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“As a former Navy Tomcat Pilot, I have landed on Aircraft Carriers many times, and always wondered what it would be like to land on the water instead of a ship. While float plane flying does have its unique challenges, if you learn it right, it can be as safe as any other type of flying, and a lot more fun. Vern’s Alaska Float Ratings operation out of Moose Pass Alaska offers very much the same quality military flight training as the Navy Flight School Training Command. His operation is top notch. His float rating course lay’s the right foundation of knowledge, safety, and procedure’s, and builds a core stick and rudder competency in airmanship that will help every pilots bottom line. If you have ever wanted to get a Float Plane Rating, this is the place to do it! Tom , CDR USN”
How I survived the wild and
finally became a seaplane pilot
BY CYNTHIA SPERBERG-HART
Bay Cities Chapter ninety-nine
A seaplane sits placidly at the dock,
surrounded by the beauty of Alaska.
I don’t want to die!” I thought after my first flight in Alaska. Not glee or feelings of conquering the skies, I was experiencing a touch of pure terror.
The flight had been going well, and at first, other than feeling completely clumsy in such a wonderfully performing plane as the Super Cub, I was thinking “I can really like this seaplane stuff.”
Mountain Flying instruction, TOO!
Celebrating Nearly 50 Years of Flying
A special invitation from Vern Kingsford, DPE.
You're encouraged to explore my new website – www.alaskafloatratings.com. I'm really asking you to spend more than just three or four minutes looking at it.
"I sincerely believe the information you discover, the lessons you will learn, are so critical, so vital to your flying safety and survival, that I am making it available for FREE" - Just for taking a look and studying this website and the soon-to-be-released “New Video Lessons” here, at www.alaskafloatratings.com.
These Lessons will soon become a virtual online “How to Fly Floats” Ground School.
Please watch this short, "Cute","Fun" video film it was taken with an IPhone and edited on a Mac. These seven pilots flew up in their Private Citation CJ-4. All were Citation or Falcon Owners, and all very professional in their approach to learning. These very talented, very individually successful men, were a challenge for us. But they persevered and all earned their Sea Wings. See Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Water Flying Magazine, and read, "Jets, Helicopters and now Seaplanes."
Live Your Dream -
Fly your Wild Adventure!
in "The Ultimate Alaska Bush Plane"
our PA-18 Super Cub
Welcome. You've discovered Vern Kingsford's Alaska Float Ratings. We are the original Alaska Float Ratings. I've been teaching and providing the "Fly the Wild Alaska" experience since 1975. No one, no other school, can equal or compare to our location, equipment or instructors.
My website is dedicated to this fact: You want a school in Alaska with the finest equipment that will offer you the best experience at the best location; a school that gives you the most value for your time and investment. You've found it.
all walks of life come to this mountain location to earn their seaplane ratings in our Super Cubs.
Challenging Backcountry Flying
"It was like my primary military flight instruction. I wouldn't have gone anywhere else."
Joe, Navy helicopter pilot, June 2011
"Wish I'd signed up for the ten hour course. I would have loved to had time to explore more lakes in the mountains."
Megan, commuter pilot, June 2011
"I've had a lot of flights in my over 10,000 hours. The last exploring flight I had here was a Flight of a Lifetime!"
Chris, UPS pilot, June 2011
Find out why we say on take off: "Ready to rock and roll."
Click on Registration for date availability.
800 478 - 1449 or email us.
"I will redefine your expectations of flight training." Vern
Do you want to improve your flying skills, or emergency procedures?
Do you sometimes lack confidence, not sure what to do next?
This is the flight school for you!
Read what Karen, owner of a CE-172, discovered when she came to Moose Pass. You can read why she says to earn your seaplane rating here when you click on Read More below.
Please read this Really Important message to Alaska pilots about flying at Lake Hood
"The airlines and the military have invested millions of dollars designing simulators to provide realistic training devices. I just moved to Trail Lake to provide you a genuine mountain flying and bush flying experience."
But by 1991, watching, listening, waiting for ATC clearance, the long taxi, waiting for Rust’s fleet or the gaggle of float planes on weekends, was costing my students valuable time from their dual session. Also it was cutting into their time and money they had budgeted for their lessons. Now, in 2012, it is even more congested.