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Each float plane applicant is given at least two hours of ground training and up to six hours of training in the aircraft.  Like most float aircraft, the PA12 is a great airplane to fly, but it's a horrible boat!  Learning to maneuver the aircraft around on the water, mastering takeoffs and landings on a constantly changing surface, and coping with the wind are the major challenges in the art of water flying.  The following is a brief outline of the course curriculum:

·         Idle, step, and plow taxi and associated turns

·         Normal, rough, glassy, and confined area takeoffs and landings

·         Docking, beaching, and sailing

·         Emergency procedures

Learning to fly floats is pure fun.  You get to experience the “water world” and at the same time be introduced to a freedom of off-airport landings.  The Chowan River and its tributaries offer a wide variety of landing scenarios.  In any given session, you may go from takeoffs and landings in a large open water area to a narrow creek.

Flight sessions normally last about an hour and a half each, and the course is usually spread out over a two day period (other time arrangements can be made).  The first day typically consists of two hours of ground school and three hours of flying, followed by a couple of hours of review and the flight test on the second day.

Prior to your arrival, we will email or mail you a study guide outlining procedures, speeds, and power settings that are used on the PA-12.  The cost of the course is $1,050.00 (subject to change due to fuel prices) and is payable by check, cash, or credit card at the time the training begins.

 

 
   

 

       
   

 

   
 
           
     

 

     

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