After having completed the 50 Hour Professional Seaplane Mountain Bush Pilot Course I would highly recommend Island Coastal Aviation .Tom and his team were extremely knowledgeable and provided a through and much enjoyable training experience. Tom is very enthusiastic in sharing his years of experience. Not only did I achieve my certification but also had the opportunity to fly in some of Canada’s most beautiful lakes, rivers and coastline. Having travelled from Canada’s east coast I was immediately made to feel at home. Tom and his staff were very accommodating in every aspect. Thank you for the great experience.
If you read it, got for it!!! Flying with Tom was a great experience. You will learn a lot on the weather, floatplane and how does it work. And i will always remember 3 words from Tom : Speed Ball Power. Really enjoy!!!
Before I actually arrived at the hanger in Pitt Meadows, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I knew I was there to get 50 hours of float training, but I had no idea the level of experience I was going to receive. All the training was REAL LIFE training, something you don’t see very often and something that will hopefully get me a job one day. Tom is one of the greatest instructors I have had so far in my pilot training career, and with Kristene they make a flight training team that actually cares for the success of their students. To Tom and Kristene, our goals became their goals, and they did everything in their power to help us achieve them. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending a fellow student to them, thank you so much Tom and Kristene!
I came to Pitt Meadows, Canada to learn how to fly floatplanes and bush pilot training. To do this with Island Coastal Aviation was the perfect decision. Tom showed me how to fly a sea plane, to read the conditions in the bush and mountains and last but not least to…. stay humble. Tom and his very nice wife, Kristene are great people and Island Coastal Aviation and Pitt Meadows was the perfect place to learn to fly floatplanes and for bush and mountain training. Different weather conditions, beautiful scenery with lots of nearby lakes, rivers and mountains are just a few of the things you will experience there.
Go to Island Coastal and feel the spirit of floatplane flying with Mr. Seaplane, Tom Drybrough….I will be back to do my Canadian CPL, for sure. Thanks Tom and Christene.
Thank you Tom and Kristene for the wonderful experience! I had wanted to take my float rating for a long time and I was very happy with my choice to fly with Island Coastal Aviation. Tom was a great instructor. He teaches everything you need to know plus more, all while having a great time. Pitt Meadows is also a wonderful area to learn. Always a different setting and beautiful scenery. Tom and Kristene treat you like family the minute you walk in the door. Flying floats is an amazing challenge and it was great having Tom and Kristene there to help and support me along the way. If your thinking of doing your float rating…DO IT! With Island Coastal of course.
It was always my dream to become a floatplane pilot. Just after finishing my PPL I went to Island Coastal for the 50 hour course. I learnded a lot in the environment of Pitt Meadows: I learned to find my way between all the boats on the river, I learned to handle current, tides and salt water. You find everything in this area! I loved to fly along the rivers at 500 and below. Also the mountain flying in B.C. prepared me well to fly in the Alps. It was a great time-builder towards my CPL and I appreciate to have flown my first 100 hours with instructors. Now I can’t wait to get my floatplane career started. And last but not least, it was a blast to live in a hangar! I will come back some day!
I had planned to eventually get my floatplane rating, but decided at the last minute to go ahead and get it done in February. Being winter, with the lakes in Ontario all frozen, I had to go somewhere else. I decided to take a 50hr float/bush/mountain course in BC for the experience and sheer beauty of the area. I was leaning towards Island Coastal Aviation after searching float schools on the Internet and after talking to Tom and another pilot who had gone there, I made my decision. I gave Tom another call on a Monday and flew out on Tuesday. Tom and Kristine were extremely friendly and hospitable, and helped me get settled in quickly so I could begin my training. Although the bad weather followed me from Ontario, Tom worked hard to get me finished on my schedule without sacrificing safety or my training.
The experience of flying in the rivers and mountains of BC is invaluable. I learned about, and experienced, more weather in my 50 flying hours there then I did in my previous 200. Tom’s vast experience as a pilot and instructor become evident pretty quickly while flying with him, and his teaching ability is as good as it gets. Tom also shared his knowledge about the entire aviation industry and provided guidance and assistance for going forward into the working world.
Overall, the scenery is absolutely great, the freedom of flying floats and picking your own runway is great, Island Coastal Aviation is great company run by great people. I had a great time, and if I had the money, I’d do it again. Thanks Tom and Kristine.