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Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:16 pm

Hello !
One member of our club put that video in December
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravion in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby RKittine » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:55 pm

Welcome and very nice. Would be nice to have the best of both worlds, Floats, Wheels .........

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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:40 pm

Hourtiquets former floating plane base (pic January 2013) the slip still functional.

This place is now 100 % military , but few instrutors have special access

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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:48 pm

This slip in 1947 with a Latécoère 631

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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby CFII » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:32 pm

Great to see what you are doing and welcome.
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby RKittine » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:18 am

Makes me want to take the risk of taking my FAA Physical again.
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:32 pm

Few more pictures

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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby CFII » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:53 pm

Maybe it's just a rumor but, we have heard in the USA here that some people are building a very cool Latécoère 631 reproduction over there....
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby RKittine » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:08 pm

Hope the Polici were friendly! :elephant:
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:52 am

Yes there are friends
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby RKittine » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:25 am

Though not a friend, I took a New York State Trooper up in the Chief for a ride on floats the day after he and some others from his Barracks came to tell us that we could not operated on that section of the Hudson River anymore, at least inside the channel. He had a blast. Good to keep the police happy.
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:17 am

A new video with our second Piper.

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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:37 pm

New pier
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby CFII » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:57 pm

Nice looking area!
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:37 pm

today nice weather

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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby hotspur666 » Sun May 04, 2014 9:10 pm

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Biscarosse's Latés were quite the impressive airplanes, the largest of their time.
In testing, they were highly spoken off and seemed very reliable.
However, all seven built and flying were lost at sea for unknown reasons...
At this slow speed at low level, anything can happen and it did...icing, thunderstorms...etc...
DC-4, DC-6 and Connies could cruise up and out of most trouble so they, with their large number, could overtake the odds.

Get a load of the throttle quadrant...The french of these times did not believe in co-pilots,
the right seat was that of the flight engineer or the extra captain, in back the radio(morse)operator and the navigator.

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When I was in Marignane, we were two captains, but the locals(les Pompiers du Ciel-Flying Firemen) had still a mechanic on the right,
quite a pointless rule as all the planes returned home every nights...eventually, the engineers' union,
(Europe is ruled by unions) had their members get a pilot licence and both groups were merged,
ending that nonsense. It was even crazier in WW II, on big sea planes, the Captain was actually a navy BOAT captain,
sitting in the back and giving orders to the two mechanics up front, non-com officers being also pilots!

The Laté had a real captain...lonely at the top!
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Navigator would be left, right the radio operator...lookin back of the radio station
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Europe had different standards...Planes had farm tractor controls...you PULLED BACK the throttle and PUSHED FORWARD the prop...
America's aviation vocabulary in contrast, derive from railroad operations, as passenger service was
linked to passengers transferring to railroad sleeper cars for night travel or bad weather. Flying was a fair weather
luxury option for first class train traveling.
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:41 am

Hello !

Long time I didn't post..... :?

Some news in France, we have now 3 Piper 18, since several months.

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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby KlausNW » Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:00 pm

Sharp looking fleet.
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:09 pm

Our Seabee is there, pictures soon.....
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:52 am

Just "landed"
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby jjbaker » Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:40 pm

Whee! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

She's a beauty and we have people with a passion for Seabee's right here on the forum.

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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby hindsbru » Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:26 am

Is that Steve Mestler with his back to us in the picture? Which ship is it and where did it come from?
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby chrisbuck243 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:35 am

Some great looking planes. I would love to get down and stop by sometime to see some of these in action. :D
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:20 pm

hindsbru wrote:Is that Steve Mestler with his back to us in the picture? Which ship is it and where did it come from?
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No it's a French guy, living in Biscarrosse.....
And the plane came from Florida..... the new French registration is F-HYSB (HY like Hydravion and SB like seabee)
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Re: Aquitaine Hydravions in Biscarrosse (France)

Unread postby pilot83 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:28 pm

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