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Northwoods Aviation is a professional, licensed flight school that has operated it's float plane training in beautiful Northern Michigan for more than 40 years. The Cadillac, MI area is surrounded by numerous lakes of various sizes, providing a diverse training environment. Our sea plane instructors offer years of experience with thousands of hours of sea plane instruction.

The sea plane rating is normally done in two to three days. The course consists of an average of 7 hours of flight time and 3 hours of ground instruction. We do our best to set up a check ride with the examiner at the completion of your training. We can send out a study manual in advance so you can prepare before you arrive or our digital manual is available here -   SEAPLANE TRAINING MANUAL 2020                                                                                             

HOURLY RATES                           DUAL             SOLO

Piper J-3                                      $250/hr             N/A

COURSE RATES                          HOURS           COST

Piper J-3 (LSA) (straight floats)        7                 $1950          Pvt/Comm SES


Examiner Fee: $600 (paid directly to examiner)


All training is done 1 on 1 with a sea plane instructor. Sea planes are in operation from mid-April to the end of October. If additional training is required, standard rates apply.

**Please provide notice for schedule coordination with pilot examiner**

We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards. 

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