Our Fixed Wing Pilots

Our Cessna Aircraft

Tropic Air operates Cessna aircraft exclusively.

Its proven track record as a single engine aircraft, great performance on bush strips and robust design make the Cessna the most suitable planes for East Africa.

It is capable of taking off from nearly all bush airstrips, made possible by the large wheels, very efficient wing and powerful engine. Its wide spacious air conditioned cabin, large windows and unrestricted view make the Caravan very popular with passengers.

Our Fixed Wing Pilots

Experienced pilots, passionate about Kenya – its history, geography, people and wildlife – ensure that air charters are a journey to remember. Committed to delivering a professional air service, Tropic Air’s team of pilots are experienced in ‘bush-flying’ which often involves remote places, rough terrain, and hot, high, dusty conditions. Part of the safari experience and part of the Tropic Air spirit.

 Sarah Snell

Sarah Snell. chief pilot, Tropic AirDirector of Flight Ops. 16 years of flying experience having gone solo at the age of 16. 7 years in Alaska and the last 6 bush flying in Kenya. Sarah also has her helicopter rating.

Eston Whitfield

Eston-Chief_PilotChief Pilot. Kenyan born and raised, trained in Arazona and has been flying commercially for 12 years, mostly throughout Eastern Africa and for the last 6 years with Tropic Air.

Doungu Smith

DounguSmithLine Pilot: Doungu, born in Kenya and grew up in Garamba, DRC. He gained his flying licence in 2010 and has experience flying in Alaska and East Africa. Doungu joined Tropic Air 2014.

William Dyer

WillDyer_TropicAirFixedWing_pilotLine Pilot: William Dyer is our newest member of the fixed wing team. Will, qualified in the States, comes from a family that have flown in Kenya for the last 70 years.


Managing Director, Jamie Roberts
Mobile Tel: 0724 256700

Director of Flight Ops, Sarah Snell
Mobile Tel: 0704 595405

Chief Pilot, Eston Whitfield
Mobile Tel: 0725 720638