphibian time (airplane that operates on both Sea and Land)? Would you create a seperate column to log it, or log it in both Sea and Land?

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  1. Matthew Waugh on Oct 24, 2010

    The FAA (in it’s handbook) says that an amphibian is “A seaplane with retractable wheel-type landing gear that can be extended to allow landings to be made on land.”
    So this leads me to believe that you would log it all as seaplane time. So I doubt you can get the add-on to your certificate without landing on water, but after that you could log a whole pile of seaplane time and never see the water 🙂

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  2. Wesley Beard on Nov 11, 2010

    John Lynch answered a question like this in his FAQ’s a long time ago.  That question was can I fly an amphibian aircraft that lands on both water and ground without having both the ASEL and ASES rating on their certificate.  His answer was if you want to takeoff / land on the ground you need a ASEL rating and if you want to takeoff / land on the water you need a ASES rating.
    I would apply the same logic to this scenario.  If you fly from airport to airport log the time in the ASEL  column.  If you fly from seaport to seaport than log the time in the ASES column.  If you takeoff from an airport and land on a seaport, split the time in half.

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