FLY WITH PROFESSIONALS:
Tropic Ocean Airways, an FAA-certified air carrier founded by a U.S. Navy TOPGUN, is your ticket to environmentally-friendly seaplane adventures throughout South Florida and the Bahamas!
- Our pilots are highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors.
- We are happy to provide you with the complete background of any one of our pilots. We are proud of our operation and want you to be 100% confident in your pilot!
Rob Ceravolo, President/CEO/Line Pilot
Rob, a Fort Lauderdale native and University of Florida grad, flew the F-14 Tomcat in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM onboard the USS Roosevelt, and was awarded two Air Medals for his missions over Iraq. You may have caught a glimplse of his jet when he flew the last F-14 flyby for the Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea Show prior to transitioning to the F-18 Super Hornet. A current F-5 Adversary Instructor and TOPGUN graduate, Rob continues to serve as a Naval Reservist flying fighters in paradise. When he's not tearing up the skies in a fighter jet or a seaplane, Rob enjoys free-diving, diving, spearfishing, paddleboarding, skydiving and motorcycles.
Nick Veltre, Vice President, Director of Operations, Line Pilot
Nick spent 6 years flying missions as a Crew Chief on CH-53E helicopters. As a member of the 31st Marine Expedition Unit Nick flew humanitarian relief missions all over the South Pacific! As a civilian Nick earned Flight Instructor ratings (CFI CFII and MEI) in both land aircraft and seaplanes and instructed at the world famous Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in Winter Haven, Florida!The instructors at Jack Brown’s are sought after by seaplane airlines around the world! Living in Key West with his wife, Jayme, and being a part of Tropic Ocean Airways continues to be a remarkable experience. When not flying, Nick and Jayme enjoys pasta Sundays and spending time with their extremely lazy but ridiculously cute dog Chance.
Scott Aubertine, Chief PilotScott, a seasoned seaplane pilot, has flown everything from DC-3s to Wacos. While the majority of his seaplane time has been in Alaska, we feel that Scott prefers flying with us in the Caribbean, where the sun is warm. His experience in aviation and seaplane charter operations makes him a great addition to Team Tropic.
Shannon Mahaffey, General ManagerWith eight years experience in the Army Reserves, Shannon also has a managerial background having served as the Assistant Vice President of a major bank's mortgage division. After moving to Key West, Shannon has spent the last three years managing aircraft operations for various aviation companies. She spends her free time fishing in Key West when she's not keeping the guys in line.
Jarrod Sadulski, Director of Business DevelopmentJarrod, a Venice, Florida native is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He has earned his master's degree from American Military University and has been working toward his Doctorate in Business Management. Jarrod has experience as a professor and has owned small businesses in the past. He is a published author, and has received the Global War on Terror Medal and Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon. Jarrod works with the management of resorts located where we fly to in order to provide Tropic passengers the best vacation experience possible. Handling our business development initiatives, Jarrod resides with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys boating and spending time with his family.
Lauren Riegner, AssociateLauren, a native of Daytona Beach, Florida recently made the jump to South Florida to join the Tropic team. She is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has many years of experience in office management, marketing, and graphic design. Her biggest passion is travel and she has visited 15 countries and counting! In her spare time she enjoys boating, flying with the Tropic team, and spoiling her Australian Shepherd, Oakley.
Morgan Araldi, Line Pilot, A&P ApprenticeRaised on a grass strip in central Florida, Morgan caught the flying bug at a very young age. As a kid she spent her free time washing airplanes in exchange for flight time. A Certified Flight Instructor and fifth generation pilot with a passion for seaplanes and vintage aircraft, she taught at Jack Brown's Seaplane Base in Winter Haven alongside Nick. She is currently enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Management program at Broward College and enjoys turning wrenches almost as much as flying. When not being an airport bum, Morgan enjoys backpacking, diving, and spending time with her two dogs. Morgan has experience in several areas of the aviation industry and is an important asset on the Tropic team.
James Foster, Assistant Chief Pilot, Line PilotThis Florida native, and former US Marine left the airlines for a more laid back career. Inspired by Jimmy Buffett's "Where's Joe Merchant" and seeing Chalk's planes come and go as a kid. Holder of an Airline Transport Pilot rating, Certified Flight Instructor, and FAA Wings Master Seaplane Pilot achievement.
Stephen Pieper, Line PilotStephen, a native of Minnesota, came to Tropic after instructing seaplane pilots in Tavares, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and a former flight instructor for the school.