When you ask pilots why they learned to fly, one reason they all agree on is that flying is fun. Flying has a truly magical quality—if you’ve ever flown in a small plane, you know the feeling of freedom that flying gives. So which airplanes are the most fun to fly?
If you belong to the Lake Flyers Club and read the forum, you’ll find many pilots who say that the Lake amphibian is the aircraft they enjoy flying most. One member posted that flying a Lake is the “most fun you can have with your clothes on.”
My current theory of airplane ownership is simple. Own a plane that you love that's unavailable for rent. I'm lucky to have the best rental fleet available in the country at my home airport in Palo Alto (more than 70 rental aircraft including many high performance glass planes including Cirrus, Mooney, Cessna 400, DA40, DA42). So I see no point in owning any of those, since I can rent whenever I want. But a seaplane...I don't know of one for rent in the entire state of California.
Yesterday morning, I went out to get some time on the water in my Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer. Afterwards I gave the plane a bath and got totally soaked, which was nearly as much fun. After looking at the video I shot doing “splash and goes” on the California Delta, I couldn’t resist editing them to share with others. I hope you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to pursue your aviation dreams.