Flying Amphibious Aircraft without Seaplane Rating
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Can a pilot with no seaplane rating fly an amphibious aircraft as long as operating on land airports?
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Yes -- as long as that pilot holds the proper category/class rating, e.g., ASEL or AMEL as appropriate, for the amphibious airplane being flown.  As far as 61.31(d) is concerned, the FAA only cares that the pilot's class rating matches the surface being used.  As an ASMEL, I can legally fly a Lake Amphib or a UC TwinBee as long as I limit myself to land operations (and yes, I'm HP and complex legal for both, and TW legal for the Bee, albeit not TW current for passengers).
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Ronald,

Thanks for the quick response.  This is what I needed.
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BTW, if anyone needs written authority, see the Fitch interpretation which says an amphibian can be used for either ASEL or ASES practical tests.