This website is the only portal through which to obtain Seasonal Pre-Authorized access to restricted lakes in BC Parks. BCFA Membership is required.
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Welcome to the BC Floatplane Association Website!


Tweedsmuir Park

The BC Floatplane Association represents the interests of floatplane pilots flying in B.C.  The BCFA is a COPA  flight 72.

The BCFA works actively to:

The BCFA offers free membership to pilots who have recently received their float endorsment through one of the British Columbia flying schools.

BCFA members are kept up to date on new events, access issues and many other items of interest through our website, meetings, newsletters and email.

Tatlatui Lake

Aircraft access to BC Parks and Protected Areas is governed by the recently amended Section 27 of the Parks Regulations, which states that ".. a person may use an aircraft to arrive at or depart from a Park or Recreation Area.." subject to Schedule A, where it lists a number of Lakes with access restrictions. BCFA members may obtain seasonal pre-authorization for access to many of these restricted locations through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Partnership Agreement (PA) between BC Parks and the BCFA. This seasonal pre-authorization is available only to paid up BCFA members, through this website. The majority of lakes in the Park system are now open to aircraft access without any pre-authorization requirements.

In the Members Only Section you can:

Annual General Meeting and Fly-ins

2017 AGM Fly-in canceled due to the serious wildfire situation in the area and rescheduled for September 15/16/17 at Nimpo Lake. More details on the News & Events page.

BCFA typically holds other weekend fly-ins during the summer months at unique and beautiful lakes around BC. Watch the News & Events page for announcements or check your newsletter.

The Freedom to Fly Floats in BC Scholarship 2017

The BC Floatplane Association (BCFA) recognizes the need to continue our freedom to fly floats in BC.  The BCFA are offering one $2,500.00 scholarship towards a seaplane rating. The applicant must be a BC resident currently holding a valid Canadian Private Pilot Licence or higher with a minimum of 150 hrs total time. The winner of the BCFA scholarship must successfully complete the seaplane training in BC and their Licence endorsed within twelve (12) months of the time the scholarship was awarded. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school of choice. The recipient will be chosen on a basis of merit, career or float flying aspirations and dedication, as well as contributions to their community. One of the two recommendation letters must be from a pilot you have flown with. The BCFA 2017 Scholarship Guidelines references the additional requirements to be met.

(Scholarship Value: $2,500.00)

Click here for guidelines.

Click here for application.

Read about our past winners.

Free Membership for new floatplane endorsments!

Yes that's correct - free membership - The BCFA will give pilots who have obtained a floatplane endorsment in British Columbia free BCFA membership for 1 year. Just apply within 90 days of getting your floatplane endorsment and we will get you signed up.

Don't have your float endorsement yet?

Check the list of schools here.


We would like to thank the following organizations/people for their financial donation to the B.C. Floatplane Association

Coastal Pacific Aviation
Bronze Sponsor - Dec '16

Coastal Pacific has been training pilots since 1973. 

Offering many types/levels of training, including float ratings on a C-185 amphibian. Competitive hourly rates. 

Phone 604 855-1112 

Inland Communications Services
Bronze Sponsor - Jul '18

ICS Avionics

Avionics Sales and Service since 1972.
Kamloops, BC  250.376.1121

Progressive Air
Bronze Sponsor - Jul '18

Supplying Aircraft Operators Worldwide



Island Coastal Aviation
Bronze Sponsor - Jul '18

We offer Private, Commercial, Seaplane, Mountain and Bushpilot training courses 

Island Coastal Aviation Inc.
202 18799 Airport Way  
Pitt Meadows, BC  V3Y 2B4 

AeroSport Power
Bronze sponsor - Jul '18

Our new engine release is 382 WildCat

Roller camshaft, counterweighted crankshaft, cold air sump.



LangleyAero Structures
Bronze Sponsor - Jul '18

Experienced & well equipped Transport Canada approved shops in Langley & Fort Langley float base. 

604 530 4077 

Acorn Welding
Bronze Sponsor - Jul '18

New owner of Seaplanes West 


Bronze Sponsor - Jun '18

Aviation Insurance Specialists, Insuring Canadians – Coast to Coast.

18799 Airport Way, Pitt Meadows, BC  VY3 2B4 

1 877 789 2471  

Lakes District Air Services Ltd
Bronze Sponsor - Jul '18

Easily accessible on the west side of Burns Lake – Close to town

 Stop by for fuel anytime! – CFS Identifier CLD3

Please call prior to landing so we can be ready for you!  250.692.3229 

1810 Hwy. 35, Burns Lake, BC  V0J 1E2