Seaplane Rating

Specialist Flight Training

ATO: 0333P

Pre-Course Entry Requirments

 

The minimum requirements are a PPL (A) or NPPL and being current helps. A valid medical is not required as there is no solo flying. The minimum EASA course is 8 hours of training with a CAA written paper on Seamanship. There is an Oral/Practical Flight Exam with a designated Flight Examiner once the course is completed.

From £3345

 

- Includes Ground School & Test

- 8 Hours Flight Instruction

- Aircraft Hire for Test

- Examiners Fee

The Seaplane Course

 

The Seaplane course consists of a minimum of 8 hours including the following,

 

•seaplane pre-flight and fuelling

•normal, short field, glassy water, rough water, crosswind, confined area take-off and landing

•emergency power off landings

•step taxi turns, plow turns, idle taxi, sailing, docking, mooring, beaching and ramping

•surveying landing areas

•effects of wind on the plane (now a boat)

•in the air - emphasis is put on slow flight, steep turns and stalls.

•amphibious operations

•securing the aircraft

 

 

 

The Enviroment

 

Environmentally Seaplanes leave almost no trace of their visit,

•A seaplane's propeller is entirely above the water and thus does not disturb sediments or marine life, nor does it contribute to marine noise pollution.

•Seaplanes generate no more than a 2-3 inch wake – not enough to be a factor in shoreline erosion.

•Seaplanes do not spread non- native species.

•Seaplanes do not store or discharge oily bilge water or sewage.

•Seaplanes do not discharge gallons of fuel and oil into the water as many other powered watercraft do

•Seaplanes do not discharge the contents of chemical toilets overboard.

•Seaplanes are not treated with toxic anti-fouling paints.

•The exhaust from a seaplanes engine is discharged into the air well above the water’s surface where it can dissipate without impacting water quality.

•Aviation fuel does not contain MTBE - a toxic additive found in automotive and marine fuel.

•The noise generated by a Seaplane taking off only lasts about 20 seconds and then it is gone unlike jet skis and with the engine at low RPM on approach to land you may not even hear it arrive.

ATO: 0333P

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