I need some basic help with the regulations related to operating float planes on lakes within or near city limits, or anywhere not in the wild open places.
What are the requirements to float planes as far as water operations are concerned? Are they treated same as water vessels and must they comply with all regulations for the boats (life jackets, sound devices, fuel tank venting, etc.)?
Who controls the operations - who do I ask about taking off and landing on a lake? The local Park & Recreation department? Are there any federal regs about this? Or is this totally up to the local "controlling agency" to disallow flying on a lake?
I have a small lake with a park and boat launching ramps within 5 miles of my house. So I always wonder, maybe I should think about building a float plane and solve the airfield issue by flying off this lake?..