We strive to provide safe and effective aviation training in a fun and engaging environment.
Single Engine Seaplane Add On Ratings
Seaplanes are our primary passion and our reason for being here. We provide instruction for Sport, Private, Commercial, and ATP add on Seaplane Ratings. Click here for more info
Nose wheel equipped aircraft have their main wheels behind the center of gravity and they have the steerable wheel out front, just like your car. If you let go of the steering wheel in a car while in a turn the wheel magically returns to the centered and straight position. The rear wheels will nearly always follow the lead of the front wheel. The main wheels do not steer in anyway.
In a tailwheel airplane the main wheels DO steer the plane. If everything is perfectly aligned then the plane will track straight. Once the tailwheel is turned, the main wheels are now not going in a straight line and they will continue to tighten the turn unless a corrective action is taken with the tailwheel. At any kind of speed, this tightening happens very fast and can result in a ground loop. A ground loop is a rather scary maneuver that ends up with the tail in swapping ends on you and the airplane ends up going backwards. The transition that happens while this end swap is happening can lead to a wing striking the pavement.
Ok- so why would anyone build a taildragger? The tailwheel is simply more efficient from weight and drag perspectives. The main wheels of a taildragger are about the same size as the main wheels on a nose wheel airplane, but the tailwheel is nearly always smaller and lighter than a nose wheel. Nose wheels are also way more susceptible to damage from a rough or soft surface, which is why most bush planes are tailwheel aircraft. Click here for more info
Multi Engine Seaplane Add On Ratings
Multi EngineSeaplanes are rare and amazing aircraft. We are one of the few places on earth that you can obtain a multi engine sea rating. We operate a 1946 Grumman Widgeon. You will find it a pleasure to fly and a great adventure. We provide instruction for Commercial add on Multi Engine Seaplane Ratings. Click here for more info
Multi-Engine Add On and Initial Ratings
Multi-Engine Ratings can be the entry to the commercial world of aviation or a way to enhance your aviation capabilities. The multi-engine rating usually takes about 7-10 hours for a private, commercial, or ATP add-on. We fly a 1965 Piper PA23 Aztec. This aircraft has the speed and the versatility to properly teach multi-engine skills while not breaking the bank with high rental costs. No written test is required for add-on ratings. Commercial and ATP initial ratings will require a written test and you will have to meet the FAA minimum hours and activities before you can take your checkride and receive your new rating. Click here for more info.
Unusual Attitudes and Acro
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. Click here for more info