This article originally appeared in Kitplanes, Dec. 2007.Launching from the softly rippling surface of Lake Seminole in St. Petersburg, Fla., felt slightly like what a stone must feel like after a youngster's sidearm sling sends it skipping across the water. There's a little bounce, a slight skip, then another. But, unlike the rock, the Corsario two-place skips skyward and climbs smartly away from the water instead of sinking into oblivion. As with others of its configuration, the Corsario shows traits that commend it to any pilot as much interested in flying from lakes, gulfs and bays as in frequenting runways on terra firma -- barefoot or shod. No Johnny-come-lately design, the Corsario is from Microleve in Rio de Janeiro. It first flew in 1982, and the number flying outside North America totals more than 600. Thanks to a complete kit, an attractive price and decent flying qualities, 10 U.S. buyers have hatched Corsarios in the two years since Sport Air's founder and owner Steve Cohen began importing the kits. What's more, Sport Air plans to offer both SLSA and ELSA versions late this year to supplement the experimental/amateur-built version.
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Mark Robidoux caught this postcard-perfect image of a seaplane in National Geographic light. Nice shot Mark.