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Part 61 Seaplane Rating

Private and Commercial Single Engine Seaplane Ratings

The FAA does not have a minimum hour requirement. There is no written test. On average, it takes 3-4 hours of flight training that can be completed in 2-3 days. After flight training, there is an oral and practical exam with a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. Our school has an Examiner on site.

Flight Areas of Study:

  • Preflight inspection
  • Taxiing and sailing
  • Normal takeoffs and landings
  • Confined area takeoffs and landings
  • Glassy water takeoffs and landings
  • Rough water takeoffs and landings
  • Emergency descent, approach, and landing
  • Systems and equipment malfunctions
  • Seaplane Post-Landing Procedures


Picture of a pilot docking a seaplane.

The following are hourly prices:

Cessna 172 Straight Float:   $ 295.00
Cessna 185 Straight Float:   $ 650.00
Cessna 185 Amphibian:   $730.00
Cessna 206 Straight Float:   $815.00
Cessna 206 Amphibian:   $ 870.00
de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver Amphibian:   $1,040.00

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