I'm not going to beg..., but I might if it'll help
I once spent a week working in what was once the factory of the Martin Aircraft Company. This was company responsible for great flying boats, including the mammoth Martin Mars. The site is just to the east of Baltimore, MD and is right on the shores of Chesapeake Bay. They don't make aircraft there any more, though they are still a major supplier of aircraft systems, but the buildings retain the large doors and you can see the ramp that leads down to the water. I stopped, looked and imagined the aircraft rolling off the production line, down the ramp and into the water for a first flight.
My wife and I once went on holiday in Prince Edward Island, Canada. While we were there I tracked down a pilot with a Cessna 172 on floats and we took a tour of the province starting and ending from Charlottetown Harbour. It was just fantastic.
I love aquatic aviation. My lottery winnings would go on something that once saw the inside of the Grumman works and my favourite possession is a 1930s book on aerodynamics with a full chapter on Flying Boat hull design.
Of course, none of this information is for your benefit. It's for the attention of Mary Kirby and the Flight International staff. I've never been to the US Virgin Islands. I've never been in a Tw-Otter on floats. Mary Kirby has. She wrote all about it in this week's Flight.
So, Mary and our friends at Flight.., if your next assignment is anything like your last... do you need extra help carrying your laptop or camera? It doesn't have to be somewhere warm, just let it involve the words "Amphibious" or "Float". I'd be happy to write about the experience and my family would willingly provide their perspective. What do you say?
Or have I missed the boat…, so to speak.