Airplane Single Engine Sea Complete!

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Just a brief post to update progress. Five hours of dual, a 1.1-hour checkride, and I’m one of the planet’s newest seaplane pilots! I got my airplane single engine sea (ASES) rating this weekend with Tom Brady near Traverse City, Michigan.

I have something like four hours of audio (including the checkride!) to edit and turn into an episode or two. I also shot some video that I’ll be trying to make into something postable soon.

Contact info for Tom Brady at Traverse Air:

294 N West Silver Lake Road
Traverse City, Michigan 49686

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  1. Grant (Falcon124) says:

    That’s great news – congratulations (what, me, jealous??? :)

    A seaplane rating is definitely on my agenda once I get my fixed wing sorted out. I’m gunning for floating hull rather than floats, but anything on the water is going to be good.

    My father used to fly in Sunderlands with the New Zealand airforce (before he converted to the P3 Orion) so I guess it’s in the blood :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    So, I’ve never really explored the seaplane thing too much. What are the rules/regs on landing? Can you land in any body of water as long as nobody is in the way?

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