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Why learn to fly floats?

Here are a few great reasons why you should learn to fly on floats.

Getting That First Job

One of the best reasons go learn on floats, especially for those of you wanting to become a career bush pilot, is the experience you will get and the HOURS on floats you will have. We get a lot of students who come with their PPL or CPL to get their rating or our 50 hour bush course, who say they never knew they could have taken their private or commercial on floats. If a bush pilot career is what you want and you go from beginning to commercial on floats, you will have around 200 hours of actual floatplane flying. You are much more marketable!

It’s More Fun

It’s way more fun, just ask around. Most pilots will tell you how thrilling it is to fly a floatplane, it really does take the fun of flying to a whole new level.

A Challenge

It’s more challenging. If you are like most pilots, you most likely are a thrillseekers and actually welcome a challenge. One big difference between landplanes and seaplanes is the unending challenge to master something that never stays the same. Every take off, every flight and every landing is different. The fact that you flew the same route doesn’t matter. Today the wind is different, the water will be different, the boat traffic will be different. A Float pilot never stops learning. Also flying floats, you will be flying more manuvers closer to the ground (water) so you must be a proficient pilot. Our Aircraft (constant speed) are more complex then the standard Land Training aircraft. Flying floats is undoubtedly more difficult but as we already mentioned, also more fun!

Floatplane Advantage

The operator that hired me chose me over other applicants that had higher total times. The difference was that I had more float time and the 50 hour float course and CPL training I received at Air-Hart really gave me an edge to get my first flying job. My experience there was something I will always remember and appreciate.

Jamie Coxall, Former Air-Hart Student

Float training career advantage

When starting your aviation career, choosing a path can be quite daunting. Choosing a career as a bush pilot has its advantages. Whatever path you choose to take, once you begin your commercial training, it is important you come up with plan that provides you with the experience that will ultimately transition you into getting that first job.

A newly licensed pilot faces a few paths to start his or her career; become a Flight Instructor, strive for right seat with a small charter or become a Bush Pilot. Flight training is expensive and spending prudently could save you a lot of time and money in the end.

Becoming a bush pilot, operating a floatplane/seaplane has several advantages over flight instructing or getting a right seat in a small charter. Perhaps your goal is to eventually get a job with an airline. Who would they most likely hire – someone who has spent hours of time flying in less ideal conditions like a bush pilot, or someone who’s time was spent in the right seat monitoring a student, circuit training in ideal flying conditions or even a small charter co-pilot with very little Pilot In Command (PIC) time?

Going the bush pilot route can save you time and money. Consider the scenario: Perhaps you started your career as a flight instructor and you have now landed your first job with a small charter company. You have already spent your year or two working baggage, etc. You are then given a right seat, with very little PIC time. You may have to spend 1,000 hours in that right seat before you get to the left seat you really want. Going the bush pilot route, depending on how many flot hours you get you may still pay your dues and work the docks or other jobs, but when you are given that first seat you start building your pilot in command hours immediately. This translates into more PIC time faster. Going the bush pilot route makes a lot of sense if you want to fast-track career and save money in the process.

In addition the pay is usually better than that received by instructing, and often includes room and board. Bush pilots make difficult and important calls every day, which translates into resume building skills as you advance your career. You fly more complex aircraft as opposed to training aircraft, and will advance your career much faster.

The different routes have advantages and disadvantages. What you need to decide is -which route is best for you?

If you enjoy teaching someone skills that you have learned, then instructing may be for you. Instructing takes a special type of pilot, who is patient and understanding. We know because at Air-Hart Aviation we don’t hire instructors unless they possess those exact qualities. For that reason, we believe we have the best.

If flying in the bush is more for you, you’ll find it is an exciting, rewarding and a real skill-building experience. Once the decision has been made to become a floatplane/seaplane pilot, you have a couple of routes.

One of the unique geographical features of Canada is the multitude of lakes throughout our vast country. Many professional pilots start their aviation careers in the North, flying Bush Planes.The possibility of flying on floats brings pilots from many countries to Canada so that they may experience this unique aspect of aviation.The fact that we enjoy the hands-on involvement associated with our float-flying operation encourages students to learn from our experiences and share the excitement of flying from lakes and rivers.

Don’t waste anymore time and call us today to fast-track your future flying career.

Many floatplanes schools do not offer true solo hours as part of their 50 hour program. This is because insurance premiums sky rocket as a result. However, at Air-Hart, we believe learning to fly solo with confidence is an important element of the learning process. The confidence gained by flying many solo hours will prepare you for the real word far more than having the safety net of an instructor along for the ride. PIC is not the same as solo.

Floatplane jobs Canada

Air-Hart Aviation offers true solo time

In the early 2008, the aviation industry seemed to be soaring high, with many floatplane jobs being posted and low-time pilots finding employment. But then the sudden full-blown economic crisis impacted the aviation industry quite adversely.

The Economy has recovered and the aviation industry has revived and regained its potential. The job market is looking brighter than before, and competition is growing again with more and more Floatplane Jobs in Canada now . So, are you ready?

If you are planning to take our professional 50 hour course to get into floatplane job in Canada, Air-Hart Aviation is the right choice for you. We are one of the only floatplane training operators that allow you to fly our floatplanes solo as part of the 50 hour course.

Many pilots are coming to Canada from different countries to have the unique experience of flying on floats – an entirely different aspect of aviation. Air-Hart Aviation offers best opportunities to aspiring pilots to kick start their careers with a floatplane job. If you have decided to take the 50 hour floatplane course to get your first float job, call us today so we can help guide you in the right direction.

Call us at 2507629830 or EMail at today to fast-track your future flying career.

Here’s what our students have to say:

“After Checking out a few companies online I came across Air-Harts website and read about the actual solo time, not just “PIC”. The course is everything you read about and more. Three months after my CPL flight test I have finally found my first job. Without any exaggeration, I couldn’t have done this without Air-Hart. I’m not only saying this because I took the 50hr course, but originally my employer wanted 100Hr on floats since I would be flying immediately and not working on the dock/ramp. Air-Hart contacted my employer recommending me for the position before I even applied. My employer has previously hired other Air-Hart grads and believes they are running a solid program, which is why he backed off his 100hrs and hired me with 50hrs. I would like to thank everyone at Air-Hart.”.

— Chris Ward, Winnipeg, MB

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