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Tribute to Roger Gower
On 29th January, Roger Gower, only 37 years old, was shot and killed by elephant poachers in Tanzania’s Serengeti region, whilst piloting an R44 helicopter on an anti-poaching mission. He was flying for a cause he greatly believed in, and has been called a ‘true hero’ by many. We are devastated by the loss, and are grateful that we got to know Roger well during his 4 and half years at Tropic Air, firstly as a line pilot and then as Chief Helicopter Pilot, leaving just last August to...

Rhino rescue support
Poaching is a problem rife throughout Africa. Late last year, there was an attempted rhino poaching incident on Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Laikipia. This young rhino was spotted by the conservancy rangers.  He had been darted (from the ground) with poison – a new tactic that the poaches in Kenya are adopting. The anti poaching rapid response team was called for assistance, together with the Tropic Air helicopter, which is key in getting the team mobilised to the site quickly! Thankfully, with quick action and response, the young rhino recovered...

Quad-biking heli-camping Combo!
There is no better way to truly experience Africa – than sleeping under the starry sky listening to sounds of the night creatures, a log fire roaring near by (or is it the lions)!   Heli-camping in a remote mobile private fly camp with simple mosie-net style tents combined with quad biking and buggie riding fun – has to be one of the most thrilling and unforgettable adventures. Tropic Air Helicopters and Lattitude Adventures Africa have joined forces to offer the ultimate combo of style, simplicity, discovery and nature...

New frontiers, Southern Afar – Ethiopia
In the southern end of the Afar region of Ethiopia, Tropic Air Helicopters visits for the first time, the beautiful Afar people. Despite never seeing visitors here before, they are incredibly hospitable and open. Their traditions and customs are completely authentic and unaffected by the modern world and influences. © Ben Simpson In the company of Abaca Explorations, we stay at their mobile camp in the Yangudi Rassa National Park to discover a number of hidden gems. This hardly developed semi-desert National Park, is a safe haven for a number...

Moon-like Magadi
Enjoying an amazing birds-eye view of this strikingly beautiful landscape! There is something mysterious and magical about Lake Magadi. Rarely visited because of its remoteness, Lake Magadi is Kenya’s most southerly of the Rift Valley lakes. The shallow waters are almost entirely covered by a thick encrustation of soda that supports thousands of lesser flamingo, and gives the landscape a strange moon-like feel. This is one of the hottest and most hostile places in Kenya, Lake Magadi is also Africa’s largest source of soda ash, an industry that is...

New medical equipment for our community
Nanyuki Cottage Hospital has been donated two ultrasound machines, and for the first time ever, will be able to carry out ultrasound services to its patients. Above:  Jamie (Tropic Air MD), and Dr Finn Mathiesen in the pre-natal care at Nanyuki Cottage Hospital. The machines have been donated and installed by Danish Dr Finn Mathiesen and for the next 3 days he has dedicated his time and expertise to train the Doctors, nurses and midwives at Cottage Hospital. Two ultrasound machines at the beginning of their journey in Denmark (left), and arriving at Nanyuki...

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Featured Photo Anti-poaching Training, June 2015 ©PeteNewland
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Welcome to Tropic Air

Tropic Air is a leading air charter company, with 20 years of flying experience, operating throughout East Africa. With both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, Tropic Air specialises in air charters and flying safaris. Providing support for filming and aerial photography, geo survey, and search and rescue, are also key areas of operation.

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