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Old 9th Aug 2019, 11:21
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Devil Seaplane rating SEA float rating EASA

Hi,
Aeroclub Como, where I thought everything was set up just screwed me up. I'm looking for another reasonable school where I can make float rating. I have holidays planned on the and of month and I don't want to mess it up. Any recons?

Second question, with my FCL license how is complicated to do it in USA?
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 12:12
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I've heard nothing but good about the people around G-DRAM in Scotland and one of these days, when I have spare cash and time, plan to do mine there myself.

www.scotlandonfloats.com

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Old 9th Aug 2019, 15:16
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My first option would be South-Western France, check the magical name of Biscarrosse with its long tradition of seaplanes including an excellent museum and an active aeroclub offering the training and rating. I am however unsure how doable it would be if not speaking French - myself luckily do, to some degree.

If I were rich I'd go and do it all in Western Canada.
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 15:38
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Before EASA you used to be able to do the rating in an ICAO country and return to Europe and take the Seaplane exams and apply for the rating on your licence. After EAS that all canned and now you can only do it through an EASA ATO. There are very few of us in Europe who can do the Flight Test and writen exams for you now. I am surprised you have had an issue with Como, they are usually excellent. Biscarrosse are also superb, I have done skill tests for them on occasion. There used to be an Instructor there that spoke good enough English to teach the course and that with the UK seaplane exams in English is enough to get the rating done. There is also a school in Norway that does it but restricted to the summer.
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 16:05
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Any link to Biscarrosse?
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 16:08
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Someone's bound to chime in, I expect

Then again, there's a kind of software known as "www search engine". Myself mostly use startpage.com but there's a plethora to choose from. Now just suppose you applied your skills with search terms like "aeroclub biscarrosse hydravion" - I'm sure something useful would turn up.

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Old 10th Aug 2019, 13:38
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I think Pete Kynsey does floatplane training on a Husky around Rochester/Chatham area if UK is doable for you.
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 14:14
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NPPL only, I believe.
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 17:51
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Yes, plus one for Biscarrosse. Some of the instructors are airline people so speak enough English. Also they are a genuine club, non profit, all volunteers, so the price is very reasonable. And it's super cubs and a Seebee. What more could you ask?
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 18:29
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Ah, there you are at last, @PC! A full 24 hours, even more, after I summoned you, shame!
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 04:58
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Sorry to be so slow. Must have been busy enjoying the nice weather.
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 10:28
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Guys

and idea about the costs to beat a float rating?

thnank you in advance for the reply
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 10:37
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Originally Posted by FoxtrotGolfFoxtrot View Post
and idea about the costs to beat a float rating?
Around twice the hourly cost of a landplane. Supposedly (others here probably know the real reason) because what would be a minor landing accident in a landplane typically results in capsizing a floatplane, which is rather more expensive to sort out, so the insurance costs are rather higher.
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 16:01
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If you pay the full annual suscription art Biscarrosse, Aquitaine Hydraviation, (as I recall 200) it's 195 an hour in the super cub, with or without instructor. Minimum hours is eight plus test. You can fly solo after the test. Alternatively, you can opt for a cheaper sub and a higher hourly rate. They won't train you for the rating until you have your PPL land and 100 hours. I suggest you contact them to arrange a course, as they are usually pretty busy, and they get an extra instructor in to run a course. Usually takes five days.
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 18:17
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For what it is worth: here is a recent report from a German chap (chappess?) who flew a float-equipped microlight on lake Biscarrosse:

https://www.ulforum.de/ultraleicht/f...-in-frankreich
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 20:33
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That's the microlight school, though. Might not be what the OP is looking for. But he or she seems to have vanished, anyway.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 12:38
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Thank you for the information @Piper.Classique I really appreciate tha informations you provided me
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