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3rd hanger for Tropic Air

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3rd hanger for Tropic Air

Tropic Air’s 3rd hanger space is nearing completion. Modern, with new offices, this will give us the additional capacity that we need to expand our aircraft maintenance services. With a great team of engineers and mechanics, we are now not only carrying out base and line maintenance, structural repairs and avionics on our own fleet of planes and helicopters, we also have 20 different types of airplanes and helicopters within our scope of work.  For 16 years we have been an Approved Maintenance Organization, certified by Kenya Civil Aviation...

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Congo’s Virunga Mountains by Helicopter

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Congo’s Virunga Mountains by Helicopter

The Virunga Mountains are a chain of 8 volcanoes running along the borders of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, 7 of which are found in the Virunga National Park and only two are active – Mount Nyamuragira and Mount Nyiragongo. Mount Nyiragongo standing at 3,462 metres is Africa’s most active volcano. It has been erupting almost continuously for the last century, and its main crater contains a magnificent lava lake. Mount Nyamuragira has erupted over 40 times since 1885. It has a lava lake that simmers deep within the crater, and although very small...

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Remembering the early days at Tropic Air

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Remembering the early days at Tropic Air

Remembering how Tropic Air began – very special days. Looking back 17 years – the early days of Tropic Air – when all we had was this one Cessna 206 and one Cessna 182! Exploring the empty landscapes of northern Kenya and landing wherever our wheels would allow. Chalbi Desert 2000 @Will Curtis Above left: The single 10km long sand dune that dissects the vast salty Chalbi Desert. Above right: further north looking down at the Kalacha springs, where we supported a small permanent grass-roofed camp that was owned and managed by...

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Blanket of snow on Mount Kenya

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Blanket of snow on Mount Kenya

After a night of amazing rain, the sun rose over Mount Kenya to reveal a blanket of snow – not just on the peaks, but down as far as 13,000 feet. As the people, livestock and wildlife in Laikipia continue to struggle with drought and grazing shortages, at least most of the rivers are flowing again! Thanks to Timmy Flowers, our heli pilot, for these amazing pictures! Our dawn helicopter flight around the peaks, with refreshments besides an alpine lake, and a chance to fly fish for Rainbow trout, is one of our most special and sought...

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A life lost and a life saved

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A life lost and a life saved

Heartbreaking to witness yet another baby elephant orphaned as a result of the rife ivory poaching in Northern Kenya. A distressing moment for the wildlife rangers, Kenya Wildlife Service vets and ranch managers as they darted the baby, and then watched as the herd surrounded him sensing danger, before the mother had to be shot. A moment of sheer accuracy and skill that has to be timed so perfectly so that she doesn’t fall and crush her calf. Days earlier she had suffered a lethal gunshot wound from a failed poaching attempt, that shattered...

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A WIN for Tropic Air at the 10to4

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A WIN for Tropic Air at the 10to4

Our engineering team took FIRST prize in the ‘Rush’ event – 56.6 km off-road in 2 hours and 40 minutes! A few falls but great (and unexpected) result, with Anthony also claiming 2nd individual in this event. Well done guys – amazing team spirit! Thank you Mount Kenya Trust for organising another thrilling Mount Kenya 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge Not only did we have a team competing, but we provided a helicopter to carry the film crew and medics to respond, and where necessary, airline injured athletes to hospital....

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Rescue of a tiny Baby Baboon – Congo

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Rescue of a tiny Baby Baboon – Congo

This is the first time we have flown a baby baboon, and being able to help with this particular rescue was a great pleasure. ‘Missa’ as she has been named by the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro in the Congo where she now lives, was found by Garamba National Park rangers in the possession of a bushmeat poacher. It is assumed that her mother was killed for bushmeat, and that she would have had the same fate. This traumatic start to Missa’s life is now on a better path, with the care and safety of the team at Lwiro, and a bonding...

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Born to Fly

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Born to Fly

It is a year since Roger Gower was killed by ivory poachers whilst on a tracking flight in Tanzania. The Born to Fly charity has been launched in his memory to raise much needed funds for two education projects in rural parts of Kenya and Tanzania, with the aim to help build stronger communities that can value their wildlife without resorting to poaching. More info on the Born to Fly Facebook and website pages. Please follow and...

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New Director of Flight Operations

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New Director of Flight Operations

Husband and wife team, Eston Whitfield and Sarah Snell, take on new positions at Tropic Air. Sarah, new to Tropic Air, takes on the position of Director of Flight Operations. Sarah has been flying for 16 years, having gone solo at the age of 16 years. She flew for 7 years in Alaska and since then has been flying in Kenya. Sarah has her commercial pilots licences for both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, and is a qualified Aircraft Mechanic. Eston having been flying for Tropic Air for 11 years, much of which her was based in Nairobi...

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The events the impacted our year

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The events the impacted our year

2016 started with the tragic news that our former helicopter pilot and friend Roger Gower lost his life in an anti-poaching flying task in Tanzania. (Photo credit Georgina Goodwin of Roger’s last safari with Tropic Air in January 2016 shortly before he was killed). And with this, 2016 was diverse, but with many good times that followed. We flew TV personality Gordon Buchanan who was filming and presenting a new BBC series ‘Elephant Family and Me’ in Tsavo National Park. For 2 days Madonna and her family were on board our choppers, in...

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