Float Endorsement Courses
We offer two courses, both of which cover all aspects of floatplane flying required for issue of the Float Alighting Gear Endorsement.
Standard Float Endorsement Course
Following introductory briefings covering the Beaver, float theory and basic techniques, we take to the water of the River Derwent, from our seaplane dock on Hobart's city centre waterfront. We develop your floatplane flying skills and experience on the water and in the air using the diverse range of water bodies and conditions offered by Tasmania. The float endorsement course covers a wide variety of techniques, including water handling, different types of take-off and landing, low-level manoeuvring, docking, beaching, anchoring and mooring, as well as mountain flying and landing away in the wilderness to experience bush flying, Tasmanian-style.
Price: $5999, including all study material and course notes, and 5 hour of air-time in the Beaver, giving approximately 7 hours logbook time. Completion of the endorsement typically takes most students between 5 and 7 hours flying time. Extra flying is $900 per hour air-time. Allow a minimum of 5 days for the course.
Wilderness Float Endorsement Course
Why go all the way to Canada when you can experience true back country floatplane flying right here in Tasmania?
Our Wilderness Course covers all the elements of the Standard Course, but includes more flying to allow further exploration into the spectacular Tasmanian wilderness. Additionally this course provides greater opportunity to hone your skills in a wider variety of situations including highland lakes, river gorges, confined areas and high altitude operations. This course gives plenty of opportunity to land away and go ashore, be it to debrief on an idyllic beach with a cuppa, or even an overnight camping stop in a truly remote location, miles from civilisation.
Price: $8999, including all study material and course notes, and 10 hours of air-time in the Beaver, giving approximately 13 hours logbook time. Extra flying is $800 per hour air-time. Allow a minimum of 10 days for the course. The extra DHC2 hours provided by this course would be beneficial if you were hoping to move into floatplanes commercially.