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Nov 30, 2010 at 08:16 AM


Flying seaplanes is fun and relatively easy, but like anything worth doing, learning to fly seaplanes takes some time and effort. This section of the web site provides the information and tools you need to get started, whether you've never flown before or you're a seasoned pilot. 

image01For Non-Pilots... 

As a non-pilot, you have the advantage of being able to tailor your flight training to foster specific skills that will make you a better seaplane pilot. Although you can obtain your pilot certification in seaplanes, completing your initial training in land-based aircraft is easier and less expensive. Focusing on rudder technique, heads-up flight (using the environment for reference rather than the instruments), weather, and judgement will help you prepare.  Click Here for a list of Seaplane Instructors.

For Pilots... 

For certified airplane pilots, seaplane certification is a simple add-on, typically requiring less than ten hours of flight training, and in the United States, an FAA checkride. Skip to The SES Rating for more information about adding "single-engine sea" to your pilot certificate.

Recurrency 

For certified pilots in the United States, a seaplane rating is a great way to satisfy your flight review (FAR 61.56) requirement. You'll spend a bit more time with an instructor than you would for a standard flight review, but you'll also have more fun and come home with new skills and a new rating. 

Get Your Feet Wet 

Regardless of whether you're a pilot or not, a demo flight in a seaplane is bound to jump start your motivation to pursue flight training. Don't feel as though every minute you spend in a seaplane has to be training-oriented. Seaplanes are ideal recreational vehicles. Reminding yourself of that potential with an occasional fun flight with an instructor will enhance your appreciation of seaplanes and give your enthusiasm a boost.

 

Seaplane Flight School Directory