Searey Certified Flight Instruction

Progressive Aerodyne is committed to quality flight training and ensuring that pilots are safe, competent and ready to handle the real-world challenges of amphibious seaplane flying.

The Searey Flight Instructor’s Association (SFIA) is the only factory-recognized training source for pilot training in the Searey. Training with a SFIA Instructor takes place at one of several Searey flight centers, at the factory, or if necessary, at your own home airport or seaplane base.

Whether you are taking delivery of a new Searey SLSA, completing an LSX kit, or buying a second-hand Searey, there is a thorough pilot training program that suits your specific needs.

Factory-Sponsored Searey Pilot Training

Thinking about purchasing a Searey but would like to have a bit of left seat time before making the decision? No problem! Whether you are a novice or a seasoned pilot, nothing compares to the excitement of your first take-off and landing in a Searey.

There are several options for scheduling time with a Searey CFI.  Your course will give you a thorough introduction to the safe operation of the Certified LSA Searey on land and water. You will be introduced to Searey systems, performance, maneuvers, water and tailwheel operations, and LSA ownership. There are standard courses that include 4 hours of flight instruction in a Searey and at least 2 hours of ground instruction.  You can also select hourly options, or do an entire Searey transition training course or seaplane rating.

Facilities and instructors with an available rental Searey are listed below.

Experience what we mean when we say “Explore No Limits!”

  • One-on-One Instruction with a Searey-Certified CFI
  • Flight and Ground Instruction for Prospective Searey Owners
  • Take-offs and Landings on Water and Runway
  • Customized to Your Flight Experience
  • Training Conducted at a Searey Flight Center or seaplane base near you!


Joey Graham 352-253-0108 x-102


Mike Pearson, President
Searey Flight Instructors Association*

Colonial Beach, Virginia
Phone: 540-903-7003
*Searey LSA Rental Available

Rob Galloway
Tavares, Florida
Phone: 803-468-7390

Don Laughlin, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner
Orlando, Florida
Phone: 407-701-7753

Zach Sweetster
Seattle, Washington
Phone: 425-503-0427

John McLeroy, Vice President
SeaRey Flight Instruction Association
Orlando, FLorida
Phone: 321-287-3650

Daniel Myers
Southeast Amphibs
Orlando, Florida
Phone: 407-920-7700

Christopher Hinote
Flying Fish Seaplanes*
St. Charles, Missouri
Phone: 340-514-1680
*Searey LSA Rental Available and Searey Flying Club

Christopher Hinote
Flying Fish Seaplanes*
Lakeland, Florida
Phone: 340-514-1680
*Searey LSA Rental Available and Searey Flying Club

Allan Fisher
College Place, WA (S95)
Phone: (509) 301-3461

Tom and Gayle Rhines
Canton, TX
SeaRey Adventures
Phone: 972-768-1082
*Searey LSA Rental Available