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    Hi I am looking to get my seaplane rating this summer. Any suggestions for anyone in the Anchorage area.

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    Your plane?


    Quote Originally Posted by spamalot View Post
    Hi I am looking to get my seaplane rating this summer. Any suggestions for anyone in the Anchorage area.

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    Heidi Ruess at Arctic Flyers http://home.gci.net/~rruess/

    Alaska Float Ratings http://www.alaskafloatratings.com/

    These would be a couple of good ones to check out. AK Float Ratings is based in Moose Pass. That would be a better place to do your training than Lake Hood. You would not have to spend as much time dealing with the tower or traffic which can sometimes be hectic. Also you will have to fly for 10 or 15 minutes from Lake Hood to get to the training area. In Moose Pass you'll be in the training area as soon as you taxi away from the dock. Alaska Float Ratings keeps a 172 at Lake Hood for those that can't get out of Anchorage to do their training. There are others doing training at Lake Hood. I'm sure someone else will chime in. Caution! Float flying is more addictive than heroin and there is no methadone to help with the withdrawals!

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    Beware of the outfits that drift into the State during the summer months only. There are a couple that have showed up around the Anchorage area in the past. They are not Alaskans and sure don't fly like we do.

    Below are the best in my humble opinion.
    In no particular order.

    Heidi Ruess ARCTIC FLYERS is SUPER if you are stuck in Anchorage. She is one of the best instructors you will ever meet. Not to mention one of the nicest persons you will ever run across.

    My old buddy Don Lee runs Alaska Floats and Skis up in Talkeetna. He has a lodge set up and uses a couple Pacers on floats. http://www.alaskafloats.com/ Don is a real hoot.

    Vern Kingsford is a well known float-master who runs Scenic Mountain Air in Moose Pass. http://www.scenicmountainair.com/ He is the owner / examiner , so you will probably fly with one of his instructors and he will do the check-ride. He has lodging.

    Dragonfly Aero, in Homer, http://www.floatplanealaska.com
    One instructor, one plane. A PA-11, 90 horse Cub on EDO 1400s. Insured via London Aviation Underwriters. We use an independent examiner (Dean Eichholtz) who lives up by Scout Lake so the check-ride day involves a cross country with landings on lakes and a river while en-route. We have a guest-pilot cottage as well. 907-226-2899 dragonfly@alaska.net
    We fly Alaskan style, which is hard to do within the Anchorage area.

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    Default I'd recomend Homer

    Dragonfly would be my first choice, the Homer area is fantastic, lots to see and not too expensive. Tom

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    We had a super nice evening in Homer tonight. The bay was glassy calm and the full moon came up over the mountains across the bay.
    I did not have the darn camera with me in the plane.

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    Default Alaska Floats and Ski was my choice

    With over 10000 hrs flying I finally got my Float plane rating a few years ago up in Talkeetna...Was the most fun flying I have done in a long time...Don is a great instructor and the lodge is included with the rating...

    Lots of lakes and varied conditions for a great experience...I agree it is addicting...Have fun...

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