Community Initiatives

Nanyuki Airfield

Nanyuki Airfield is a vibrant hub. Located the heart of Kenya on the western foothills of Mount Kenya, at 6,550 feet, just 8km south of the equator.

The Early Days

Tropic Air is a small, privately owned business, set up in the early 1990’s by Jamie Roberts.


Tropic Air’s Ops team handle enquires, bookings, quotations, flight planning and flight logistics..


Located at Nanyuki Airfield, Barney’s is a garden restaurant, with excellent home-style cooking.

Community & Conservation Initiatives

Nanyuki Airfield and Tropic Air Kenya are open to the public and host local school children for educational school trips. Children of all ages are welcome, from nursery school to college. By prearrangement, Tropic Air is willing to give tours which include viewing the cockpit of our Cessna aircraft. Most week-days, at least one school group can be seen enjoying the sights of planes landing and taking-off.

Mount Kenya clean-up operation, with Kenya Wildlife Service

Supporting local Events


Tropic Air supports local events, which are dedicated to community, environmental or wildlife conservation.

The Mount Kenya Trust’s annual fundraising ’10 to 4′ mountain bicycle is one such event, which raises awareness and funds for the conservation of Mount Kenya.

Every year, we also provide a helicopter for medical evacuations, for the Lewa Marathon. Runners from all over the world descend on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for this ‘Running Wild’ challenge to raise funds for community development and wildlife conservation.

Tropic Air works closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service on mountain clean-up operations, providing a helicopter free of charge to transport rubbish off the mountain (photo above).