The Private or Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Seaplane Rating consists of ground training, flight training and a check-ride with an FAA designated examiner. During your ground and flight training you will discuss and master maneuvers and knowledge unique to seaplanes such as:
• Float components and hydrodynamics
• Regulations and rules of the nautical road
• Aircraft systems
• Determining seaplane accessibility in various bodies of water
• Preflight considerations
• Castoff and taxiing
• Reading wind and water conditions
• Normal takeoffs and landings
• Glassy water takeoffs and landings
• Rough water takeoffs and landings
• Crosswind takeoffs and landings
• Confined area takeoffs and landings
• Sailing in the wind
• Engine and systems failures
• Docking, beaching, ramping, and mooring
Lessons will consist of a preflight briefing, a flight lesson, and a post flight debrief. You will be scheduled for ground sessions at the beginning of your training and again prior to your check-ride. During these sessions, you and your instructor will discuss seaplane operations and prepare for the oral exam portion of your check-ride.
Flight training will be conducted on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, or the beautiful Hood Canal.
The check-ride consists of an evaluation of all of the above topics and procedures. During your check-ride, you will be evaluated based on your aircraft control, judgment, and application of aeronautical knowledge according to the Airman Certification Standards set forth by the FAA. Upon satisfactorily completing the check-ride you will be awarded with a temporary flight certificate with the added rating of “Single-Engine Sea” permitting you to exercise the privileges of pilot-in-command in a single-engine seaplane.