Having flown heavy helicopters for the last 10 years within the Offshore Oil and Gas industry, I renewed my PPL (A) this year, having not flown fixed-wing for over a decade.
Flying floatplanes has always been on my list of things to try. The 15 hour course was a great opportunity to hone my fixed wing handling skills after such a long time away. What better place to fly floats than B.C? Both Tom and Kristene made me feel very welcome. Tom’s relaxed and knowledgeable manner put me at ease immediately in the aircraft.
I’m hoping that I’m not required to use any of the water landing techniques which were learned on the course, during the day job. I had a great time. I’ll be back for more.
My background is a retired high school teacher and educational curriculum consultant, so I recognize the excellent quality instruction Tom Drybrough provides. He was thorough, safe and patient with my bad habits formed from flying Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft from Hudson Bay to Newfoundland to the Yukon. The experience of flying mountain winds, rain and low ceilings along the Fraser River with current, tides, loose logs, barges making big waves, fishing and pleasure boaters all inside the very active airport control zone of Pitt Meadows presented challenges that Tom mentored me through. This experience for the 15 hour proficiency floatplane rating was invaluable a I plan on touring across Canada in an amphibian. After the five mandatory solo take off and landings I returned to pick up Tom from a muddy shore of the Pitt River it looked like he was walking on the water. This image describes the respect I hold for him. The next day we barbequed a fresh sockeye salmon at his hangar fulfilling my second goal for this trip. Tom is concerned that the pilots he signs off with a float plane rating will be safe pilots with good habits.
My name is Scott Neumann and I’m a flight instructor at Centennial Flight Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. I had the privilege of receiving training from Tom and his flight school in the early part of 2007. I came out for the 15 hour float training course to see how I’d like it. Throughout the whole time I was there, the service was great! Tom really cared about his students. When the training started, I was amazed on how well the aircraft maintenance was kept and how the aircraft sparkled in the sunlight each morning. The training was tough and Tom definitely pushed you to be the best that you could be. After the 15 hour was completed, I just had to do more…it was addicting, fun, intensive and it gave you that freedom of flying in between the valleys! Less than a month later, I came back and finished another 35 hours of float training for the professional float course that he offered. It was great value and I was able to see a lot of the West Coast as well as the BC lower mainland. While I was there, I was exposed to a lot of like minded people which made the training that much better. I had an amazing experience and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks Tom, for everything!
I was relaxed from the very first day, I never felt like I was out of my country. I flew 15 hours with Tom Drybrough. Flying with him was an unforgettable experience. I came to know that Tom is one of the best floatplane instructors in Canada. He is the best training according to me.