Our Helicopters

Our Helicopter Pilots

Experienced pilots, passionate about this country – its history, geography, people and wildlife, ensure that helicopter flights are a journey to remember.

Ben Simpson: Director of Helicopter Operations, over 8000 hours fixed and rotar wing

Jamie Roberts: Managing Director and Founder, over 8000 hours fixed and rotar wing

Hamish Rendall: Chief Pilot

Timmy Flowers: Line Pilot

Alex Andrew: Line Pilot

Tropic Air Helicopters – Kenya and Ethiopia

Tropic Air Kenya, by choice, operates the Eurocopter AS 350 B3. Being suited to a wide range of tasks means that our Eurocopters can adapt from carrying tourists to carrying stretchers. Aircraft are fitted with satellite tracking software, pilots are trained in ‘first person on scene’ first aid and all precautions are carried out to ensure maximum safety and comfort. We have one helicopter based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with our partners Aquarius Aviation and three helicopters based at Nanyuki airfield, Northern Kenya.

View from a Tropic Air helicopter of the Mount Kilimanjaro summit - 5,895 metres

Helicopter Specs

Five passenger seats
Range:  360 Nautical Miles
Speed: 115 knots
Endurance: 3.5 hours
Air conditioned
Intercom system with passenger headsets
Sling capacity
Fitted satellite tracking software
2 sliding doors for photography


Baskets for geo survey / excess luggage
Floats and Life Raft
Camera mounts – nose and side
Medical equipment and stretcher

Its ability to fly in hot and dusty conditions, and its proven performance within high altitude environments makes this the ultimate helicopter for East Africa. This photo was taken over the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.