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Sep 18, 2018

A New Way to Experience the Bahamas

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Dana Niland CJ Contributor

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.

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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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 http://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
or our sites on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.