Seaplane Flying Club


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Everyone agrees a seaplane rating is some of the most enjoyable flying you ever get the opportunity to do. So why stop the fun after the rating?! Jones Brothers has established a seaplane solo flying club that allows solo seaplane rental to promote seaplane flying and currency AFTER you get the rating.  Put it to use and keep those stick and rudder skills honed with some good old seat of your pants seaplane flying.

Limited Time!! Join our Seaplane Flying Club and get your SES rating for only $795!! Details: Get your rating in our J3 cub for only $795. You will use the annual checkout flight from your club membership for the checkride (examiner’s fee still applies). Then you will be able to use the 5 hours flight time that comes with membership to build the 10 hours on floats required to solo in the flying club.

MEMBERS!

Reserve your block of time for our Seaplane Flying Club! Half day blocks are available each day starting at 10am and 2pm. Remember, two overnights is the limit on each reservation. So please do not make reservations for more than 6 consecutive half day time slots.
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We have countless pilots ask:
What can I do with a seaplane rating once I get one? 
and
Does anyone rent floatplanes?

We are excited to announce:

“You can rent a floatplane right here at Jones Brothers in Tavares, Florida, America’s Seaplane City”.

Here’s how it works:

We recommend pilots become a premium member of our seaplane flying club because of the amazing benefits such as BFR’s included, renters’ insurance that can be used at any airport, no initiation fee, hours that automatically come with the membership, plus more!

Please see the membership schedules below for a Basic Membership compared to the Premium Membership.

 

Premium Membership

  • $0 initiation fee
  • $0 renters insurance policy (zero deductible and can be used at any airport) ($500 value)
  • $0 stock purchase
  • NO stock buyout required for resignation
  • $0 1 hour annual recurrent flight (counts as BFR)($400 value)
  • No instructors fee for dual if needed for recurrency for up to 6 hours per year.
  • $0 first 5 hours per year solo rental ($997.50 value)
  • FREE Jones Brothers Embroidered PFG shirt ($65 value)
  • Quarterly safety and social meeting (attendance optional)
  • $199.50 per month dues
  • 1st quarter due upon initial membership:
    • Month 1: $199.50 x 3 = $598.50
    • Months 2-10: $199.50
    • Months 11-12: $0
  • 1 year commitment.
  • 1 year renewals = $199.50/ month.
  • Wet Hourly flight rate $199.50 for hours used beyond the 6 hours included In premium membership.

Basic Membership

  • $199.50 initiation fee
  • Must provide renters insurance (minimum $500,000 bodily injury & $25,000 physical damage)
  • $0 stock purchase
  • NO stock buyout required for resignation
  • $35/ hour instructors fee for recurrency flights required annually and when pilot is not current.
  • Quarterly safety and social meeting (attendance optional)
  • $99.50 per month dues
  • 1st quarter due upon initial membership-
    • Month 1: $99.50×3 = $298.50
    • + $199.50 initiation fee = $498
    • Months 2-10: $99.50
    • Months 11-12: $0
  • 1 year commitment
  • 1 year renewals = $99.50 per month
  • Wet Hourly flight solo rate $199.50
  • Instructor rate $35/hour for any dual required

Join the Seaplane Solo Flying Club today!
If you are ready to join, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and read the Rules of Operation,
  2. Download the insurance form and fill it out.
    Please see our Mobile PDF help page on how to do this on your mobile device.
  3. Fill out the Seaplane Flying Club online application and upload the completed insurance form.
    After the form is completed, you will be able to continue with your first quarter membership payment.

 

We will not be offering solo rental to random pilots who don’t have the opportunity to fly seaplanes often, and want to rent the airplane for just an hour once every few years. It simply wouldn’t be safe and doesn’t promote the purpose of keeping up seaplane proficiency. We feel a bare minimum of 6 hours per year of seaplane flying is needed to maintain any kind of proficiency (10-12 hours would be preferable). Therefore, we are including 6 hours of flight time in the Premium membership  to promote proficiency and safety in our rental club program.

Members can take the aircraft out for the day to fly in somewhere for lunch, overnight for a getaway, or just for a quick refresher hour. There is a maximum of two consecutive nights for overnight rentals so our aircraft will be available to all members. The rental aircraft will be a 100 Hp Piper J3-C Cub, so members can absolutely bring along a friend or family member to fly along in the back seat!  The Cub is one of a kind in excellent condition and is equipped with an electric starter, intercom, radio, and transponder so it can be flown into any airspace.

The interest level to have floatplanes available for solo rental has been extremely high.  If you do the math, it’s roughly the same price as what it takes to get an SeS rating, but instead of using up the time in just 2-3 days, flying floats is available to you year round.  And certainly less expensive, by a long shot, than purchasing your own floatplane (even if you plan to fly 50 hours or more in a year).

In addition, there will be the possibility of adding additional aircraft to the rental agreement down the road such as a SeaRey. Our existing members will have the first opportunity to include those aircraft into their membership.

  • Fuel reimbursements on the hourly wet rate will be the FA1 retail fuel price minus $0.25 per gallon.
  • All operations must be in fresh water (no salt or brackish water ops)
  • All operations must be during daylight hours.
  • Pilots must meet minimum times of 250 total hours with a single engine sea rating or light sport ses endorsement, and 10 hours on floats. (Members may join with less float time but must accrue the time to reach 10 hours on floats with a Jones Brothers instructor before taking the aircraft solo).

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