Meet the Adventure Seaplanes Team

When you fly with Adventure Seaplanes for training or sightseeing  you can be rest assured that you’re in good hands from take-off to touch-down. That’s because we hand-select only the most skilled and experienced pilots for our team. Our founder Brian Schanche has more than 25 years of experience as a professional pilot. In fact, most of our pilots are career pilots – several with decades of experience – and all of our pilots have been thoroughly vetted for safety, experience and performance. If you have any questions or concerns about the men and women in the cockpit, feel free to contact us for more information.


Brian Schanche

Brian Schanche is the Owner/Operator of Adventure Seaplanes, he has been in business for over 23 years when he started out in a Champ. Brian is an avid and accomplished outdoorsman, the real deal Bush Pilot!Like the pilots he caters to, Brian is drawn to wilderness that remains untouched by the hands of man.

Brian has logged over 14,000 hours of flying and over 10,000 on floats, he has flown just about anything on floats throughout the United States, Canadian Arctic, Ontario, Manitoba, Bahamas , Mexico, Alaska. He has a perfect safety record, and safety will always be his first priority.


Sam Rowe

Sam grew up around seaplanes, his dad having owned them since before he was born. The middle of triplets, he is pursuing his lifelong dream of being a professional aviator. He has been a pilot since 2016, and as a Gold Seal CFI half of his instruction time has been on floats. He regularly flies everything from light sport aircraft to multi twins but his passion is seaplane instruction. His float time includes Cessnas and Seareys.


Waldo Anderson

Waldo’s has his first airplane ride in a farm field in 1946. In 1955, following high school and two years of college, he enlisted in the US Air Force. He took mechanics training and was assigned to Smoky Hill AFB in Kansas. There, he took flying lessons with the local military flying club, where he earned his Private as well as Commercial license. He was hired by the University of Minnesota in 1959 to worked as instructor for the University flight facility at Anoka County Airport. In 1967 he became chief pilot and was designated a flight examiner. He transported University officials, made over 1000 organ transplant flights and medical assistance flights with hospital medics. Anderson served 38 years till the facility closed. He followed that by more instructing and hired flight work, which included piloting the replica Sikorsky S-38 seaplanes. Waldo has been flying with Adventure Seaplanes for over 20 years as a DPE and now CFI. We have so many pilots speak so highly and fondly of Waldo, many are so thrilled he is still instructing, in our history he has trained seaplane pilot families, grandfathers, fathers and sons of the same family!

Other pilots:

  • John Burgess
  • Kjersti Kittelson
  • Steve Guetter