• San Juan Islands Adventure

    2018 August 10, 11, 12


    Learn emergency water landing survival skills, coastal weather and flight planning, search and rescue services, scenic tours over Vancouver glaciers


  • Itinerary

    This trip will have you camping on the shores of the San Juan islands, learning survival skills, navigating island geography, and flying across international borders.


    Learn emergency life raft deployment and other safety skills, border crossing procedures, explore the beautiful islands in the Pacific Northwest.

    Day 1


    1000 meet at Galvin Flying Services, KBFI Boeing Field, to brief the 1 hour flight out to the islands.


    1100 - 1230 Touring the islands by air arriving at Orcas Island


    1230 Lunch / Base camp set up


    1330 Ground lectures:

    • Cold water immersion survival
    • Winslow Life raft deployment
    • PLBs, and Search and Rescue
    • International procedures and border crossings

    1700 - 1900 Island Hopping / Tailwheel ride in the Cub Crafters plane


    1900 Appetizers/Drinks/Dinner - Featuring fresh Buck Bay oysters on the half shell

    Day 2


    0700 Breakfast


    0800 Preflight Briefing


    0900 Wheels up for Canada / Glacier Tour


    0900 - 1600 Touring the glaciers north of Vancouver / Olympic Peninsula


    1700 Appetizers/Drinks/Dinner

    Day 3

    Wrap up, Certificate

    0700 Breakfast


    0800 Tear down camp and pack up


    0830 Preflight Briefing


    0900 Wheels up for Renton Field


    1000 Seaplane lecture / lessons - Seaplane Scenics


    1200 Depart for Boeing Field


    1300 Trip completion at Galvin Flying Services, KBFI Boeing Field

  • A Truly Unique Experience

    We believe that by immersing you in the environment and surrounding you with decades of experience, you will learn as much as absolutely possible about the art and science of flying safely near the open water. We believe an emphasis on survival planning is an important factor of your education if you plan to fly across large bodies of water.

    The course fee includes sessions by some of the world's top lecturers on the following topics:

    • Flying the Islands
    • Cold Water / Island Meteorology
    • International Procedures
    • ELTs, PLBs, and other tracking devices
    • What's important in a survival kit
    • Post crash survival
    • Cold Water Immersion
    • Search and Rescue
  • “I came back a better pilot than I left, without question. I signed up for the trip to learn about flying in a new environment, to gain the skills and familiarity to safely operate in high terrain at high density altitude. I got what I expected, but quite a bit more. Flying all day for three straight days, working with excellent, experienced instructors; my attitude toward flying grew and matured. I came back more capable and more confident.”


    Thomas Byrne

  • Videos

    Be sure to catch these highlights from the San Juan Islands 2017 maiden voyage...

    ...courtesy of Flight Chops

    Check out this Flight Chops Coast Guard rescue video. Our course will help prepare you in the event you ever need a rescue like this.

    Blowing $5,000 in 5 Seconds! Life Raft Deployment

    Survive Ditching an Aircraft
  • Pricing

    All Inclusive: $4950

    Let us take care of everything. You will have a spot in a late model DA40 (expect around 4-6 hours of PIC time) and one 30 minute sea plane flight. There are no hidden costs here.


    We provide the airplane, instructor, fuel, and:

    • Camping arrangements
    • Custom TFP survival kit
    • Gourmet food
    • Lectures by Jason Miller, Steveo1Kinevo, and Dr. Howard Donner
    • Sea plane flight experience

    Aircraft Owner: $2750

    If you own an airplane, we will provide an experienced instructor to train you in island flying in your own aircraft.


    Pricing includes:

    • Dedicated instructor for your airplane
    • Camping arrangements
    • Custom TFP survival kit
    • Gourmet food
    • Lectures by Jason Miller, Steveo1Kinevo, and Dr. Howard Donner
    • Sea plane flight experience
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