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3 Airplanes Every Pilot Should Fly

So, you’re done with aviation school, you’ve moved on from being a student pilot to actually holding your pilot license in your hands—the next thing on your list should be to have fun with that license!

As a student pilot, you probably learned to fly in a standard old airplane in aviation school, rusty and overused by other students. The best way to start putting your pilot skills to the test is to explore the world of aviation through new machinery; flying different airplanes opens up the skies in new and exciting ways. All planes and models have a unique history and way of navigating across the skies (or waters!). Each new plane you fly will give you more insight into the cannon of aviation, making you a more seasoned pilot—one new airplane at a time

Here are 3 airplanes to add to you flying bucket list—each unique in their style and history.


Flying a seaplane is at the top of this list because it is a completely new flying experience. A course is required to teach a pilot how to navigate this aircraft because you have to master the art of navigating on the water as well as in the sky. The challenges that the water offers are like no other, every landing and take-off is different because water (unlike a regular runway) is unpredictable, you have to take depth, obstructions, and waves into account. When a pilot masters landing and taking off on water, the world becomes your runway; after all, 80% of the planet is covered with water. You can choose to take your seaplane course in amazing locations like Lake Como in Italy or Christiansen Lake in Alaska; of course, if you live near a body of water, learning to fly a seaplane becomes much easier. No pilot experience is necessary, some student pilots even get their seaplane rating while they get their pilot license.

One thing is for sure, every pilot that has driven a seaplane has the same reaction—they say it’s the most fun they’ve ever had in the skies and on the water. Flying a seaplane will expand your horizons in terms of skills and abilities. Make yourself stand out as a pilot; only 3% of pilots are seaplane rated—making them highly regarded by all professional pilots.

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