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Watermakers Air to add a new Cessna Caravan EX to its fleet


Watermakers Air has announced it is adding a Cessna Caravan EX as the newest addition to their fleet of Cessna 208B Grand Caravans. Delivered direct from the Cessna factory, this state of the art Caravan EX will be the newest, most comfortable Caravan available in South Florida. The modern Caravan EX boasts a luxurious cabin our passengers are sure to enjoy, with executive leather seating, a wide aisle, and large windows to savor the beautiful views of the islands. Equipped with the most advanced technology in its class, the EX features the exceptional Garmin G1000 glass cockpit avionics suite. In addition, the larger engine and four-bladed prop allow for a faster cruising speed and provide an ultra-quiet and smooth ride.



Watermakers Air offers comfortable and reliable scheduled air service for both passengers and freight from Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport to 10 Out Island airstrips in the Bahamas. Watermakers Air also offers private charters to destinations of your choice.

Scheduled Passenger and Freight Service to:

Andros (San Andros, Fresh Creek, Congo Town)
Chub Cay
Great Harbour Cay
Eleuthera (North Eleuthera, Rock Sound)
Staniel Cay
Great Exuma
Cat Island (New Bight)
Private Charters to the destination of your choice

Anywhere in the Bahamas or within 500 miles of Ft. Lauderdale
(excluding Haiti and Cuba)

Watermakers Air operates from a private hangar at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE).


All scheduled flights are operated by Exuma Cays Travel, Inc., a Public Charter Operator under the approved U.S. DOT 380 Public Charter Program, prospectus number PC-15-191.

Watermakers Air was formed in 2002 for the specific purpose of flying passengers, as well as freight and supplies. Although the name harkens back to the time when our operation was primarily a support division of Watermakers, Inc., we are now a stand-alone FAA certified public charter operator for both passengers and freight.

All images by Watermakers Air.

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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.


Air Tindi pilot lands his Cessna 208 Caravan safely on the ice of Great Slave Lake near Yellowknife

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Air Tindi (Yellowknife) flight from Yellowknife to Fort Simpson yesterday (November 20) was forced to turn back after departure. However the airliner was forced to make a safe landing on the ice of frozen Great Slave Lake due to poor weather at the airport. The six people on board were later airlifted to the airport. The Cessna is still on the lake.

The aircraft took off from Yellowknife with reported freezing drizzle.

Read the full report from CBC News: CLICK HERE

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All Images: Air Tindi.

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SeaPort Airlines to launch nonstop Kansas City-Great Bend flights on November 9

SeaPort C-208B N1029Y (Tail) and Crew (SeaPort)(LR)

SeaPort Airlines (Portland, Oregon) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to start an alternate service pattern for air service from Great Bend, Kansas. The new service will replace current scheduled service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport. This service pattern will be implemented on Sunday, November 9, and will include two daily round trip flights Monday – Friday, and one round trip flight on both Saturday and Sunday.

Kansas City International Airport currently offers flights to 43 nonstop destinations operated by 11 airlines. The new nonstop service to Kansas City International will also connect with Alaska Airlines flights out of Kansas City to Seattle/Tacoma and beyond, which can be booked as a single itinerary under the SeaPort Airlines interline and e-ticketing agreement with Alaska Airlines by December 1.

The route will be operated with Cessna 208B Grand Caravans.

Copyright Photo: SeaPort Airlines. The pilots of the airline supported National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

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SeaPort Airlines to introduce Burbank-San Diego service on October 1, wants to serve San Felipe, Mexico

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SeaPort Airlines, Inc. (Portland, OR) has announced that it will increase its presence in Southern California with the introduction of nonstop flights between Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) and San Diego International Airport (SAN) beginning on October 1, 2014.

The carrier will initially offer four roundtrips each weekday on the new route, one roundtrip on Saturday, and two roundtrips on Sunday. All flights will be operated with SeaPort’s Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft and are scheduled for 65 minutes from gate to gate.

Flights on the Burbank – San Diego route will be timed to allow connections with SeaPort’s proposed new service between San Diego – San Felipe (Baja California, Mexico). Subject to receipt of necessary approvals from the United States and Mexico governments, SeaPort plans to offer four weekly roundtrips on the route beginning on or around November 1, 2014.

Copyright Photos: SeaPort Airlines.

SeaPort to San Felipe, Mexico (LRW)


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).

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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


Cape Air celebrates the first month of serving eastern Montana

Cape Air (Hyannis) began serving eastern Montana on December 10, 2013. From its hub in Billings, Cape Air now operates daily, year-round flights to five regional communities.

  • Billings (BIL) – Sidney (SDY): 5 daily, round-trip flights
  • Billings (BIL) – Glendive (GDV): 2 daily, round-trip flights
  • Billings (BIL) – Glasgow (GGW): 2 daily, round-trip flights
  • Billings (BIL) – Wolf Point (OLF): 2 daily, round-trip flights
  • Billings (BIL) – Havre (HVR): 2 daily, round-trip flights

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Cape Air’s Cessna 402C N68752 (msn 402C0518) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

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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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