Career Bush Pilot Program

The Career Bush Pilot Program is geared towards pilots entering the industry, or those who want a complete understanding of float flying.

We have many advanced float training options, ranging from a few hours of extra float flying to add to your skills after completion of the seaplane endorsement, to our packaged 25, and 50 hour Career Bush Pilot Programs.

We pride ourselves on offering seaplane training to our clients that is second to none. Graduates leave our facility feeling confident in their newly acquired seaplane skills, but also aware that there is still much to learn, that can only be acquired by personal experience.

GBA seaplane YZK during beaching practice

Practicing beaching with YZK

Our most popular advanced training is our 50 hour Career Bush Pilot Program. Our program is a dual flight instruction program, focused on continuous training throughout the session.

Our 2018 hourly rate for the C180 is $395 + HST.

The 50 hour Career Bush Pilot Program is $13,995.00 + HST.

This package includes:

  • 49 hours of dual flight instruction
  • 1 hour of solo circuits
  • ALL ground training
  • The book “How to Fly Floats” by JJ Frey, and a training workbook
  • Up to 4 weeks accommodation ($20 per person per night)

Here’s what one of our graduates said about our training:

As a resident of the US with an aspiration to fly in the bush, I was pleased to find that Georgian Bay Airways offered a training course with that very goal in mind–I hadn’t seen a similar course offered anywhere in the US. The licensing process for a foreign pilot to receive flight training in Canada is trouble-free, and a student can expect a genuine bush flying experience in a professional and friendly environment. The Georgian Bay area provides some truly spectacular scenery, and the ability to see–and visit–it all from within a floatplane solidified my desire to become a bush pilot. Rather than simply learning to take off and land a floatplane, students will learn to make sound decisions based on the ever-changing situations found in a bush flying environment, whether it’s flying to a remote lake or river, mastering dock-handling techniques, or participating in a wilderness survival scenario. Upon graduating Georgian Bay Airways’ career bush pilot course, I felt very prepared for my first float flying job. My employers have taken note of my training with GBA, commenting that it provides a lot of leverage in my favor.

Adam Weiland, cell: 715-560-0413, Current Employer: Taquan Air, Alaska, USA

Contact Georgian Bay Airways or complete our enrollment form and submit it with your deposit (by cheque or online) to get your start in the world of seaplane flying.