50-Hour Advanced Floatplane Course

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!

15-Hour Floatplane Proficiency Course

When I first arrived from Barcelona, the welcome received was extremely friendly and inviting, Tom and his wife Kristene are both great people and better hosts. Tom has the passion for what he does and from the very beginning, it’s obvious he has a lot of experience on floats and West Coast flying.

Tom is a great instructor, and with the breathtaking scenery they have in BC, makes the perfect combination to learn and enjoy your floatplane rating. The experience of flying a floatplane in some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers was simply incredible. I would totally encourage anyone thinking of having the floatplane rating or simply willing to do some floatplane hours to go to Island Coastal. They will not only enjoy a great time there, but they will also meet a lot of interesting and friendly people.

15-Hour Floatplane Proficiency Course

I’ve been interested in getting a float plane rating for a while, and when I was sent to Vancouver with my work for a few days a month over summer, I decided to use the spare time and get my rating. Pitt Meadows was the perfect location, being easily reachable from the city by public transport (especially with some help from my loyal Taxi-driver Kristene ;-)) and in an amazingly beautiful location. Even though I was very limited for time, Tom always managed to fit me into his busy schedule even on short notice. Tom teaches very thoroughly and was endlessly patient as I attempted to achieve his level of precision flying (I will never forget “power – speed – ball” :-)), mast

er Canadian radio-communications (“Floatplane GKNH, …where are we again?” :-)), analyze from which direction the wind was coming and whether or not the waves were too large to land on. Both he and Kristene were very professional while at the same time making me feel like part of the family. Thanks so much to both of you for the great time I had, the awesome training and helpful tips and contacts for future career plans!

Canadian Seaplane Rating

I had been dreaming about getting a float rating for a few years and after completing my CPL and Multi IFR decided the time was right to check out float flying! After doing some research, I chose Island Coastal Aviation.

My experience was amazing. Tom and Kristene instantly made me feel at home and were both highly professional and full of great advice, stories and experiences. Pitt Meadows is a beautiful location and provides lots of great learning opportunities for float flying.

Not only did the Seaplane rating teach me a lot about flying in general, it has also opened up a world of career opportunities that I had never previously considered.

To anyone thinking of getting a float rating – Go for it! With Island Coastal Aviation of course!

Alex Morris, Winnipeg

Canadian Seaplane Rating

Island Coastal Aviation was a very huge help to me for my acquisition of a Seaplane Rating. I would especially like to thank Tom Drybrough for his excellent training and expertise and Kristene Drybrough for picking me up at Abbotsford Airport when I arrived. I would like to thank them both for making this rating possible. I definitely, one-hundred percent, recommend this training facility to anyone who wants to get their seaplane rating or any other type of rating or licensing that they require.

Frederic Phaneuf
Levis, Quebec

Canadian Seaplane Rating

Since I was a kid I wanted to become a CL-215 waterbomber pilot and now I  still want more than ever to fly the big yellow ducks at the end of my career.  Thanks to Tom and Island Coastal Aviation, I get to be one step closer to my dream and with all I have leamed with Tom beside the floats, I will probably still be alive when the time comes!

Not only will you learn the fine art of reading the water, weather and the infamous “AIRSPEED-BALL-POWER” but you will also find a dedicated team and mentor which will correct your minor pilot “deficiencies”  and improve your overall flying skills while flying at 500′ in the BREATHTAKING Rockies scenery.

I have been looking and asking around for months for the best “float school” in Canada and Island Coastal Aviation kept popping up so I
called! When Tom picked up and took the time to really answer all my questions, the chemistry was immediate!

Once there, Tom and Kristene will make you feel welcome and at home with family right from the start and until you reach YOUR goal so
SEARCH NO MORE, your float rating is waiting for you in beautiful B.C. with Island Coastal Aviation I!!

Michael Baisley
, New Brunswic
50 Hour Professional Seaplane Mountain Bush Pilot

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 thorough and much enjoyable training experience. Tom is very enthusiastic about 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.

Amara Drysdale

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canadian Seaplane Rating

Growing up on the East Coast, I didn’t have many experiences with float planes, or even aviation in general. After completing my training, I decided I wanted to become a bush pilot, and more than anything, I wanted to fly floats.

The freedom and adventure that’s associated ts unparalleled. When trying to narrow
down where to do my Seaplane Endorsement, my search led me to a number of companies on the West Coast. After reading many of the student’s testimonials, I knew that Tom would be a perfect instructor.

As soon as I arrived, I felt like family. Tom made sure to include an extensive amount of information in a small amount of time, leaving me feeling comfortable at the helm. He even went as far as to recommend possible employment opportunities that would be well suited to my abilities.

The cross-country journey was well worth it! I had a lot of fun and learned a great deal from these wonderful people. To anyone who is still considering where to train, the answer is simple: Island Coastal Aviation.

Adrien Treu
Bordeaux, France
50 Hour Professional Seaplane Mountain Bush Pilot Course
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!
Alba Dobarganes
Reinosa, Spain
Canadian Seaplane Rating
When I arrived at the airport I knew I was in the right place. I used to ask the other students how was their first flight on floats but they couldn’t find the words to describe it. Now I understand why, I think there aren’t enough words to explain how do you feel when you take off and land on water for the first time of your life. It’s unique experience plus the orography and weather make Pitt Meadows the best place to do it. Tom shows you, every second you spend with him, his passion for aviation and his professionalism. And kristene cares about you and guides you since the very first second you meet her. I would recommend this experience in Island Coastal Aviation to everyone who wants to improve their flying skills and know whats really flying.
Rune Balle, Co-Owner of Samsoe Seaplanes, Denmark
Canadian Seaplane Rating

Maple Ridge Times Article: I’ve flown with a lot of instructors in New Zealand, Australia, and Denmark, and this is the best instruction I’ve ever had.

Pascal Aubert


Canadian Seaplane Rating

Once again, thank you so much for sharing your expertise, for your availability, patience and a great training opportunity for me while in Vancouver. I’ll be sure to get in touch again when I next visit Vancouver.

Corinna Fuchs
767 Captain, Germany
Canadian Seaplane Rating
To anyone who’s reading these testimonials: Go for it with Tom! I’ve been into aviation for almost 20 years now and flying floatplanes has been on my big list of “things to do before you die”! I finally got the opportunity to visit BC and decided to go for my seaplane rating there. I chose Island Coastal Aviation since they already had experience with foreign pilots and they didn’t disappoint me!

Tom works in a very professional  and calm manner as well as on a  high standard. It was a lot of fun flying
with him and I felt very

comfortable all the time. I can  highly recommend him as an instructor to anyone!

What I love about flying floatplanes: the challenge, the freedom, the nature,  being independant… and the possibility to combine my love for water & air as  well as low level flying 😉 !

Thanks soooo much for these great & unforgettable flights and for all your help concerning the rest of my flying in BC! … can’t wait to be

Thies Scharer
50-Hour Advanced Seaplane, Bush Pilot and Mountain Flying Course

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 seaplane, 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.

Keegan Rink
Air Ronge, Saskatchewan
Canadian Seaplane Rating
After working on the ramp in La Ronge for Transwest Air I heard of an opening coming up on the Twin Otter. Obtaining my Float Rating was something I  wanted to do before I moved up here but I didn’t have the time. I was able to get limited time off work and after looking around and with some recommendations from
friends I gave Tom a call. Right away Toms was very helpful and accommodating and I was able to finish my rating within 5 days. Tom was very patient and his training was very thorough. I learned a lot and am very excited for the upcoming float season! I just completed my training and achieved my PPC on the Twin Otter! I want to Thank Tom for everything. If you are looking to leam bush and float flying I highly recommend giving Tom a call!

Bre Bryce
Kelowna, BC
50-Hour Advanced Floatplane, Bush Pilot and Mountain Flying Course
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 leam. 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.

Florian Rhyn
50-Hour Advanced Floatplane, Bush Pilot and Mountain Flying 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 learned 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 someday!


Canadian Seaplane Rating

After receiving a job offer last winter to go overseas to fly a Twin Otter on floats, I had to find a school to go to and get my Floatplane  Training. I called around my area  (London Ontario) and quickly found out that it being winter I would have to go out west for it. I contacted  Tom and Kristene at Island Coastal  Aviation and quickly got a friendly response. Tom filled me in on the procedures so I went out west. Tom and Kristine greeted me with such a warm hospitality. The flying experience was fantastic and the scenery was breathtaking. Tom is an awesome instructor! His ability to assess every student’s strengths and weaknesses makes each and every student gain the maximum benefit from every flight! Being an instructor myself I am most definitely recommending any of my students and friends to Island Coastal Aviation!

15-Hour Floatplane Proficiency Course

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.

Cliff Patteson

Grande Prairie, Alberta
Canadian Seaplane Rating

Tom and Kristine,

I can’t thank you enough for the time we spent together in June helping me to add a float endorsement to my existing license. It was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I have been privy to in a very long while. Your accommodations are fabulous, your hospitality superb! To both of you, I thank you for your efforts! Kristine, you have always been so kind, and so accommodating … Tom … Well, we are going on 15 years since I’ve known you first. You are an excellent instructor and mentor. I say that with all degree of certainty. I wish I would have had more time, seven hours was just not enough to really get the feel of things …
C’est la vie! Airspeed, Ball, Power …

I got it!

Daniel Aarts
Lakeside, Ontario
50-Hour Advanced Floatplane, Bush Pilot and Mountain Flying Course

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 SOhr 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 wor1d. 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.

People On Wheels

Private Pilot Licence

Since coming to Canada in 2000 I have been dying to renew my PPL. At Island Coastal Aviation I was introduced to Tom and Alistair. Both gents went the extra mile to ensure I was well equipped for the task ahead. Professional, thorough and flexible, they made it easy for me to complete a Canadian PPL. I enjoyed the process and would gladly recommend this flying school to anyone, young or old, to spread their wings and fly. Thank you Alistair for your guidance in the air and Tom for your tutoring on the Ground School items. Kristene on the other hand is the glue that keeps them all together and with her friendly, professional help, makes the transition into flying so much easier.

Private Pilot Licence

A great flying experience shared with great people! I suggest every foreign pilot to come to ICA and have a really good time flying in one of the best countries in the world.

 Sergio Navarro Martinez, Mexico
Commercial Pilot Licences

As an International student trying to pursue my dream of becoming a pilot, I fund in Island Coastal Aviation not only a good school to train in, but a group of people that took care of me along the way, with their experience advices and instructions I developed my flying skills at the same time of making new friends for life all over the world. The training in BC could be both challenging and scary sometimes, but there’s no better place to train that it has amazing views like in here, mountain flying and night flying are two of the most amazing things I did during my training, not to mention the incredible weather during summer, and even during winter this place has too much to offer I would always remember Island Coastal as the place were I become a Pilot and a better person.