Single Engine Sea – Private Add-On Rating

ASES – Private Add-On Rating

Private Seaplane Rating Add On is to add an Airplane Single Engine Sea (ASES) private to an existing Airplane Single Engine Land (ASEL) pilot certificate.  We provide the training via two options, a short course and a long course.

  • The Short Course

    Seaplane Private Add On

    • Length: 2-3 days
    • Flight Time: 6 hours


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  • The Long Course

    Seaplane Private Add On

    • Length: 3-4 days
    • Flight Time: 10 hours


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Dates: The seaplane training starts on Monday of each week, April through November.

Location: We are based in Lexington, Kentucky but conduct the training primarily at Rising Sun Indiana on the Ohio River, or Lake Cumberland, Kentucky. However, we can conduct training at other lakes or rivers.


Must have an Airplane Single Engine Land (ASEL) private or higher rating

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the short and the long course?
The primary difference between the courses is the length of time, which allows more practice and repetition of maneuvers. This additional length allows for practicing more advanced maneuvers and scenarios. The cost per hour is also lower for the long course.
If I purchase the short course, but end up needing or wanting more time, can I pay for additional flight time?
Yes. You can purchase more flight time on a per-hour basis. The time will be charged at the rate per hour of the course previously selected.
What is the difference between the private and commercial course?
Most students taking the private course have not meet the aeronautical experience as outlined in 14 CFR 61 for a commercial rating.
If I meet the commercial perquisites after booking, can I change from the private to commercial course?
Yes. You can change the course at anytime, just let us know prior to your first day of training.
Will I get a high-performance endorsement during the seaplane training?
Yes. The seaplane we use is a Cessna 185 with Continental IO550 with 300HP.
Will I get a complex endorsement during the seaplane training?
Yes. The seaplane we use is considered a complex aircraft and meets the requirements to obtain a commercial pilot rating.
Will you come to me and conduct seaplane training?
Possibly.  Contact us and we may discuss traveling to your location for training.
What materials should I study before the training?
Upon scheduling training, we will send you the material needed, which includes a copy of our Guide to Seaplane Flying that is available on Amazon.