Birrin societies of the float-forest were faced with unique transport challenges as they reached full urbanisation: How to move large numbers of people and freight around a vast inland sea, where large stretches were chocked with constantly drifting vegetation mats and already heavy and hazardous boat traffic.
Many turned to the floatplane: Able to land in narrow lake clearings, operate in areas chocked with vegetation, and with far higher speed than shipping, aquatic aircraft manufacturing exploded across the region.
Aircraft of this type are available of many designs and configurations, often customized by the families that operate them. These unique vehicles form an integral part of life for most float-forest inhabitants.
The model here is relatively small and used by many organizations, particularly law enforcement, due to its excellent downwards visibility. A large central float provides buoyancy while two outrigger types at the tail end give stability. Used primarily for patrols or transporting small numbers of people, this models' fuselage is too narrow for heavy freight, and the stock in-line piston engine too weak for large loads. However many have been fitted with modern turboprop or jet engines to improve performance.
Seen here, two law enforcers are refuelling their craft as morning breaks over one of the open stretches of water near the float-forest centre. They will spend much of their day flying lazily across shipping lanes, dropping down to inspect suspicious boats or help birrin in need.