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Jun 25, 2019

EY announces Robert Ceravolo of Tropic Ocean Airways named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award winner in Florida

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EY announces Robert Ceravolo of Tropic Ocean Airways named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award winner in Florida

Orlando, FL, June 13, 2019 – EY today announced that Rob Ceravolo, CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways, the world’s leading amphibious airline, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Consumer Services category in Florida. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. Mr. Ceravolo was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the June 13, 2019 at the Hilton Orlando.

Mr. Ceravolo, a former Navy fighter pilot and TOPGUN instructor, founded the airline to help solve airlift problems in congested and remote regions.  The company has grown consistently since 2011, carrying over 35,000 guests in 2018.  Additionally, the airline provided disaster relief throughout the Caribbean during the major hurricanes of 2015, 2016, and 2017.  The backbone of the company is its dedication to employee development and training.

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“I’m so honored to win this award considering the lineup of amazing finalists,” Ceravolo said.  “Entrepreneurship is more than just running a business…I have over 100 entrepreneurial-minded teammates who help Tropic succeed every day.  This award is for them.” 

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 33rd year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:

  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
  • Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix
  • Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. of Marriott International, Inc.
  • Lonnie Moulder and Mary Lynne Hedley, PhD, of TESARO, Inc.

As a Florida award winner, Mr. Ceravolo is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

 

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Florida, regional sponsors also include Platinum sponsors Greenberg Traurig, LLP and PNC Bank and Silver sponsor the Orlando Business Journal.

 

About Tropic Ocean Airways

Tropic Ocean Airways, a U.S. certificated commuter air carrier founded by a U.S. Navy TOPGUN fighter pilot, is focused on the use of professionally-operated amphibious aircraft to create airlift solutions for congested and remote regions. The airline, which has grown over 35% year over year, safely transported over 35,000 guests in 2018 throughout destinations in Florida, the Northeast U.S., The Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways is the recipient of the highly coveted ARGUS Gold rating for safety and enjoys a five-star customer service rating on TripAdvisor and social media.  Ceravolo and his team of over 100 experienced aviation professionals have developed and implemented standard operating procedures modeled after the U.S. military, which ensure the highest levels of safety and service aboard each flight.  For more information, please visit www.flytropic.com

 

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

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EY’s worldwide Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early stage, venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/gm or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

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May 31, 2019

Forbes: Tropic Ocean Airways Brings You From Seaplane to Superyacht (And Other Exclusive Destinations)

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As I found out during a recent interview, Tropic Ocean Airways founder and CEO Rob Ceravolo is not a stereotypical seaplane pilot. And Tropic Ocean Airways is way more than a stereotypical seaplane operation.

“I had two dreams when I was a kid,” he says when I asked him what inspired him to buy his first seaplane with the goal of building an “amphibious” airline. “One of them was to become a fighter pilot.” He flew F-14s and the F-18s in the Navy and graduated Top Gun.

“The other was to start an aviation company when I retired.

“So, when I got out of the Navy in 2009, I was riding motorcycles through southern Italy with a buddy. Then I started reading Screw It, Let's Do It by Richard Branson.” The rest, as they say, is history. As soon as he returned to the States, he said “screw it, let’s do it,” and sold everything he had to buy his first seaplane.

Why seaplanes? I ask.

“I grew up around the water,” he says. “I'm a water guy. I love boats, fishing, sailing, free diving. I obviously love to fly. But the idea of landing on an aircraft carrier is even better. That's why I joined the Navy, not the Air Force. Seaplane flying is the same thing. It combines two of my passions—aviation and the ocean. The other thing about seaplanes is... they create the ultimate freedom.

“Imagine you're flying around with your buddy and you're like, 'You know what? I want to go to land over there and go snorkeling. Or, drop me off, I'm going to go kite boarding in this remote location.’ Or bonefishing. We can arrange for a boat and a guide to meet you when you land that will take you to the most beautiful bonefishing locations in the world. It's like heli-skiing, if you will, but on a seaplane.”

Yacht owners and captains are also catching on to the ease and freedom Tropic Ocean Air seaplanes make possible. Ceravolo’s seaplanes have delivered owners to superyachts anchored off remote islands in the Bahamas. And yacht captains love Ceravolo’s airline that prides itself on its ability to deliver the most outrageous special requests to yachts in the most far-flung locations.

And while Tropic Ocean Airways may sound like it’s comes right out of a Jimmy Buffet-esque seaplane in paradise song, Ceravolo’s upbringing and Navy background is much more professional, disciplined and safe than the more stereotypical “cowboy-type” seaplane service.

“The Navy does such a great job of developing pilots,” he says. “So, at 400 hours, you're landing on an aircraft carrier, at night, after a mission over Iraq... because of the training. So, we applied that concept so we could make a real seaplane airline. Over the course of several years, we developed training programs. We developed the two pilot crew concept. We standardized the operation. We created a debrief loop where we talk to our guests. We talk to our clients. We talk to our pilots. We talk to our maintenance guys, customer service. Every day, we sit down and we say, 'Okay, what can we do better?' That's what the Navy did. The Navy debriefed every day. Over the last 10 years we’ve created this amazing airline. Last year, we flew 35,000 people in five different countries with five star reviews. Name an airline that gets five star reviews! We don't always get it right, but we always learn from our issues and get better.”

Ceravolo brings a refreshing attitude to giving back to the community from his upbringing and military service too. “I think that the military has a misconception. All of the veteran-started companies I know give back because service people are taught to volunteer in the community. It's what you do because you are part of the community.

“What happens after a natural disaster? There's a Navy ship. Within 24 hours, a navy ship pulls up doing relief efforts and all this other stuff. And it's just kind of ingrained in that culture of service. So we said we're going to do this by company because I feel very privileged to operate in where we do. I feel very fortunate that the company is growing and succeeding, so we give back because we can, and it’s the right thing to do.”

It’s obvious Ceravolo is as proud of his contribution to the community as he is of the success he is having in the Bahamas and beyond. Tropic Ocean Airline’s dock-to-dock seaplane service from Miami’s historic Seaplane base on Government Cut to Baker’s Bay (Discovery Land Company’s ultra-exclusive residential resort community in the Bahamas) is the most luxurious way to get there. And with regularly scheduled flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale to Bimini, Great Harbour Cay and Fresh Creek in the Bahamas, and numerous private charter destinations all over in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, Ceravolo’s dream of creating an “amphibious airline” has become a reality.

Mar 11, 2019

Tropic Ocean Airways and Pacific Bound Yachts Perform First Seaplane Water Landing in Cuba in Decades

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida (March 11, 2019) – Tropic Ocean Airways, a South Florida-based luxury
amphibious airline delivering the solution for elevated air travel to remote or congested destinations
and Pacific Bound Yachts, a bespoke luxury yacht and aviation travel and concierge agency specializing in
“off the beaten path” destinations, partnered to complete the first water landing in Cuba in more than
60 years on March 5, 2019.

The flight, a private seaplane charter, was coordinated fully by Pacific Bound Yachts for one of their
clients and executed by Tropic Ocean Airways. The plan involved picking up guests from a private yacht
cruising on the southern coast of Cuba and transport them to Miami International Airport for a
connecting flight. This historic and highly anticipated seaplane flight took many months of planning by
Pacific Bound Yachts (who are currently in the process of changing their name to Discovery Bound
Yachts & Aviation) to ensure all necessary protocols and approvals were in place to ensure a safe and
smooth flight experience.


The teams conducted thorough research of the area and liaised with government officials from both
countries. Pacific Bound Yachts was instrumental in the success of this initiative, providing critical details
regarding optimal landing location for a seaplane, and facilitating all required permitting and approvals.
Both companies share a commitment to the safety and comfort of each guest, so nothing is left to
chance.


This momentous flight departed from Tropic Ocean Airways’ private lounge at Fort Lauderdale
International Airport, made a brief stop in Key West, and continued into Cuban airspace where Cuban
Air Traffic Control guided the seaplane to the designated water landing area. Once at the destination,
the highly-trained two pilot crew conducted an aerial survey of the proposed landing area and coordinated with Pacific Bound Yachts’ Director of Aviation to ensure the safety and integrity of the proposed landing zone. The crew safely touched down into the protected waters ahead of schedule and moored the seaplane to a buoy adjacent to the yacht where Customs and Immigration officials greeted the crew and processed the guests returning to the United States.


“Seaplanes are part of the storied history of Florida’s connection to Cuba, dating back to days of the
Clippers operating the air bridge between Miami and Havana,” said Tropic Ocean Airways’ Founder and
CEO, Rob Ceravolo. “I’ve heard for almost a decade that reintroducing seaplane flights connecting the
two nations will never happen. Our company is built on removing the limits on what is possible - this
historic flight and water landing is a testament to that. We feel fortunate to share this historic flight
with Pacific Bound Yachts; we appreciate their support and partnership.”


“Over the past number of years, we have worked hard to navigate through the proper official channels
to establish reliable luxury yacht and private aviation experiences in Cuba. We are proud to add this to
our list of aviation ‘firsts’ in Cuba such as the first helicopter landing on a private vessel in Havana harbor
in history, and now the first seaplane landing in the country since 1959, according to Cuban Civil
Aviation,” said Founder and COO Lisa Greenberg. “We are proud to have selected Tropic Ocean Airways
as our partner and the provider for this historic accomplishment given their ever-expanding fleet and
services throughout the Caribbean.”


About Tropic Ocean Airways
South Florida-based Tropic Ocean Airways, LLC is a United States certificated commuter air carrier,
founded by United States Navy TOPGUN fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo in 2009. In addition to being the
largest commercial amphibious airline in the world, Tropic Ocean Airways is one of the fastest growing
commercial airlines on track to transport more than 45,000 guests throughout destinations in Florida,
the Northeast., The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways is the recipient of the highly-
coveted ARGUS Gold rating for safety and enjoys a five-star customer service rating on TripAdvisor.
Ceravolo and his team of over 100 experienced aviation professionals have developed and implemented
standard operating procedures borrowed from the U.S. military, which ensure the highest levels of
safety and service aboard each and every flight. To learn more about Tropic Ocean Airways, visit
FlyTropic.com and on Instagram at @FlyTropic.


About Pacific Bound Yachts
Pacific Bound Yachts specialize in providing luxury yachts and private aircraft support while visiting &
the beaten path; destinations. Travel from Cuba and the Galapagos to Iceland and the Baltic, their highly
personalized itinerary planning and local support in more than 35 countries ensures bespoke and
immersive experiences for the world’s most discerning clients. PBY offers an integrative approach to
support owners, captains and crew. Their team includes well-seasoned yacht agents, expedition leaders,
and aviation specialists whose experience stretch five continents.


Pacific Bound Yachts will launch their highly anticipated re-branding effort in the fall of 2019 with a
company name change to Discovery Bound Yachts & Aviation. “We have been working beyond the
Pacific and with aviation for over 10 years. It’s time our name matched our offerings.”, said Lisa
Greenberg, Founder and COO. 954.638.7757, info(at)pacificboundyachts(dot)com

Mar 06, 2019

Brown’s Seaplane Base has a history of looking forward

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Over the course of almost six decades something in the neighborhood of 24,000 pilots have earned their seaplane ratings at the facility, located on Lake Jesse in Winter Haven, adjacent to the city’s regional airport.

There are more than 15,000 airports in the United States and thousands more grass strips. To general aviation pilots, though, only a few airfields are truly notable. Oshkosh is one — the big air show in Wisconsin that becomes the world’s busiest airport for a few days each summer. Also Lakeland’s Sun ’n Fun, another highly eventful place for a week or so in the spring. And then there’s Brown’s Seaplane Base — the most famous seaplane training facility in the world — and it’s located right here in Imperial Polk County, operating every week of the year. Over the course of almost six decades something in the neighborhood of 24,000 pilots have earned their seaplane ratings at the facility, located on Lake Jesse in Winter Haven, adjacent to the city’s regional airport. A few are highly experienced military pilots. A handful have been astronauts. Some, like Jimmy Buffet, are famous. Most, though, are recreational pilots looking for a wholly new adventure in the air. Jack Brown started the place in 1963. His sons Jon and Chuck have been running it for decades. Both are FAA designated pilot examiners for single-engine seaplanes. It’s fair to say no one would confuse the physical plant for an architectural masterpiece but that doesn’t make it any less of a landmark. What is essentially a boathouse on steroids exudes a satisfying Old Florida vibe with its warm pine paneling, screen porch, dockside view and laid-back charm. And that’s just the way the Browns and their customers want it — low on pretension, high on competence and camaraderie. Most of all, it is gateway to a type of flying well-suited to a town that once semi-innocently billed itself as “The City of 100 Lakes” — which turned out to be an exaggeration by a factor of two. Once aloft, though, the view reveals a topography of watery landing fields amounting to hundreds of acres — in other words, a sunny, friendly, floatplane paradise. We spoke recently with Jon Brown, the 30,000-hour pilot who heads the operation, about its history and prospects for the future.

Q. Your father started the business. How did he happen to end up in Central Florida?

A. Dad was a Navy pilot in the Pacific. I didn’t talk to him too much about his war experience and I regret that. I do know that he was a pilot before the war started. After military flight training in Pensacola in 1942, he shipped over to Hawaii. The admirals found out that he was a pilot with a lot of experience so they grabbed him to transport them around the islands. But he also flew fighter planes, a lot of seaplanes, had many experiences in the war. After the war we moved down from West Virginia and he became a civilian flight instructor for the Air Force at Bartow Air Base from 1952 until it closed. In 1960 he came over to the Winter Haven airport and became the first FBO (fixed base operator). Back then the airport was just an old, dilapidated field. He got some (Piper Cub) 150s and J-3s and started teaching people to fly.

Q. How did the seaplane base come into existence? Had he always wanted to be in that business?

A. In 1963 he took a J-3 Cub with floats in on trade and we trucked it down to the spot where we are now — dragged it down an old dirt road fishermen used, lashed to a boat trailer, and stuck it in the water. He was taxiing it around and flying and one of the other pilots said, “Hey, I’d like to get a seaplane rating, can we do it?” And he said, “Yes, I think we can” and that’s how the seaplane base started. Shortly thereafter he started putting up the buildings here.

Q. Were you involved from the beginning?

A. I was helping him at the FBO as a line boy, flying with whoever I could get to take me up. I soloed on my 16th birthday and the next day I got my driver’s license. My brother, Chuck, soloed on his birthday too. After I went off to college I didn’t fly much because I had to pay for the airplanes up there. I came back in 1973, getting ready for the airlines, trying to build up time. In 1975 everything was all set to go and then my dad had the airplane accident that took his life.

Q. Your father was a tremendously experienced pilot. What happened in the accident?

A. He was flying an airplane, for a friend, that he shouldn’t have been in, going to Charlotte, North Carolina. Beautiful day, a Sunday. He was going to drop the plane off and come over to Chattanooga where I was at the time. I saw him the day before and he wasn’t happy with the airplane. It was an old Seabee that shouldn’t have been in the air, and the elevator detached. He tried to make it into an old racetrack field and clipped some trees.

Q. That could have ended the business. How did you not just survive but continue to grow?

A. I stepped in and kept it going with a lot of help from a lot of people around the city here, bankers included, who went way above what they should have done to help us keep things going. I really didn’t know much about seaplanes back then. I look around now — I’ve been here 46 years — and it seems like just yesterday.

Q. Your operation is known as the biggest seaplane training facility in the country and beyond. How did you achieve that?

A. The reason is we can fly 365 days a year. We do about 65 percent of all the seaplane training in the world because that’s what we focus on. There are other seaplane schools that are active, up north, but they have only about a four-month window. A lot of other seaplane bases focus more on cargo and passengers.

Q. Who are your students and where do they come from?

A. Most are Americans. About 25 percent are foreign, primarily Europe but several from Asia. China is really getting involved with seaplanes now. With all the rivers over there they’ve seen the need for it in remote areas.

Q. Are the majority of pilots coming to get a rating they can use, or just for the experience and the fun of it?

A. Probably 70 percent just want to experience seaplane flying — a bucket list thing — and the rest have a specific reason for getting it, such as a pending job that requires it. A friend of ours who taught for us for several years started Tropic Ocean Airways down in Miami. They’ve got 12 (Cessna) Caravans down there, flying daily out to the Bahamas because there are lots of places people want to go that you can’t reach with commercial airlines. We trained probably 30 of his prospective pilots for their initial seaplane rating.

Q. This place started with just the one airplane. What’s the inventory now?

A. We have 10. We’ve got six cubs, a super cub, a Maule and a couple of land planes. We have four full-time instructors and 10 or 12 retired airline or Air Force pilots who help us out. An aviation mechanic who is also a qualified aircraft inspector is on staff as well.

Q. You are 71. Your brother Chuck is 63. Who is the future?

A. A young man named Ben Shipps came to me about seven years ago to get a seaplane rating. He was going to school in Virginia, studying business and aviation. I flew with him, did his check ride, and I think it’s the best check ride I’ve ever had out of 18,000 of them that I’ve given. I said, “What are your plans? Are you going to get your flight instructor certificate? Would you like to come down and fly for me for a little bit?” And he said, “I sure would. I love this seaplane flying.” So he came down and a year or so later he met my daughter and they hit it off and got married over at Fantasy of Flight. We had the reception in Kermit Week’s big hanger and he put planes in there that my dad had flown in the war. Ben worked hard while he was here, was a great instructor, got all his ratings and in September he was selected by the FAA as a pilot examiner — a credential very difficult to acquire. He started doing check rides in December. And now my son-in-law, who is 30, will be stepping in and taking over and keeping the place going. It’s my way of getting out of here — slowly.

Q. What has been the great allure of this for you?

A. The freedom that’s involved in seaplane flying, the people who come in to get the experience, the joy they get out of it. My dad never knew what it was going to become when we started with that first little seaplane out on Lake Jesse. The base means something to people. It means something that we’ll be in our 60th year before long. And it’s helped put Winter Haven on the map.

Feb 24, 2019

MIAMI19: It’s a bird, it’s a boat, it’s a flight on a seaplane

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By: Dorie Cox

A group of yacht industry people watched from the dock as the seaplane descended over an underway barge and steered clear of anchored sailboats. The Cessna continued its flight toward Rybovich in West Palm Beach and landed in the Intracoastal Waterway just east of the marina docks.

Once the rotors slowed, the plane’s 1st officer, Laiss Khairzada, opened the port side door, climbed out onto one of the plane’s float pontoons and unscrewed the anchor compartment. When the rotors stopped, he dropped a small anchor in the water.

The group from the dock motored to the plane in a tender, pulled side-to and passed a line to Khairzada to hold the tender to allow passengers to climb onto the floats. Once seat-buckled in and briefed, Tropic Ocean Airways pilot Capt. William Coggan and Khairzada navigated the plane through the water toward the north and into the wind for lift-off and a flight to Miami Seaplane Base and the Miami Yacht Show in mid-February.

Yacht Capt. Mark Downes was one of about 50 people who flew with Tropic Ocean Airways on that days’ flights. As captain on M/Y Qing, a 150-foot Cheoy Lee, he marveled at his first seaplane trip since he was a kid and noticed the similarities of the amphibious float seaplane to the maritime industry.

“That was awesome, being able to stay low along the coast,” Capt. Downes said of the flight. “It’s a much more interesting way to go. We’ll hang out in the Bahamas in the future, and I’ve been looking at options for transport.” Capt. Downes has often watched seaplanes land when he has been anchored in a bay on a yacht. “They need it calm and protected, but it’s crazy where they can land,” he said. Capt. Coggan agreed and said landing speed can be 50 to 80 miles an hour on the water. “We can work in extremely congested waterways,” he said. “We are also privileged in Miami to be able to land in this base with cruise ships.”

Capt. Coggan commented on maritime similarities including the use of Garmin 1000 for navigation and weather. “When we’re on the water, the FAA has nothing to do with us,”

Capt. Coggan said. “We follow maritime rules of navigation in the water.” Both boats and seaplanes monitor the weather and are cautious not to operate in unsafe conditions both in the air and on the water, he said. “The airplane always points into the wind,” Capt. Coggan said.

“That makes for a fun challenge. Every takeoff and landing is different and it does take creative problem solving with wind and waves.”

As the plane landed in Miami’s Government Cut and passed the cruise ships toward downtown, officer Khairzada prepared to lower the airplane rudders from a center console.

“Before a flight, the gears are up, tucked and streamlined,” Khairzada said. “Way before water operations begin, we slow on the water and then drop them for rudder control.”

Passengers disembarked and made plans to visit the nearby Miami Yacht Show while Capt. Coggan and Khairzada supervised filling the fuel tanks in the wings. Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.

Jan 07, 2019

Tropic Ocean Air Launched ACE Program

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Jul 24, 2018

Redbird Launches Unique Simulators

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By: Pia Bergqvist

Redbird Flight Simulations launched a couple of unique simulator products on display at the EAA AirVenture show grounds for the week.

The company introduced a seaplane trainer, specifically designed for Tropic Ocean Airways, which operates Cessna 208 Grand Caravans in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Florida, and the northeastern United States. The simulator is a modified CRV training device that provides full motion simulation of flight conditions in a Grand Caravan equipped with Wipaire’s amphibious floats. The trainer will enable the airline to provide training to its pilots at a much lower cost.

“Organizations such as Wipaire and Tropic Ocean have expanded the possibilities for floatplane operations, but innovation from the training community has lagged considerably behind,” said Redbird Flight Simulations’ president, Charlie Gregoire. “This device offers floatplane pilots and training programs access to affordable technology that accurately represents their modern amphibious aircraft.”

The simulator is equipped with Wipaire’s Laser Gear Advisory system, which alerts the pilot if the gear configuration doesn’t match the landing surface.

“The CRV training device bridges the gap between Wipaire’s world-leading engineering and quality and the real-world of floatplane operations,” said Wipaire’s vice president of marketing and sales, Clint Clouatre. “This is an unequaled way for pilots to learn the safety features and operational procedures for Wipline float in a controlled, realistic environment.”

As is the tradition at AirVenture, the Austin, Texas-based company also announced a simulator designed more for the entertainment factor. Redbird teamed up with EAA Warbirds of America to produce a custom MX2 simulator based on the Vought F4U Corsair. The simulator honors Captain Thomas J. Hudner, a famous Naval aviator and medal-of-honor recipient, and is set up in Warbird Alley at Wittman Regional Airport for warbird lovers to play with. This is the sixth year Redbird has designed a simulator for AirVenture visitors and it is the third one representing a warbird.

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Mar 07, 2018

A New Way to Experience The Bahamas

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By: Dana Niland

Tropic Ocean Airways and The Moorings have teamed up to introduce a “Fly & Sail” program, offering air and sea adventures to the Bahamas.

The combination of Tropic Ocean Airways’ seaplane service, operated with Cessna Grand Caravan EX amphibian aircraft, and The Moorings live-aboard catamaran vacations in the Abacos and Exumas, provide guests the opportunity to experience personalized service and the best scenery the Bahamas has to offer by both air and water.

Guests of the Fly & Sail program may depart from Tropic Ocean Airways’ lounge at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s private fixed base operations Sheltair or the Miami Seaplane Base, which is centrally located between Downtown Miami and South Beach on Watson Island.

Upon arrival, Tropic Ocean Airways’ lounge staff greet guests for special assistance with valet parking, bag handling, and check-in and introduce guests to their two personal pilots.

Following a less than 90-minute flight to either Nassau or Marsh Harbour, guests board their private catamaran to sail south to the Exumas or around the Abacos.

Island-hopping from one island to another allows guests to experience an immersive Bahamas vacation and offers the freedom and flexibility afforded by a private yacht.

“Our newly introduced ‘Fly & Sail’ program offers guests a unique opportunity to experience the best way to see the full natural beauty the Bahamas has to offer from the air and from the water,” said Tropic Ocean Airways CEO Rob Ceravolo.

All Tropic Ocean Airways flights to and from the Bahamas feature premium seating for up to eight passengers each carrying up to 30 pounds of baggage, aboard a two-pilot crewed Cessna aircraft, seven of which were delivered to Tropic Ocean Airways brand new from the aircraft manufacturer.

Each aircraft features fully air-conditioned luxury interiors.

With yachts ideal for six to 10 guests, The Moorings offers a yacht charter experience that allows guests to choose between a bareboat “sail-it-yourself” sail and power catamarans, or hire a Moorings skipper to sail the yacht.

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Dec 19, 2018

Tropic Ocean Airways and Endeavor Air Revolutionize Career Pathways for Professional Aviators

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Tropic Ocean Airways, a global industry leader in seaplane operations, teamed with Delta Air Lines Subsidiary Endeavor Air to launch its new Aviator Career Enhancement (ACE) Program. The ACE Program will provide commercial pilots with invaluable mentorship, professional development, and a defined career pathway to potentially become a pilot at a major airline.

“We recognize the need to attract more young people to the aviation profession,“ said Tropic Ocean Airways’ Founder and CEO, Rob Ceravolo. “In order to do this, we must show them that we’re willing to invest in their growth and create a path to the major airlines. We give them invaluable experience, making them more attractive to airlines. Our partnership with Endeavor Air in this recruiting effort will prepare our future pilots for an exciting career. Providing a clearly defined career path for young, ambitious pilots will be an industry game-changer.”

Tropic Ocean Airways hires qualified pilots with a minimum of 250 accumulated flight hours. When a pilot meets the required qualifications, they are eligible to interview for enrollment in the ACE Program with representatives from Tropic Ocean Airways. Tropic Ocean Airways' pilots admitted into the ACE Program receive a guaranteed employment interview with Endeavor, eliminating the guess work of the next career move, once the candidate satisfies his or her flight time requirements with Tropic Ocean Airways. Pilots in the ACE Program will be able to build important, airline-specific flight time to gain experience. Their experience includes getting to enjoy building time flying seaplanes to some of the most challenging, unique, and picturesque destinations throughout Florida, the Northeast U.S., The Bahamas, and the Caribbean, experience for which airlines are looking. This experience is far superior to traditional methods of flight time building, which focuses on hours rather than airline flying. Tropic Ocean Airways makes a significant investment in preparing future pilots through the ACE program. This investment occurs over a significant time period and goes over and above industry standards.

The ACE Program develops future captains using Tropic Ocean Airways’ specialized training curriculum which has been developed to align with Endeavor Air’s Part 121 flight operations procedures. Its program is modeled after U.S. Navy flight training best practices. Pilots in the ACE Program receive prioritized flight training, professional development coaching, and career mentorship.

With Endeavor’s industry leading hourly pay rates, fast upgrade times, and growing fleet, the ACE Program presents a clear and defined pathway for Tropic Ocean Airways’ pilots who are focused on career advancement. After launching Part 121 careers at Endeavor, pilots will have access to Endeavor’s exclusive Delta Guaranteed Interview (DGI) Program for qualifying Endeavor captains.

“Tropic Ocean Airways provides a top-notch operation for pilots looking to expand their skills and develop their professional experience prior to starting their careers in the regional industry.” said David Garrison, CEO, Endeavor Air. “We see the ACE Program as a truly unique venture where Tropic Ocean pilots can prepare themselves for the next step in their career progression, while refining the requisite credentials we look for in ideal pilot candidates.”

About Tropic Ocean Airways

South Florida-based Tropic Ocean Airways is a U.S. certificated commuter air carrier, providing first-class luxury private charter and scheduled service flights was founded by U.S. Navy TOPGUN fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo in 2009. The airline will safely transport 35,000 guests in 2018 throughout destinations in Florida, the Northeast U.S., The Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways is the recipient of the highly-coveted ARGUS Gold rating for safety and enjoys a five-star customer service rating on TripAdvisor. Ceravolo and his team of over 100 experienced aviation professionals have developed and implemented standard operating procedures borrowed from the U.S. military, which ensure the highest levels of safety and service aboard each flight. To learn more about Tropic Ocean Airways, visit Flytropic.com.

About Endeavor

Air Endeavor Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and operates more than 800 flights per day to more than 130 destinations across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas. Endeavor operates the world’s largest fleet of Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft from five crew bases and ten maintenance stations across the country. To learn more about Endeavor Air, visit EndeavorAir.com.

Dec 10, 2018

Tropic Ocean Airways’ Seaplane Delivers Santa and Holiday Cheer to Bahamian Children

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida (December 10, 2018) – Tropic Ocean Airways, a global industry leader in seaplane
operations, providing first-class private charter and scheduled service flights, is once again sharing the holiday
spirit to more than 600 children in Great Harbour Cay and the island of Bimini of The Bahamas.
For the seventh year in a row, Tropic Ocean Airways gave Santa’s reindeer and his sleigh a short break and
provided Santa with one of the airline’s state of the art seaplanes – beautifully adorned and embellished with a
festive holiday design to make this very special trip to The Bahamas.


On December 4, Santa’s seaplane departed from the airline’s private terminal at Fort Lauderdale International
Airport carrying Old Saint Nick himself. After landing with his bags of goodies, he was greeted by a crowd of
excited children from the R. N. Gomez All Ages School. Each child was given a personalized gift with their name on
it. The children also had the opportunity to take an individual photo with Santa. The gifts were generously
donated and wrapped by Fort Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons High School students.
“We are so privileged to have the ability to give back to a community that is so important to us,” said Tropic Ocean
Airways’ Founder and CEO, Rob Ceravolo. “The entire Tropic Ocean Airways family agrees that seeing the joy on
the children’s faces is a great reminder of what the holiday season is all about.”


This year, Tropic Ocean Airways also included a second stop for Santa’s Seaplane. In collaboration with longtime
partner Resorts World Bimini, Santa’s Seaplane took Old Saint Nick to deliver gifts to children at eight locations
throughout Bimini, including James Rolle Smith Baptist Preschool, Gifted Hands Preschool, Humble Care Preschool,
W.G. Henson Jacob Anglican Preschool, Small World Preschool, Bimini Primary, Louise McDonald High and the
Gateway Christian Academy. Bimini was the destination for the first Santa’s Seaplane trip in 2012. It was exciting
for Tropic Ocean Airways’ to bring Santa back to Bimini.


“The holidays are a time for giving and our annual Toy Drive is a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said
Resort World Bimini’s President Missy Lawrence. “Our team feels passionate about giving back to the Bimini
community and we strive to have a positive impact on their everyday lives whenever possible.”


About Tropic Ocean Airways
South Florida-based Tropic Ocean Airways is a U.S. certificated commuter air carrier, founded by U.S. Navy
TOPGUN fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo in 2009. The airline will safely transport over 35,000 guests in 2018 throughout
destinations in Florida, the Northeast U.S., The Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways is the recipient
of the highly-coveted ARGUS Gold rating for safety and enjoys a five-star customer service rating on TripAdvisor.
Ceravolo and his team of experienced aviation professionals have developed and implemented standard operating
procedures borrowed from the U.S. military, which ensure the highest levels of safety and service aboard each
flight. For more information, please visit www.flytropic.com


About Resorts World Bimini Bahamas
Resorts World Bimini Bahamas is a 750-acre Caribbean beachfront resort and casino located on North Bimini
Island. It is operated by the Malaysia-based Genting Group. Their corporate office for the southeast USA is located
in downtown Miami, Florida. The resort is located in Bimini, Bahamas, 42 miles east of Miami, Florida. For more
information, please visit www.rwbimini.com

Oct 16, 2018

Norwich soon may welcome seaplane passengers

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By: John Barry

NORWICH - A seaplane paid a quick visit to Norwich on Tuesday, landing on and taking off from the Thames River and docking at the Norwich Marina, heralding what may become a regular event next year.

The eight-passenger seaplane belongs to Tropic Ocean Airways, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Sales Manager Scott Young, who took the round-trip from Caldwell, N.J., just west of New York City, said the airline is exploring taking passengers to and from New York, Long Island, Boston and similar destinations.

“We wanted to take a look around and see what we can accomplish,” Young said. He said the airline, whose website advertises charters and regular passenger routes in Florida and the Bahamas, has had three planes in the Northeast this summer “developing new areas.”

“They approached us earlier this summer,” Norwich Marina Manager Don Wallace said. Tuesday’s trip was taken “so we know we can operate safely,” Young said. “We wanted to verify we could safely operate there.” He said the takeoff and landing went off without a hitch. As far as he is aware, no permits are required to land here

“I thought it was great,” Wallace said. He said the plane landed on the river, then “taxied right up to the dock, let the people off.”

Passengers traveling from New York would be “able to cut that down to 35 minutes,” Young said. He said the seaplane can land on the East River at a 23rd Street seaplane terminal.

“They’re also looking at the possibility of flying people out of here,” Wallace said, such as on trips to Block Island. Passenger service may start when the weather warms next year, Young said. If it does, the marina will be ready, Wallace said. It already has a 14-passenger van that takes boaters who use the marina to and from Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.

“Any type of new interest the marina can attract is a positive thing,” said Richard Joyal, the marina’s owner.

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Jun 28, 2018

Flying High

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by: Mike Vogel

A former fighter pilot's seaplane company is a labor of love.

Eyeing the end of his military pilot career, fighter jock Rob Ceravolo had a choice. Transitioning to a job as a commercial airline pilot meant a great salary, benefits and predictability. Instead, Ceravolo founded a seaplane airline.

His Fort Lauderdale-based Tropic Ocean Airways flies from Florida to the Bahamas and, seasonally, from New York City’s East River out to Long Island destinations. Tropic carried 20,000 passengers in 2017, employs 30 pilots and 70 others and reaches more than 40 locations.

A Fort Lauderdale native, Ceravolo, 44, graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School and the University of Florida before joining the Navy. He flew from carriers and graduated from the service’s fighter pilot school. Tropic flew its first revenue- generating flight in 2011. Ceravolo, finishing active duty in the Navy, wasn’t the pilot. He says he misses the Navy “tremendously” and the flying, the camaraderie, challenge and sense of mission. But he gets all of that at Tropic sans the flying; he’s an executive, rarely a pilot. “If I fly the airplane, I come back with a smile on my face,” he says.

Ceravolo says “seaplanes bring you back a little bit to that romance adventure of the 1940s. I saw the need, and I thought we could do it better. I knew we could build a great company. ”

Some 30% of Tropic’s business is scheduled service and 70% chartered. It’s not a discount ticket. Scheduled service fares, for example, run $400 round trip to Bimini and $300 for one way to Marsh Harbor, both in the Bahamas. But he offers a new fleet of Cessnas, two pilots per plane -- in an industry known for a single pilot flying an aging aircraft -- and the convenience of skipping the big-airport TSA lines, Customs and boarding process in favor of flying from private terminals.

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Jun 20, 2018

A New Caribbean Airlift Alliance

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In a significant boost for advocates of an improved Caribbean aviation sector, a new group has been formed to spearhead efforts at regional change. It’s called the Caribbean Airlift Alliance, and it’s a group of professionals with industrial support aiming to improve airlift and progress in Caribbean air transportation, according to a statement. The alliance was launched to much fanfare at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in The Bahamas by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert and Rob Ceravolo, CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways.

The non-governmental, non-partisan organization will be “a response to many airlift dilemmas in the Caribbean region, the emphasis will be on providing information, education, and furthering understanding among all stakeholders in airlift matters and eventually finding solutions,” the group said.

Slabbaert and Ceravolo will be joined in the alliance by Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, one of the region’s leading tourism thinkers and a former Tourism Minister of The Bahamas.

“The Caribbean picture is that tourism represents up to 85% of the revenue of the islands territories,” Slabbaert said. “Governments may exercise the powers given to them by their constituencies. However, they should realize that such power means relative little in a more global perspective. The vacationers and passengers abroad have the full power to decide which destinations they prefer to visit. There are many choices and options. The airlines are in full power to decide what destinations they want to fly to. Those decisions are very much related to the passenger demand. So, what does political power mean when the guests needed for a healthy economy are preferring different destinations. The power of the governments may result in increased competition.”

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Jul 23, 2018

Redbird Partners with Wipaire and Tropic Ocean Airways

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By Alexa Rexroth

A new partnership between Redbird, Wipaire, and Tropic Ocean Airways will enable an improved approach to floatplane training operations. Redbird’s Cessna 208 Grand Caravan full-motion CRV simulator customized with a Wipaire amphibious float kit will allow Tropic pilots to simulate operations inherent to their business. The Redbird CRV also features Wipaire’s laser gear advisory system.

“Floatplane pilots have been completely unserved when it comes to modern training technology,” said Redbird president Charlie Gregoire. “Organizations such as Wipaire and Tropic Ocean have expanded the possibilities for floatplane operations, but innovation from the training community has lagged considerably behind. This device offers floatplane pilots and training programs access to affordable technology that accurately represents their modern amphibious aircraft.”

Tropic has designed its training program to reflect the U.S. Navy program approach and relies upon building skill sets considered to be routine through simulation. “The partnership with Redbird Flight Simulations and Wipaire to create the customized CRV [device] will allow us to drill those skill sets at an increased tempo, resulting in a higher level of standardization, accelerated training timeline, and a lower cost per pilot trained,” said Tropic CEO Rob Ceravolo.

In other news, Redbird unveiled a custom MX2 simulator with EAA Warbirds of America. The simulator is a Vought F4U Corsair designed to honor Naval aviator Capt. Thomas J. Hudner. Hudner, who flew the aircraft in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for intentionally crash-landing the airplane to assist a downed wingman.

“We’re honored to contribute to the experience and preservation of this remarkable story,” said Gregoire. “Our hope is that this simulator will help to foster a passion for aviation among the next generation of pilots.” The Corsair simulator marks the sixth custom device from Redbird built for AirVenture and the third designed after a classic Warbird.

Sep 18, 2018

A New Way to Experience the Bahamas

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Tropic Ocean Airways and The Moorings have teamed up to introduce a “Fly & Sail” program, offering air and sea adventures to the Bahamas.

The combination of Tropic Ocean Airways’ seaplane service, operated with Cessna Grand Caravan EX amphibian aircraft, and The Moorings live-aboard catamaran vacations in the Abacos and Exumas, provide guests the opportunity to experience personalized service and the best scenery the Bahamas has to offer by both air and water.

Guests of the Fly & Sail program may depart from Tropic Ocean Airways’ lounge at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s private fixed base operations Sheltair or the Miami Seaplane Base, which is centrally located between Downtown Miami and South Beach on Watson Island.

Upon arrival, Tropic Ocean Airways’ lounge staff greet guests for special assistance with valet parking, bag handling, and check-in and introduce guests to their two personal pilots.

Following a less than 90-minute flight to either Nassau or Marsh Harbour, guests board their private catamaran to sail south to the Exumas or around the Abacos.

Island-hopping from one island to another allows guests to experience an immersive Bahamas vacation and offers the freedom and flexibility afforded by a private yacht.

“Our newly introduced ‘Fly & Sail’ program offers guests a unique opportunity to experience the best way to see the full natural beauty the Bahamas has to offer from the air and from the water,” said Tropic Ocean Airways CEO Rob Ceravolo.

All Tropic Ocean Airways flights to and from the Bahamas feature premium seating for up to eight passengers each carrying up to 30 pounds of baggage, aboard a two-pilot crewed Cessna aircraft, seven of which were delivered to Tropic Ocean Airways brand new from the aircraft manufacturer.

Each aircraft features fully air-conditioned luxury interiors.

With yachts ideal for six to 10 guests, The Moorings offers a yacht charter experience that allows guests to choose between a bareboat “sail-it-yourself” sail and power catamarans, or hire a Moorings skipper to sail the yacht.

May 02, 2018

Veteran Owned and Operated Tropic Ocean Airways to Carry Parachuting USSOCOM Para-Commandos to Kick Off Ford Lauderdale Air Show

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Veteran owned and operated Tropic Ocean Airways, the leading seaplane airline in the Eastern U.S., is set to open the Ford Lauderdale Air Show on May 5 and 6, 2018, carrying the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Parachute Team. The Para-Commandos will be parachuting from Tropic Ocean Airways’ Cessna Grand Caravan EX seaplane as the National Anthem kicks off the show each day. The seaplane will depart from the airlines headquarters, Sheltair, a private FBO located at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

“Being born and raised in Broward County, I am honored to once again participate in the Fort Lauderdale Air Show with our team at Tropic Ocean Airways. It is a great way to get the community excited about all forms of aviation and salute our military” said Tropic Ocean Airways Founder and CEO and U.S. Navy veteran Rob Ceravolo. Ceravolo performed in the 2006 Fort Lauderdale Air Show flying the F-14D Tomcat and opened the Air Show in 2012 with a fly-by in a F-5N Tiger just after the National Anthem.

Tropic Ocean Airways’ Cessna Grand Caravan EX seaplane has a factory modification allowing the USSOCOM Para-Commandos to safely exit the aircraft and stand on the float before making a calculated jump onto the Fort Lauderdale Beach drop zone.

The USSOCOM Parachute Team, called the Para-Commandos, is composed of volunteers from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and U.S. government civilians who are assigned to Special Operations Command. They are selected for the team after a rigorous training program. They participate with the USSOCOM Parachute Team in addition to their regular duties, with training conducted during off duty time. For additional information on the SOCOM Para-Commandos, visit http://www.socom.mil/Pages/para-commandos.aspx.

Ceravolo, a U.S. Navy fighter pilot with 14-years of experience flying Navy fighters, was awarded two Air Medals for missions flying the F-14D Tomcat in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. After two aircraft carrier deployments and a transition to the F-18E Super Hornet, Ceravolo became an Adversary Instructor in the F-5N in Key West, Florida, graduating from the Navy’s prestigious TOPGUN Fighter Weapons School in Fallon, Nevada.In addition to flying, Ceravolo held a variety of leadership positions, including serving as a Coalition Coordination Officer for the United States Central Command under General James Mattis, now United States Security of Defense.

The 2018 Ford Lauderdale Air Show presented by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau is taking place May 5 – 6, 2018, on Fort Lauderdale Beach and will feature some of the nation’s most popular military jet demonstrations, parachute teams, civilian aerobatic acts and formation flight teams. Featured demonstrations will include F-18 Super Hornet, C-17 Globemaster III, USCG SAR, Quicksilver P-51, SOCOM Para-Commandos, Matt Chapman, F-4U Corsair, Lucas Oil Race Team, Geico Skytypers, Class of ’45, and Mike Wiskus, among others. For complete details and tickets, visit Ford Lauderdale Air Show.

Known for offering travelers a superior, personalized, luxury flying experience, Tropic Ocean Airways provides customers short 30-minute pre-flight check-in times. Dedicated lounge staff greet guests and assist with baggage, complimentary valet parking, and check-in. Two professional pilots personally walk you through safety features and escort guests to the aircraft. Tropic Ocean Airways also provides a truly unique vantage point to experience the best scenery Florida and The Bahamas have to offer. All Tropic Ocean Airways’ flights are operated by two pilot cockpit crews, and feature spacious air-conditioned cabins with club seating for eight passengers each with up to 30 pounds of baggage. For additional information on Tropic Ocean Airways’ scheduled and charter seaplane services, visit http://www.flytropic.com.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Tropic Ocean Airways is a U.S. certificated commuter air carrier, founded by U.S. Navy TOPGUN fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo in 2009. The airline safely transported nearly 20,000 passengers in 2017 throughout destinations in Florida, the Northeast U.S., The Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways is the recipient of the highly-coveted ARGUS Gold rating for safety and enjoys a 5-star customer service rating on TripAdvisor. Ceravolo and his team of experienced aviation professionals have developed and implemented standard operating procedures borrowed from the U.S. military, which ensure the highest levels of safety and service aboard each flight.

Nov 19, 2017

Pilots of the Caribbean

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By Rob Mark

The Navy says Paramount’s 1986 classic fighter-pilot flick Top Gun persuaded men and women to join up in numbers not seen before or since. Over a cup of coffee near St. Maarten’s famous Maho Beach (pre-Hurricane Irma), Rob Ceravolo told me the film worked some of its magic on him and was at least partially responsible for him joining in 2001. “My entire life I wanted to be a fighter pilot. It’s so cool, I thought. They get to ride motorcycles, go to Top Gun, wear flight suits and cool sunglasses and date their instructors.” He went on to fly F-14s before moving on to the F-18 and finally the F-5 after completing Top Gun’s Red Air training.

All that fighter-pilot bravado took a back seat on the day Ceravolo prepared for his first carrier landing on USS Ronald Reagan. “The boat looked so tiny. I thought, What the hell did I get myself into?” There’s risk inherent in flying naval jets, he thought, remembering his anxiety about landing on the postage-stamp-size carrier deck. Then his brain switched gears, and he recalled the great pilot training the Navy gave him. “I took a couple of breaths and calmed myself down. I was still scared, but my training helped me focus on the three important things I’d been taught: airspeed, altitude and distance from the boat. Back to my training.”

Ceravolo left the Navy Reserve in 2014 as a lieutenant commander but never forgot the valuable lessons his military training taught him. The Navy showed him the importance of focusing on pilot development and standardization as a way to fly and a way to think. The Navy doesn’t just hire pilots capable of carrier landings, it chooses pilots for their attitude. He came to realize that attitude can be far more valuable than simply experience on a resume. But wait, there’s more. “Navy pilots study all aspects of flight operations, not just the flying. They taught us how to accept and actually expect criticism, as well as realizing we don’t know everything. Then they train us and train us and train us some more.”

With 13 years of naval flying under his belt, Ceravolo would have been a shoe-in for Delta, American or Southwest. The airlines are hungry for pilots who’ve passed a host of personality screenings and garnered years of the kind of training that taught them to land an F-18 on the deck of a moving aircraft carrier in darkness and bad weather.

Ceravolo knew he was interested in the airlines, sort of — but not watching the days pass from the right seat of an Airbus or a Boeing. “Most of the airline pilots I knew said they weren’t challenged in the cockpit. That’s why most of them find other things to do when they’re out of the cockpit. I was a Navy pilot flying off carriers, and that sure seemed like an adventure to me.” So now what?

One Pilot’s Reading List

“Why not start an airline of my own using some kind of GA aircraft, like a seaplane?” Navy pilot Rob Ceravalo thought.

-Jon Whittle

In 2009, while still attached to the Navy, Ceravolo thought starting a business would be more adventurous than a traditional airline job. Then it hit him. “Why not start an airline of my own using some kind of GA aircraft?” What could possibly get in the way, except his having no business or airline experience and very little cash? But if you’re going to dream, why not go big, so he decided on a seaplane airline to boot. At least he’d already earned a seaplane rating — that was something. “I really wanted to be a seaplane pilot,” he said. “I’ve always been a big Jimmy Buffett fan and remembered reading his book Where Is Joe Merchant?, the novel about a guy who runs a one-man seaplane operation from Key West. “I thought being a seaplane pilot would be cool someday.” I noticed that something “being cool” seemed to motivate him quite a bit.

What he lacked in actual business experience, though, Ceravolo made up for by reading business books, dozens of them, including Richard Branson’s lessons-in-life treatise, Screw It, Let’s Do It. Branson’s advice, keep trying until you get what you want, persuaded Ceravolo to walk into dozens of banks around South Florida with what he called “a crummy little business plan,” trying to find money to buy a Cessna 206 on floats. The answer at each was the same: “No.” Timing was on his side, at least a bit. With Chalks Flying Service having shut down four years earlier, after an accident in one of its Grumman Albatrosses, no local seaplane service existed.

Then there was that serendipitous meet-up when banker Louis Beck, who not only took to Ceravolo’s idea of seaplanes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), but liked his vision of one day trying to establish a different kind of airline, one with commercial service to Cuba, long before the Obama administration eased travel restrictions in fall 2016. “It took us a year and a half to get our FAA operating certificate, but Tropic Ocean Airways was born in November 2009,” he said. The new company first offered charter and later scheduled air service around South Florida and the Caribbean. Ceravolo wasted no time finding good people and fell back on an established relationship to hire his first employee, Marine helicopter crew chief Nick Veltre, who became Tropic’s first pilot. He also just happened to be the CFI who’d trained Ceravolo for his seaplane rating. Veltre’s still with the company today, serving as Tropic’s vice president.

While Beck’s advice helped buy the first airplane, it didn’t fund daily operations for Ceravolo’s visionary airline. That left him with one option: sell off some of the trappings of his fighter-pilot life. First went the Jeep Wrangler, then the Porsche 911, a motorcycle, a boat, a house, a kayak and all his mutual funds. He also maxed out his three credit cards.

A just culture and hiring for attitude might not sound terribly unique, except few companies actually do it.

-Jon Whittle

Hardly a concern at that point was covering Veltre’s payroll, something Ceravolo accomplished out of his still-existing Navy pay. But it worked to get the company flying, with Ceravolo handling the sales and marketing and Veltre flying the Cessna 206. Without much cash for marketing, the pair believed more people would choose Tropic if they knew the airline existed, so they flew the airplane everywhere around South Florida and the Bahamas to show it off. Ceravolo knew the PR was beginning to work when people said they’d been seeing his airplanes everywhere. Only he and Veltre knew it was the same 206 on floats everywhere. In June 2011, Tropic Ocean Airways became the first operator to fly to Bimini in the Bahamas from Florida since Chalks’ shutdown. It was also the year Tropic Ocean Airways lost a hundred grand.

Despite the losses, Ceravolo and Veltre knew they needed a bigger airplane and began planning for a Cessna 208 Caravan. That’s when Ceravolo struck it rich, sort of, by hitting up his family and friends for the down payment on Tropic’s first Caravan on floats. He had no way of knowing at the time that it would take another eight months to get the airplane added to the FAA operating certificate. As the Caravan took to the air in 2013, Tropic Ocean Airways teetered on bankruptcy.

Another serendipitous relationship appeared not long after, when Ceravolo met a fellow with his own Caravan who needed managing and a resort owner who longed for seaplane service to Bimini. By spring 2014, Tropic was running private charters to Baker’s Bay in the northeast Bahamas. During one of the early events to show off the Caravan, Ceravolo met George Mattson, another man who would become instrumental in Tropic’s success. Mattson was considering a house in Baker’s Bay, but was discouraged by the difficulty getting back and forth to the place. A friend of Mattson’s introduced him to Ceravolo, who convinced him a seaplane would make life much easier. Ceravolo also persuaded Mattson, a retired partner from Goldman Sachs, to invest in Tropic. Mattson soon helped create Tropic’s first real round of financing in November 2014.

Since 2014, Tropic Ocean Airways has grown from 16 employees to 75, and the fleet from two airplanes to 11, now mostly Caravans. Revenues in 2014 hovered around $1.8 million but climbed to just shy of $9 million last year as the airline carried more than 15,000 passengers. Here, you might expect, “And the rest is history.” But that would be a huge oversimplification of the work needed to create a new kind of seaplane travel experience in South Florida and the Caribbean.

As anyone who’s flown the U.S. airlines over the past few decades knows, success breeds success, if you can convince customers to return for the next flight. In the United States, the majors have set the customer-service bar pretty low, treating passengers like a captive audience with limited options, which happens to be closer to the truth than most of us would like to admit.

The Secret Sauce

Tropic’s secret sauce turned out to be its people, not just the employees, but the host of others who believe in them.

-Jon Whittle

“Tropic Ocean Airways isn’t successful today because I’m such a genius, even with great partners like George Mattson and Robbie Peres, our insurance broker,” Ceravolo said. “I think we’re successful because we believe in a different model of air transportation and how the aviation industry ought to look and operate.” Early advice told Ceravolo to approach local Caribbean governments with his hand out in search of subsidies. Ceravolo refused. What local governments did do, though, was offer Tropic a chance to prove itself and the customer-service-focused airline Ceravolo and his supporters dreamed of. “That’s what I love about entrepreneurship in the aviation industry,” he said. “It’s about good, successful people giving other people the chance to succeed. That’s something I hope to offer other people one day.”

He learned offering people a chance could pay handsome dividends, as in the hiring of good employees. Like the Navy, Ceravolo hires for attitude first. “If someone comes to me with a good attitude but no resume, I’ll hire them. Our company sales director started as a customer-service representative and now oversees the generation of $9 million in annual revenue.”

In the Navy, pilots debriefed every flight, with no finger-pointing allowed. They talk honestly about their mistakes and they create lessons for the next time. “My most junior employee could walk into my office today and tell me about something needing improvement and I’ll gladly listen,” Ceravolo said.

Hiring for attitude and a just culture might not sound terribly unique, except few companies actually do it. “People told me the road to success was to use old airplanes and 10,000-hour pilots. It didn’t work.” Remembering the Navy’s “train and train and train some more” concept, “I wondered if we could do the same thing, so we started hiring based on attitude, willingness to work and willingness to admit to a mistake. If I interview a pilot who never made a mistake, the interview ends right there,” he said.

Ceravolo organized a program with South Florida’s Broward College to hire new pilots and mechanics. So far, Tropic’s grabbed a dozen former Broward students over the past year. The company employs 24 pilots across a wide range of ages and experience levels. “All have the same attitude and work ethic,” Ceravolo says. Every company new hire begins by completing a weeklong training class unrelated to their job. They learn the company’s culture, and about our compassion for the customer. “I remind them that Tropic doesn’t pay employee salaries, the customer does. All I do is transfer the money.”

Have the warm fuzzies at Tropic worked? “One of our Tropic pilots called an all-pilots meeting recently to admit an operational mistake. He told everyone what happened and what he thought the entire company could learn from his experience. I almost cried,” Ceravolo said. He also tried to imagine that kind of thinking throughout the industry. Standardized versus inflexible rules, so people don’t waste brainpower. Pilots flying using the same procedures. “We don’t do that in little airplanes,” he said.

The lobby overlooking Maho Beach, where we conducted our interview, was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma.

-Jon Whittle

Tropic flies its single-engine aircraft with a two-pilot crew even though it’s not required. Ceravolo saw this as a good investment in the future, although many people said the increased payroll was plain nuts. “We’re building a pilot cadre at Tropic that doesn’t exist anywhere else, not to mention that second pilot offers a better safety margin. Every pilot, no matter how much flying time they’ve logged when we hire them, spends time in the right seat of the Caravan before moving to a captain’s slot.”

Tropic pilots fly varied missions too, like when a hurricane struck the Caribbean last year. Tropic was asked to help deliver goods to people desperate for food and water. Rob tried to enlist other companies to help, but when they began asking if they were getting paid, he decided that shortsightedness meant it was a job for his airline. “We carried 100,000 pounds of cargo and rescued 33 people,” Ceravolo said, flashing that Top Gun fighter- pilot smile. “The entire company got on board, with no complaints over the long hours.”

The CEO sometimes tells the board near-term profit margins will sometimes suffer to focus on a long-term goal. He believes running a successful airline means engaging with lots of people, employees, passengers, resort partners, vendors and government officials. “And there are young people entering the industry with some great ideas we should be listening to.”

“We don’t want Tropic Ocean Airways to be the perfect-customer-service airline. We just want to be the airline that 100 percent of our passengers want to fly on again. Our employees play a huge role in that success. I also believe the way we train pilots is right for the airline industry. Improving airline training programs is the real key to dealing with the global pilot shortage.”

He summed it all up. “It’s so cool building an airline and getting people excited and headed in the right direction. Running this airline is the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Nov 07, 2017

Tropic Ocean Airways Orders Seaplanes and Explores Training School Options

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Airline plans to grow internally with additional services and employees.

Four new Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft equipped with Wipline 8750A seaplane floats are expected to join the fleet in 2018 at Tropic Ocean Airways in Fort Lauderdale. Already the world’s largest operator of the Grand Caravan EX seaplane, this order will increase the size of the airline’s fleet to 15 aircraft. The order for the first four aircraft, outfitted to carry eight passengers each, also included an unspecified number of options for future Caravans. Tropic Ocean Airways provides scheduled and charter air service throughout Florida, The Bahamas and seasonal air service in the northeast United States. The growing airline carried more than 15,000 passengers in 2016.

Tropic Ocean Airways announced the addition of four Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft equipped with Wipline 8750A seaplane floats.

Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said the airline is also exploring the creation of the world’s first dedicated Grand Caravan seaplane training facility at its southeast Florida headquarters. Ceravolo said, “The looming pilot shortage and specifically the shortage of seaplane pilots means the need for a standardized training operation is paramount. We’ve used the military flight training programs as a guide to how we’ll develop our school and offer seaplane training to airlines around the globe.” The company has also taken initial steps to authorize the airline to perform maintenance on its own fleet of Caravans at the company’s Fort Lauderdale repair station.

Textron Aviation’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rob Scholl said, “Tropic Ocean Airways is an outstanding operator and excellent ambassador for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, an aircraft they have relied on… since 2012.” Tropic Ocean Airways, subject of Flying’s “Pilots of the Caribbean,” is also Wipair’s largest U.S.-based operator.

Nov 01, 2017

Tropic Ocean Airways Hopes to Add 100 New Jobs, Open New Routes in the Caribbean

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South Florida Business Journal

By Keith Larsen – Reporter
Nov 1, 2017, 7:23pm

Tropic Ocean Airways will create 100 new jobs in South Florida next year as it expands its fleet of seaplanes operating out of Fort Lauderdale, the company announced Wednesday.

The company is the leading seaplane operator on the East Coast, with flights from South Florida to the Bahamas, and from New York to the Hamptons, Fire Island and other resort destinations.

Tropic Ocean Airways CEO Rob Ceravolo made the announcement at Sheltair Aviation during the official kickoff of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. In an interview with the Business Journal, Ceravolo said the jobs will bring in $10 million to $15 million in economic impact.

He said the company has ordered four new planes, known as the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, from Wichita, Kansas-based Textron Group, giving the company a total fleet of 15, with an option to purchase more aircraft in the next five years. Subsequently, the company hopes to begin service to the Caribbean and perhaps other locales that Ceravolo declined to identify.

The new jobs will include pilots, administrative and salespeople, according to Ceravolo.

Ceravolo said there is a growing interest in seaplane flights to the Caribbean, in part because it allows customers to reach their destination quicker.

“We brought a private jet luxury model to seaplanes,” he said. “This amphibian airspace has really exploded.”

The company also announced on Wednesday that it is exploring the development of the world’s first dedicated Cessna Grand Caravan seaplane training facility in South Florida, where pilots will be able to be trained specifically for seaplanes.

Founded by Ceravolo in 2009, the company has grown considerably. After starting with just one employee, the company now has more than 80 employees, he said. In 2016, the company transported over 15,000 passengers safely, the company said.

Prior to starting Tropic Ocean, Ceravolo was a Navy fighter pilot and was awarded two Air Medals for missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to a company press release.

This announcement was more good news for Broward County. A few weeks ago, Sixt Rent A Car, a luxury car rental service, announced it would be expanding in Fort Lauderdale, creating 300 new jobs and making a capital investment of $10.4 million.

Jan 05, 2016

Tropic Ocean Airways to Announce New York Seaplane Service at New York Travel Show

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The airline will feature the fastest aircraft of its category, the Cessna Caravan EX, in New York this May.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) January 05, 2016

Florida based airline Tropic Ocean Airways will announce the return of their New York seaplane service at the New York Travel Show on 8-10 January 2016. This successful service, now in its fourth consecutive summer season, has become increasing popular with commuters and visitors looking for an alternative luxury travel experience in and around New York.

Tropic Ocean Airways scheduled weekend service will operate out of New York City Seaplane Base located on the East River between 23rd and 25th Streets on FDR Dr to destinations including East Hampton, Montauk, and Block Island. Commencing May 2016, the quick and reliable service will be operated by the Cessna Caravan EX Seaplane, the fastest aircraft of its category. The EX features leather executive style seating and air-conditioned cabin. Tropic Ocean Airways will also be offering charter options during the summer throughout New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

CEO and founder of Tropic Ocean Airways, Rob Ceravolo, commented “We are very excited to offer our seaplane flights in New York. The scheduled service has rapidly expanded over the short time that it has been operating and our charter service has become very popular with executives and visitors to New York and the surrounding area.”

The New York Times Travel Show will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Center NYC and provides a perfect venue for Tropic Ocean Airways to showcase their New York seaplane service. With over 500 exhibitors, the show provides visitors with valuable travel tips and information on domestic and international travel, luxury destinations and popular hot spots.

In addition to the popular New York scheduled and chartered service, Tropic Ocean Airways continues its successful operations from its home base in Fort Lauderdale. With a fleet of wheeled and amphibious aircraft, Tropic Ocean Airways provides luxury scheduled and private charter flights, cargo flights and yacht provisioning services throughout Florida and the Bahamas.

For further information and details on scheduled and chartered flights in the New York area or to purchase tickets, please visithttp://www.flytropic.com

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Tropic Ocean Airways was founded by Navy Topgun fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo in 2009. As an FAA certified air carrier, the tropic family consists of experienced pilots, first-class sales center, and in house maintenance facility. Pilots with over 100+ years of combined flying experience operating in tropical and harsh environments make Tropic Ocean Airways a safe airline. Tropic Ocean Airways offers private charters to The Bahamas and throughout Florida and the Keys. Seaplanes are amphibious and able to perform water based, or runway landings and departures.

Dec 07, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Expands Popular Great Harbour Cay Service

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Nov 23, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Announces Scheduled Flights to Abaco Islands

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Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) November 23, 2015

Florida’s premiere seaplane operator, Tropic Ocean Airways, is pleased to announce the launch of twice weekly scheduled flights to two locations on the beautiful Abaco Islands, Bahamas. Commencing in December 2015 and departing from Sheltair at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, services will be available to the popular towns of Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay.

Tropic Ocean Airways is listening to the needs of its customers and adding Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay to its ever expanding list of destinations serving the Bahamas and South Florida. Passengers will fly in style, on a price per seat rate, in one of Tropic Ocean Airways wheeled aircraft offering luxury cabin interior and fast runway to runway travel.

Scheduled flights from Fort Lauderdale to Marsh Harbour will commence on 16 December 2015 and will fly on Wednesday and Saturdays.

Flight times for both Wednesday & Saturday:-
Depart FLL at 13:00 – arrival MHH at 14:18.
Depart MHH at 15:06 – arrival FLL at 16:24

Tropic Ocean Airways route from Fort Lauderdale to Treasure Cay will be a Monday and Friday service and will commence on 18 December 2015.

Flight times for both Monday & Friday:-
Depart FLL at 12:00 – arrival TCB at 13:12
Depart TCB at 14:00 – arrival FLL at 15:12

The beautiful towns of Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay will be popular additions to Tropic Ocean Airways destination list. Enjoying calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty, the resorts of the Abaco Islands will be accessible to both visitors and residents direct from Fort Lauderdale with a flight time of just 1 hour 20 minutes.

Tropic Ocean Airways prides itself on offering guests a premium travel experience. Trusted and caring reservations and customer service teams put the needs of their clients first and provide a personal service to make travelling relaxing and enjoyable.

Tropic Ocean Airways founder and CEO, Rob Ceravolo commented “Our Tropic team provides exceptional service making your trip seamless and efficient. A dedicated guest relations agent will greet you at our private terminal and will assist you with your check in, baggage and walk you to your flight”.

Since Tropic Ocean Airways was founded in 2009, the airline has experienced huge and rapid growth. The versatile aircraft fleet has expanded to include both wheeled and amphibious aircraft to enable landing on both land and sea. The range of services offered by Tropic Ocean Airways includes scheduled and private charter flights, cargo flights and yacht provisioning services.

For further information on scheduled flights to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay or information on the services provided by Tropic Ocean Airways please visit http://www.flytropic.com

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Tropic Ocean Airways was founded by Navy Topgun fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo in 2009. As an FAA certified air carrier, the tropic family consists of experienced pilots, first-class sales center, and in house maintenance facility. Pilots with over 100+ years of combined flying experience operating in tropical and harsh environments make Tropic Ocean Airways a safe airline. Tropic Ocean Airways offers private charters to The Bahamas and throughout Florida and the Keys. Seaplanes are amphibious and able to perform water based, or runway landings and departures.

Contact:

For Reservations or General questions Contact our Reservations Team 1-800-767-0897 reservations@flytropic.com
For Media contact media@flytropic.com
Website: http://www.flytropic.com

Oct 07, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Delivered Over 15 Tons of Supplies to Command Tents Set up by the Bahamian Government in Georgetown, Bahamas

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Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 07, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways has been collecting donations and utilizing their entire fleet of aircraft for relief efforts in areas devastated by Hurricane Joaquin in the southern islands of the Bahamas.

Tropic Ocean Airways team on the ground in George Town, Great Exuma is working closely with the Bahamian Government, Local Authorities, Palm Beach County All Hazards Incident Management Team (IMT), Red Cross and Pathfinder Task Force to get supplies out to those who need them most.

Since the weekend the airline has been able to deliver over 30,000 pounds of supplies to command tents set up by the Bahamian Government in Georgetown, Bahamas. Once in Georgetown the supplies are then disseminated out to multiple locations within the affected area utilizing a mix of wheeled aircraft and seaplanes.

“From the base we have been coordinating with the Bahamian Government and other organizations in relief efforts – to reach locations such as Spring Point settlement in lower Acklins, San Salvador Island, Pittstown in the Crooked Islands, and Deadmans Cay on Long Island” said Tropic Ocean Airways Safety Officer and Pilot Brian Silver – acting as operations coordinator for relief efforts on the ground in Georgetown, Bahamas. “Our efforts have been to assist with evacuations, transport engineers and infrastructure specialist, as well as mobilize government officials and supplies to less accessible areas” he stated.

Support from organizations both in the Bahamas as well as South Florida as been outstanding. Organizations such as Resorts World Bimini, Sheltair Aviation in Fort Lauderdale, Jet Aviation in Nassau, Bahamas, and Strachans Aviation Bahamas, AirParts Company Inc, and Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board have contributed to relief efforts. South Florida based groups and generous individuals also have teamed together to source much needed supplies.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:
Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in luxury private aviation throughout Florida and the Caribbean. The company is owned and operated by highly experienced military aviators and backed by leading business executives with 20 years of experience managing high-end portfolios. Their fleet of showroom-quality aircraft are always flown by two pilots ensuring safety remains their top priority.

For more information about the Hurricane Relief Cause please send an email to reservations@flytropic.com.

To contact a member of Tropic Management, or inquire about company information, partnership requests, and advertising, you may send an email to media(at)flytropic(dot)com, or contact via phone at 1-800-767-0897 Ext. 113.

Oct 06, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Commences Sports Game Day Flights

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Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 06, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways, a Fort Lauderdale-based airline, began offering Game Day flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International’s Sheltair to Gainesville Regional Airport. The route was started to meet the needs of Florida Gator fans living in South Florida that would like to enjoy the game for the day and save on drive time.

The convenient round-trip flights are charter-style at a per seat rate for up to nine guests. The flight time is approximately one hour and twenty minutes. The flight is set to arrive to the game two hours prior to kick-off in order to allow for tailgate time and will depart one hour after the game ends.

The route is operated by two highly skilled pilots in one of Tropic Ocean Airways’ new Wheeled Cessna Grand Caravan Ex, featuring leather club seating and window views from every seat.

The airline offers guests free valet at Fort Lauderdale’s Sheltair terminal, access to Tropic Ocean Airways’ exclusive departures lounge, and in-flight snacks and beverages.

The next flight will be to Jacksonville, FL instead of Gainesville, FL for the Gators vs Georgia game on October 31st. The remaining football schedule with flights to Gainesville are: November 7th vs Vanderbilt, November 21st vs Florida Atlantic, and November 28th vs Florida State.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:
Tropic Ocean Airways provides a premium luxury lifestyle experience unmatched guest experience solidifying their position as the leading seaplane operator on the East Coast and the Bahamas. Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in luxury private aviation throughout Florida and the Caribbean. The company is owned and operated by highly experienced military aviators and backed by leading business executives with 20 years of experience managing high-end portfolios. Their fleet of showroom-quality aircraft are always flown by two pilots ensuring safety remains their top priority.

For more information, or to inquire about Tropic’s services, please visit their website at https://flytropic.com, call a dedicated associate at 1-800-767-0897, or send an email to reservations(at)flytropic(dot)com.

To contact a member of Tropic Management, or inquire about company information, partnership requests, and advertising, you may send an email to: media(at)flytropic(dot)com, or contact via phone at 1-800-767-0897 Ext. 113.

Oct 05, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Is Utilizing Its Entire Fleet to Assist Relief Efforts of Devastated Out Islands of the Bahamas

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Tropic Ocean Airways, a local South Florida based airline, initiated relief efforts to those affected by Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas. The airline operates a fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan wheeled and seaplanes. The all-weather aircraft have high cargo capacity to accommodate supplies. The team has been working with organizations in both the Bahamas and South Florida to support their assistance plan.

Tropic Ocean Airways sent three aircraft to the Bahamas yesterday full of supplies such as water, baby food, and nonperishable items. They have some aircraft and crew based in George Town, Bahamas, while the others will run between Fort Lauderdale and other islands. The crew include ex-military personnel with relief experience from the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan in 2011 as well as other highly experienced pilots. The seaplanes will deliver supplies to the less accessible outer islands of the Bahamas in desperate need such as Rum Cay, Crooked Island, and Clarence Town Long Island.

The airline is utilizing its entire fleet this week to support the relief efforts in the Bahamas. Some organizations who have contributed thus far are Sheltair Aviation, Resorts World Bimini, Jet Aviation in Nassau, [Strachan’s Aviation in George Town, Bahamas, as well as generous individuals who are friends and guests of Tropic Ocean Airways. Items are still being accepted. Please contact the travel team at Tropic Ocean Airways reservations(at)flytropic(dot)com or 1-800-767-0897 for more information.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:
Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in luxury private aviation throughout Florida and the Caribbean. The company is owned and operated by highly experienced military aviators and backed by leading business executives with 20 years of experience managing high-end portfolios. Their fleet of showroom-quality aircraft are always flown by two pilots ensuring safety remains their top priority.

For more information, or to inquire about Tropic’s services, please visit their website at https://flytropic.com, call a dedicated associate at 1-800-767-0897, or send an email to reservations(at)flytropic(dot)com.

To contact a member of Tropic Management, or inquire about company information, partnership requests, and advertising, you may send an email to media(at)flytropic(dot)com, or contact via phone at 1-800-767-0897 Ext. 113.

Sep 01, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Gears Up to Showcase Premium Yachting Industry Services in Booth 629 at the 56th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show This November

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November 5th-9th, 2015, Tropic Ocean Airways is showcasing for a second year at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Booth number 629. The 56th annual show covers seven locations and more than 3 million square feet of space attracting an international audience of boating enthusiasts and industry professionals in the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Tropic will be featuring their brand-new luxury 2015 Cessna Grand Caravan EX fleet, private island getaways, and offering high-end special offers to the private traveler and yachting industry.

With a solid military owned and operated foundation, this renowned seaplane operator excels in their industry due to their emotional understanding of the luxury lifestyle market, bespoke customer service, and perfect safety record. Tropic Ocean Airways is a leading provider of direct-to-yacht and door-to-dock, provisioning services throughout Florida, the Bahamas, and other parts of the Caribbean. The organization continues to establish strategic partnerships in order to ensure their guests and client requests are fully accommodated.

The airline offers reliable, convenient, and unparalleled first class air transportation services for yacht owners, brokers, and captains alike. The amphibious aircraft are capable of taking off from any runway and landing at an awaiting vessel to transport your supplies, crew, and distinguished guests. The company has been servicing yachts and private islands for over 5 years saving thousands of dollars on repositioning fees and desired time and effort.

Visit Tropic Ocean Airways at Booth 629 to learn more about their yacht industry and private aviation capabilities. Additionally, they will be featuring exciting boat-show only promotional offers, destination management and consulting, conducting interviews with their top leadership.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Tropic Ocean Airways provides a premium luxury lifestyle experience unmatched guest experience solidifying their position as the leading seaplane operator on the East Coast and the Bahamas. Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in luxury private aviation throughout Florida and the Caribbean. The company is owned and operated by highly experienced military aviators and backed by leading business executives with 20 years of experience managing high-end portfolios. Their fleet of showroom-quality aircraft are always flown by two pilots ensuring safety remains their top priority.

For more information, or to inquire about Tropic’s bespoke services, please visit their website at https://www.flytropic.com, call a dedicated associate at 1-800-767-0897, and send an email to reservations@flytropic.com.

To contact a member of Tropic Management, or inquire about company information, partnership requests, and advertising, you may send an email to media(at)flytropic(dot)com, or contact via phone at 1-800-767-0897 Ext. 113.

Aug 17, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Enlisted by BLADE to Service Busy New York Summer Seaplane Travel

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Tropic Ocean Airways enlisted by BLADE to service busy New York Summer Seaplane Travel.

BLADE, the crowd sourcing App for helicopter travel and BLADE Aqua Seaplane services, teams up with Tropic Ocean Airways for summer travel between Manhattan and the Hamptons.

Tropic Ocean Airways, the largest seaplane operator in Florida and the Bahamas has positioned a number of their aircraft in the New York area in order to meet the demand for short-distance aviation service to chic summer destinations such as Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Fire Island, and the Hamptons.  BLADE, a crowdsourcing aviation app, has been collaborating with Tropic Ocean Airways since June for operations in the North East.

The new and spacious Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft provide a quick, comfortable, and convenient way to get around the summer traffic, with jet-style seating for 8 and convenience of landing directly at the dock or beach of your destination.

Guests flying between Manhattan, the Hamptons, and New England have the chance to experience the Tropic Ocean Airways service that they know and love from Florida and the Bahamas.

Rob Ceravolo, the CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways stated: “We are glad to be the preferred seaplane operator for BLADE, Inc for the seaplane travel division – Blade Aqua, we take pride in our service and standards.  There is no better way to travel between Manhattan and the Hamptons.”

As summer soon will come to a close, the vacation doesn’t have to end.  Tropic Ocean Airways continues to operate their fleet of wheeled and amphibious aircraft out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport’s FBO SheltAir as well as Miami Seaplane Base on Watson Island just off Downtown Miami.

Travel options throughout Florida and the Bahamas such as Marsh Harbour, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Andros, and Eleuthra are just a few of the many trip options that the first-class team at Tropic Ocean Airways can assist with.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Tropic Ocean Airways is expanding their operations further strengthening their position as a leading airline in South Florida and the Bahamas providing clients with a premium travel experience. The airline has experienced rapid growth in the first few years of operation, to the point where today they are flying private charters, scheduled destination flights, cargo, and direct to yacht provisioning services.

Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways fleet of late-model Cessna Caravan Amphibians are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors providing service to private travelers as well as companies and organizations within the yachting and boating industry.

For more information please visit our website at http://www.flytropic.com or our sites on Facebook.com/tropicoceanairway Twitter.com/flytropic Instagram.com/flytropic

For further information contact: Tropic Ocean Airways mail: media@flytropic.com

Jul 13, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Announces the Purchase of an Additional Wheeled Cessna Grand Caravan EX

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Tropic Ocean Airways works with Textron Aviation to secure seventh aircraft for its fleet.

Fort Lauderdale, FL July 13, 2015 Tropic Ocean Airways, a Fort Lauderdale based operator serving the state of Florida and the islands of the Bahamas, has announced the purchase of their seventh aircraft continuing on a path of growth. Once delivered, Tropic Ocean Airways will have two wheeled Cessna Caravans and five amphibious Cessna aircraft.

The 2015 wheeled Cessna Grand Caravan EX is equipped with the most advanced technology in its class, including a new Garmin G1000 glass cockpit avionics suite, a high powered Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine, and the latest cabin interiors.

Tropic Ocean Airways Chief Executive Officer Rob Ceravolo declared: “The introduction of this additional wheeled Cessna Grand Caravan EX to our fleet is a key component of our plan to expand regional operations and deliver a first-class service that our guests can rely on.”

“We’re pleased to supply products that allow our customers to grow their business operations, as evidenced by this order and the success of Tropic Ocean Airways,” said Brian Howell, regional sales vice president, Textron Aviation. “By adding the latest Cessna Grand Caravan EX model to their fleet, Tropic Ocean Airways customers will benefit from the aircraft’s versatility and reliability while traveling in comfort.”

Tropic Ocean Airways is expanding their operations to further strengthen their position as a leading airline throughout Florida and the Bahamas providing clients with a premium travel experience. The airline has experienced rapid growth, today providing private charter flights, scheduled operations, cargo services, and direct-to-yacht provisioning services.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways fleet of late-model Cessna Caravan Amphibians are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors providing service to private travelers as well as companies and organizations within the yachting and boating industry.

For more information please visit our website at http://www.flytropic.com or our sites on Facebook and Twitter.

For further information contact: Tropic Ocean Airways mail: media@flytropic.com.

Jun 29, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Announces Scheduled Flight Service Between Bimini and South Florida

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Tropic Ocean Airways to launch direct flights between Bimini and Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale – June 29, 2015 – Tropic Ocean Airways is Florida’s preferred way of travel. Based out of Fort Lauderderale/Hollywood International Airport’s Sheltair Terminal, the company has announced scheduled flight service between Bimini and Fort Lauderdale commencing later this week in time for the 4th of July holiday.

The Fort Lauderdale based carrier currently operates charter flights to destinations throughout Florida and the Bahamas departing from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport as well as the Miami Seaplane Base – just opposite downtown Miami on Watson Island.

Bimini will be Tropic Ocean Airways second scheduled service destination in the Bahamas. The group also operates flights twice a week to Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands on Fridays and Sundays.

Tropic Ocean Airways will launch service from Fort Lauderdale to South Bimini on their new wheeled Cessna Grand Caravan EX. The aircraft seats up to 9 guests, features a comfortable leather interior in a spacious cabin, with individual AC and window views from every seat.

“Bimini is close to home for us, we support many local organizations and have been flying charter flights to the island from day one,” said Tropic Ocean Airways CEO, Rob Ceravolo. “We are glad to offer our premium service to the businesses, homeowners, and visitors of Bimini – it’s like flying a private charter at a per seat rate.”

He went on to include, “We are confident that our guests will find value in the service be it passenger travel plans or accommodating cargo in our spacious Cessna Caravans, our team is always ready to serve.”

Tropic Ocean Airways is expanding their operations to further strengthening their position as a leading airline in South Florida and the Bahamas providing clients with a premium travel experience. The airline has experienced rapid growth in the first few years of operation, to the point where today they are flying private charters, scheduled destination flights, cargo, medical comfort evacuations and direct to yacht provisioning services.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:
Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways fleet of late-model Cessna Caravan Amphibians are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors providing service to private travelers as well as companies and organizations within the yachting and boating industry.

For more information please visit our website at www.flytropic.com or our sites on Facebook and Twitter.

For further information contact: Tropic Ocean Airways mail: media@flytropic.com

Jun 25, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Partners with Little Palm Island Resort and Spa to Offer Exclusive Seaplane Travel Packages

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Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in the Florida Keys has named Tropic Ocean Airways as their Seaplane Travel Partner.

Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is a private island oasis right here in the Florida Keys. The island is located on Little Torch Key which is only accessible by seaplane or boat. Bungalows are scattered throughout the secluded resort to ensure a true escape.

The facilities include a top rated spa, beautiful beach, spectacular pool, and fine dining. There are endless options of activities to take advantage of including sailing, diving, fishing, or simply relaxing and enjoying a pampered getaway.

Little Palm Island Resort and Spa has named Tropic Ocean Airways their exclusive seaplane operator. The partnership was established as both brands are highly regarded for their first class and premium customer service.

“We have been flying to Little Palm Island for many years and absolutely love the property. We are glad to align ourselves with a brand that also maintains the highest standards in service” said Rob Ceravolo, CEO of Tropic Ocean Airways.

Tropic Ocean Airways is expanding their operations to further strengthening their position as a leading airline in South Florida and the Bahamas providing clients with a premium travel experience. The airline has experienced rapid growth in the first few years of operation, to the point where today they are flying private charters, scheduled destination flights, cargo, medical comfort evacuations and direct to yacht provisioning services.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:
Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways fleet of late-model Cessna Caravan Amphibians are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors providing service to private travelers as well as companies and organizations within the yachting and boating industry.

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Jun 23, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Seaplane on Set of “The Vanilla Ice Project”

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Vanilla Ice arrives on Tropic Ocean Airways seaplane to show off his remodeled Mansion in Palm Beach County, Florida.

When it was presented to Robert VanWinkle better known as ‘Vanilla Ice’ to incorporate arrival by seaplane into his hit TV show “The Vanilla Ice Project” he knew Tropic Ocean Airways would be the team to call.

“The Vanilla Ice Project” which airs on the DIY network features the 90’s musician turned real estate entrepreneur as he remodels mansions in South Florida. On his latest project in Palm Beach County, Florida – Rob is in a rush to finish the house before the big reveal. The Season 5, Episode 13 “Frenzied Finish” aired Saturday evening at 10pm and will re-air this Friday June, 26th at 7PM EST.

Toward the end of the episode, Vanilla Ice prepares for his guests arrival for his first reveal of the project by hopping aboard Tropic Ocean Airways seaplane to get an aerial view.

“There’s no better way to get an aerial view than this right here” said Rob AKA Vanilla Ice of Tropic Ocean Airways Cessna Grand Caravan EX.

The pilot and crew handled every aspect of the journey including an on-water landing and seamless transfer to a Jetski to ensure that the star had a grand entrance.

“VIP baby” he said as he hopped off his Jetski and onto the shore of the freshly remodeled waterfront home in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Tropic Ocean Airways based in Fort Lauderdale, FL is expanding their operations further strengthening their position as a leading airline in Florida and the Bahamas providing clients with a premium travel experience. The airline has experienced rapid growth in the first few years of operation, to the point where today they are flying private charters, scheduled destination flights, cargo, and direct to yacht provisioning services.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:
Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways fleet of late-model Cessna Caravan Amphibians are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors providing service to private travelers as well as companies and organizations within the yachting and boating industry.

For more information please visit our website at https://flytropic.com
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Apr 20, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Donates Flight to Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys at Veritage Miami Benefiting United Way

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Airline Gives Round Trip Charter Flight For Two to Little Palm Resort in the Florida Keys. 

Tropic Ocean Airways donates live auction item for Veritage Miami benefiting United Way of Miami-Dade. The round trip flight for two from Miami Seaplane Base, on Watson Island to Little Palm Resort in the Florida Keys, including accommodation provided by the resort, will be operated by two of Tropic Ocean Airways pilots in one of their late-model Cessna Amphibian aircraft.

Veritage Miami is an annual well-attended four-day wine, beer, liquor, and food festival with activities ranging from tasting events, exclusive chef presentations, live music and interactive dinners.

The events spanned the county from Wynwood to Coral Gables, and a dinner with live auction at the Marlins Stadium. Attendees included local celebrities and business professionals.

“We [Tropic Ocean Airways] support our communities and are glad to donate to a local cause,” said Tropic Ocean Airways CEO Rob Ceravolo. “We are delighted to partner up with Little Palm Resort for this unique travel experience.”

Tropic Ocean Airways is expanding their operations further strengthening their position as a leading airline in South Florida and the Bahamas providing clients with a premium travel experience. The airline has experienced rapid growth in the first few years of operation, to the point where today they are flying private charters, scheduled destination flights, cargo, medical comfort evacuations and direct to yacht provisioning services.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways fleet of late-model Cessna Caravan Amphibians are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors providing service to private travelers as well as companies and organizations within the yachting and boating industry.

For more information please visit our website at http://www.flytropic.com or our sites on Facebook and Twitter.
For further information contact: Tropic Ocean Airways mail: media@flytropic.com

Apr 16, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Gives Airplane Rides to Children with Cancer, Special Needs, or Medical Complications

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Tropic Ocean Airways teamed up with Vital Flight for ‘A Special Day for Special Kids’ event held at the Boca Raton airport last weekend

Tropic Ocean Airways, a local South Florida based company was one of the sponsors for Vital Flight, a non-profit volunteer pilot organization which put on the event ‘A Special Day for Special Kids’ each year.

Children and their parents were able to enjoy a trip along the shoreline from Boca Raton airport in Tropic Ocean Airways latest Cessna Grand Caravan EX. The wheeled aircraft is fully air-conditioned and has executive seating configured for nine guests. Tropic exceeds required safety and maintenance standards, always operating with two pilots.

“I love giving back to our community” said Captain Ricardo Bock Santos “The children and parents were smiling the whole trip, it makes our work worth while to see the joy we can bring to people in difficult situations”.

Tropic Ocean Airways was able to provide four flights during the event giving numerous groups of families a day to remember.

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways’ fleet of late-model Cessna Caravan Amphibians and wheeled aircraft are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors providing service to private travelers as well as companies and organizations within the yachting and boating industry.

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Feb 23, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Announces Scheduled Flights to Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, Commencing March 13, 2015

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Tropic Ocean Airways, a Florida based airline, announces weekly scheduled flights on Fridays and Sundays to Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas utilizing factory new 2015 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft.

 

Tropic Ocean Airways is launching two weekly scheduled flights from Sheltair’s private terminal at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Great Harbour Cay (GHC) in the Berry Islands, Bahamas. Tropic is expanding their operations throughout the Bahamas and South Florida to meet the growing demands for private aviation and tourism industry. The airline has also announced that they will be operating their factory-new wheeled 2015 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft to Great Harbour.

With direct service to Great Harbour in the Berry Islands, Tropic Ocean Airways will further strengthen their position as a leading airline in South Florida and the Bahamas providing clients with a premium travel experience. The airline has experienced rapid growth in the first few years of operation, to the point where today they are flying private charters, scheduled destination flights, cargo, medical comfort evacuations and direct to yacht provisioning services.

The Grand Caravan EX aircraft, always operated by two highly experienced pilots, is scheduled to depart Sheltair Terminal in Fort Lauderdale at 1:00PM and arrive in Great Harbour at 1:50PM. The return flight segments will depart from Great Harbour at 2:30PM and return to FLL the same day at 3:20PM.

“We [Tropic Ocean Airways] are very proud to introduce scheduled service on the new wheeled Cessna Caravans to Great Harbour Cay, enabling direct access to the island for home owners and visitors alike.” said Tropic Ocean Airways CEO Rob Ceravolo. “We are delighted to service this route and provide a private charter experience at a per seat rate.”

From the Sheltair base in Fort Lauderdale International Airport, guests to and from Great Harbour Cay will benefit from Tropic Ocean Airways’ twice-weekly flights with the Caravan EX, particularly given the simplified travel out of the private terminal which saves time and stress typically associated with commercial flying. Guests can arrive just 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure and will be checked in by one of Tropic’s customer service experts. The airline exceeds recommended industry safety standards, and offers a first-class customer service experience. The luxury planes seat nine (9) guests with controlled air conditioning, generous legroom, and spectacular views from every seat flying over the crystal blue Bahamian waters.

Scheduled Routes:

Twice Weekly Schedules from 13th March 2015 on Fridays and Sundays:

Departure in FLL at 1:00 PM, arriving in Great Harbour at 1:50 PM
Departure from Great Harbour at 2:30 PM, arriving in FLL at 3:20 PM

Notes to Editors:

About Tropic Ocean Airways:
Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways LLC is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways fleet of late-model Cessna Caravan Amphibians are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors providing service to private travelers as well as companies and organizations within the yachting and boating industry.

For further information contact: Tropic Ocean Airways mail: media@flytropic.com

Jan 06, 2015

Tropic Ocean Airways Launches New Direct First-Class Air Charter Services in Florida and the Bahamas

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Tropic Ocean Airways is showcasing their new direct runway to runway private first-class aviation experience and brand new 2014 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft in the Caribbean and intrastate Florida market.

Tropic Ocean Airways, a local Fort Lauderdale based airline, flew their maiden voyage with nine (9) guests on their new wheeled 2014 Cessna Grand Caravan EX to Cat Cay, Bahamas. The company has announced they are expanding their existing seaplane operation and will begin offering regular land-based services in January 2015. The airline fully provides “door to door” and “door to dock” services to the Florida-Caribbean market.

Ryan Custureri, General Manager, Tropic Ocean Airways says: “There have been an increasing number of requests for more direct aviation services due to the long delays and hassles when flying commercially. We are very excited to respond our guest’s demands and offer an unparalleled service with the same high quality safety standards and procedures in place.”

The maiden voyage marks a milestone for Tropic Ocean Airways as they are now capable of reaching the majority of public and private destinations in the Bahamas and Florida with their wheeled and amphibious aircraft. The airline has a first-class reputation flying private seaplane charters, and will continue adding more aircraft to service popular routes connecting major cities in Florida in addition to the Bahamas service. According to Tropic, they are redefining private aviation with their first-class experience.

In December 2014, Tropic purchased two (2) brand-new 2014 Cessna 208 Grand Caravan EX’s direct from Cessna; an amphibian (land and water based) and their new flagship wheeled Caravan EX (runway to runway). The Cessna aircraft offer luxurious interiors comparable to most private jets and can seat up to eight (8) guests on the seaplanes, and up to nine (9) guests in the wheeled aircraft.

Many travelers and private aviation enthusiasts are familiar with the Cessna Caravan; however, the 2014 Cessna Caravan EX’s are a more powerful, faster, and luxurious aircraft than existing caravans flying in the Florida and Caribbean market. As a guest of Tropic exclaimed, “these planes still have their new car [aircraft] smell to them.” Backed by Tropic’s in house maintenance staff, safety is the company’s number one priority.

Tropic’s fleet provides the perfect alternative for discerning travelers, resorts, and the travel industry. “These planes are the first of many to come as we [Tropic] continue to expand our operations, routes, and fleet to meet our guest’s demands providing consistent first-class air transportation,” said Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways CEO.

Tropic Ocean Airways consistently exhibits the highest levels of customer service and commitment to safety. Founded in 2009 by US Navy TOPGUN Graduate Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways Inc is an FAA-certified air carrier specializing in private terminal service throughout Florida and the Caribbean. The fleet of late-model Cessna Amphibians are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors to provide world-class services to private travelers in the aviation and yachting industry. For more information please visit our website at https://www.flytropic.com.

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