RANDOLPH, Vermont — Vermont Tech’s Professional Pilot Technology Program, in partnership with the Vermont Flight Academy, has received a Twin Seabee amphibious aircraft that was recently donated by a southern California couple.
The donation has made Vermont Tech the first college in the U.S. to offer training in multi-engine seaplanes, in addition to single-engine seaplanes, according to college officials.
The Twin Seabee is the sixth airplane donated to the program, making up about 30% of the fleet. The new plane, which is an amphibious aircraft that operates on both land and water, was unveiled at the Burlington International Airport in Vermont on Sept. 10.
“The Twin Seabee is a great addition to our expanding program,” said Doug Smith, program director of Aviation Technology at Vermont Tech. “Students that go through our Professional Pilot Technology Program will be the first college students in the country to have the opportunity to receive multi-engine seaplane training.”
Vermont Tech’s Aviation curriculum exposes students to a diverse learning experience that includes seaplanes, conventional landing gear aircraft (tail draggers), aerobatic flying, high performance aircraft and a full set of flight instructor credentials before graduation. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in the aviation industry, from a flight instructor to a commercial airline pilot.
For more information: VTC.edu/professional-pilot.