3-Day Seaplane Rating Course

Earn your private or commercial seaplane rating. Located on the western tip of Lake Superior in Minnesota, You will have access to thousands of lakes for Seaplane flying.  Don't settle for anything less than the classic Supercub on amphibious floats; perfect for that secluded North wood's lake or that private grass strip. Based in Cloquet, MN, VNA offers 3-day seaplane ratings and custom floatplane adventures throughout northern Minnesota.  You can earn your Seaplane rating in as little as 8 hours of flying.  Our Piper Super Cub with 160 hp engine on Wipline 2100 floats is the ultimate floatplane flying machine to earn your seaplane rating.

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Topics Covered in This Course

  • Risk Management

  • Aeronautical Decision Making

  • Seaplane preflight and fueling

  • Normal, short field, glassy water landings

  • crosswind & confined area take-off and landings

  • Emergency power off landings

  • Step taxi turns

  • Plow turns

  • Idle taxi

  • Sailing

  • Docking

  • Mooring and beaching

  • Surveying landing sites

  • Securing the aircraft

  • Effects of wind on the seaplane

  • Slow flight & Stalls

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Course Includes

  • Flight Instructor Exclusively Assigned to You

  • Unlimited Ground & Flight Instruction

  • Training Materials

  • Course Completion Certificate

  • FAA Practical Test Recommendation & Checkride

  • Flight Training in your plane

  • Flight Training in one of our planes

    • Cirrus SR22 G3 Avidyne/ GPS WAA

    • CE-172RG Garmin G5/ GPS Garmin 430 WAAS

    • PA-28-151 Piper Warrior with GPS Garmin 430 WAAS


Pricing & Enrollement

Come prepared with the following information.

  • Current Passport or Birth Certificate, & Government Issued ID

  • Private Pilot with Basic Med or Third Class Medical or better

  • Current flight review logged

  • VFR currency to the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards

Course, pricing, flight and ground instruction can be customized to individual needs.

  • Hotel & housing available.

  • Courtesy vehicle transportation available.

  • Train at our location or we can train at your location anywhere in the U.S.

  • Train in your plane or one of ours.

About us in Video

Watch all of our great videos. Ride along in a Cirrus SR22, take a tour over some area lakes and rivers in our Seaplane, Learn how to properly execute a soft field landing, watch some instructional videos, and so much more.