Float Plane Training

Come train and certify with the best!

Home of the 50 hour Bush Pilot Career Course on the DHC-2 Beaver.



For over 30 years, locally-owned Fort Langley Air has been helping careers and dreams take off from the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. Floatplane training is one of our specialties.

Get your Canadian seaplane rating flying the rugged British Columbia coast with Fort Langley Air and be ready for any environment. Our graduates are employed as commercial pilots all over the world. 

Since the 1960s over 2000 pilots have completed their floatplane training on the Fraser River at Fort Langley (CAS4.) Our year-round, local training grounds provide some of the most challenging seaplane and amphibious conditions in the world: mountains, lakes, oceans and rivers, currents, coastal harbours, canyons, and winds. The Fort Langley training team is made up of experienced, working bush pilots and coastal experts. You will train on a Cessna 180 or the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. We are honoured and proud to be contributing to the aviation community by continuing to assist you, as pilots, with your goal of becoming floatplane-certified! 


  Summer Rates (CAD) Winter Rates (CAD)
Dual Cessna 180 $359 $339
Solo Cessna 180 $299 $299
Dual DHC-2 Beaver $895 $895

OWN YOUR OWN PLANE BUT NEED MORE HOURS?  Pilots, we can help you achieve the hours you need to insure or fly your plane solo. Hire our pilots to fly with you in your plane for amphibian or seaplane certification. Hourly rate: $100/CAD.

I love teaching pilots. We have one standard: the commercial standard and all pilots, private and commercial, get trained to that standard. The best thing about training is seeing the concepts click and seeing our pilots’ flying improve.

John Crawford

Chief Pilot, Fort Langley Air

Come train and certify with the best

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50 Hour Career Bush Pilot Course

Are you ready to become a bush pilot? This is the premier course in North America, and the only place where you can start your floatplane training in a Cessna C180 and finish in a DHC-2 Beaver.* Start by calling us for a Career Consultation.+1 604-513-9886  

Requirement Summer Rates (CAD) Winter Rates (CAD)
25 Hours Dual (C180) 8975 8475
15 Hours Solo (C180) 4485 4485
5 Hours Dual (DHC-2 Beaver) 4475 4125
Ground School 149 149
TC Rating Fee 30 30
Total $18,114 $17,264

*New ownership special: We will invest $1000 in your career bush pilot course in 2018/2019.

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Back to the Bush! From Airline to Float Plane

Did you fly Beavers before going to the airlines and you now want to get back into it? Want to show float operators you haven’t lost “the touch”? A couple of hours at Fort Langley Air will get you back into the DHC-2.

Our training program is consistent with West Coast commercial floatplane operators and we’ll give you a completed PCC form that you can take to operators to show you’re trained and ready to go.


Requirement Year ‘Round Rates (CAD)
2 Hours Dual 1798
Total $1887.90 (includes GST)
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7 Hour Seaplane Rating (Float Plane)

Pilots, earn your rating in a Cessna C180 all year ’round. Save with our Winter Rates.


Requirement Summer Rates (CAD) Winter Rates (CAD)
6.5 Hours Dual 2334 2104
.5 Hours Solo 149.50 149.50
Ground School 90 90
TC Rating Fee 30 30
Total $2603.50 $2373.50

15 Hour Seaplane Course (Float Plane)

Come and learn the thrill of floatplane flying! Finish your rating then add 8 hours. All year ’round. Save with our Winter Rates.

Requirement Summer Rates (CAD) Winter Rates (CAD)
10 Hours Dual    3590   3390
5 Hours Solo    1495   1495
Ground School         90        90
TC Rating Fee         30        30
Total  $5205 $4910

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U-Fly The Fort – Premier Pilot Clients

Get behind the controls of our seaplanes – on your own! Are you a very experienced Canadian or international pilot who would like to sit in the left seat of a Canadian float plane? Contact  us to discuss our vetting and training process and how you can Fly the Fort.

Prefer to just tour? Design a sightseeing or training day with us in a dual yoke Cessna 180 or DHC-2 Beaver floatplane. We will pick you up at YVR’s South Terminal on floats. Families and friends welcome! See our Pilot Tour.

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Your Seaplane – Our Trainer

Time. Confidence. Insurability. If you are a seasoned float pilot and want skill-building, we’re here to help. This is for certified float pilots who:

  • Bought a new seaplane or upgraded
  • Are switching from floats to amphibious
  • Need hours to meet insurance requirements
  • Want to build or refresh skills on dual before they fly solo
  • Need annual refresher training before that big trip!
  • Want to build hours to retain certification

Our full-time floatplane pilots are skilled float trainers who can help you meet your goals.

Plane Hourly Rates (CAD)
C-172 through C-185 70
DHC 2 Beaver 100


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Fly the Fort


We are the pilot’s choice for best floatplane training school in North America. Complete your seaplane rating, build float plane hours, take your career bush pilot course or enjoy dual yoke flight-seeing


You need a seaplane!  Save time at work or play with a floatplane trip to your remote destination on the BC Coast. For more than 20 years we have been transporting singles, groups, crews and freight. To charter a plane, call us for a competitive custom quote.


See the wild BC Coast from the eagle’s view. Come and explore favourite spots old and new from a different perspective: Vancouver, Sea to Sky, Lower Mainland, Garibaldi, Harrison Lake, Golden Ears and more. Contact us to book your floatplane tour.