“To provide the highest-quality comprehensive seaplane training available.”
The Professional Seaplane Pilot Program.
This professionally developed course consists of a three-stage flight training program, delivered alongside a ground-based operational training course. The flight training program consists of ground and inflight instruction, practice and evaluation, while the ground-based operational training course consists of workshops, discussion periods, presentations, and case studies.
This program has been prepared and scrutinized by experienced seaplane pilots who work in this challenging profession every day. It is overseen by one of the largest all-seaplane airlines in existence, and is organized by instructors with extensive operational seaplane experience, alongside backgrounds in instruction.
Our goal with this program is to provide instruction that will ultimately assist you to become the best and safest seaplane pilot you can be. Throughout your training, you will learn to constantly work to improve your skill set and expand your pilot ‘toolkit’ – the resources available to you to do the job. By the end of this program, you will have gained over 50 hours of seaplane training experience – experiencing first hand what’s involved in being proficient, capable, and safe. What’s more, your efforts will provide you with the opportunity to develop the confidence and aptitude required to succeed as a seaplane pilot.
Stage One: Seaplane Fundamentals
In this preparatory course, you will receive your introduction to the world of seaplanes. Initial ground training will take you through the finest details of preparing a seaplane for flight, and our development-based lesson plan will ensure that you lay a strong foundation on which to build your skills. When you are ready, a written exam and flight evaluation will mark your completion of the first stage of our training program, and your progression onto Stage two.
Stage Two: Expanded Proficiency
You’ve learned the basics – now is the time to develop your new skills. Following a carefully prepared set of ground and inflight lesson plans, this course will take you where you haven’t been – from up in the mountains, to down on the river. Topics covered will include things such as hydrodynamics and water handling, techniques for a variety of conditions including wind, swell, current and abnormal situations. When you have successfully completed the training, a written exam and flight evaluation will test your understanding – and your skill.
Stage Three: Applied Concepts
You’ve put in your best effort and have honed your skills in a bevvy of challenging conditions. Now, set yourself to work in the world where efficiency matters: In Applied Concepts, a series of staged operational flights will introduce you to the finer points of keeping a flight schedule where it needs to be: safe and productive. These flights will present you with real world challenges and situations that will test your new skills and resourcefulness with the daily pressures of a seaplane pilot’s operational environment.
Ground-Based Operational Training Course
In our ground-based operational training program, get knee-deep into the collective experiences of professional seaplane pilots. This course will present you with opportunities to exercise your skills in problem solving, and will expand your ability to recognize and utilize your resources. This operational training will discuss the nature of and challenges faced by a professional seaplane pilot, and will provide you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge and awareness in areas such as:
- Risk Assessment, Management and Mitigation.
- Decision-Making and SRM/CRM (cockpit resource management)
- Human Factors
- Marine Law
The training will also include real world situational analysis, situational-based training, ‘tricks of the trade’ and a whole world of information that, well – you didn’t know that you didn’t know.
By the end of this course, you will be significantly better equipped to handle the challenges of a seaplane pilot – you will have a tool belt full of tricks and ideas, and a wealth of knowledge that will see you making better choices when they matter the most.
The Professional Seaplane Pilot Program has been designed for a target completion time line of 45 days.
Due to the nature of seaplane operations, the time of year and weather will, to some degree, dictate the time required to complete the program. The target timeline is based on a planned 25 flight days, consisting of 50 hours of flight time.
The ground-based operational training course is completed alongside the training program, and will consist of an initial ground school portion, then 17 operational classes each approximately 80 minutes in duration, for a total of 25 hours of ground school.