Single Engine Sea Course

50th ANNIVERSARY 1963 – 2013 

The single engine sea rating takes two full days to complete. It involves an hour and a half of ground instruction, five hours of flight instruction, the oral exam, check ride and Examiner’s fee. Within that time frame you will be given instruction in basic water handling, including idle, plow and step taxi procedures. Next you will be shown how to properly execute a normal takeoff and landing from the water.

The student will then progress to the more advanced maneuvers including crosswind, rough water and glassy water techniques. Also covered will be maximum performance procedures and emergency operation. Next, we will demonstrate docking and sailing (you’ll be surprised how well it sails).

Your training will begin with a detailed ground school and preflight. The first lesson will also include basic air work, including slow flight and stalls.

All training will be done as prescribed under the FAA practical test standards for seaplanes. An FAA flight test will be conducted at the completion of your training. When the standards have been met, then an FAA certificate with the seaplane rating will be issued. We have two designated examiners on staff.

Most current land plane pilots have no difficulty with the transition to floats. If it appears that additional flight instruction is needed, you will be told ahead of time. Additional time after the five hours will be given at the hourly rate for the aircraft. It is a good idea to be current with your flying when you arrive to train.

SCHEDULING

We suggest that you contact us 2-3 weeks in advance.  Scheduling for the months of January through May, we suggest 4-6 weeks in advance.  You may make your reservation in the course by contacting the office between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We will need your name, phone number, email address and credit card information to secure your position in the course with a deposit.

All major credit cards accepted in addition to checks, cash and traveler’s checks.

ONE DAY COURSE – NO RATING

Designed for pilots seeking the training experience, as a refresher or just for fun with NO CHECK RIDE.  The course will consist of 1.5 hours of ground instruction and 3.0 hours of flight instruction.  Reservations required.

FOREIGN PILOTS

New TSA and FAA policies affecting foreign pilots training in the US were implemented after September 11, 2001. A letter of verification from the FAA is now required for pilots holding a US certificate based on their foreign and for pilots seeking a foreign license conversion.  This process takes 45-90 days and the letter is only valid for six months.  The verification letter can be emailed or faxed to the requested FSDO or to the training facility designated by the pilot. German pilots, please note that the letter of verification MUST verify your medical.  This also pertains to any country that does not verify the airman’s medical.  If the medical is not verified on the letter of verification, you must obtain an FAA medical prior to the ASES rating or license conversion.  Foreign pilots seeking the ASES rating must also meet the foreign pilot flight requirement hours.

For further information please visit www.FAA.gov.