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Old 01-07-2009, 05:20 PM   #1  
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Default Seaplane rating question

Anybody know what's needed for a seaplane rating????

-how many (water) landings??
-would I have to do stalls, steep turns, and all of that stuff??
-how many hours/flight lessons??
-what kind of $$$$ am I looking at?

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it comes down to what ratings you have.

go to the pts:
http://www.faa.gov/education_researc...S-8081-14A.pdf

look for the additional ratings task table, and apply it accordingly.

as for the flight times and money...all depends on where you go.
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Outlaw is exactly correct, you have your minimum items that have to be covered in training depending on you current certs. I have heard of people adding both private or commercial in as little as 3 hours and as much as 15 ($500-$2500).
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Outlaw is exactly correct, you have your minimum items that have to be covered in training depending on you current certs. I have heard of people adding both private or commercial in as little as 3 hours and as much as 15 ($500-$2500).
Thanks guys, a friend of mine said something like 3 hours/3 landings, about $500 bucks, then a guy I flew with said he got his for $2800. didn't know what to believe, can't afford $2800....

I'm definetly going for it, something I've always wanted to do, but have to find a cheap place, I guess anywhere but Florida and California

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If you already have a commercial single engine land, then adding a seaplane rating is nothing. A commercial seaplane vs. a private seaplane really isn't anything. No difference. No steep turns, stalls, chandelles. Just take off, landing, taxing, docking, sailing. I did mine in about 8 hours and some of that was just flying for fun since no one around me rents seaplanes. It was deffinatly a good time.
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If you already have a commercial single engine land, then adding a seaplane rating is nothing. A commercial seaplane vs. a private seaplane really isn't anything. No difference. No steep turns, stalls, chandelles. Just take off, landing, taxing, docking, sailing. I did mine in about 8 hours and some of that was just flying for fun since no one around me rents seaplanes. It was deffinatly a good time.
That's what I wanted to hear, "just taxi, take off, land, dock". I'm definetly doing it, just gotta find an affordable place.

You mind telling me where you got it? I need to start comparing prices.
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That's what I wanted to hear, "just taxi, take off, land, dock". I'm definetly doing it, just gotta find an affordable place.

You mind telling me where you got it? I need to start comparing prices.
Try looking at Kenmore Air in Washington State. I got my rating there in 6 hours. Very professional and very fast.

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Sheble in Kingman, AZ has a seaplane course. Nice and quick. Fairly cheap too.
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Look up Adventure Seaplanes in MN. I got my commercial add-on ASES for $650. The guys there are awesome, I HIGHLY recommend them.

My checkride consisted of T/O, steep turns, taxi, step taxi, step turn, plowing, normal landing, and glassy-water landing. Sailing, too. Oral was quick... Maybe 20 minutes worth of questions you've heard before.

I got my commercial AMES in FL for $2,500, but that cost has gone up for sure... I was the last guy who got that price. Checkride was the same as ASES. Oral consisted of three questions: How many plugs does a Widgeon have? Why would you step taxi? And one other, which I forgot. After that it was "Let's go flying!"
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Some good information here as well ...

Home - The Seaplane Pilots Association

I'm assuming you're on the left coast. I got my ratings in Florida and Alabama, so I wouldn't be much help.
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