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Seaplane Training

Aircraft Rental/Instruction
Cessna 172XP Amphib Seaplane

Lakeshore Aviation is proud to be the only Seaplane flight instruction school in Wisconsin and Illinois listed by the Seaplane Pilots Association. We offer training in our 1979 Cessna 172XP (210HP) on Wipline 2350 Amphibious floats. The airplane is full IFR with a Garmin 430 GPS, and also features an autopilot. If you don't have them already, training in this airplane will also qualify you for the FAA High Performance and Complex checkouts. The seaplane is available from April 15th to October 31st each year. Special arrangements can be made to meet your schedule. Some folks get the rating just for the fun of it, or to get their Biennial Flight Review (BFR) completed.

Training is available in either our home FBO location in Manitowoc, WI, along the Lake Michigan shoreline, or at our owner's seaplane base in northern Wisconsin, surrounded by 1000's of lakes. A newly remodeled guest cabin is available for rent; bring the family and make it a vacation! Training is also available during EAA Oshkosh AirVenture, only a short distance away. International students, our home base is located only 3 hours (by car) north of Chicago O'Hare (ORD) airport. Email us to arrange training for your next trip over to the US and to review FAA and TSA license verification requirements for non-US-citizens.

Training consists of mostly water operations: normal, glassy water, rough water and confined space take-off's and landings, step taxi and turns, slow taxi, docking, mooring and beaching, surveying landing sites, securing the aircraft, effects of wind on the plane. In the air, particular emphasis is put on slow flight, steep turns and stalls. Most current pilots take 8-10 hours to complete the rating. Checkride is per the current FAA PTS, and consists of an oral and flight exam. There is no written exam required.

The current rental rate is $250/hour plus instructor. Due to fluctuating fuel markets, a fuel surcharge may apply. Most students take 8-10 hours to complete the course, but some have finished much quicker. A flat $100 ground school also applies to cover all ground training, handouts and pre-checkride oral review. Examiner fee is extra. We also carry a nice inventory of seaplane-related training materials and books. Contact us for more information. Sorry, due to insurance limitations, solo rental is not available at this time. For complete information about seaplane training requirements, visit Lakeshore Aviation can assist you with all your seaplane needs.

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