Flight Training Guide
WaterWings Seaplane School
2013 Bridgelake Dr., Hoover, AL 35244
WaterWings is a one-stop shop for Single-Engine and Multi Engine Sea ratings. Adding a seaplane rating or just getting current should be a fun, relaxing, and safe treat for any pilot, and our goal is to help you achieve just that. Our instructors and even our examiners strive to make this a great lifetime memory. Our location, KEET, just south of Birmingham, provides great service and easy access to area lakes, which offer a mix of river and lake environments, with varied and stunning views of the Alabama wilderness. We often see eagles, herons, geese, ducks, and other residents of our waterways. We fly off the Coosa River, Lay Lake, Lake Mitchell, Logan Martin Lake, and Lake Martin. If you want other flying adventures while visiting our facility or just need to get current, we offer several other hard-to-find treats. We offer Multiengine Land in our Piper Twin Aztec. We have tailwheel training in our Piper J3 Cub. We offer Aerobatic, Spin and Upset Training in our American Champion Super Decathlon. We have an examiner on staff.
|Aviat Husky A-1B Amphibian (SES)||$325||N/A|
|Super Petrel Light Sport||$325||N/A|
|Grumman G44A Super Widgeon (MES)||$1000||N/A|
|Lockwood Aircam Amphibian||$450||N/A|
|Commercial Multiengine Sea (G44A)||4-6||$6500|
|Pvt/Commercial Single-engine Sea||4-6||$2500|
|Light sport (SES)||4-6||$2500|
Dragonfly Aero Seaplane Training
P.O. Box 2420, Homer, AK 99603
Homer is my home town and we are here all year. We have two inflatable two-person kayaks and some fly-fishing gear. I am also a freshwater fishing guide. Float flying season is May through early October, depending on when spring thaw occurs. We will make a cross-country flight to the examiner. flight seeing flights. persons. Our guest cabin has a queen bed, double futon, fridge,microwave, barbecue, dinning table, plates, TV, DVDs,and a restroom with a shower. We have a 7.85% local sales tax which caps at anything over $500. Call or email any time
|PA-18-160hp on floats||$299||N/A|
|Your plane, winter or summer||$50/hr||N/A|
|SES package, comm. or private, 8 hours flight, 4 hours ground time, plus three nights in guest cabin||8-10||$2895|
|SES package without guest cabin||N/A||$2595|
|(Checkride fees additional and paid to independent examiner.)|
|Flight review in our plane||N/A||$350|
|Flight review in your plane||N/A||$100|
Alaska Float Ratings
P.O. Box 4, Moose Pass, AK 99631
Float flying May through Sept. “This is the real thing.” Examiner on site, fee $500. Dual only. Free $1900 mountain flying course with your SES rating. Small cabins and three-bedroom luxury cottage available. See website for SES courses with lodging. Alaska Floatplane Safari includes two nights’ lodging and meals.
|Optimal SES Rating|
|Extra time if not current||10||$2999|
|Lots of extra time to explore||15||$4299|
|SES Rating Float Flying in Mountains||6||$2299|
|Mountain & Canyon Inst.||6||$1899|
|Flight Review on Floats||1||$565|
|Alaska Floatplane Safari|
|2 nights lodging & meals||12||$4299|
Wattum Aircraft Services LLC
6314 East Mountain Goat Circle, Wasilla, AK 99654
We are located in the Mat Su valley at Wolf Lake Airport 4AK6, just minutes from the Knik Glacier. Lots of lakes to practice on very close by. Many other activities close by and only one-hour drive north of Anchorage or 15 minutes by air. Lake, asphalt, and gravel runways. Our main focus is dual instruction in your LSA aircraft and flight reviews on floats, which many insurance companies require. We will work with you in your aircraft, which you are already familiar with, to optimize your training experience and save you time and money.
|Cessna 170B, 180hp, Aerocet 2200||$350||N/A|
|Cessna 172G, 180hp, Aerocet 2200||$350||N/A|
|Dual instruction in your plane||$80||N/A|
|Examiner we use as of this post||$600||N/A|
Alaska Floats & Skis, Inc
P.O. Box 139, Talkeetna, AK 99676
Experience real backcountry flying with views of the Alaskan Range and majestic Denali. Our seaplane base and lodge are located only two miles from beautiful, downtown Talkeetna. Each course includes ground instruction, training material, and three nights of lodging. Already have your float rating? Come rent a floatplane with an instructor; go where you like, fish, hike, and explore. We also offer recurrent seaplane training, advanced seaplane training, flight reviews, bush flying training, and skiplane training. Please see website for full pricing list. We will put together a package that is just right for you.
|PA-22 160, 160 HP||$350||NA|
Bush pilot course includes three nights lodging on lake, 3 hour ground school, and 1 hour survival course
Ski pilot course includes three nights lodging on lake, 3 hours ground school, and glacier house rental option
Acme Cub Training
3610 Aircraft Drive Unit A, Anchorage, AK 99502
Our office is now located in a new hangar at Lake Hood. This new location provides a great maintenance facility, classroom space, and pilot lounge. ACME Cub Training offers float training, back-country/off-airport training, and ski training. We teach pilots how to identify usable landing areas and make “go, no-go” decisions. We teach pilots to notice the conditions and factors that lead to the dreaded “Moose Stall” and how to avoid these situations. Float instruction season begins in May each year when the ice goes out at the Lake Hood Seaplane Base. We have been giving floatplane instruction at Space 801 since 1991. The curriculum is fine-tuned and teaches pilots to be safe and capable to fly in the conditions they will experience in the Alaska Bush. Our Single-Engine Seaplane course includes a segment to individualize the training to the student’s needs. We focus this time on the areas that the student is having difficulty with, or we add advanced techniques when working with a pilot that progresses ahead of schedule.
|Single Engine Seaplane SES Training with checkride||5.5||$3350|
|Flight Review - BFR in our Cub||2||$800|
|Flight Review - BFR in your aircraft||2||$600|
Alaska Flying Adventures
3609 N. Gunflint Trail., Wasilla, AK 99623
Are you considering a floatplane rating or doing recurrent or advanced seaplane training? Then call Alaska Flying Adventures. Located just one hour north of Anchorage, Alaska, by car, or a mere 15-minute flight from Lake Hood Seaplane Base, we offer the most convenient, time-saving floatplane courses in the most beautiful place in North America: ALASKA! Training takes 2 1/2 days to complete, and all study materials are sent to you in advance so your downtime can be spent fishing or just relaxing on our dock.
|Cessna 185 on EDO 3430 floats||$565/hr||N/A|
|Cessna 172 on PK 2300 floats||$395/hr||N/A|
Lake Hood, Anchorage, Alaska
Two Taylorcraft F-19 floatplanes, BC-12D and F-19 and a Cessna 172 on PK 2300 floats. Dual only. Flight instruction provided by two experienced flight instructors, each with more than 32,000 hours flight time, working out of Lake Hood since 1967. Our main goal is safety and the success of our students.
|Cessna 172 PK 2300||$350||N/A|
|SES Flying - Ground School||4||$240|
Blue River Aviation
780 E Yukon st Hangar 104, Palmer AK 99645
Learn to fly floats in our Super Cub or C172, landing on beautiful remote lakes in Alaska. Our floatplane course will include flying around the talkeetna and Chugach mountain range and finishing up with a checkride in Talkeetna. We also offer seaplane refresher courses and off-airport, backcountry mountain training. Our flight school is located one hour north of Anchorage in Palmer, Alaska.
|PA-18-150 180 HP||$375||N/A|
|Cessna 172 180 HP||$300||N/A|
|PA-18-150 180 HP||6||$2400|
|Cessna 172 180 HP||6||$1900|
The Goose Hangar
Bellanca Drive on Lake Hood, Anchorage, AK 99603
We offer flight training in a 1944 Grumman Goose. The hourly rate is $1,450 / flight hour (air time), and we also offer a day-session that includes about 3.5 hours for $3,900. All flights are customized to meet your specific training goals and usually include a stop for lunch at a scenic Alaska lake. On a limited basis we are able to offer the MES add-on rating to applicants who have the SES and MEL ratings for a package price of $11,500. The MES rating is a thorough four-day course that covers all aspects of flying hull amphibs in general and the Goose in particular. We also offer a Biennial Flight Review for pilots who are already MES rated. We operate during the ice-free months, which usually begin in May and last through sometime in October. For more details please see the website goosehangar.com.
Lake Havasu Seaplanes
PO Box 2700, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405
Lake Havasu Seaplanes trains and operates
on the beautiful blue waters of the Colorado River and
Lake Havasu, which offer excellent open water, confined areas, and river-channel training. We operate a clean and well-maintained IFR-certified Cessna 172N, 180HP conversion with a power-flow exhaust system on Baumann amphibious floats. Land operations are conducted from our homebase airport, KHII. We enjoy 10 months of gorgeous weather here in the desert. One-year membership with the Seaplane Pilots Association included.
|Cessna 172 Amphib||$400||N/A|
|Pvt/Com (2-3 hours ground included)||6||$2850|
|ATP add-on SES rating||3||$1500|
|BFR or Seaplane Refresher||1-2||$ 600|
3600 Carol Kennedy Dr., San Andreas, CA 95249
Foothill Aviation, LLC is based at the Calaveras County Airport in San Andreas, CA. and Lake Iliamna, Alaska. We operate year-round with the opportunity for advanced summer flying in Alaska. The CA seaplane base is 10 minutes away from KCPU on a private cattle ranch. Our Alaska location is located at Lake Iliamna near Bristol Bay. We provide primary and advanced training in both straight and amphibian floats. In our CA location, we have a Super Cub PA-18 and a PA-12 on straight floats, and a Cessna 182 with a P-Ponk upgrade on Aerocet amphibious floats. Our Alaska location offers advanced training in a PA-12, C-206, and a Beaver. We also offer transition training in customer-owned aircraft and insurance checkouts. Basic Course prices quoted include 6 hours of flight training, aircraft rental for checkride, study materials, and all ground instruction required to pass the checkride. If additional training is required, it’s based on dual instruction rates. Examiner’s fee is not included. We are also excited to offer training trips between our locations. Call for details!
We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards. There is a 3% processing fee on all credit cards. We require a $400.00 deposit when booking. If you fly in, we can provide local transportation. The closest major airport is Sacramento for CA and Anchorage for Alaska Location.
|Cessna 182 on amphibs||$395||N/A|
|Piper Super Cub||$295||N/A|
|Basic (ASES) in Piper Super Cub||7||$2500|
|Basic (ASES) in Cessna 182||7||$3150|
San Diego Seaplanes
1140 Wall St., Ste. 125, La Jolla, CA 92037
SES package includes ground school and flight instruction. Free seaplane ground school: online or on-site. Open year round with excellent weather. Summer average 77 degrees, winter 65 degrees. World-class museums and attractions close by: Seaworld, San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, Balboa Park, museums, some of the best beaches in California, and 80 miles away: Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm.PLEASE SEE OUR FULL PAGE ADs ON pages 4 & 5 of this Water Flying Guide AND see our ad for ELECTRIC Seaplanes in the FEB / MARCH Seaplane Pilots Association Water Flying Magazine.
|Electric Seaplanes (arriving soon)||$400||$340|
|Republic SeaBee Amphibian||$300||$240|
|Cessna 182 Amphibian||$300||$240|
|Helio Courier Amphibian (6 passenger), ultra STOL||$940||$860|
|SES, Pvt and Com||5-7||$1500|
|SES, Pvt and Com in Helio Courier Amphib||5-7||$3400|
|Open Ocean Techniques||6-8||$4000|
|Catalina Island SES, Pvt and Com||6-8||$4000|
13310 Nevada City Ave., Grass Valley, CA 95945
Minimum requirement: private pilot rating;
complete endorsement included. Commercial SES and CFI available.
|SES Transition (4-hr ground)||6-8||$4000|
California Sport Aviation
Sacramento region and Lodi Airport (1O3)
Complete flight training in all LSA single-engine seaplanes—initial, refresher, transition, and advanced training. Client provides aircraft. Hours are Mon., Tue., Thurs., Fri., 9 am – 2 pm. Bill Bardin has 27 years of experience training pilots of all ages and backgrounds. He specializes in light sport aircraft and was chosen to be in the first group of eight sport pilot instructors in 2005. He has a reputation as a great teacher and pilot, and loves to help pilots attain their goals. With the California Delta providing 1,200 miles of waterways and mountain lakes nearby, he is able to train pilots in a variety of beautiful and fun places.
|Hourly Rates||Dual||Solo||Your airplane||$100||N/A|
High Flight Aviation
Come join us for an unforgettable experience. This is one of the only companies in the country that has the ability to allow SOLO RENTAL of a Lake Amphibian! We run our courses from October through May. Our courses are generally done on the beautiful and amazingly versatile Colorado River with some flexibility for some additional adventures in the lakes of Central California. Check us out at hfaviation.com for the latest information.
|Lake Amphibian (LA-4-180)||$280||$180|
|ASES Initial (commercial or private)||8||$2,500|
2141 ICON Way, Vacaville, CA 95688
The ICON Flight Center (IFC) in Vacaville, CA is located on Nut Tree Airport (KVCB) adjacent to ICON’s Corporate Headquarters and Aircraft Completion Center. IFC NorCal is open year-round and provides initial transition training, proficiency/re-currency training, and A5 Instructor Pilot training to ICON A5 owners, position holders, and training partners. In addition, IFC NorCal has a full-service maintenance facility, including composite repair capability, for the amphibious ICON A5. To learn more about A5 ownership programs or to inquire about becoming an ICON Flight Training Partner, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|A5 Transition||5 - 8||Included with factory A5 purchase|
Los Angeles Seaplanes / Long Beach Seaplanes
Long Beach Airport, 3333 E. Spring St. #205, Long Beach, CA 90806
SES package includes ground school and flight instruction. Free seaplane ground school: online or on-site. Open year round with excellent weather. Summer average 78 degrees, winter 68 degrees. World-class museums and attractions close by: Disneyland, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, and Knott’s Berry Farm. PLEASE SEE OUR FULL PAGE ADs ON pages 4 & 5 of this Water Flying Guide AND see our ad for ELECTRIC Seaplanes in the FEB / MARCH Seaplane Pilots Association Water Flying Magazine.
|Electric Seaplanes (arriving soon)||$400||$340|
|Republic SeaBee Amphibian||$300||$240|
|Cessna 182 Amphibian||$300||$240|
|Helio Courier Amphibian (6 passenger), ultra STOL||$940||$860|
|SES, Pvt and Com||5-7||$1500|
|SES, Pvt and Com in Helio Courier Amphib||5-7||$3400|
|Open Ocean Techniques||6-8||$4000|
|Catalina Island SES, Pvt and Com||6-8||$4000|
3700 E Jahant Rd Ste A Acampo
Sport Flying of CT
81 Kenosia Ave., Danbury, CT 06810
Two-day course is complete including check ride, course guide and ground school. Six hours flight time included with course, then billed at the hourly rate. Just about the most fun you can have in an airplane! Most students complete on time and on budget. Seaplane time-building packages available.
|Maule M-7 260 amphibian||$405||N/A|
|ASES Pvt/Com add-on Maule||6||$3000|
Examiner fee included in course price
Malcolm Dickinson is a CFI with 20 years of experience giving dual instruction in Lake Amphibians. He holds single- and multi engine seaplane ratings and has experience flying amphib Cessna Caravans for a New York City air-taxi service. He does not own a seaplane at present but travels widely to do delivery flights and give instruction in Lake and other hulled amphibians. He is an authorized instructor for ICON Aircraft.
Adventure Air Inc.
6223 US Hwy. 27 N PMB21, Sebring, FL 33870
We specialize in Lake Amphibian training, providing initial, recurrent, and advanced training. Our emphasis is on a thorough learning experience designed and structured for those pilots owning or looking to own their own amphibian. We also conduct local sight-seeing flights and charters and assist in ferrying your airplane.
Jones Brothers Seaplanes
210 East Ruby St., Tavares, FL 32778
Learn on more than 1000 lakes surrounding America’s Seaplane City in Lake County, Florida: lakes of all sizes including confined areas; river flying, beginner and advanced seaplane maneuvers including rough water, glassy water, docking, ramping, and emergency procedures. Solo program coming soon!!
|Cessna 185 Amphib Dual||$439||N/A|
|Cessna 206 Amphib Dual||$549||N/A|
|Searey Amphibious Flying Boat Dual||$349||N/A|
|Cessna A185 (Private or Commercial)||5||$2149|
|Searey Amphibious Flying Boat (Sport, Private or Commercial)||5-6||$1749|
Adventure Seaplanes LLC
November-April Cherry Pocket Restaurant - Fish Camp 3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898
Our Instructors are high time and experienced with thousands of hours in many types of aircraft. You will learn canals, rivers, lakes, beaching, docking, ramping, securing aircraft, refueling, etc., with many restaurants to fly to for a very fun and advanced training program, along with happy hour at the end of the day at the Cherry Pocket. Florida Keys and Bahama tours are available. Bring someone else along to enjoy your advanced training vacation. Minnesota – Canada fishing and Alaska group tours are available in the summer months. We are the only place in Florida to learn to drive an airboat when you fly our seaplanes. Plus, we have RV sites and cabin rentals available on site for a warm winter vacation.
|Cessna 172, Bauman 2550||$290||N/A|
|CFI time build||$200||N/A|
|C172 Recurrency and BFR||N/A||$895|
|C172 Basic and BFR||N/A||$1795|
|C185 Amphib Florida coast and Keys tour||6||$2700|
|C185 Amphib Complex and BFR||8||$3650|
|Citabria Tailwheel and BFR Basic||5||$1150|
Brown’s Seaplane Base, Inc.
2704 Highway 92 West, Winter Haven, FL 33881
Introductory flights, dual instruction, Flight Reviews, Sport, Private, and commercial seaplane ratings in J-3 Cubs to high performance, complex float planes. We’ve got something for everyone! Specializing in training and certifying new seaplane pilots since 1963, we’ve got it down to a science. Dedicated, professional instructors are ready to put the fun back into flying and introduce you to the wonderful world of floats
|Piper J-3 Cub||$195||N/A|
|Piper Super Cub PA-18||$265||N/A|
259 Robin Ct. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Offering single engine land and sea, PVT, COM, and ATP. Flight training for a safer tomorrow. Utilizing high-performance/complex seaplanes and offering a wide variety of takeoff and landing situations, including large and small lakes and rivers. Buddy training available. Central Florida/Orlando/Daytona Beach area. Florida Seaplanes tailors its courses to match your experience and background. Your instructor has not hundreds of hours of seaplane experience, but thousands of hours, and instructs in a manner to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your introduction to flying floatplanes. We want to ensure that you become a safe and courteous seaplane pilot. Our motto is: “Seaplanes are more Fun!” You will see why.
|Maule M7-235 Straight||$400||N/A|
|Maule M7-235 Amphib||$450||N/A|
|SES||up to 6||$2000|
FLY THE BEACH
4607 Legendary Marina Dr. Destin, FL 32541 Inside LuLu Buffett's
Training, sales, and service of top three LSA seaplanes, all in the beautiful beach town of Destin, with two full-time CFIs having more than 3,000 hours in LSA seaplanes.
Flying Fish LLC
Winter Haven Airport KGIF, Hangar #95, 2073 US-92, Winter Haven, FL 33881 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1145, St. Charles, MO 63302
Solo a seaplane with our rental program and explore all that Central Florida has to offer. With the addition of our second location, conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa in the heart of Florida lake country, you can fly with us year round. Chase gators and perfect your seaplane skills. Get your SES rating, tailwheel endorsement, or join one of our guided adventures. We have something for everyone. Enjoy rental privileges at any of our growing network locations. Join us as we make seaplane flying accessible for everyone!
|Progressive Aerodyne Searey||$350||$249|
|SES rating (light sport to commercial)||6||$2800|
825 Severn Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
The ICON Flight Center (IFC) in Tampa, FL is located at Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF) on Davis Island. IFC Tampa is open year-round and provides initial transition training, proficiency/re-currency training, and A5 Instructor Pilot training to ICON A5 owners, position holders, and training partners. In addition, IFC Tampa has a full-service maintenance facility, including composite repair capability, for the amphibious ICON A5. To learn more about A5 ownership programs or to inquire about becoming an ICON Flight Training Partner, please contact us at email@example.com.
|A5 Transition||5 - 8||Included with factory A5 purchase|
Ryan Aviation Seaplanes, Inc.
301 Old Moody Blvd., Palm Coast, FL 32164
Examiner on staff. Located at Flagler County Airport (KXFL). Docking, beaching, ramping. Course rates include examiner’s fee and can be completed in two days. ATP course is land and sea. Minutes from Daytona Beach. A fuel surcharge may be added to prices. Call for monthly specials.
|Aviat Husky A-1B amphib||$375||N/A|
|DHC-2 Beaver amphib||$775||N/A|
|Beaver Pvt/ Com SES||5||$4425|
|Beaver Checkout Course||5||$3625|
|Beaver Bush Course||10||$6875|
|SES Pvt/Com, Husky Amphibian||5||$2475|
|SES ATP, Husky Amphibian||8||$3875|
Searey Life, LLC
1201 Delaney Park Dr., Orlando FL 32806-1409
Add-on SES Private and Commercial; Tailwheel Endorsements; SES Light Sport Endorsement; Biannual Flight Reviews; Introductory Flights
|Ground training||$ 50||N/A|
Sebring Flight Academy
132 Authority Lane, Sebring, FL 33870
Seaplane rating in new Aero Adventure LSAs starting in 2020. Enjoy the many lakes in the Sebring and Lake Placid area. Amphibious Aventuras depart from the Sebring Airport (KSEF) main terminal.
|Aero Adventure Aventura S LSA||$200||N/A|
Sunair Aviation, Inc.
8806 Airport Blvd., Leesburg, FL 34788
Our amphibian A-1B Husky includes Wipline 2100s, Aspen 1000 PFD with Synthetic Vision, a Garmin 430, WAAS, and ADS-B. With over 1,000 lakes in Lake County, this is the perfect place to explore the fun and rewarding experience of seaplanes. Examiner on staff. 141 seaplane course and VA approved. Seaplane solo rentals approved, provided you meet our insurance minimums. Price based on average completion times. Price doesn’t include examiner fee or taxes.
|Husky A-1B Aspen 1000 w/ synthetic vision||$350||$275|
|Private (Part 61)||5||$1945|
|Commercial (Part 61)||5||$1945|
|ATP (Part 61)||5||$1945|
Wings Over Water Seaplane Training
Lake Harris, 32725 Echo Dr., Leesburg, FL 34788
|PA-18 Super Cub||$350||N/A|
|Cessna 172 (180 hp) Wipline Amphibious 2550||$450||N/A|
Coeur d’Alene Seaplanes
PO Box 1051, 31034 Sienna Loop, Athol, ID 83801
The Panhandle of North Idaho, with its numerous mountain lakes and rivers, offers a real back-country seaplane flying experience. Less than one hour from Spokane International Airport.
|Cessna 172on Edo 2000s||$275||N/A|
|SES Rating Course||6||$1500|
4725 East 100 North, Knox, IN 46534
Visit www.techflying.com for more information. No airplanes to rent. Instruction done only in your plane and willing to travel to your location.
|Your aircraft only||N/A||Call for rates|
|Daily rate: at your location||N/A||Call for rates|
Mac’s Seaplane Service
Rising Sun, IN 47040
Pilot examiner on staff.
|SES Rating (private/commercial)||N/A||$2200|
4134B Aviator Road, B10, Lexington, KY 40510
Based at the Blue Grass Airport (KLEX) in Lexington, KY, we conduct seaplane training primarily at Lake Cumberland, KY, and on the Ohio River. All training is conducted in a Cessna 185 with amphibious floats. If applicable, all courses include high-performance and complex endorsements.
|Cessna A185F amphibian||$375||NA|
|Private ASES - Add On||6||$2,550.00|
|Private ASES - Add On||10||$3,750.00|
|Commercial ASES - Add On||6||$2,550.00|
|Commercial ASES - Add On||10 hours||$3,750.00|
|Commercial ASES - Initial||15||$5,625.00|
|Commercial ASEL - Add On||10||$3,750.00|
|Commercial ASEL - Initial||10||$3,750.00|
|Commercial ASEL/ASES Combination||20||$7,500.00|
Southern Seaplane Inc. / Seaplane Safety Institute
#1 Coquille Rd., Belle Chasse, LA 70037
All courses Part 141 approved. Seaplane ratings and training offered in all aircraft in our fleet.
Cost varies per aircraft. In-house examiner. Call for course pricing. Year-round flying!
|Cessna 172 Straight Float||$295||N/A|
|Cessna 185Straight Float||$650||N/A|
|Cessna 206Straight Float||$815||N/A|
|Part 141 Seaplane Rating C172||4||$1975|
|Part 141 Seaplane Rating C185||4||$3200|
|Part 141 Seaplane Rating C206||4||$3800|
|Seaplane Safety Institute 3-day recurrent course||2||Call|
Cubs Floats and Fun
Pineville Municipal Airport, Pineville, LA (2LO)
attention, veterans! You may qualify for a $2,000 credit from the VA for your checkride. If you currently have benefits under any one of the following chapters and you submit VA Form 22-0803, you can be reimbursed the $2,000 cost of the test under the REIMBURSEMENT OF LICENSING OR CERTIFICATION TEST FEES program. Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty Educational Assistance Program (MGIB) (Chapter 30); Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32); Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33); Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35); Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607); Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve Program (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606).
One-stop shopping—checkride included!
Cubs Floats and Fun seaplane rating consists of up to seven hours of flight instruction, two hours of ground instruction, the Cubs Floats and Fun Seaplane Training Manual, Step up to Floats 2, and a one-year membership in the Seaplane Pilots Association. The rating is normally done in two days. The seaplane rating is gained using our brand new 160- HP Piper PA-18 Super Cub on EDO 2000 Floats. Off-airport flying is emphasized in the training, and you will be exposed to the most unique flying area around. The use of the aircraft for the checkride is included in the cost. The training manuals will be sent prior to arrival so you’re ready to get flying. The SES course qualifies for BFR and FAA Wings credit.
Cubs Floats and Fun is based in Cajun country at Pine-ville, LA (2L0), with year-round float flying. We also offer training at KDWH in Houston. The home base at Pineville 2L0 on Lake Buhlow is next to the Red River and has numerous oxbows and everything available for your personalized training.
Cubs Floats and Fun also offers recurrent, advanced seaplane, amphibious training, flight reviews, and tailwheel training. Allow at least two days for course completion. All training and checkride costs are included in package price assuming seven or less hours of flight instruction. Chief pilot Dave Lewis is the Louisiana and Texas Field Director for the SPA and a highly experienced pilot, both fixed and rotary wing. If you’re looking for a truly fun flying experience and want to check off one more item on the bucket list, give us a call or visit our website for more information. Block rates are available for hours/experience building in the Super Cub. Examiner on staff.
|SES Rating (check ride included)||4-7||$2799|
Central Maine Aviation
Big Indian Lake, Saint Albans, ME 04971
Seaplane training is available June 1 through September 31. Our comfortable lakefront cabin sleeps up to six people and is discounted for pilots-in-training (bring the family).
|Refresher Course (Includes ground instruction)||2||$550|
|Full-day Northwoods Adventure (Includes up to 3 hours dual)||N/A||$825|
Jackman Air LLC
7 Attean Rd., Jackman, ME 04945
Get your seaplane rating in the Western Mountains of Maine or take a sightseeing ride.. We have many remote lakes and ponds in the area so you will get a wide variety of experience, while enjoying the natural beauty of this remote area. There is a nice selection of accommodations available in Jackman from lakeside cabins to motels. Leave the crowds behind!
|Cessna 172 (180hp)||$250||N/A|
Southern Maryland Seaplanes
St. Mary's County Regional Airport (2W6) - Captain Walter Francis Duke Terminal Building, California, MD 20619 Wingfield (MD01). 49595 Diamond Ln., Damaron, MD 20628
Founded by a Navy test pilot instructor in 2018, Southern Maryland Seaplanes is a growing part-time operation which aims to provide quality stick-and-rudder training for new and experienced pilots alike. Our 160-hp Piper PA-12 on EDO 2000 straight floats makes an outstanding platform in which to learn and is expected to return to service late-season 2021. The Republic Seabee is the newest addition to the fleet, which provides a complex, high performance, tailwheel, and amphibious flying boat experience. We also provide beginner and advanced tailwheel instruction in a Cessna 140. Sightseeing flights are available in the PA-12 and Seabee.
Located about 1 hour 30 minutes southeast of Washington, D.C., St. Mary’s County airport is surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. A large variety of landing sites surround us for training on and around the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers. Further down the peninsula, Wingfield houses our PA-12 and sits on picturesque St. Jerome’s Creek. Our float season runs from April through November. Please contact us for more information and we will make every effort to accommodate your training needs.
|Piper PA-12 on EDO 2000||$350||N/A|
Northwoods Aviation, Inc.
8186 East 34 Rd., Cadillac, MI 49601
Northwoods Aviation is a professional, licensed flight school that has operated its floatplane training in beautiful Northern Michigan for more than 40 years. The Cadillac, Michigan, area is surrounded by numerous lakes of various sizes providing a diverse training environment. The standard seaplane rating consists of flight and ground instruction, training manual, and aircraft for the checkride. Pilots normally complete the rating in two to three days. Northwoods Aviation also offers recurrent, advanced seaplane, amphibious training, flight reviews, tailwheel, and skiplane training. Many students will earn their tailwheel endorsement prior to seaplane rating which gives them a great feel for stick-and-rudder flying. Tailwheel training is available throughout the entire year. Our FBO is based at the Cadillac Airport, so you are welcome to fly-in. Our seaplane base is located just east of Cadillac. Please give us a call or visit our website for more information.
|Cessna 185 Amphib||$375||N/A|
|Piper PA-12 (straight floats) Pvt/Com SES||7||$1800|
|Piper J-3 (LSA)(straight floats) Pvt/Com SES Examiner’s Fee||$500|
Traverse Air, Inc.
294 West Silver Lake Rd. North, Traverse City, MI 49685
Tom Brady owns, operates, and does all training for Traverse Air Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience. The plane used is a 1947 Piper Super Cruiser, 150 hp. Course rate includes complete six-hour course, training manual, seaplane for checkride, and a free six-month membership with the Seaplane Pilots Association. Tom schedules and coordinates for the checkride. The designated-examiner fee is an additional $600. The rating is guaranteed and insured. Biennial flight reviews and SES time-building packages are available. Training takes two days and is done in beautiful, scenic northern Michigan. Only Alaska has more territorial water than Michigan. Traverse Air Inc. is located in the middle of 3320 square miles of lakes and bays. Learn the stick-and-rudder skills of seaplane flying while enjoying the beauty of the area. Bring your family with you for a great vacation while doing the most enjoyable rating you will ever obtain. The area is the water wonderland of the Midwest. It is surrounded by the bays of Lake Michigan, inland lakes, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, the rolling hills of vineyards, fruit trees, and farm lands, making this a relaxing and wonderful place to come. There are many attractions and recreational activities. Check out the Visitor’s Bureau for things to do in our area. http://www.visittraversecity.com/things-to-do-3/.
Western Michigan University
237 North Helmer Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49037
Western Michigan University operates from the Battle Creek W.K. Kellogg airport (KBTL) in Southwest Michigan. All seaplane courses utilize the Super Cub and are charged on a per-hour basis using the hourly rate for the aircraft. Prior to beginning the course, training materials will be provided to the student. The student is responsible for the FAA examiner’s fee at the completion of the checkride.
|PA-18-150, Wipline Amphib||$264||N/A|
Giving Wings Aviation
1170 Airport Access Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686
All our water courses are designed to get your feet wet in beautiful Northern Michigan. We offer Factory approved flight training in our Icon Aircraft- A5. Now offering ASES in the A5! You will love flying the A5. If you prefer a floatplane experience, then climb aboard our wonderfully restored Cessna Amphibian to complete your ASES rating. Splash into the surrounding lakes with a friend in the backseat. We utilize a local DPE ensuring you the most efficient path to earning your rating. Ground school consists of a review of our training materials and daily pre and post flight briefings as well as a “Mock Checkride”. Most proficient and current pilots can complete the Cessna training package in two to three days. Bring the family and discover why Traverse City has won so many awards for a small town.
|Cessna 172 Amphibian||$230||N/A|
|ICON-approved A5 Flight Training Courses|
|Sport Flying introduction||1+1*||$395|
6544 Highland Road, Waterford, MI 48327
Michigan Seaplane is based in Waterford, Michigan (southeast Michigan). Area of operations are off of Pontiac Lake near KPTK (Oakland International Airport). Students are able to fly into KPTK, and with prior notification we can provide transportation. Lodging is also available with prior notification. Great location for learning to fly seaplanes where water and scenery abound. Call today to schedule your seaplane instruction.
|PA-12 Piper Super Cruiser 150HP||$225||N/A|
|SES||Call for pricing|
Northwestern Michigan College
1701 East Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686
The NMC Seaplane course is operated out of the college’s aviation program facilities in beautiful Traverse City, MI. We are surrounded by a variety of bays and lakes, large and small, all near the airport, providing a diverse training environment to compliment your experience. Training is done in a 180-hp Piper Super Cub equipped with Wipline amphib floats. We provide a package of training aids including videos, the NMC Seaplane Training Reference Guide, and NMC’s Ground School Notes. Depending on the pilot’s skills and currency, the add-on rating can normally be completed in two to three days, allowing you to receive your training and rating over a weekend. Traverse City has wonderful accommodations on the bay, so plan to bring the family. We have a staff of seaplane instructors with decades of flight instruction experience and a local FAA-designated examiner who can complete your practical test using the plane you trained in.
|Piper Super Cub, Wipline 2100||N/A||$234|
I offer seaplane instruction in single straight floats, amphibian and hull seaplanes. I offer training in most every single engine seaplane including the Kodiak 100 and Cessna Caravan. I am also an FAA Designate Pilot Examiner for single engine seaplanes. My rates depend on the type of aircraft and length of training. Seaplane checkride fee is $600.
Venture North Aviation, LLC
125 Wheaton Rd., Cloquet, MN 55720
Earn your private or commercial seaplane rating while exploring the remote lakes of Northern MN. We are located on the western tip of Lake Superior in Minnesota, You will have access to thousands of Northern Minnesota lakes for floatplane flying. Don’t settle for anything less than the classic Super Cub on amphibious floats; perfect for that secluded Northwood’s lake or the private grass strip.
Based in Cloquet, MN, Venture North Aviation, LLC offers seaplane ratings, seaplane recurrent training, and custom floatplane adventures throughout northern Minnesota. You can earn your floatplane rating in as little as 6 to10 hours of flying. Our Piper Super Cub with 160hp engine on Wipline 2100 floats is the ultimate floatplane flying machine to earn your seaplane rating.
|PA18A-160 Super Cub Wipline 2100 amphib|
|Three-day Seaplane Rating||8||$2499|
|Five-day Seaplane Rating, plus Wilderness Adventure||16||$4999|
|One-day Seaplane Recurrent training||$650|
Wings Over Water Seaplane Training
4429 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419
Experience the joy of seaplane flying in the land of 10,000 lakes. We offer training in both straight and amphibious floatplanes. Training is available at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd and Fleming Field (SGS) in South St. Paul. On-staff DPE available at both locations.
|PA-18 Super Cub Cessna 172 (180 hp)||$350||N/A|
|Wipline Amphibious 2550||$450||N/A|
Surfside Seaplane Training LLC
6980 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55014 Training based out of Surfside Seaplane Base (8Y4)
Seaplane ratings, BFRs, refresher training, and demo flights offered. Train with experienced instructors in a Cessna 172L on Aqua floats. This nicely equipped floatplane has a 160-hp engine with Powerflow exhaust and fixed-pitch prop. Great combination for learning how to fly on floats. We will get you current, ready for your practical test, or just more comfortable flying on floats. SES ratings typically are between 6 and 8 hours depending on your flying skills. Surfside (8Y4) is the largest seaplane base in the lower 48 and a great little airport. It is located in the Twin Cities metro very close to both KANE and 25D. Rice Creek Campgrounds, hotels, and many restaurants are in the area. Fly in, make it a family vacation, and along with your training enjoy the many attractions the Twin Cities has to offer.
|Cessna 172L, 160HP, Aqua 2200||$270||N/A|
|BFR, refresher training, and demo flights||$270||N/A|
Adventure North Flying Service
5959 Ojibwa Rd., Brainerd, MN 56431
Single and multiengine seaplane, beginner to advanced, offered in Baudette and Brainerd Lakes areas.
Baudette: Training is offered on the Rainy River at our FBO, located at the Baudette International Airport (KBDE). The Rainy River provides the border between the U.S. and Canada and feeds into Lake of the Woods, the sixth largest lake in the United States! Our training includes both river and lake flying. We invite you to enjoy a resort package at one of many lodges, which includes fishing or golf, in the walleye capital of the world.
Brainerd: The Brainerd Lakes area is a seaplane pilot’s dream! With more than 450 lakes within a 20-mile radius, you are never far from water! The scenery and lakes are breathtaking. Resort and golf packages are available at the numerous resorts in the area.
Courses include ground school, study guide, aircraft, and instructor. Some students require extra time, depending on individual skill. We offer SES and MES advanced training; please call for pricing. Examiner’s fee is $250-$300. No updates available for 2020.
|Cessna 206, 300 hp, Edo 3430 floats||$340||N/A|
|Cessna 180, Edo 2870 floats||$300||N/A|
|Beech 18 Twin, Edo 7850 floats||$875||N/A|
|SES Basic Rating (180)||6||$1950|
|SES Basic Rating (206)||7||$2100|
|SES training in owner aircraft||6||$600|
|SES Advanced - Available||Please call|
|MES Basic Rating||6||$875/hr|
|MES Advanced - Available||Please call|
Adventure Seaplanes LLC May - October
12D Tower Airport, 5804 HooDoo Point Rd., Tower, MN 55790
Our Instructors are high time and experienced with thousands of hours in many types of aircraft. You will fly many northern wilderness lakes and rivers surveying the lakes for safe landing areas, docking, ramping, beaching, securing aircraft, refueling along with U.S. and Canada Customs border-crossing procedures. We have many lodges and resorts with great fishing in our area, with nice restaurants to fly to for a very fun and more advanced training vacation. This is the Real Bush Flying Deal flying seaplanes In northern Minnesota that people dream of, so why not get your seaplane rating the right way. Fly your own plane to 12D and we have accommodations onsite for you and your plane or many other lodging places without being in the big city. Our Specialty Canadian tours offer fishing opportunities, viewing beluga whales, polar bears, moose, caribou, muskox, and Arctic wolves, flying north to Churchill and above the Arctic Circle in Nunavut. For those who want to do their dream trip to Alaska, our C185 Amphib is ready to take you during the months of June and July. Inquire early for this trip.
|Cessna 172, Bauman 2550||$290|
|Cessna 185 PK 3500C||$390||$300|
|Cessna 185 Amphib 330HP Aerocet 3400||$450||N/A|
|DHC-2 Beaver Eco 4930||$750||N/A|
|C172 Recurrency and BFR||3||$895|
|C172 Basic and BFR||6||$1795|
|C185 Amphib Complex and BFR||8||$3650|
|Beaver Bush Pilot and BFR||8||$5950|
|Northern Minnesota Lodge Tour||6||Inquire|
|C185 Amphib Churchill Polar Bear Tour||16||Inquire|
|C185 Amphib Minnesota-Alaska Tour||25-30||Inquire|
Air Trek North
1620 Henry Ave., S. St. Paul, MN 55379; Airport: KSGS
Imagine stopping in to a restaurant while training, learning to beach a plane, learning to dock, river landings, lake landings, all within the beautiful Minneapolis/Saint Paul Lakes and River area. Excursions available during your training to almost any of the 10,000 pristine Minnesota lakes or a hop over to Wisconsin for some prime rib on Cedar Lake. It’s how training should be and can be. We are located just 10 minutes from the Minneapolis International airport at friendly Fleming Field (KSGS) right next to the Wipaire float factory. Air Trek North also offers Private, Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine, CFI, CFII & MEI training.
|Cessna 172 Amphib||$270||$230|
|ASES seaplane add-on||6-8||$1620+|
Rick’s Aviation Adventures LLC
Rick is a Federal Aviation Administration licensed pilot and flight instructor with the following ratings: ATP-airline transport pilot, COMM-commercial single engine and multi-engine, INST-instrument, CFI-certified flight instructor, CFII-certified flight instructor/instrument, MEI-multi-engine instructor and seaplane pilot and instructor. Rick is a seasoned pilot with 41-plus years of experience and has flown Sea Planes, aerobatics, crop sprayers, turboprops, corporate jets, and airliners. Rick was a ground and flight instructor at the University of Minnesota Crookston and served as the Chief flight instructor at the University of North Dakota. He worked on NASA general aviation initiatives and had the honor of being named Flight Instructor of the Year in North Dakota in 1994. Rick has a passion for vintage aircraft and enjoys sharing his experiences and love of flying with others. Rick’s Seaplane course will be a fun experience full of learning and aviation adventure.
|Pvt/Com add-on||6-8||$1900 + Examiner’s Fee|
Lake and Air, Inc
1700 Henry Ave., Fleming Field, South St. Paul, MN 55075
Lake and Air specializes in training for straight and amphibious floatplanes. We have training programs for all aircraft on Wipline floats and provide customized training for your aircraft and operations. Based at Fleming Field, KSGS, in the Wipaire facility. Seaplane, skiplane, tailwheel, and wheeled aircraft training. Training in client’s aircraft at $100 per hour.
|SES Training in your aircraft ($100 per hour)||7||$700|
|Caravan Recurrent, wheels and/or floats (one day)||$1000|
|Caravan Initial, wheels and/or floats (three days)||$2400|
Flying Fish LLC
St. Charles County Airport, KSET, 6930 Grafton Ferry Rd, Portage Des Sioux, MO 63373Mailing address: PO Box 1145 St. Charles MO 63302
Solo a seaplane with our rental program and explore all that Missouri and the Midwest have to offer! Located at KSET, a half mile from the confluence of the mighty Mississippi and Illinois rivers, we have lots of water to choose from. Learn the ebbs and flows of river flying, or check out some of the large lakes in the area. Get your SES rating, tailwheel endorsement, or join in on one of our guided adventures. We have something for everyone. Chris Hinote, owner, is one of the Missouri Field Directors for SPA and is working hard to make seaplane flying more accessible. We hope you will join us!
|Progressive Aerodyne Searey||$350||$249|
|SES Rating (Light Sport to ATP)||6||$2800|
Backcountry Flying Experience
PO Box 7276, Kalispell, MT 59904
Come fly “The Last Best Place,” Big Sky Country Montana. Backcountry Flying Experience covers floats, skis, and big tires all in one location. We will take you into the Bob Marshall wilderness and over Glacier National Park. Learn to fly into some of the most spectacular lakes and rivers in the Northwest. With more than 4,000 hours of float flying, you will get the best instruction, including advanced Montana mountain flying. Lodging specials available and adventure packages for the whole family. No solo available. Backcountry Flying goes above and beyond to provide the most rewarding aviation experience. The whole family will have the time of their life.
|SES course in PA-18||6||$2150|
|SES course Cessna 180||6||$3530|
|Advanced SES PA-18||8||$2740|
|Advanced SES PA-18||10||$3330|
|Flight reviews available.|
|SES Refresher Course||3||$885|
Sheble’s Northtown Aviation
North Las Vegas, NV
We offer seaplane training out of North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT) and Needles, CA (KEED). Super Cub on floats coming soon.
|Cessna 150 on floats||$300||N/A|
|C150 - 3 days training||$2695|
16 Varney Point Road Left, Gilford, NH 03249
Insurance benefits for complete factory course. SES course package available. Call for details. Sales demonstrations available. Factory- and insurance-approved program, recurrency and proof of concept demonstrations. Seasonal in NH, also based in Kissimmee and Sarasota, Florida. Lake Aircraft Factory Training Course: 25-30 hours of flight; 10-15 hours of ground school. Cost is included with aircraft purchased from Team Lake.
Loprinze Aviation LLC
We operate on 2 8GCBC Scouts on Wipaire 2100A amphibians with 4 instructors operating this year. FAA Designated Pilot Examiner on staff.
Roatan Aviation LLC
Andover Aeroflex Airport 12N
Our training is in scenic locations on the Hudson River, as well as New York lakes and rivers.
|Maule 235b Amphib Beginner and advanced||$349||N/A|
Rochester Air Center LLC
1313 Scottsville Rd., Rochester, NY 14624
The Rochester Air Center is located in western New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Train for your seaplane rating minutes away from five different Finger Lakes with miles of shoreline and water as well as protected bays on Lake Ontario. This allows plenty of practical experience flying the seaplane and on-the-water maneuvering. Practice amphibious operations from boat ramp to hard-surface parking in Hammondsport, New York, on Keuka Lake near the Glenn Curtiss Museum and the annual seaplane homecoming.
We work with two Designated Pilot Examiners to make it a seamless process from training to checkride when you are ready. The Rochester Air Center is one of the very few places that you can rent the aircraft, 15 hours amphibious time required. We were featured in January/February 2019 Water Flying Magazine, “Incapable of Hearing “NO!”
|Cessna 172N, Amphib||$250||$210|
|ASES (private and commercial) Examiner fee||$600|
140 Tri-County Airport Rd., Aulander, NC 27805
Includes dual flight time, ground instruction, study materials, FAA checkride, and examiner’s fee.
|SES Pvt/Com Add-On||6||$1550|
Belford Flying Service
228 Golf View Dr., Auburndale, FL 33823 520 South State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Certified seaplane training for:
Initial and recurrent seaplane ratings/training
CFI – proficiency training
All Lake LA-4 models
Searey, most other LSAs
Most single-engine floats and amphibian floats (initial Insurance issuance and/or renewal)
Seaplane ratings include Ground School CD – training at your location or in Ohio and/or central Florida.
We are responsible for opening the Ohio seaplane landing areas at Ohio State Parks. Free registration with Ohio Dept. of Aviation is only requirement to use the waters.
Buc Inc. Flying Services
8914 Airport Rd., PO Box 21199, Georgetown, OH 45121
Orientation and sightseeing rides available over Southern Ohio and the Ohio River. Enjoy a beautiful orientation ride and see whether seaplane flying is for you. We provide initial and recurrent training in your aircraft to include LA-4-180, LA-4-200, LA-4-250, and LA-4-270 at $75 per hour. Recurrent and initial training is completed to AOPA Insurance standards. Enjoy a relaxed informative training environment, with overnight facilities available at Georgetown Airport in the scenic Southern Ohio Valley, KGEO.
Pickens County, South Carolina ( KLQK), 240 Airport Road, Liberty, SC 29657
My Cessna 172XP Wipaire 2350 Amphib 210 hp is located at the Pickens Co SC Airport ( KLQK). I keep it in a heated hangar so I can fly year-round when the temperatures are above 36 degrees. The airport is near Lake Keowee and Jocassee, where we do our training.
|Cessna 172XP Amphib||$265||N/A|
|Instruction (ground and air)||$65||N/A|
Staines Aviation, LLC
Will train in own aircraft.
Tennessee Seaplane Company
Based at Duncan Boat Dock 2329 Duncan Rd., Knoxville, TN 37919
Tennessee Seaplane offers flight instruction and sightseeing in the beautiful hills and waterways of East Tennessee. Based at Duncan Boat Dock in Knoxville, we have plenty of water to train on, as we are surrounded by seven large lakes. We operate a Cessna floatplane: a 160-hp N model that sits on EDO 2130 straight floats out of our dock on Fort Loudoun Lake ( Tennessee River) in the heart of Knoxville. Our chief pilot and in-house DPE have more than 16 years of seaplane experience and a combined 17,000 hours of flight time. We offer Private, Commercial SES , advanced mountain seaplane training as well as amphibious transition training. VA approved Give us a call to schedule a flight.
|Cessna 172 straight floats||$350||N/A|
|ASES (private and commercial)||5||$2100|
Texas Bush Pilots
7890 Eagle Lane, Spring, TX 77379
Examiner on staff. Available airplanes: Cessna 172-180HP and Cessna 182-300HP. Operating from David Wayne Hooks (DWH) land and sea airport, located 15 miles NW of Houston Intercontinental Airport. Free pickup from IAH. Course includes ground school, flight training, and study material. Also available sea wings, BFR, tail wheel training, CFI renewal or reinstatement after the training, refresher courses. We also can train in your aircraft. Please leave phone number when contacting by email.
|Private SES (check ride included)||$2495|
|Comm SES (check ride included)||$2495|
SeaRey Adventures LLC
Canton and Temple, Texas
If you’re looking for seaplane fun, the SeaRey is the way to get it! Our goal is to provide first class training in our 2020 Progressive Aerodyne 914 powered SeaRey using the Searey Flight Instructor Association course syllabus to achieve your light-sport, private or commercial single-engine seaplane rating. We also offer training in your SeaRey, ferry flight services and demo flights if you want to find out what real fun flying is all about! Remember, a successful checkride counts as a BFR!
We primarily use Belton Lake from our Temple, Texas location and Cedar Creek Lake and Lake Athens from our Canton, Texas location, but almost anywhere is possible! We have a lodging package available for our beautiful Belton Lake location. Bring the family and enjoy swimming and kayaking on the lake during the training. Only a 10 minute drive from Temple Airport (KTPL).
Our Instructors are Tom and Gayle Rhines.
Tom Rhines is a professional pilot with over 20000 hours, has over 4500 hours of flight instruction given in light aircraft and over 1000 hours of tailwheel instruction given.
Gayle Rhines has over 14000 hours, has given over 1000 hours of light aircraft flight instruction, is a Luscombe and SeaRey taildragger instructor and is a professional pilot with a major airline.
Both Tom and Gayle are SeaRey Flight Instructor Association certified instructors. Tom is also an A&P/IA and has completed the RFSC Rotax service and maintenance courses.
|SeaRey S-LSA 914||$299||N/A|
|Instruction in your aircraft||$100|
|LSA-ASES*||5 hours dual||$1999|
|*Ground school and checkride included|
|Private/Commercial ASES*||5 hours dual||$2499|
|*Ground school and examiner fee included.|
Texas Seaplanes LLC
9400 Caliente Dr., McKinney, TX 75072
I have been active in SES training since 2006 and have completed 120+ ratings with a 100 percent pass rate for checkrides. The DFW area has quite a few lakes in the area for seaplane training. I have also served as an FAA check airman for SES since 2008.
|C182 on Aerocet amphibious floats||$375||N/A|
|Pvt /Com SES||6||$3000|
311 CR 2355, Mineola TX 75773
Providing Seaplane instruction for American Legend Aircraft in Sulphur Springs Texas in Amphib or straight float equipped Legend Cubs. Available for instruction in your aircraft or call to see what is in the hangar for dual instruction.
|Instruction in your airplane||$60|
Cubs Floats and Fun
David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston (KDWH)
attention, veterans! You may qualify for a $2,000 credit from the VA for your checkride. If you currently have benefits under any one of the following chapters and you submit VA Form 22-0803, you can be reimbursed the $2,000 cost of the test under the REIMBURSEMENT OF LICENSING OR CERTIFICATION TEST FEES program.Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty Educational Assistance Program (MGIB) (Chapter 30); Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32); Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33); Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35); Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607); Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve Program (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606).
One-stop shopping—checkride included!
Cubs Floats and Fun seaplane rating consists of up to seven hours of flight instruction, two hours of ground instruction, the Cubs Floats and Fun Seaplane Training Manual, Step up to Floats 2, and a one-year membership in the Seaplane Pilots Association. The rating is normally done in two days. The seaplane rating is gained using our newly upgraded 160- HP Piper PA-18 Super Cub on EDO 2000 Floats. Off-airport flying is emphasized in the training, and you will be exposed to the most unique flying area around. The use of the aircraft for the checkride is included in the cost. The training manuals will be sent prior to arrival so you’re ready to get flying. The SES course qualifies for BFR and FAA Wings credit.
Cubs Floats and Fun is based in Cajun country at Pineville, LA (2L0), with year-round float flying. We also offer training at KDWH in Houston. The home base at Pineville 2L0 on Lake Buhlow is next to the Red River and has numerous oxbows and everything available for your personalized training. Cubs Floats and Fun also offers recurrent, advanced seaplane, amphibious training, flight reviews, and tailwheel training. Allow at least two days for course completion. All training and checkride costs are included in package price assuming seven or less hours of flight instruction. Chief pilot Dave Lewis is the Louisiana and Texas Field Director for the SPA and a highly experienced pilot, both fixed and rotary wing. Examiner on staff.
If you’re looking for a truly fun flying experience and want to check off one more item on the bucket list, give us a call or visit our website for more information. Block rates are available for hours/experience building in the Super Cub.
|SES rating (checkride included)||4-7||$2799|
|Float recurrency / BFR MES rating||2-3||$290/hr|
Vermont Flight Academy
355 Valley Rd., South Burlington, VT 05403
Stay tuned for our seaplane training program coming 2021!
Pearson Aviation Inc.
551 Harbor View Circle, Colonial Beach, VA 22443
The Searey is an amphib that lands on the hull in water. It is GREAT FUN to fly. Training area nearby. Basic course is factory authorized for Searey. Will provide certificate for insurance. Wings credit provided for flights.
|Searey Elite, wet with instructor||$265|
|Basic Seaplane Rating*||13||$3600|
Seaplanes R Fun Inc. (dba SML Aviation)
Smith Mountain Lake Airport 1090 Cutlass Rd., Moneta, VA 24121
1957 C-180A with WingX extensions on Wipaire 3000As. $1000 deposit to schedule training (fully refundable). Experience the wonders of the region while receiving your SES rating. Open daily.
BlueGreen Xtreme, OceanFloats/Tundra Tires/SnoSkis
PO Box 31329, Seattle, WA 98103
CRM safety for both conventional and extreme flying is emphasized. Transitional flight training and ground instruction for pilots holding a private pilot certification or above for land and/or sea. Rough-water and emergency short landing practice encouraged. Explore the Pacific Northwest via mountain/canyon flying, wilderness training, fishing, wildlife viewing, beach picnics, volcanoes, dining, and more. Open Pacific Ocean, gnarly white surf splashdowns (landings and takeoffs), pristine snow and ice SKI landings, alpine lakes, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and whitewater river landings all on the same flight! Aircraft is capable of rough-water operations (lake, rapid river, and open ocean/surf). Convenient North Seattle base with accommodations nearby. Aircraft rental is a 2011 low-hour airframe with new state-of-the-art upgraded engine with custom digital pushbutton turbo scramble boost intercooled STOL/Bush Amphib on high G-shock 1650s combo floats/skis with electrohydraulic RG tundra wheels. Side-by-side seats/dual controls. Total glass-panel flight instruments with “steam” gauges backing up. Saltwater surcharge may apply depending on sea conditions. Waiver required for all flights (10% off for SPA, WSPA, or RAF members). Course training is tailored to individual’s needs and desires. Qualifies for BFR and/or FAA Wings Programs. Nineteen years of experience in mountain flying, airstrip trailheads, and MVFR. MCFI 1999-2004. Private primary training is available by special arrangement. FAA examiner nearby. Highly versatile, state-of-the-art aerial ATV provides either a laid-back scenic piloting experience or a uniquely wild ride. Information updated for 2021.
|Custom T-I-I STOL/Bush Amphib||$345||$250|
Kenmore Air Harbor
6321 NE 175th St., Kenmore, WA 98028-0064
Allow a minimum of 3-4 days for course completion, if proficient and current on single-engine piston aircraft. Weather dependent. Use of the aircraft for the checkride is included in both package deals. Space available ride-along on a scheduled domestic Kenmore Air Flight also included in package rate. Examiner on staff. Dual in privately owned aircraft available depending on season and pilot availability. Up to 200HP $150/hr; over 200HP and/or Amhib $225/hr; Ground/Commute Time $75/hr. Solo aircraft rental unavailable. Intro flight is $125. Come celebrate our 75th anniversary with us this year!
|6-hour package (C-172 or PA-18)||6||$2000|
|8-hour package (C-172 or PA-18||8||$2500|
Seaplane Scenics and Adventures in Flight
Mailing address:1958 S Market Blvd. Chehalis WA 98532 ; office: Wiley Post, 1000 Perimeter Rd. W., Renton, WA 98057; seaplane office: 295 Airport Way, Renton, WA 98057
Seaplane Scenics is Seattle’s newest seaplane company. We specialize in flight instruction, seaplane tours, and Charters. We accommodate private and commercial seaplane add-on ratings, and almost any seaplane experience you can dream. Advanced training is available: amphibious float training, rough water, mountain flying, and high-altitude lakes. We have also added a Cessna 172 I on PK 2300 straight floats. James Young is the owner and chief pilot. His lifelong passion for flying has grown into inspiration for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for flying. His dedication to flying keeps him motivated to stay current with the dynamic and ever growing world of aeronautics. Seaplane Scenics dba Adventures in Flight, a new land-based flight school, is now open at KCLS in Chehalis, WA. It is a full service flight school with Vans RV crossover training, tailwheel endorsements, and spin awareness training.
|Cessna 185 seaplane||$595||N/A|
|Cessna 172 seaplane||$285||$225*|
|Ride-along on a training flight:||$95|
1325 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
ASES add-on ratings and initial private and commercial training in the heart of Seattle on Lake Union. Six to ten hours training for ASES add-on. Flights on fresh and saltwater. World’s sweetest Doberman on staff.
|Cessna 172 180 hp||$335||N/A|
Boeing Employees Flying Association (BEFA)
840 West Perimeter Rd., Renton, WA 98057-5346
You must join BEFA to receive training. See http://befa.org/about/how-to-join/. BEFA membership is open primarily to Boeing employees. Non-Boeing members are allowed in according to association bylaws. Contact BEFA for information. There is a one-time nonrefundable join fee, recurring monthly fee, hourly airplane rate, and hourly Instructor rate.
4301 Knuell St., Manitowoc, WI 54220
Lakeshore Aviation offers complete seaplane flight instruction in a well-equipped Cessna 172 Hawk XP on Wipline 2350 Amphib floats. Located 35NM east of Oshkosh, and seaplane training during EAA AirVenture is available. Training can be at either our location along the shores of Lake Michigan or at our northern Wisconsin seaplane base, surrounded by thousands of lakes. Turn the experience into one for the whole family with a rental cabin and fishing boat. Training is available seasonally, based on WI weather. Our seaplane has a 210-hp engine and constant-speed prop, so the training will also count toward your high-performance and complex checkouts. It’s also full IFR if you’d like an instrument comp check at the same time. It’s equipped with a Garmin 430 and a Garmin 496 with XM Weather. Call early to schedule the best dates. Block-time rates available; fuel surcharge may apply.Training in your aircraft, insurance checkouts, and BFRs also available.
|Cessna 172XP amphib||$255||N/A|
Professional Flight Training, LLC
6450 County K, Rhinelander, Wi. 54501
Specializing in light sport aircraft Rans, Savannah, and Cessna 172 182.
Romeo Aviation Inc. / Romeo Seaplanes
Northwoods Romeo Seaplane Base (4WI3) 101 Airport Ave., Hangar #2, Cumberland, WI 54829
Private pilot certificate required. Optional Gleim SARC – Seaplane add-on rating ground-school course available online—please see our website. Location Cumberland, WI, KUBE. Beaver Dam Lake and Blake Lake—both primary docking. Fly in or drive. Lodging/Camping available nearby. Seaplane examiner available onsite. Training from June-September. Introductory flights available—student pilots welcome. Course packages do not include the checkride day, sales taxes, textbook and materials, or fuel surcharges. Book in advance to secure your preferred dates. A $300 nonrefundable check deposit is required to hold a 2-4 day reservation with CFI and DPE for ASES Ratings. Cash or check only accepted for payment.
|Citabria 7GCBC, Wipline 2100 Str||$275||N/A|
|ASES, Basic Refresher, BFR||7||$2550|
Spring City Aviation, Inc.
707 Airport Rd., Burlington, WI 53105
Spring City Aviation is proud to offer SES training at our Burlington location. Wisconsin is an excellent state to take your training to a new level. You’ll be sure to have fun in our well-equipped Amphibious C180 with plenty of local freshwater lakes nearby. We have developed a course guide that makes it fun and enjoyable yet comprehensive, making you a safe and competent seaplane pilot. Call or email to discuss your training or to set up an introductory flight.
|Amphibious Cessna 180A||$295||N/A|
Wings Air Charter LLC
236 Airport Hangar Drive, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Wings Air Charter LLC offers a Lake Buccaneer for Seaplane Ratings. We are located in beautiful central Wisconsin with two large flowages that are ideal for training and just a 5-minute flight from the airport. We offer 2- to 3-day ratings with pilot rates at nearby hotels. An examiner is on staff. Wings Air Charter LLC is a Cessna Pilot Center with a later model 172 and a Skycatcher for training or rental.
Fort Langley Air, Ltd
18799 Airport Way, Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada V3Y 0A7
Estimates are in Canadian dollars and do not include GST. Float rating estimates are based on Transport Canada minimum requirements—individual students may require additional dual training time before approval for solo flight. Minimum requirements and checkout apply for solo rental.
|Cessna 180, EDO 2960 floats||$439||$379|
|Float Rating, Transport Canada Req||7||$3,164|
|Recreational Seaplane Pilot|
|10 Dual / 5 Solo||15||$6,405|
|Bush Pilot Advance Float Training|
|25 Dual/25 Solo||50||$20,930|
Pacific Seaplanes All Seaplane Airline PO Box 3, STN Cedar, Nanaimo, BC Canada V9X1W1
We excel at producing skilled pilots and preparing applicants for life in commercial seaplane flying. Our south coast BC Canada location offers near year-round flying. Please see our website for further prerequisite licensing and training details. Reasonably priced accommodations available nearby. ME Sea Rates exclude fuel. NEW in 2021: Introduction of our DHC-6 Twin Otter Seaplane. First in the world to offer DHC-6 Captain or First Officer Initial and Recurrent training, or from no seaplane time through our various courses leading to Command Seat on Twin Otters. Our PA23 Nomad Seaplane roll out in 2021 available for ME Seaplane training in addition to Beechcraft and DeHavilland Twin Otter. FAA Pilots can train here and get FAA ME/SEA check-ride within USA when borders open. Ask us for more details. ICON A5 IAFI (Factory Authorized Instructor) on staff for training operations in Canada. Call for details. Show your SPA Membership Card and get $100 off initial training.
|Piper Nomad (ME/SEA) Floats||$650||N/A|
|Beech 18 Floats (ME/SEA)||$950||N/A|
|DHC-6 Twin Otter/CAP (ME/SEA)||$3000||N/A|
|Basic SE (C180) Seaplane Rating||$2625* *+ 5% GST|
1348 Water St., Kelowna, BC, Canada V1Y 9P4
Offering private pilot licensing, commercial pilot licensing and instructor ratings on floats as well as foreign conversions. Training is by active air-taxi pilots. Students get actual solo hours. Price shown is all inclusive with no fuel surcharge.
Ocean Air Floatplanes
1861 Ferndale Rd., Victoria, BC, Canada V8N 2Y2
Professional training taught by active air-taxi pilots working the coast—learn from experience. All prices in Canadian dollars.
|Cessna 180, Aerocet 3500L||$375||N/A|
|Professional Skills Course||50||$16250|
True North Airways
Box 340, Azilda, ON, Canada P0M 1B0
All prices are shown in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes. Sudbury Aviation is located 4 1/2 hours north of Toronto. Docking, mooring, and beaching. Gas and docking available. Seaplane endorsements and foreign-license conversions. Rentals are available to seaplane-endorsed pilots who complete an advanced flying bush course (10 hours).
|Cessna 172 (bush)||$249||$189|
Elmhirst Vacation Air Ltd
1045 Settlers Line, Keene, ON, Canada K0L 2G0
Seaplane rating includes ground school, dual training, solo flight, and transport Canada license fee. Rates are in Canadian dollars. Pilots must have valid license. All rentals include instructor. On-site accommodations available.
|Cessna 172, 180HP||$340||N/A|
Georgian Bay Airways Ltd
11A Bay St., Parry Sound, ON, Canada P2A 1S4
Email for current course costs. Prices in Canadian dollars. We focus on producing highly skilled bush pilots and preparing students for their first jobs. Parry Sound/Georgian Bay is an ideal location for a flying vacation. Learn to fly floats while on holiday. Minimum requirement is PPL. See our website for details. Tax not included in course prices.
|Career Bush Pilot Program||50||$13,995|
|Intro Bush Pilot Program||25||$8495|
Dorval Aviation Inc
9025 Ryan Ave., Suite 202, Dorval, PQ, Canada H9P 1A2
|Cessna 172,180-hp conversion||$370CAD||N/A|
|Canadian Floatplane Rating||9||$3330|
133, Av JODEL, 40600 BISCARROSSE
We own three Piper PA18 and 1 RC3 Seabee. Flight and ground instruction are free. We provide a comprehensible Seaplane rating package that includes 8 hours of dual flight time and 1 hour final flight test. We offer the rare opportunity of solo flights with passengers , flight insurance included in the member fees. If you are seaplane rated, you may fly alone with passengers after a check ride with an English-speaking flight examiner. We are based in the southwest of France nearby Bordeaux city, which offers a variety of tourism interests. No updates available for 2020.
|Complete member fee||$270|
|PA-18 160 hp||$208||$208|
|Partial member fee||160$|
|PA-18 160 hp||$235||$235|
Lecker Chaussee 127, 24941 Flensburg, Germany
We are located in the very north of Germany – right at the Flensburg Fjord at the border to Denmark. Our location is perfect for waterflying as we can always provide a profound and challenging training environment. We cover all aspects of seaplane operation including glassy water, rough water, crosswind, beaching, docking at buoys and pier. Trips together with sailing boats and other seaplanes are possible. Our customers get a balanced and intensive training to prepare them for most aspects of seaplane operation. Our team of highly experienced instructors and examiners is looking forward to introduce you to the beauty of waterflying in Germany and Denmark! We tailor all courses individually to your experience and needs for you to become a safe seaplane pilot. Let’s fly floats!
|Cessna 172 (180 hp), Wipline 2350 amphibious||*357€||N/A|
|SEP(Sea) EASA, incl. Skill Test||9||3490€|
|SEP (Sea) Biennial Flight Review (BFR)||*139€|
|*with qualified flight examiner, excluding flight hour costs.|
|SEP (Sea) Revalidation||*350€|
|*with qualified flight examiner, excluding flight hours costs depending on proficiency level.|
|Conversion FAA SEP (Sea) to EASA depends on proficiency level and will be on an individual basis.|
|Intro to Waterflying for SEP (Land) pilots||*390€|
|*includes academic training and 1 hr waterflying with splash-and go’s etc.|
Aero Club Como
Viale Masia 44, Como, Italy 22100
Attractive seaplane training/rating packages. Aero Club Como, established in 1930, is the oldest seaplane operation in the world and operates the largest seaplane base with a complete fleet (floatplanes and flying boats — 4 C172; 1 R172K; 1 PA 18; 1 C206; 2 C305/L-19; 1 RC3), flight school, and maintenance facility in Europe. EASA examiners onsite; training is recognized by FAA and major authorities in the world.The seaplane base is on the shore of the town of Como, on the shore of the celebrated Lake Como. A lot of attractions in the area, on the border with Switzerland. Accommodations: hotel and private apartments near the seaplane base.
|Cessna 172 - 160 hp EDO 2130||276€||196€|
|Piper PA-18 Amphib - 180 hp||288€||208€|
|Cessna C305 - 213 hp||311€||231€|
|Cessna R172K Amphib - 195 hp||311€||231€|
|Cessna 206 Floatplane/Amphib 300 hp IO550||465€||385€|
Poznańska 3, 62-023 Gądki, Poland
Seaplanes are our true passion and the most pleasant form of flying for us. We guarantee our candidates the experience of an amazing adventure that gives great satisfaction and a sense of freedom. Our school specialize in organizing 3-5 day block seaplane trainings, conducted by experienced instructors. We are located in Poland – seaplane friendly country, where you can land on many different water reservoirs. Examiner, guest rooms, meals and hangar space are also available at our airport.
|Cessna 172-180HP Wipline 2350A||290€|
|Aviat Husky A-1C-180 Wipline 2100A||290€|
Scotia Seaplanes Ltd
Hamish Mitchell, 45 Carrick Rd., Ayr, Scotland, UK, KA7 2RD
We have three part-time instructors and specialize in three- to four-day seaplane safaris around the stunningly beautiful west coast of Scotland. Landing beside castles, spotting Outlander locations, splashing on remote islands, flying over ancient whirlpools or weaving through the mountains. Then relax, with a whisky tour, staying in luxury hotels or camping on a remote beach. We also offer daytrip adventures or more formal training for the EASA rating. With many direct flights from N. America to Glasgow and Edinburgh, and the pound at rock bottom, now is the time to experience Scotland. Our 210HP FR172 is appropriately registered G-DRAM (a dram is a shot of whisky)—as with the best things in life, just add a little bit of water!
|Amphib Cessna FR172-210HP on Wipline 2350A||$395||N/A|
|EASA SEP (sea)||10|
On-Track Aviation Limited
Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome Loxley Lane, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire CV35 9EU, UK
We specialize in part- and full-time Instructor and Examiner courses on land and seaplanes. In addition, we can offer FAA Conversions/Renewals/BFRs. Our expertise is second to none and we have a reputation within the aviation industry for delivering first-class training. We offer professional instruction in a friendly environment with our students consistently achieving a first-time pass. It is a fact that our instructor graduates are keenly sought after by all the top class flight schools in the UK and Europe. So why not pop in and have a chat, a cuppa, and see for yourself. What can we do to further your aviation career?
|Seaplane Class Rating, single-engine piston||10||£3950*|
|*Includes flight training, theoretical knowledge training, and seamanship examination|
|Class Rating Instructor, single-engine seaplane||35||£2900*|
|*Plus 3 hrs flight training @ £340/hr|
|Class Rating Examiner, single-engine seaplane||3 days||£1350*|
|*Plus 2 hours flight training @ £340/hr|
|Flight Examiner, single-engine seaplane||3 days||£900*|
|*Plus 2 hours flight training @ £340/hr|