h2oflight and WaterWings Seaplane School


Seaplane Flight Training

Multi-engine seaplane training is available in our 1946 Grumman Widgeon G44A with Continental 0-470, 240 HP engines and Garmin 430W and King Avionics. The average total student cost is around $3,800 -- which is about 5 hours of flight time including the check ride and the examiner fee. The instruction rate is $550 / hr and the examiner also charges $600 for the checkride. Most students actually use less time/money. Ground school materials are provided. My course provides the essential knowledge and experience for passing the check flight, but more importantly introduces the student to many diverse situations which a seaplane pilot may encounter, including takeoffs and landings in large and small lakes and operating around busy harbors. As a graduate you will leave with a level of confidence and knowledge that will enable you to operate safely in the most demanding situations. My goal is to provide you maximum flight and ground training effectiveness with a minimum amount of time and money expended. I will do my best to ensure that the course will be both informative and fun for you.

Ground school materials will be sent to you in advance by email for free and you can print them out at your home. To order the ground school material please email me at seaplane150@gmail.com , or you can call me at 205-807-3591 Charles Welden.


I schedule seven days a week, if needed, and I will work with you to meet your deadlines and requirements. I tailor the lessons to your experience level and proficiency. Normally a rating can be done in 2-4 days and I will schedule your check ride for you before you arrive.


Accommodations are available in Birmingham ,Alabama . I can send you a list of hotel phone numbers if requested.


Students are required to have the following:

  1. At least a private pilot certificate MEL,
  2. A valid FAA, Basic Med, or military medical certificate and,
  3. The ability to read, speak, and understand the English language

The check rides are done locally from my hanger at Shelby County Airport KEET.

WaterWings Seaplanes also provides Tailwheel, Single Engine Sea, Multi Engine Land, Helicopter and Upset Training. www.waterwings.com