See you at RAF Leuchars Airshow – Saturday 7th September 2013
Throughout the day we will be doing story-telling sessions from our illustrated book for children,
all about the adventures of “Wee Dram” in “Leuchars Lookout” !!
Free readings, donations to Help for Heroes. Books available on the day for £7, or 2 for £10.
you a very warm welcome to
Firstly, we want to
Secondly, we aim to help you put the FUN back into your flying - without having to travel abroad or spend a fortune.
How are we going to do that ?
We are promoting Scotland as a destination both for seaplane instruction and adventure sports by touring extensively - making the airframe available as a quality photo opportunity for tourism, whisky, fresh-air and adventure sports industries - and we are introducing pilots to the sheer freedom and beauty of flying floatplanes around the stunning, world-class environment of Scotland.
If you already have a Pilot's Licence (NPPL, PPL, CPL, ATPL, FAA) then you are ready to embark on a voyage of discovery - to rediscover flying as it should be. No landing fees and no clearances - you work out the wind direction and water state and then you choose your landing area. You will learn the skills of taxiing, mooring, docking, sailing and much much more. You can add a seaplane rating onto your licence by completing (on average) between 5 and 10hrs of flight training for the SEP( Sea) Rating. You will also need to pass the written Seamanship Exam. Alternatively you can fly as PU/T under instruction without the stress of an exam at the end, spend a few hours visiting restaurants, beaches, castles and then log the time as your biennial dual-flight with an instructor.
offering shared ownership of G-DRAM, where you can
with us as we rediscover the exciting qualities
and joys of
2013 - LATEST NEWS - 2013
and beyond - Have managed a few
flights over the winter - weaving amongst some
spectacular snowy mountainscapes - but by heck
the water is bloody freezing - we need more
jetties in Scotland, to save having to
paddle!! DRAM heads for her annual maintenance
in a week, and should be back in action early
April. Planning is underway for a possible
return trip to Norway at the end of June
(email if interested). Possibly leaving DRAM
in Germany, to be picked up 3 weeks later when
we head to Scalaria 2013 at Lake Wolfgangsee
in Austria. early days and flexible plans
A summary of 2012. An incredibly exciting year. Started with some flying and interviews around Skye and Loch Ness, with French TV Station Magneto who are putting together a series of documentaries on what inspires pilots around the world. Series due to go on air in May 2013. In mid-May we headed south to the bi-annual Biscarrosse seaplane meet - stopping off at Dunkeswell, Dinard, Chateau Monhoudou and Amboise en route. Returning (after enforced delay due to wind, rain and low cloud) via Caen (with 40kt headwinds), Gloucester and Halfpenny Green. Good to catch up with old frriends and get the low down on the next adventure ..... which was ...... a trip to Norway and the Arctic Circle at the end of June 2012. First leg was 3hrs, direct from Prestwick to Sumburgh, and then a 197nm hop over to Bergen. Now beer may be £10 a pint, but what a stunningly beautiful country - and can't wait to return. Planning started a few months in advance, getting local advice (thanks Cyrus, Frank and Daniel) on fuel availabilities and charts. The adventure continued north, stopping off at Kristiansund, Bronnoysund (for the longest day), crossing the Arctic Circle south of Bodo, and then carrying on as far as 69 Deg North. Spent 4 amazing days based at Helle on the Lofoten Islands - thanks Frank :) - taking in the Trollfjord, VFR flying at midnight, beer-drinking with Wideroe crews and doing lots of inter-island splashing about near Harstad and beyond. All too soon we had to head south again, keeping a weather eye open for the hoped for hop back across to Scotland. A nightstop at KristiansUnd then we headed for some landings at Geirangerfjord, Bergen and lunch at the beautiful Rosendal Fjordhotel. By this stage low vis and clag had settled in on Scotland and showed no sign of shifting. So, rather than heading off on a 260nm direct route with 350nm endurance and no diversions, we headed off on the southerly route toward Denmark and the low Countries. We got as far as KristiansAnd until the weather socked us in yet again - nevertheless, we met up again with Daniel (who was night-stopping with a Wideroe Dash 8) and made the most of live music, tasty beer, free coffee and wifi and the Italy v Germany World Cup semi - now poor Daniel knows what it feels like to be a Scotland fan ..... Eventually we had to adandon DRAM for 3 weeks and fly home by (whisper it) Ryanair. Still that was the excuse for a return rescue 3 weeks later .. but therein lies another tale :)
grounded with a broken arm during July, but
fully back flying by
mid-August, just in
time for some late summer adventure and training.
(Aug 13th), and then a week around the
west coast of ScotlandRAF Leuchars
Airshow (Sept 10th),
sessions about “Wee DRAM” for the kids. Schneider
Trophy Commemorative Flypast
December 2009 - Happy Christmas and a Prosperous
2010 to all those who like a
DRAM. The latest Christmas
present will be a totally new
engine for DRAM in February 2010. Ordered through Richard Boddie at Norvic Aero Engines.
This Factory Exchange Continental IO360DB will get
DRAM off the Private Cat
back onto the Public Cat and available for
rentals, revalidations, shares and
instruction. More to come in the New Year including ....
a 2 week adventure to
Sep 2009 - Videotime
.... Spent a fun Thursday afternoon
and evening making a movie with a pal from work.
up to Loch Eck for some beautiful scenery and
glassy water. The music is
by two Scottish bands ....
'The Red Hot Chilli Pipers'
and 'The Chair'. If you
wonder what all the fuss is
about seaplanes and
12 Sep 2009 - Leuchars. Fortunately it was no repeat of 2008 .. at least not as far as the weather is concerned. A simply stunning sunny east-coast day, with over 45,000 visitors and some superb displays. Many many thanks to Derek, PopPrune, Seaton the Duck and Ricardo - who all helped out with showing dozens of kids (large and small) around the intricacies of a seaplane. We also sold a few photies and raised a wee bit for Help for Heroes. You can read an enthusiasts report of the show here. Despite the parking chaos, despite the lack of Tornadoes and despite the curry running out in the VIP tent ... it was a cracking day out. We were lucky enough to be right on the centreline of the Reds display, but they still caught us napping coming in over the trees - that WOULD have been a superb picture if the camera had switched on quicker ... anyway, we are all looking forward to 11 Sep 2010, the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain - the summer leave has already been booked. Hopefully see you there !
Alderney/Jersey/Ireland - The Mysterious Tale of
the Disappearing Bicycle .... A word of warning .... if you visit
July 2009 - Loch an t-Seilich - (
July 2009 -
May 2009. A
certain little aeroplane had a significant
birthday.... and to think she took to the same
French skies less than 3 months
not a million miles away in
Headed south from Orkney and across the water to
International Seaplane Festival at the Share
Centre near Enniskillen.
Enniskillen is situated on Lower Loch Erne and was
home to 2 flying boat bases
(Castle Archdale and Killadeas)
during WW2. On the
Saturday, 5 seaplanes (from Northern and Southern
18-21st May 2009. Went 'stravaigin' around Scotland, visiting Loch Shiel, Loch Morar and a few more lochs near Achnasheen, with overnight stops at Plockton, (where we took part in a mini retro-remake of The Wickerman) and Peterhead Longside, (where we were warmly welcomed and biscuited by Alfie, Ken, Bruce and the Buchan Aero Club). Then on to the Orkneys, for a quick overnight visit to the Orkney Folk Festival.
May 2009 - Glenforsa
Yakathon -Celebrated Mayday in
style with a camping trip to
2009 - Springtime stretch of the
wings. Two sunny days spent splashing around Loch
(lunch at the Harbour
Loch Earn, Loch Rannoch and Loch Laidon before
"G-DRAM" - The first
Cessna 172 Amphib
We operate a
Reims/Cessna FR172F "Reims Rocket" on
floats. This aircraft (G-DRAM
"Spirit of Scotland") is no ordinary Cessna 172 - with EASA approval
G-DRAM becomes the FIRST (and
ONLY) certificated amphibious Cessna 172 in
Why travel thousands
of miles to
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING ?
November 2008 - Tucked away again for winter, we can all relax and enjoy restful nights, not worrying about tie-downs and the wind whistling down the chimney at 3am .....
13th September 2008
- RAF Leuchars Airshow - Mark your diaries.
This is THE premier Airshow
2008 - Scottish
Island Hop -
summer holiday for 2008 was a 1000 mile epic
island-hopping adventure with a
tent and folding bikes. From Prestwick to Cape
Wrath (not strictly an island),
Orkney, Eday, Sanday, Westray, Papa Westray, Fair Isle,
Lewis, Harris (with a boat trip to St Kilda as a
non-flying bonus), then back
to the mainland for a couple of days camping at Plockton
before a successful CAA checkride
at Lochearnhead -
Scotland now has one more Seaplane
Instructor :) Finished off (where else) on
May 2008. Biscarosse Airshow,
!! Stopping off at Ha'Penny
Green, friendly Lasham,
Guernsey for a tasty lunch (Hi Colin and Sam!), Dinard, Quiberon (Hi Pierre!) and
La Rochelle - 5 days, 900 miles, many storm dodges
and many lunches later,
G-DRAM and her tired crew splashed down on Biscarosse
Lac near Bordeaux. 2
fantastic days of seaplanes and
sunshine, and the promise that we will return in
2010 - (the 100th Anniversary
of the first ever seaplane flight by Frenchman
Henri Fabre). We spread
the word that
29 November 2007 - Tucked away for the winter. After the horrendous weather of 2007, the decision was taken to hangar G-DRAM over the forthcoming winter. She is now safely tucked away and should re-emerge next April with a new C of A and fresh annual completed.
April 2007 - Finally ....
back on the water
again !! Probably
the best weather day of
the year so far .... well ..
DRAM is back !! :) The
engineers at ACS in
We got airborne and
had a wee splashorama ....
February 2007 - GOOD NEWS !! -Repairs are now well under way, and we expect to be back in the air by Easter. God Bless the insurance, God Bless the engineers and God Bless everyone at Glasgow who helped secure DRAM and prevent further wind damage later in the week. Nice articles on our plans in this month's Pilot and Today's Pilot Magazines :-) A BIG THANK YOU to Ron the Loss Adjuster, Brian and the Insurers (sounds like a band doesn't it?) and all at Glasgow Airport who helped out in our time of need ... The Flying Club, BAA Ops and Works Dept, Air Traffic, the Fire Service, mates Stewart and Neil (for holding the ropes), Bob, Brian and Steve with the Hi-Ab (for not dropping it off the back of a lorry on the M8 in the middle of the rush-hour) and to all the well-wishers who emailed, phoned and commiserated on Scottish Radar 127.27 .... Thank you :)
January 2007 - Happy New
Year (NOT) -
Not the best of news at 9am
this morning. Gusts of 80mph last night snapped
fixed tie-downs and dragged G-DRAM (and another 4
large concrete tie-downs). Damage
to left float, awaiting assessment :-( .......
voice ... "I DON'T BELIEVE
IT!!" - 4 other aircraft damaged at
Cumbernauld, and a hangar blew
December 2006 - FIRST FLIGHT - successful
2 hour test flight on land
and water. Aircraft re-positioned to Glasgow
Flying Club at
2006 - G-DRAM rolled out the
11 November 2006 -Full bare metal respray with photochromatic paint, completed by Eastern Air Executive at Sturgate Aerodrome (01427 838280) - Oyster leather Interior completed by Aircraft Interiors (01902 345251) -G-DRAM flown to Perth for float fitting by Air Charter Scotland (ACS) Engineering (01738 552503).
September 2006 - Float shipment delayed until October 2006 - respray now expected September/October with float-fitting and completion in November 2006.
May 2006 - Floats have now passed FAA and EASA STCs, are due to be shipped from Wipline in July and fitted by end of August - with expected rollout mid-September 2006. Respray now scheduled for end of September 2006. First lessons planned for Summer 2007.
If you would like to register your interest for flying next year, or if you just want to blether about float-flying, then please feel free to contact us on - firstname.lastname@example.org - or by mobile phone 07710 460694