Articles & Testimonials:
You are both what I consider to be great role models and mentors. Your input will be and integral part to my growth as a pilot and I am glad to call you my friends. Hope to see you again soon.
Derek Gregoire, Montreal, Quebec
If you are looking to log a quick and easy 50 hours, and don’t really care about fine-tuning your skill set, then this is not the place for you. But if you are serious about adding a whole lot of practical skill to your tool belt and are interested in more than just hours on paper, then you need to look no further than Ocean Air.
Three weeks after completing my 50-hour course at Ocean Air, the first offer came in, two weeks after that, another one. Mr. Budd is well known in the aviation community, and employers know that pilots, who come from Ocean Air, come with real skill. I am forever grateful for the training I received at Ocean Air; it was truly worth every cent. And now, thanks to David Budd, my job hunt is over, at last. Thank you David!
Noah Goldman – Toronto, Ontario
David went well over and above my expectations by setting up challenges and taking me on new routes all over the local area. We went through advanced techniques, from difficult dockings to short landings. Almost every flight bought a new approach on to a different patch of water and completely different obstacles to overcome. David posed me with situations that I would otherwise normally try to avoid and set me up with a confidence that will assist me through flying for many years to come.
Even having past experience I thoroughly loved the course and would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat. Thank you David, for all your help and patience through the previous few weeks, and I sincerely hope that your great instructing skills will continue to bring you happiness and success for many years to come.
Oh yes — and I now have a seaplane job in Manitoba, not on the dock, but in the air!
Keep in touch! Cheers,
Rosie Bury – New Zealand
See you around!
Elissa Boyd – Victoria, BC
Give your dog a pat from me and save another for YVA, she is a fine bird.
Thanks again, Very best wishes,
Bob Farrer – London, UK
Chris Farnaby – UK
Kevin Skillings – Victoria, BC
I have gone on several trips now with my fishing rod and a local floatplane to some great lakes in Manitoba. The guidance provided by you has proven very worthwhile- “tips up”. I have been with several instructors over the years and can say without a doubt you were the most professional and useful. Enjoy the pics and video. Hope to have the chance to fly with you again.
Kris Milbrandt, M.D., FRCSC Pediatric General Surgeon – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I know we’ll be back! Best regards, fly safe.
Dr Stewart Houston, CEng, FRAeS Aerospace Sciences Research Division School of Engineering University of Glasgow
Don’t think I told you but I found my way back to Canada quickly last month when a float job came up with Simpson Air in Fort Simpson. I’ve been doing scenics into the Nahanni National park to land at Virginia Falls, glacier lake, etc… as well as haul canoes and paddlers up river to drop them off. I’ve been back on a 206 to get my feet wet after two years since I flew floats and now going strong on both the 206 and back flying the beaver next week.
I wanted to thank you again, you have probly saved my life and my job a few times as I meander my way through these mountains looking for holes and gaps in weather and some smooth air for my pax. The Frasier River Training we did came back to me as soon as I got in the plane for the first time a month ago. The Mackenzie and the Nahanni are travelling so fast right now with the high water I don’t know how I guy would manage without some previous river training.
Thanks Dave and I hope you are having a great start to the summer!
Hope to see ya around Victoria someday soon. My season ends here as most, end of September. Where I’ll go next, no clue but no worries.
yesterday! I enjoyed every minute of the flying and learnt such a huge amount about sea planes in just one and a half hours. Your confidence and expertise showed through out the flight and it was a pleasure to have met and flown with you.
I wish you many years of safe flying.
Andy Brooks – UK
Roger and Liz Gregory – UK
I can’t thank you enough for everything especially for helping me find a float job in Ontario!
Ocean Air is ideally situated in a float plane training Mecca. This included numerous lakes and The Gulf Islands, with a variety of docks and obstacles, and only a short flight to Vancouver Harbour, the Fraser River and high alpine lakes.
All this and two highly experienced float pilots to show you how to safely and professionally fly a float plane in this demanding environment. Dave and Bryan, Ocean Air’s two training pilots, had different teaching styles that complimented each other perfectly. They shared their own personal experiences in flying floats and they were always able to get the best out of me and keep it fun.
Dave’s high standard is evident not only in his instruction but also in the care and maintenance of GYVA.
Watching orcas pass by as we sat on the wing of the plane, seeing porpoises, seals and eagles really completed the West Coast adventure.
Thanks again, Dave and Bryan for a first class experience. I really feel like the skills that I learned will assist me in my search for employment as a float plane pilot.
Stephen Corner – Toronto, ON
I took the 50 hour profesional seaplane course at Ocean Air in June 2010 and it was awesome! David Budd and Bryan Webster are great to fly with, both with completely different styles. My skills were being challenged every flight. As soon as I had one skill mastered, they had another skill for me to learn. I was able to bring my girlfriend along for some flights as well, we went to beautiful mountain lakes and places not accesible by road, she had a great time. David did an outstanding job in accomodating my schedule and limited time in Victoria. David is very professional and safe, he does everything the right way without cutting corners. The Cessna 180 is in immaculate condition and is lots of fun to fly. I would reccommend Ocean Air to anyone interested in flying floats!