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A floatplane (float plane or pontoon plane) is a type of seaplane, with one or more slender pontoons (known as "floats") mounted under the fuselage to provide buoyancy. A flying boat uses its fuselage for buoyancy. Either type may also have landing gear suitable for land, making the vehicle an Amphibious aircraft.
All floatplanes tend to be less stable on water than flying boats. However, in small aircraft design, floatplanes offer an advantage over flying boats, as the hull of floatplanes does not make contact with water surfaces, permitting a conventionally mounted single piston engine, with a propellor, in the nose.
Floats inevitably impose extra drag and weight, rendering floatplanes slower and less manoeuvrable during flight, with a slower rate of climb, relative to aircraft equipped with retractable landing gear.