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Seaplane Rating


Become part of a very small group of aviators, only 3 percent of US pilots have a seaplane rating! We offer the single-engine sea add-on for the private pilot, commercial pilot, and ATP certificates. You will fly a amphibious Aviat Husky equipped with Wipline 2100 floats, Aspen 1000 evolution with Synthetic Vision (SV), and a Garmin 430. With over a thousand lakes in Lake County, this is the perfect place to experience the adventures of seaplane flying and see the true meaning of Lake County!


Popular Questions

Will the seaplane rating count towards a flight review?

Yes! Under FAA part 61 the seaplane rating will renew your 61.56 flight review!


Is the Husky available for solo rental?

Yes, our policy requires 20 hours dual and 5 hours solo before any passengers on top of 500 hours of logged flying time. All of your seaplane training hours conducted in the Husky are counted towards the insurance minimums.


Is it possible to fly somewhere for lunch on a seaplane lesson?

Absolutely! It’s totally up to the student! Some popular spots we go to include; Puddle Jumpers (Lake Dora), Gator Joe’s (Lake Weir), Eaton Beach Bar & Grill (Lake Weir).


How long is the course and are their any seaplane examiners on staff?

The course duration really depends on you, your schedule, and your finances. You can complete the course in little as a 2-3 days or you can go at your own pace! Average time is approximately 6 hours seaplane time and 3 hours ground school. We have one seaplane examiner on staff and another located in Crystal River.


Does Sunair offer a 141 seaplane course?

Yes! Sunair is one of a few schools in the Southeast that offers a 141 seaplane training and the only school in East coast that offers 141 seaplane training to military veterans! Veterans or international students training in the 141 sea course are required to meet the requirements of FAA 141 appendix I.



Entry Prerequisites

  • FAA 3rd class medical
  • Private pilot airplane single-engine land (minimum)
  • Rental form completed
  • US unexpired Passport or Birth Certificate and government issued Photo ID
  • TSA logbook endorsement



Hour Break Down

Minimum hours of training per FAR 141 Appendix I


  • 12 hours (Private) / 15 hours (Commercial) hours of aircraft rental includes:
  • Idle, Plow, Step taxi techniques
  • Normal, Rough, Glassy, Crosswind takeoff / landings, Confined Area takeoff / landings
  • Emergency Operations
  • Night & Day Cross Countries
  • Slow Flight, Stalls & Recoveries, Steep Turns, Instrument Flying
  • Sailing, Docking, Beaching Reading the water and more
  • 10 hours (Private) / 15 hours (Commercial) Ground School


No minimum hours of training under FAR 61


  • 6 hours of flight instruction in the following areas:
  • Idle, Plow, Step taxi techniques
  • Normal, Rough, Glassy, Crosswind takeoff / landings
  • Confined Area takeoff / landings
  • Emergency Operations
  • Sailing, Docking, Beaching
  • Reading the water and more!
  • 3 hours ground instruction



Single Engine Sea Study Guide



Approximate 61 Private or Commercial Sea Cost: $2,517 


Approximate 141 Private Sea Cost: $5,254


Approximate 141 Commercial Sea Cost: $6,705


Pricing includes Tax. Examiner fee not included. Prices subject to change.