Seaplane Flight Training

WaterWings Seaplanes provides Multi-engine seaplane training 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 $4500 -- which is about 5 hours of flight time including the check ride and the examiner fee. The instruction rate is $750 / hr. 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. My goal is to provide you maximum flight and ground training effectiveness with a minimum amount of time and money expended. We pride ourselves on providing safe and fun training..

Ground School Materials are available at HERE.

Please email me, Charles Welden at , or you can call/text me at 205-807-3591 to schedule, ask questions, or just talk seaplanes. For more detailed contact info click here


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 3-4 days and I will schedule your check ride for you before you arrive.


Hampton Inn Calera

93 Metro Dr, Birmingham, AL, 35040, United States of America, 855-238-1591

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

1000 Balmoral Drive, Alabaster, AL, 35007, United States of America, 855-239-9222

Candlewood Suites

1004 Balmoral Dr, Alabaster, AL, 35007, United States of America, 866-230-5576


Students are required to have the following:

  1. At least a private pilot certificate Single Engine Land and Sea and Multi Engine Land
  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 our hanger at Shelby County Airport KEET.

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


Shows difference between Widgeon and Goose

Our Widgeon in 1949

In flight over Lake Martin

Our 2000 Aviat Husky A-1B on Wipline Floats

Our 1939 Piper Cub

Our 2006 Robinson R44 Raven II

Our 2006 American Champion Super Decathlon

Our 1965 Twin Comanche

Our Shelby County Hangar