Spokane, WA 99223
Email: DrDDeR at gmail.com
At the University:
2000 - Professor Emeritus
DeRemer is an ATP pilot with more than 20,000 flight hours and is also a Gold
Seal Flight Instructor and Field Director, Central Northwest region for the
International Seaplane Pilot's Association. In 1998 he was named the
15th CFI to receive the NAFI Master
CFI designation by the National Association of Flight Instructors.
The Seaplane Pilots Association named Dr. DeRemer Seaplane
Pilot of the Year, 1998. In 1999, The National Association
of Flight Instructors and The Experimental Aircraft Association inducted him
into the CFI Hall of Fame at Oshkosh, WI. He is the author of six books on aviation
subjects, all of which are well recognized around the world. They include:
After many years as a consulting agronomist, irrigation system designer, and mine tailings chemist/reclamationist, Dr. DeRemer flew as chief corporate pilot for three companies. In 1975 he went into semi-retirement and traveled to many parts of the world in his sailboat then, in 1981 started a new career teaching aviation. He has been known to say "I will probably never get any closer to heaven than being able to teach bright, goal-oriented young people about what has been my primary, life-long hobby."
Dr. DeRemer has taught Aerodynamics, Aircraft Systems, Avionics, International and Long Range Navigation, General Aviation Operations and Management, Seaplane Certification and was the founding advisor for the Wilderness Pilot's Association, an award winning university student organization. During the summer months, Dr. DeRemer conducts advanced wilderness seaplane courses into the Boreal forests and Arctic tundra of northern Canada. He has also taught those courses in the equatorial jungles.
Advanced Wilderness Seaplane Flight Courses
NOTE: Dr. DeRemer retired from teaching these widlerness courses after the 2001 season. The course descriptions are left for all to see in hopes that it may assist other instructors and pilots in designing their own instruction.
For seventeen years, Dr. DeRemer's summer months (May 15 - August 15) were occupied teaching advanced wilderness seaplane flight courses, one-on-one, to pilots from all over the world. He no longer offers the courses, but most of what he taught is contained in his three books, listed above, on seaplane topics.
The Level I Course, usually conducted on the lakes of northwestern Minnesota, reviewed and improved skills needed to take the second course. 3 hours groundschool, 5 hours in the aircraft. A wide variety of seaplane knowledge and skill topics were covered.
The Level II Course, featured flight north of 50 degrees, into an area of many challenging lakes and rivers where learning opportunities abounded, with two nights at Canadian outpost camps. Typically, the level I and II courses were taken concurrently, which required four full days if the weather cooperated (it usually did). It was not recommended that the level III course be taken immediately following completion of the first two courses. Qualifies the pilot for SEAWINGS certification and the Biennial Flight Review . 6-8 hours groundschool, 10-12 hours in the aircraft.
The Level III Course, provided the highest level of experience in remote operations of a seaplane. If needed, this course was modified to meet the special needs of the customer-pilot, providing limitless opportunities to learn wilderness operations with a highly experienced instructor alongside.
The level III course content was usually covered on a 4-5 day trip with three nights in the sub-arctic (north of 58 degrees) with minimum equipment but in comfort. This extremely remote area flown into is in the tundra north of the tree line. It offers some of the finest fishing in the north. Yes, there was time to fish! This course was also taught in other remote areas of the world. 9 hours classroom-in-the-wilderness, 25 hours in the airplane. The level III course was available only by special arrangement.