• 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 for owners and renter


  • 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. Our staff has experience in over 50 single engine ocean crossing flights.

    The course includes ground lectures 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

  • Pro Lecture Series

    Sea Plane Flight

    You will fly a seaplane

    Vans RV flight

    You will fly an RV-10

    Life Raft Deployment

    You will experience what most do not

  • Special Guests

    Peter Lert

    Burt Rutan's test pilot

    Peter has over 20,000 hours of flight time and has worked as a test pilot for Burt Rutan. He has been a training program developer for FlightSafety International, editor of Air Progress Magazine, a Part 135 charter and Air Ambulance pilot, and an international ferry and demonstration pilot. Peter has made over 50 ocean crossings, almost entirely in single engine airplanes.

    JP the_candourist

    Around the World in a Cessna 210

    Popular adventurer and one of a kind story teller. JP shares his adventures on YouTube and Instagram as the_candourist. He recently completed an epic around the world flight in a Cessna 210 and is joining us to discuss the journey and what he learned.

    Steve Thorne

    Flight Chops immersive experiential flying videos

    Virtual ride-along flying videos from

    The Finer Points 2017 San Juan Islands Adventure trip below...Steve will be a guest lecturer on this trip. Very few people have more experience jumping from one airplane to another. Steve will give us his insights on how "an airplane is an airplane", a fitting talk for a trip where you'll experience at least three different makes and models.

    Ryan Van Haren

    ATP, Air Traffic Controller

    Ryan Van Haren is an accomplished pilot who works as an air traffic controller in the airspace between the San Juan islands and Vancouver BC. He is here to help us understand the border crossing procedures between the two countries. He also leads survival "shakedowns" which leave pilots stranded overnight to test their survival preparedness.

    Steveo "1" Kinevo

    Professional Pilot / YouTuber

    Steveo has been a professional pilot for approximately 11 years. He currently flies a TBM850, Quest Kodiak, and Cessna Grand Caravan. He makes a very popular Flight VLOG on Youtube and enjoys sharing the passion of Aviation with others. Being located in south Florida, Steveo has a lot of insight on border crossing procedures and The Finer Points associated.
  • Weekend Adventure Trip

    Add a long flight to your base camp weekend package (see below for details). Prices are all inclusive.

    Basecamp Weekend Trip

    Survival Training / Limited Flight: $1250

    Trip begins at KORS Orcas Island

    A huge part of the value on this trip are the lectures, the life raft deployment, the Carbon Cub / RV-14 time, the Seaplane time, and signal mirroring. Come join us! Stay on the island, attend the lectures, workshops, life raft deployment, and seafood boil. Fly a Carbon Cub, RV-14, and a Seaplane! Beginners to Experts welcome. This will be the time of your life!


    Pricing includes:

    • Accommodations
    • Custom TFP survival kit
    • Gourmet food
    • Lectures by Jason Miller, JP @the_candourist, Deon Mitton, Peter Lert, and Dr. Howard Donner
    • Sea plane flight experience
    • Cub Crafters Carbon Cub experience
    • VANS RV-14 experience

    Aircraft Owners and All Inclusive rental

    KBFI Boeing to KORS Orcas roundtrip with CFI

    Full flight on Saturday

    Aircraft Owners $2750

    If you own an airplane, we will provide an experienced dedicated instructor for your airplane to train you in island flying in your own aircraft. Kids 12 and under free with owners


    Aircraft Rental 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

  • Itinerary

    This trip will have you staying on the shores of the San Juan islands, just a block from where your plane is parked. This is not a camping trip. We'll be learning survival skills, navigating island geography, and flying across international borders.


    Learn emergency life raft deployment and other safety skills,

    border crossing procedures,

    fire starting in a wet climate,

    signal mirroring and more.


    Come explore these beautiful islands in the Pacific Northwest!

    Day 1

    KBFI tour to KORS, lectures

    0900 meet at Galvin Flying Services, KBFI Boeing Field, to brief the 1 hour flight out to the islands.

    1000-1230 Touring the islands by air arriving at Orcas Island

    1230 Lunch / Base camp set up

    1330 Ground lectures:

    • Executing a Forced Landing
    • Post Crash Survival
    • What's Important In a Survival Kit
    • Fire Starting and Signaling
    • ELTs, PLBs, and other tracking devices

    1500-1800 Island Hopping

    1900 Appetizers/Drinks/Dinner - Featuring fresh Buck Bay oysters on the half shell and dinner at Hogstone Wood Oven

    Day 2

    Carbon Cub, RV-14, glaciers, life raft

    0700 Breakfast

    0800 Preflight Briefing

    0900 Wheels up for Canada / Glacier Tour

    0900-1200 Touring the glaciers north of Vancouver / Olympic Peninsula for owners and renters (survival hike / signaling exercises).

    1200 - 1300 LUNCH

    1400 Cold Water Immersion Survival Lecture by Dr. Howard Donner

    1500 Life Raft Deployment

    1800 Seafood Boil Dinner

    Day 3

    Seaplane flight, Island flying

    0700 Breakfast

    0800 How to Ditch an Airplane - Peter Lert

    0830 Preflight Briefing

    0900 Reposition to Seaplane Base on Orcas Island

    1000 Seaplanes / Signaling - Seaplane Scenics

    1200 Lunch

    1300 Depart for Boeing Field

    1400 Trip completion at Galvin Flying Services, KBFI Boeing Field

  • “I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the San Juan Islands adventure. We learned a lot about the Diamond, the airspace, the 'what would we do IF?' and the geography while in the air. I also enjoyed Howard and Denise's great breakfast on Saturday morning, going into town for pizza on Friday night and Adam's outstanding "seafood boil" on Saturday night. I really enjoyed Howard's lectures...I found his information very helpful and relevant as we have Lake Michigan to deal with in our neck of the woods. And I've already put my 'survival kit' in my plane. I am looking forward to more cool adventures in the future...”



    Christine Duncan

  • Videos

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

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

    Survive Ditching an Aircraft

    ...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.

    Wilderness Medicince

    Immersion and Drowning

    Dr. Donner discusses swim failure, hypothermia, drowning, hyperventilation, cold water cooling, life jackets, and more.

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