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Seaplane Training can be one of the most relaxing, fun events in your flying activities.  It can normally be completed in 5-10 hours of training, depending on your skill level and the flight school or instructor. It will also comply with the requirements for the Biennial Flight Review (BFR).  There are no minimum number of hours required, nor a formal FAA written exam. There is a Oral/Practical Flight Exam with a Designated Pilot Examiner.

The Seaplane Rating consists of these basic areas of study:

bulletParts of the seaplane, and differences from land planes
bulletPreflight Inspection, Engine Starting, Taxiing and Sailing
bulletNormal, Rough and Glassy Water Take-offs
bulletNormal, Rough and Glassy Water Landings
bulletConfined Space Departures and Arrivals
bulletCrosswind Take-offs and Landings
bulletWater taxiing, Step Taxiing and Step Turns
bulletDocking, Beaching and Mooring
bulletSecuring the Aircraft in the Water Environment

The complete FAA Exam is covered in the Practical Test Standard FAA-S-8081-14A. (345KB download)

Click here for training information from the Seaplane Pilots Association.

Here's a list of books for the student seaplane pilot from SPA.

Lakeshore Aviation, a FBO located in Manitowoc, WI (just 35NM east of OSH) operates the only full-time seaplane school in Wisconsin! For more information about seaplane training in the Midwest, contact Curt Drumm, CFI. Or call Lakeshore Aviation at 920-682-0043.




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