The 50 hour Professional
Seaplane Pilot Course
Ocean Air Floatplanes
50 Hour Course
Ocean Air is a well-respected, well-known and internationally recognized floatplane school: see our Testimonials Section. The Professional Seaplane Training Course is designed for the ambitious student seeking a career as a Professional Seaplane Pilot. Over the course of 50 hours of extensive seaplane training, the student will learn all the necessary techniques to become a superior Seaplane pilot. The course consists of 25 hours dual instruction and 25 hours of PIC supervised practice. This professional program will prepare you for a confident start in the Seaplane aviation industry. This is a great way to begin your flying career or for your own personal float flying endeavors.
David and Saint are highly experienced instructors with over 25,000 hours of seaplane experience combined who will teach and mentor you through the program learning from there repetoire and seaplane experience. Who else can offer such experienced and professional instructors??
Floatplane Training Lessons
Training begins with the basics. We start our syllabus with the Seaplane rating, enabling you to perform 5 solo take offs and landings while learning from conditions as they arise. Part of your training will include the urban environments and busy airspace around the Victoria and Vancouver Harbours. Add to that the wild, rugged wilderness of the Pacific Coast with its small villages and real working coastal Seaplane docks, and you’ll gain confidence operating in any situation. You’ll find an exciting and ever-changing experience that commercial operators will recognize, giving you the edge when you’re looking for employment. Training takes place in confined areas, lakes, rivers, high altitude mountain ranges and in the coastal ocean environment at real working Seaplane docks. Based on our well developed syllabus. Included is a mountain check ride with specific ground lessons covering safe light aircraft flying in the mountainous regions.
Ocean Air has developed a 50-hour Seaplane syllabus that has proven very effective in enabling career minded pilots to become professional Seaplane pilots. The fact that the Seaplane insurance industry requires a minimum of 50 hours on floats to hire new commercial pilots makes this course a necessary first step. Ocean Air’s 50 hour Seaplane training syllabus will give you the required training to get that important first job. We have graduates who fly Seaplanes commercially all over the world and Operators who annually request Pilots Trained by Ocean Air. Visit our testimonials page or ask us for info.
Coastal jobs require the most experience because of the many challenges that the coast offers. Ocean Air will train you in this environment and operators will understand the benefits of you coastal training.
50 Hour Seaplane Course
Cost: $20,000 CAD
($400 per hour – this course includes a $20 per hour discount from our 15 hour course pricing)
The possibility of learning to fly Seaplanes in this challenging and beautiful environment brings pilots from around the world to Canada’s Coast.
Some of the places our graduates are flying as commercial seaplane pilots are: Vancouver, Victoria Harbour, Tofino, Campbell River, Maldives, Vietnam, Antarctica, Yukon, Manitoba and Ontario!
*all prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include a 5% tax (GST) or $6 per hour Carbon Offset fee
*ratings and courses (except the Discovery Flight) require a minimum of a Private Pilote License.
15 Hour Professional Seaplane Course
Since 2002 we have helped over 300 pilots in Canada earn their Canadian seaplane rating. Some of the places our graduates are flying as commercial seaplane pilots are: Vancouver, Victoria Harbour, Tofino, Campbell River, Maldives, Vietnam, Antarctica, Yukon, Manitoba and Ontario!
Earn your seaplane rating, then take the next step by honing the skills that you’ll learn while earning the Transport Canada Seaplane Rating.
Work your new found skills in realistic scenarios while learning the challenging skills of determining conditions then executing the appropriate plan of action. This course takes place in the spectacular scenery of the Gulf Islands at busy, real working Pacific seaplane docks that serve Island communities.
Transport Canada Seaplane Rating/Float Plane Rating
Taught by professional and experienced coastal floatplane pilots, as per the Transport Canada Seaplane Manual in our Cessna 180 Seaplane on Aerocet 3500L Floats, you will be introduced to seaplanes and will be competent to fly the 5 solo take off and landing requirements for the rating to be added to your License. Included is docking, ramping, launching, taxiing techniques, take off and landings, preflight and post-flight as well as other techniques encountered as conditions dictate.
Our students have completed over 25 ratings in the last year, with great success and smiles from ear to ear!