(Not to be confused with "The Sinking" because that would be unfortunate.)
|June 24, 2020: Jamie and Don with their new-to-them Searey minutes after Don brought it home to KSDC|
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, my friends Jamie and Don partnered up to purchase a Searey, an amateur-built experimental category amphibious aircraft. Professional pilot Don flew the Searey home to the Williamson-Sodus Airport from Florida in June at an average ground speed of 80 mph over the course of two days. The Searey is not a cross country machine by any means. But for relatively affordable fun splashing around on local inland lakes and bays, it is 100% fit for purpose.
|Note the landing gear switch: green for grass, blue for water|
During the latter half of 2020, Jamie delighted in sharing the Searey experience with his family and our mutual friends at the WFC. After a few failures to connect, my schedule finally matched up with an offer for a ride from Jamie and we met at the airport on the morning of October 31. It was the last day before the Searey "turned into a pumpkin" (came due for annual inspection).
|Launching from Runway 28 at the Williamson-Sodus Airport|
Jamie's greatest concerns about taking me flying were my height and weight, two parameters that the diminutive two-seater was not designed to accommodate in any excess. He was also concerned that climbing into the airplane would be challenging for me, but I found it easier than clambering into the back seat of a J-3 Cub. I think Jamie was mildly impressed by how easily I accomplished it.
|Mask? Yep. Still pandemic times.|
|Sodus Bay from Searey height.|
The wind was picking up at the Williamson-Sodus Airport and Jamie had to work a bit more than usual to land the lightweight taildragger.
It was a wonderful morning to see the fall color and enjoy splashing around in an amphibian. Thanks, Jamie! This was so much fun, though I wish I fit in the airplane better. Does anyone know if they come in a large?