Swedish Seaplane Association, SSA, is a non-profit organization serving the needs of the seaplane community throughout Sweden and globally.

Our mission is to be the voice of the seaplane community and to represent the interests of seaplane enthusiasts on the federal, state, and local levels. Flying seaplanes means that you are free to fly, but with responsibility....

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Unsecured baggage can cause serious injury. Many

operators do not permit carry-on baggage in the cabin-

check with your pilot to find out if it is permitted, and if

so, where the approved stowage areas are. Check with

your pilot before packing or carrying gases, corrosives,

aerosols, flammable liquids, explosives (including

ammunition), poisons, magnetic materials or any other

material or substance of which you are uncertain.

Carrying certain dangerous goods or hazardous materials

on board a seaplane is illegal.

Seat belt operation

Make sure it fits tight around your hips at all times, and

always use the shoulder harness when available. Practice

locating and releasing the latch with both hands and your

eyes closed until you are confident you could do so in an


Situational awareness

Locate the exit in relation to your left or right knee. If the

exit is on your right while upright then it will still be on

your right in the event the seaplane comes to rest

inverted. No matter how disorienting an accident, as long

as your seat belt is fastened, your relationship to the

exit(s) remains the same. Be familiar with your

surroundings so you can find your way to an exit, even

with your eyes closed.

Exit locations and operation

Ensure you know the location of, and how to use, all

exits. The method of opening an exit may be different

from one seaplane to another, and even within the same

aircraft. Ask the pilot if you can practice opening the

exit(s) before engine start up.


Know the location of all on-board safety and survival

equipment, including the emergency locator transmitter

(ELT), survival kit and equipment, first aid kit, oxygen

and fire extinguisher. See the safety features card for


Electronic devices

Check with your pilot for restrictions on the use of

electronic devices. Typically, devices that are permitted

Life preserver location and operation

Locate yours! Know how to reach it, how to put it on and

how to inflate it. Seaplanes are required to carry life

preservers or personal flotation devices (PFD) for every

occupant. Check with your pilot to see if the life preserver



may not be used during the take-off and landing phases.

Some Highligthed Items which might be on the checklist or not but considered very important to be focused at.
Cessna 185/206 and similair aircraft types


· Flight control check
· Stabilizer
· Flaps
· Water rudder

Before takeoff

· Mental review on emergencies (engine failure at; on water, immediately after lift off, 500 ft, 1000ft)
· Point for stop or go decision (e g short water run area)


· Final items before take off: Fuel selector Both or if no Both option -L or R(Fullest Tank) - Stab trim - Flaps 20 degr - Mixture - Prop
· Full throttle - keep your hand on the throttle
· Check engine instruments (rpm - FF - oil pressure)
· Check air speed indicator

After liftoff

· Increase speed to around 80 - 85 kts
· Glassy water - ascertain postive climb to safe altitude
· Reduce to 25 / 25
· Flaps up at 300 ft

Coming into the landning circuit

· < 100 kts Flaps 10
· Circuits and reconnaissance keep between 85 - 95 kts
· On final latest, set flaps 20 degr as final flaps for landning (30 degr if short landning distance) and speed 85 kts
· Final checks to do on final latest 300 ft : Fuel selector both - Flaps - Mixture - Prop - (Amph: check gear up for water landning or gear down for landning on land)

Going around (always GO AROUND if landning deemed to be unsafe)

· Full throttle and be prepared for nose up movement
· Check correct rudder input (otherwise aircraft will veer left)
· Aim for speed at 80 - 85 kts


This information is written by the Swedish Seaplane Association, SSA, and adressed to foreign seaplane operators visiting Sweden.

1. Generally you are free to fly in and out of Swedish lakes, rivers and along the coast line but it is important you are aware of the fact that there are restrictions.

2. First you must carry an updated aviation chart showing controlled areas, prohibited areas, restricted areas, national parks and reservations. It is your responsibility to obtain information regarding details in such restrictions. AIP-Sweden is one source.

3. In addition to above there are areas not normally published in readily available publications. Such areas may be locally restricted waters as lakes feeding drinking water facilities, bird migration or hatching areas, the later often restricted certain seasons. Other water areas have speed limitations, generally between 5 and 10 knots, and cannot then be used for take-offs or landings.

4. On water areas where you are legal to operate SSA highly recommends some voluntarily adopted rules essential for our continues freedom. When you have selected a water area from a reasonable high altitude at low power, make a lower power approach and after landing taxi to shore with moderate power. There are often fishing nets in the waters and watch for their markings. When leaving the area be aware that there are people around even if you don't see any and they might not be so enthusiastic about seaplane flying as you are. Don't taxi close to boats and docks. Check your engine in an area where you are not supposed to disturb anyone. With a controllable pitch propeller use such length for the take-off run that you don't have to rev up the prop into the sound barrier.

5. It is all right to make a single landing or a touch-and-go in the way described above but please don't use the same lake for repeated take-offs and landings.

6. Normal aviation regulations apply to seaplanes as well. Lowest altitude flying VFR is 500 ft above the terrain but over or near congested areas the minimum is 1500 ft. If possible select an altitude above these minimums.

SSA gives this information to save our own freedom. Any reckless operation of seaplanes will probably cause restrictions for us all. Please cooperate with us under our own device……


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