float and mountain refresher
Prince William Sound


2021 Menu of Bush Flying and Seaplane Lessons with Lodging

PA-8 Super Cub $350/hr, Dual at Lake Hood - $350/Hr
PA-18 Super Cub $350/hr, Dual at Trail Lake - $350/Hr
CE-172/180/CS - $395/hr, Dual - $395/hr
Ground School - $50/Hr  Paid directly to instructor 
Dual in your A/C - $125/Hr  Paid directly to instructor (Hull ins req.)


*New-Great Gift Idea! Intro to Float Flying in PA-18 Super Cub

or CE-172-1 Pax Only-$395, No Pilot Certificate or Medical required. 


"Depends on Examiner" about $800 - Initial Private, Commercial or SES 

Please call Vern Kingsford, DPE, for Consultation Prior to check ride

@ 907-362-9178 - Summer Months May through September

or Winter Months October through April. Please leave a voicemail

(I will call you back). or email - Vern at vernkingsford@yahoo.com or alaskafloatratings@gmail.com

optimal bush flying and seaplane flying

Optimal Bush Flying and Seaplane Course      

  • Plan 3-4 Days, (might need extra day if poor wx)

  • Up to 8  hrs of flight time, 

  • 2-3 hrs of ground school orientation, 

  • extra ground school: $50 per hr, paid to instructor 

  • extra aircraft time A/C @ $350 per hr,

  • check ride fee NOT included, (examiner fee $800)

  • 4 nights in cabin (if available)   


This is our most popular course. It’s more fun and no pressure.

Chris, a UPS pilot, took this course. He had a couple hours left after the check-ride, so went exploring.

"With approximately 10,000 hours and a lot of flights, this flight I just took was a flight of a lifetime." Chris, 2011

$ 3499

This course is for the pilot who wants to earn a Single Engine Sea Rating, have fun, without the pressure or time constraints of the Basic Course. If you want to have more fun and take a little extra time to pass “just the minimum” skills required by the FAA’s PTS or if you want to concentrate on the mountain flying aspect of our location and experience the challenges that the other exciting lakes in the area offer, then this is the course for you.  

Adventure Bush Flying Course           

  • 5-6 Days,

  • 15 hrs of flight time, 

  • 1-2 hrs of ground school orientation extra ground school,

  • $50 per hr, paid to instructor, 

  • extra aircraft time A/C @ $350 per hr,

  • check ride fee NOT included, 

  • 5 nights in a cabin.


This is even better — time for exploring, fly-in fishing, and aerial photography.


Justin took this course and earned his rating. He's a fairly low-time pilot.

"I really enjoyed the small group atmosphere as it made me feel like I was part of the family.  In interacting with the instructors, they were very professional while still being pretty down to earth." Justin, 2011 

time for exploring and earial photography
$ 5499

NOTE: This is not a “guaranteed rating,” you have to earn it.


You may begin your lessons any day of the week. We  will start your lessons at any time it is convenient to fit your schedule. Plan on 3-4 days. If you are current and very proficient, you can plan on 2-3 days. Checkride on last day. Examiners (DPE’s) must be scheduled 24-48 hours in advance as FAA has some new advisory 


At Lake Hood we start when you want. (depending on Instructor availability) Be sure to read my letter to pilots regarding training at Lake Hood at the bottom of my  home page . It starts out... Please read this Really Important message to Alaska pilots about flying at Lake Hood, When you email or call Vern, be sure to mention if you want your SES lessons, refresher, or BFR out of Lake Hood in Anchorage, or Trail Lake, Moose Pass.


You will not have the experience of mountain flying instruction out of Lake Hood, the mountains are too far away. Some weeks completely booked. Please call Vern for open dates.

Alaska Floatplane Safari 

Customized Itinerary. This is the best of the best.

  • 3-4 days,

  • 10-15 hours of flight time,

  • 2-3 nights in a lodge


Price... depends on Itinerary, total aircraft time @$350, lodge cost, etc

This is the best of the best. This is the Adventure Course with overnight stays included. 


First, you’ll do a refresher on floats, and then head off to Prince William Sound or Lake Clark for your float plane Safari. 

Prince William Sound will include three nights lodging in Moose Pass. Lake Clark will include two nights lodging at a remote lodge. There could be an incremental fuel surcharge when flying to Lake Clark. Bear-viewing charges are additional. 

Float and/or Mountain Refresher Course       

$ 999
  • 1-2 Days  

  •  3 hours of flight time,  


This is for you if you already have your SES, or just want mountain instruction. 

This course is a pilot who has a Single Engine Sea Rating but wants to get current on floats and experience real Alaska bush and mountain flying.


Add extra time or buy two courses if you want to fly more.

Flight Review (BFR)

flight review
$ 675
  • Per 61:56 require

  • 1.5 hour of flight time

Flight Instruction in Your Airplane

You must provide proof of insurance or a liability release.

flight Instruction in Airplane
$ 125/Hour

All the above prices are based on 2021 fuel cost. Any fuel surcharge added will be determined upon each fuel delivery.


Regarding insurance: This is Alaska.  Alaska Float Ratings, Scenic Mountain Air, Inc., and Vern Kingsford do not carry insurance on our training aircraft.  Hull insurance alone for three Super Cubs would add approximately $600 per rating. The cost is prohibitive.


Safe flying has allowed us to operate for nearly 27 years without a training accident or ever hurting anyone, other than their feelings if they bust the checkride.

  • No need RENT A CAR call for details

  • Pick-up & Drop off at Lakehood, Anchorage

  • Includes up to ten hours of dual.

  • extra ground school: $50 per hr, paid to instructor 

  • extra aircraft time A/C @ $350 per hr,

  • checkride fee NOT included, ($800 depending  on DPE)

  • lodging included.

This course is a blast!

You will learn A LOT!


Ultra Optimal Course

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