Caravan, Kodiak, and Twin Otter.
The Bush Pilot Company provides operational and
flight training services for
companies introducing the Cessna C208A or C208B-EX amphibious Caravan or Kodiak 100 to their fleet. We also help
new companies to start up with the Caravan and Kodiak by:
Setting up operations specific to the C208 or Kodiak;
Amending or writing the Operations Manual;
Conducting the necessary ground school for pilots and engineers;
Conducting flight training for emergency procedures;
Conducting on-the-job operational training;
Completing pilot's floatplane ratings;
Conducting courses on advance seaplane and open water techniques;
Providing maintenance tips on Corrosion Control;
Cessna 208 and Kodiak Amphibious Aircraft Specific Training
Although most companies who buy their aircraft new
from the factory will send their pilots to Flight Safety, I have learned that
the simulators are simply not enough for transiting pilots onto the complex
amphibian aircraft. There is a lot more to learn, as your amphib may incorporate
several supplements that change the operating parameters of the aircraft as
specified by Cessna, Kodiak, Flight Safety or Wipaire.
The operational training covers several important
subjects that help companies cope with the supplement specific aircraft they
wish to operate:
- Resource Management and Situation Awareness specific to your aircraft and why
these subjects are so important to flying an amphibious seaplane.
- The aspects that make the amphib different than the land plane and unique as a
floatplane. I explain how the documentation that covers the C208 Caravan
(wheels) may or may not fully explain supplements for: 1) the upgraded 867 hp
engine (from the 675 hp), 2) the gross weight increase kit from 8000 lbs to
8360 lbs, 3) the floatplane conversion, and 4) the amphibious supplement.
During training the pilot has to understand the effects of a supplement onto a
supplement onto the original configuration.
- Amended flight procedures according to the specific requirements of flying an amphibious aircraft, especially those related to the proper way to handle
flying an aircraft that can alight on land and water, and fly both day and
night, and operate VFR and IFR.
- The manufacturer’s Pilot’s Operating Handbook documented emergency
procedures, and amended emergency procedures according to the specific
requirements of flying an amphibious aircraft and based on actual accidents
and incidents that have been taken place over the 18 years that amphib Caravans
have been operational
- Seaplane theory according to specific operational requirements of the C208 amphib and
the local environment.
Training Done On-line In Your Area of Operation
I can come to your area of operation and train the pilots and engineers how to
operate a Cessna C208 Caravan amphibian in your specific area. I can bring all
the training and operational documents that you will need to get started
immediately. Once the pilot has completed the Flight Safety course, he still
has never flown a Caravan amphib. Even if Wipaire or Cessna provide a checkout
to get the pilot familiar with the handling characteristics, the pilot still
will not be familiar with operating the amphib in the specific environment that
he will be required to work in. Nor will any one else in your company. When I
do localized training everyone, including engineers, dockhands, dispatchers,
and booking agents, benefit from the experience I bring to you. Plus, neither
Wipaire nor Cessna will specifically be able to tell you all about the problems
operators have had over the years that can be potentially dangerous to the new
pilot or new company.
Operational Training will help you to make the most out of your very versatile and very
expensive new capital asset.
Get Operational Quicker
One company hired me to help them get started on a new seaplane venture.
The day the aircraft was delivered to the base I did the
first revenue flight. Over the next 21 days, I operationally trained 3 pilots
on coastlines and harbors that had not seen a seaplane since World War 11.
During those 21 days we finished the ground school, technical exam, flight
training, type ratings, and floatplane ratings, all inclusive, and all done to
cover both the CAA and the insurance requirements. Then I spent a further 5
weeks with the pilots on LOFT (Line Orientation Flight Training) where I
insured that they had a chance to practice what I had taught. All in all, I
finished the job in 2 months. Depending on the skill of the pilots, the
frequency of flights, and the difficulty of the water conditions operational
training might take longer, but rarely longer than 6 months. The main point is
that your company will be safely producing revenue throughout this training
period without having to suffer the effects of a steep learning curve normally
associated with incorporating a new aircraft type into your fleet.
Safety and Risk Management
After operating the Caravan amphib for 12 years now,
I feel assured that the aircraft is safe and profitable to operate. A proper
infrastructure would include amphib specific trained pilots and engineers, and
a properly outfitted maintenance organization. The only way to insure yourself
and your investment is to have your pilots and engineers specifically trained
to your equipment and to your operating area by someone who has the required
For overall safety, after I complete the training and
conduct the check rides, I will follow up with a final pilot
assessment report that allows company management to make further decisions as
to how they wish to operate.
If you are thinking about a new seaplane
startup and you want to insure your chosen area is operationally viable I can
come out and do a pre-operational assessment.
Refresher Flight Training
If you are already operating a Caravan amphib, I can offer either a refresher or an annual review course that
will enhance the safety of your ongoing operation based on training the pilots
toward a proficiency check ride. This course would be beneficial for company
Training Captains or Chief Pilots. As a certified "Free Lance" and
"Contract" Training Captain, I am qualified to carry out either PPC’s
or once every two-year Canadian PCC’s.
As a separate service I can complete an
independent, objective, and
Confidential Safety Audit of your ongoing flight operation and training program
with a full operational overview and follow-up recommendations report.
To get area specific and C208 amphib
specific operational training,
to get your aircraft off the ground and
producing revenue quicker, and
to insure you have done the most to protect your
The Bush Pilot Company give you a quotation today.
By John S Goulet
Confidential Safety Audit & Operational
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