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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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So many orphan elephants in northern Kenya .. is it the drought?

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So many orphan elephants in northern Kenya .. is it the drought?

Over the last week we have airlifted 2 orphan elephants to a new sanctuary in Samburu. 9th November:  We airlifted an orphan baby elephant to safety after he was found with his dead mother, killed by a gunshot wound, in Shaba, Northern Kenya. Abandoned by the rest of the herd, he would not have survived alone through the nights with the dangers of hyena and other predators. He will now be hand raised and released back into wild herds when he is old enough. He’s a strong, healthy and feisty little thing and we so much look forward to him...

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Tiger Fishing expedition in Tanzania!

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Tiger Fishing expedition in Tanzania!

Set deep in an untouched corner of the Tanzania wilderness, the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers offer some of the most thrilling freshwater fishing. This area is famous its world-record Tiger Fish! A great fun and exciting-fishing challenge, sticking to the beat rotation and catch and release policies, which are in place to safeguard the future of Tiger Fish populations. © Edward Ghaui, August 2016...

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Majestic Mount Kenya – birds eye view

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Majestic Mount Kenya – birds eye view

Mount Kenya – an extinct volcano with ancient lava, snowy caps, alpine lakes and almost vertical twin peaks that stand over 5,000 metres high. This is a birds-eye view of our incredible mountain, taken by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, through the open doors of our chopper. October 2016.  ...

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Moments with the orphans at Ithumba

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Moments with the orphans at Ithumba

In Ithumba, Tsavo East National Park in Southern Kenya, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust have a rehabilitation and soft-release program for their orphan elephants. They come here after been nurtured in their Nairobi nursery, and remain in the care of keepers for many months and years, that sets them up for a life in the wild. Tropic Air Helicopters was thrilled at have wildlife film maker Gordon Buchanan onboard our chopper for a 3 day aerial filming task in Ithumba for the...

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Bloodhounds supporting anti-poaching operations in Laikipia

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Bloodhounds supporting anti-poaching operations in Laikipia

In Laikipia, and parts of northern Kenya, where the wildlife is rich and poaching is a constant threat, an anti poaching rapid response team is on hand to assist. Highly trained and supported by 51 Degrees, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, partners in conservation, and Kenya Police, the team have sniffer dogs that are key in assisting with cases. Tropic Air plays an essential role, by mobilising the team to hotspot areas, quickly. © Hilary Hurt (bottom 2...

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Kids know how to have fun!

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Kids know how to have fun!

Killing time on the banks of Ugalla River, Luganzo in Tanzania turned out to be a load of fun for a group of little kids. Hamish Rendall, our helicopter pilot, touched down for a couple of hours wait, and it didn’t take long before a few shy children approached with entrigue. It was just as fun for the kids exploring the helicopter, as it was for Hamish who had a great time interacting with...

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New runway for Nanyuki

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New runway for Nanyuki

Work to the new runway at Nanyuki Airfield is ongoing. It’s going to be amazing – with a brand new 1,200 metres tarmac strip, much longer and 3 times wider than original one. Works have been ongoing for over a year and there is still a long way to go until its completed! Nanyuki, being a hub for many tourism destinations, will benefit massively from this much improved runway which will accommodate larger planes and more volume. Thank you Kenya Airports Authority for this initiative. © Per...

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Aerials with Michael Poliza

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Aerials with Michael Poliza

Back in the North of Kenya with Michael Poliza – the man behind the coffee-table books ‘KENYA’ and ‘EYES OVER AFRICA’ which captured spectacular living landscapes from above, along with people and animals. A great privileged to work with Michael again – a perfectionist whose photos are outstanding in every way! Sand dunes of the Suguta Valley – Northern Kenya And one of Michael’s pictures taken with a drome @MichaelPoliza July...

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Top Students get a scenic flight with Tropic Air

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Top Students get a scenic flight with Tropic Air

40 students from St Christopher’s Primary School in Nanyuki, rewarded for their academic achievements, with a flight in the Tropic Air Cessna ?Grand Caravan. The excitement was huge! A small donation by Tropic Air with a big impact and...

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