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I was talking with a fellow instructor the other day and we got to the topic of amphibious aircraft.  This led to the question:  I am single engine land & sea and multi engine land rated, so obviously I do not have privledges to fly a multi engine sea airplane.  However, theoretically I come by a Grumman Widgeon and want to fly it.  Would I be legal to fly it as long as I restricted myself to only land operations? And the oposite situation, what if I only had a multi engine sea rating (no land rating) could I fly it as long as I restricted myself to only water landings? Or to fly an amphibious aircraft are you required to hold both land and sea ratings?

We came to the conclusion that you should have both, and if you had access to the aircraft, might as well go get your rating so there is no question about it.  We couldn't find any regulation that stated one way or the other though.

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Mar 08, 2012

    Interestingly enough, Lynch’s FAQ shows the common sense answer that you only need ratings for the operation you are performing.  You don’t need both to fly the amphib.  If you are land rated, you may operate on land.  If you are sea rated, you may operate on the water.  If you have both, go for it on land or sea.

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  2. Matthew Waugh on Mar 12, 2012

    Although we caution that at NO time has Lynch’s FAQ been the FAA’s official positon.
    The answer probably depends on the state of mind of the inspector that ramp checks you. Or you could ask the Chief Counsel for an opinion.

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