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Tropic Ocean Airways to start scheduled passenger flights to downtown St. Petersburg, Florida

Tropic Ocean Airways (FlyTropic.com) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N339TA (msn 208B5179) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402740.

Tropic Ocean Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced it will start scheduled passenger service to St. Petersburg’s downtown Albert Whitted Airport. The airline will operate twice-weekly Cessna 208B Grand Caravan flights from its FLL base starting on February 1.

Downtown St. Petersburg (and Tampa across Tampa Bay) are the birthplace locations of the first scheduled airline service in the world.

The airline started operations in 2009 and is owned by Rob Ceravolo and Nick Veltre.

The airline issued this statement:

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Successful Florida based airline, Tropic Ocean Airways, is pleased to announce the launch of a new scheduled service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Downtown St Petersburg.

The new service, beginning February 1, 2016, will allow for business trips between Downtown St Pete and South Florida, as well as leisure travel for week and weekends trips.

The new service will be operated by Tropic Ocean Airways new Wheeled Cessna Caravan Ex aircraft with executive style seating for up to 9 guests. The twice-weekly service will begin on  February 1, 2016 and will operate on Mondays and Fridays with two flights per day.

Monday and Friday Scheduled Service

Depart FLL 06:30 – Arrive SPG 07:48
Depart SPG 08:24 – Arrive FLL 09:42
Depart FLL 16:00 – Arrive SPG 17:18
Depart SPG 17:54 – Arrive FLL 19:12

The announcement of Tropic Ocean Airways new service further establishes the success of the airline since it began in 2009. During 2015 Tropic Ocean Airways added several new scheduled service destinations and also expanded popular existing routes by adding extra flight days. Tropic Ocean Airways are set to continue their success and expand their services further in 2016 with new routes to be announced for The Florida Keys and destinations in The Bahamas such as Fresh Creek, Andros, North Eleuthera, Cat Cay, and more.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N339TA (msn 208B5179) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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New Mexico Airlines suspends operations, plans to resume operations tomorrow

New Mexico Airlines (subsidiary of Pacific Wings) (Albuquerque) voluntarily suspended operations on December 11 until further notice due to unspecified “mechanical issues” involving its five Cessna 208B Grand Caravans. Parent Pacific Wings said the grounding was temporary and the aircraft would be flying again shortly. The company is now listing tomorrow (December 17) as its restart date. The airline operated to Carlsbad and Los Alamos from ABQ.

The airline started operations on July 1, 2007.

Read the full report from KOTA Channel 7 in Albuquerque: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Sun Valley Airlines/AirlinersGallery.com. Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N12959 (msn 1254) is pictured at the ABQ base.


Mokulele Airlines adds Honolulu-Kahului, Maui flights on April 1

Mokulele Airlines (Kona, Hawaii) began offering nonstop flights between Kahului, Maui and Honolulu on April 1 as part of its expansion plans for 2014. This summer, Mokulele will also begin offering service from Kalaeloa Airport on O’ahu which is located at the former Barber’s Point Naval Air Base John Rogers Field. To meet these expanding flight schedules, Mokulele is adding three new Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft to its fleet.

Mokulele is also reassuring the public that it is separate from go! Airlines and is still operating despite the shutdown of go! on April 1. In 2011, Mokulele’s parent company, TransPac Aviation, purchased the turbo prop division of Mesa Air Group, the operator of go! Airlines. Since that time, Mokulele and go! have operated as two separate airlines, which is why Mokulele flight operations are not being affected by go!’s April 1 shutdown.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N841MA (msn 1084) “Spirit of Kona” waits for the next assignment at Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

Route Map:

Mokulele 4.2014 Route Map

Trans Guyana Airways Cessna Caravan crashes in the jungles of Guyana


Trans Guyana Airways (Ogle, East Coast Demerara, Guyana) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (8R-GHS, msn 0830) operating flight 700, crashed yesterday (January 18) between Olive Creek and Imbaimadai in the Marazuni area of the Amazon forest according to StabroekNews.com. A Canadian pilot and a cargo loader from Guyana were on board the aircraft. The search for the aircraft and crew has resumed today.

According to the carrier, Trans Guyana was established in 1956 from a single float plane and has grown to seven Caravans and one Britten Norman Islander. The airline operates 22 daily domestic flights and two to international destinations.

Read the full report from StabroekNews.com: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Trans Guyana Airways. Sister ship 8R-GHT lands at a remote strip.Trans Guyana Airways logo


Makani Kai Air Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crashes into the water off of Molokai’s north shore, one dead

Makani Kai Air (Makani Kai Helicopters) (Honolulu) Cessna 208B Gran Caravan N687MA (msn 1002) (above) carrying eight passengers and a pilot crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the north shore of Molokai, Hawaii yesterday afternoon. State Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy died in the ditching. The single engine Caravan had departed from Kalaupapa bound for the Honolulu base.

According to the charter airline the company has been “providing air charter, air tours, aircraft management and aircraft maintenance since 1988”.

The airline specializes in aerial tours of Molokai from other points in Hawaii. Here is the information on this “Kalaupapa Experience” tour from the airline’s website:

Makani Kai Air Kalaupapa Experience

Read the full story from the Star Advertiser in Honolulu: CLICK HERE

Dramatic video of the Caravan ditching:

Video of a typical Molokai aerial tour:

Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. The ill-fated Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N687MA (msn 1002) taxies at Honolulu on October 25, 2013 (all others by Makani Kai Air).

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Hageland Aviation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crashes near St. Marys, Alaska, 4 killed

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Hageland Aviation’s (operating under the Era Alaska brand) flight 1453 crashed last night four miles from the St. Marys Airport. The Cessna 208B Caravan plowed into a small hill. Flight 1453 had departed from Bethel with nine passengers and a pilot. The airliner was bound for Mountain Village and St. Marys.

The downed aircraft could not be reached and found for over one hour. Four people died in the crash.

Read the full story from the Anchorage Daily News: CLICK HERE

Era Alaska is the common name Frontier Flying Service, Hageland Aviation and Era Aviation operate under. Era Alaska was the featured airline in the TV show “Flying Wild Alaska”.

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Era Alaska Route Map:

Era Alaska 11.2013 Route Map

Pacific Wings to shut down its Hawaiian operations on June 15

Pacific Wings Airlines (Kahului and Mesa) is planning to close down its inter-island Hawaiian scheduled passenger services on June 15 according to local media reports by HawaiiNewsNow. The airline has not yet made an announcement or confirmed the report.

The airline will apparently continue to operate its mainland Essential Airline Services (EAS) as New Mexico Airlines.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Pacific Wings has recently scaled back its colorful rainbow livery (below) to this unspectacular white livery (above). Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N302PW (msn 0984) sits at Honolulu between flights. All other photos by Pacific Wings Airlines and New Mexico Airlines.


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Pacific Wings Cessna 208B Grand Caravan fleet (Pacific Wings)(LR)

New Mexico Airlines Cessna 208 Grand Caravan N208TD (New Mexico)(LR)