International Seaplane Training

in co-operation with the Harbour Air Group

Enter a World of Skilled Professionals


Seaplane pilots enjoy a unique career with an ever-changing set of challenges and opportunities. Operating water-based aircraft in dynamic environments with limited resources is an enormously desirable skillset, and so employment opportunities exist in many countries and regions throughout the world. Some of the most popular and common employers of seaplane pilots exist in Canada, the United States, Vietnam, China, Fiji, The Maldives, Sri Lanka, India and the United Kingdom.

Primarily, the aircraft used for seaplane flying world-side are turbo-prop equipped aircraft that vary in size from 4 to 19 passengers and are commonly equipped with floats to allow them to float on the surface of the water. There are many variations, and some seaplane aircraft even feature hulls engineered to rest the aircraft fuselage itself in the water.

What distinguishes a seaplane pilot from other professional pilots lies in their skillset. It takes an entirely specific set of skills to fly a seaplane. This is because the seaplane pilot often does not have the automation and infrastructure as found on aircraft meant to operate under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules). Approaches must be flown visually – experience, discretion and skill are required to ensure the pilot can safely operate the seaplane in a wide variety of conditions. The finest details of the aircrafts performance must be anticipated and managed at all times during all flight operations.

A qualified seaplane pilot is in high demand in all varieties of aviation. This is because the pilots’ technical proficiency or ‘hands and feet’ are razor-sharp, which transfers to any aircraft, anywhere. Professional seaplane pilots are, in addition to being proficient, incredibly competent pilots, with exceptional foresight and planning abilities developed by constant exposure to ever-changing environments.

Seaplane pilots may find entry level work as a first officer on a seaplane, or as a captain of a small seaplane, often flying freight or other such duties. As their experience and proficiency grows, they may become employed at one of the worlds seaplane based airlines, enter forest fire control, often ultimately moving into airline flying after building their experience.

A qualified seaplane pilot is in high demand in all varieties of aviation. This is because the pilots’ technical proficiency or ‘hands and feet’ are razor-sharp, which transfers to any aircraft, anywhere.

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International Seaplane Training, 4680 Cowley Crescent, Richmond BC, Canada. V7B-1C1 1-604-278-3478, Ext. 3793