Seaplane, Multi-Engine Seaplane, Helicopter, Tailwheel, AirCam, Spin, Upset, and
Unusual Attitude Training
To offer students the best training environment and tools possible while providing fun and adventure. We want our students to leave with plenty of stories to tell their friends, new skills, better understanding of our flying environment, and a yearning for more. Students will be treated with respect. They will never be rushed, or yelled at. Safety will NOT be compromised.
Have you ever dreamed of flying floats? Get your seaplane rating here, on one of Alabama's beautiful lakes. In a typical two-day course you'll fly 2 to 3 hours a day, and there's no FAA written exam. Getting your WaterWings counts as a bi-annual flight review; if you already have your rating, we can help you keep your sealegs, too, with recurrency training. We operate an Aviat Husky on Wipline 2100 amphibious floats. It is a very sweet nearly open air experience.
We offer Multi-Engine See. WaterWings acquired H2OFlight and its 1946 Grumman Widgeon. If you remember 'da Plane' from Fantasy Island, that plane was a Widgeon. These were used as patrol and utility aircraft during WWII, and this plane is a beautiful piece of flying history. It is a dream to fly and will make you one of the very few Multi Engine Sea Rated pilots. This training can happen for you in just a few days.
We offer tailwheel training in a classic 1939 Piper J3 Cub. This is the airplane that really started general aviation. It was the trainer for thousands of pilots in World War II, and is an iconic aircraft for good reason. Even though its design is more than 75 years old, the Piper Cub is a great trainer. It's not too easy, it's not too hard. It is real flying. All of your flying will improve with a tailwheel endorsement. The endorsement requires no written, no checkride, just a good command of the aircraft on take off and landing in a variety of conditions. The training takes from 3 to 10 hours depending on your flying history and your hand/eye/foot coordination.
One of the most uniquely capable craft in aviation is the helicopter. Our air-conditioned and instrument equipped Robinson R44 Raven II is not only one of the most popular helicopters ever produced, but one of the most popular aircraft of all time. Helicopter training opens the world of vertical flight. You will be faced with and conquer unique challenges, becoming a master of one of the most capable aircraft on the planet. If you are already an airplane pilot you could be ready in 30 hours for your checkride. We also provide instrument and ATP training.
Many of us grew up with a 10 speed bike. But, you can't jump curbs, ride in the grass or into the woods on a skinny tire bike.Then they made mountain bikes, on which, you can go nearly anywhere and do almost anything. Normal airplanes are good to 60 degrees of bank and 30 degrees of pitch. Aerobatic aircraft have none of these limitations. Come see what you've been missing and how to get out of strange situations safely.
The Lockwood AirCam is an amazing and unique machine. It redefines the idea of open air flying. You sit out in front of the aircraft. The windshield blocks most of the wind. You can even wear a ball cap. There is no plexiglass or aluminum to spoil your view of the world. It has ample power to get you up and out of the water. It has a high lift wing to let you fly slow and enjoy the environment or take photos. Our AirCam is a 2018 model with Garmin G3X Touch avionics and even has heated seats for the cooler months. While the FARs do not allow us to train you for a rating in our AirCam we can provide AirCam specific training.
As pilots we have been trained to avoid spins at all costs. This makes them sound like scary monsters that will kill you instantly. This is not the case given enough altitude and a little knowledge. Spins are simply the result of an uncoordinated stall. Most planes will exit a spin when the power is cut and the controls neutralized. We will teach you how to get into and out of a spin in the Super Decathlon. The monster will be tamed as long as there is altitude to recover.
Private, Commercial, ATP, CFI, Instrument, Re-currency
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We proudly offer our troops and veterans a 5% discount on all our services. Without their dedication and sacrifices we would not have the freedoms of flight that we so enjoy.
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WaterWIngs Seaplane School was named a "Distinguished Flight School" in the southeast for 2017, 2018 and 2019 in the You Can Fly survey and Charles Welden was named as a "Distinguished CFI" in the same survey.