What does one do when they are pulling their floatplane out of winter storage, but aren’t anywhere near a body of water to drop the plane into? They could tow the plane to water with a pickup truck, but towing something as big and wide as an airplane can be a time-consuming pain in the behind. Surely there has to be an easier way.
A Facebook user recently uploaded a video showing one popular but perhaps unconventional technique for getting a floatplane up in the air: with a trailer and pickup truck. Rather than dropping the plane in the water for a traditional take off, the owner of this plane has elected to put it on a flatbed and have a Chevrolet Silverado tow them down the runway. This technique allows the pontoon-laden aircraft to take off from a traditional runway – all the pilot has to do is slowly apply the plane’s engine power as they approach take-off speed and pull up at the right time. The thrust from the plane engine and propeller also helps it stay put on the trailer before liftoff.
This video was found on a Facebook page dedicated to Cessna 180/185 owners and enthusiasts and unfortunately, not much else is known about the plane or why the pilot decided to take off using this method. The commenters, who would know much more about flying than this author, indicate some owners elect to do this after pulling the plane out for usage in the spring and then land it on the wet grass in the fall before putting it back in storage.