It has been asked and answered here that the ASEL is for Land operations and ASES for Seaborne. Are there requirements specific to using snow-ski equipped planes?

I am most interested in the US, although discussions of other places is fine.


From the FAA manual:

Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61 does not require specific pilot training and authorization to operate skiplanes; however, it is important to train with a qualified skiplane flight instructor.

Since most skiplanes operate in a wide variety of conditions, such as landing on frozen or snow-covered lakes and sloping glaciers, with varying qualities of snow, it is important to know how performance is affected. Use the performance data provided by the manufacturer.

From looking at 14 CFR part 61, section 61.5 lists the different ratings. While it differentiates sea and land, there is no "ski" category.

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    $\begingroup$ How does this apply to landing a seaplane on snow? :) The US Navy used to do it with flying boats, and Kenmore Air in the Pacific Northwest has done it in the past as well! $\endgroup$
    – egid
    Apr 17 '15 at 17:45

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