Islands of the Pacific Northwest
2021 August 26, 27, 28, 29
Learn emergency water landing survival skills, coastal weather and flight planning,
search and rescue services, scenic tours over Vancouver glaciers for owners and renter
"Even as a relatively experienced aviator, I learned a ton on this trip. There's no substitute for the hands on experience of trying to climb into a life raft or the wisdom one can get by talking with a bunch of expert flight instructors around a campfire. I would highly recommend it."
4 DAYS OF LEARNING AND ADVENTURE!
THE FLIGHT UP
0800 - Meet at San Carlos Flight Center for the long cross country flight from San Francisco up to the Seattle area.
KBFI tour to KORS, lectures
0900 - 1230 Ground Lectures:
1330 Ground lectures:
1600-1800 FLYING! ISLAND HOPPING
2000 Ryan Van Haren gives Firelight lecture on border crossing
Crossing The Border, Life Raft
0800 Preflight Briefing
0900 Wheels up for Canada / Glacier Tour
1200 - 1300 Lunch
1400 Cold Water Immersion Survival Lecture by Dr. Howard Donner
1500 Life Raft Deployment
1800 Seafood Boil Dinner - Featuring fresh Buck Bay oysters on the half shell
2000 SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
Seaplane flight, Island flying
0800 How to Ditch an Airplane - Peter Lert
0830 Preflight Briefing
0900 Reposition to Seaplane Base on Orcas Island
1000 Seaplanes / Signaling - Seaplane Scenics
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:
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.
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.
Whether you join us in your own plane or rent one of ours, we will help pair you with an instructor to tailor the weekend to your needs.
We provide the learning environment for you to get the most out of your weekend adventure in the Pacific Northwest Islands.
A huge part of the value on this trip are the lectures, the life raft deployment, 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 Seaplane! Beginners to Experts welcome. This will be the time of your life!
Fly with us in your aircraft. We help partner you with an experienced mountain flying instructor.
KBFI Boeing to KORS Orcas roundtrip with CFI
If you own an airplane, we will connect you with an experienced dedicated instructor for your airplane to train you in island flying in your own aircraft. Kids 12 and under free with owners.
$3950 Course fee
$1500 Instructor fee
Non-flying guests $1250
Fly with us in a rented aircraft. We help pair you with an experienced flight instructor.
San Francisco to (KORS) Orcas Island, roundtrip with CFI.
Let us take care of everything. You will have a spot in a late model C182 split with one other rental pilot. You can expect around 8-12 hours of PIC time and to fly at least one of the long cross country routes. The value of the backseat time will surprise you. Prices are all-inclusive.
$6450 Course fee and aircraft rental
$750 Instructor fee
Non-flying guests $1250
Be sure to catch these highlights from the San Juan Islands 2017 maiden voyage...
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.
Immersion and Drowning
Dr. Donner discusses swim failure, hypothermia, drowning, hyperventilation, cold water cooling, life jackets, and more.
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