Single Engine Sea


  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Obtain an FAA Third Class Medical Certificate
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English Language.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or apply through AFSP for foreign pilots.
  • Pass the required practical test with an FAA Designated Examiner

Single Engine Sea:

  • No specific hour requirement, assuming you already possess a Single Engine Land rating
  • Train to proficiency in the maneuvers in the Airmen Certification Standards or Practical Test Standards
  • Approximately 7-10 hours of Flight Training in a single engine seaplane
  • Approximately 5 hours of ground instruction
  • Rating may be accomplished in either the Piper J3 Cub or Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser


You need to be at least 17 years old in order to take the Airplane Single Engine Sea practical test.
You may now fly single engine sea aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds. This means being able to access the amazing lakes, ponds, rivers, and ocean inlets available all around the United States.
The Single Engine Sea rating is for everyone. This rating is the most fun you can have in aviation and takes approximately 7-10 hours of flight instruction.
You can keep your license current in one of two ways. You can add another certificate or rating or, alternatively, you can take a biennial flight review (once every 24 calendar months) with an authorized flight instructor.
Up in scenic Grand Isle Vermont you will find Middle Hero Seaplane Base. This is where we keep both of our seaplanes on movable ramps. Some of the skills you will learn will be:
-Takeoff and Landing
-Water Taxi
-Rough Water Landing
-Confined Area operations
-Launching and Docking

We utilize Lake Champlain and the surrounding ponds to create a diverse seaplane training environment. Every flight is different and presents new challenges to the student. This makes you ready for anything, and hones your skills quickly so you will be ready for the practical test.