Tropic Ocean Air Launches ACE Program
Tropic Ocean Airways reports having teamed up with Delta Air Lines Subsidiary Endeavor Air to launch its new Aviator Career Enhancement (ACE) Program. The ACE Program is aiming to provide commercial pilots with “mentor-ship, professional development, and a defined career pathway to potentially become a pilot at a major airline”.
The airline says it is recognizing the need to attract more young people to the aviation profession. Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways CEO stated: “We give them invaluable experience, making them more attractive to airlines. Our partnership with Endeavor Air in this recruiting effort will prepare our future pilots for an exciting career. Providing a clearly defined career path for young, ambitious pilots will be an industry game-changer.”
The company hires pilots with a minimum of 250 accumulated flight hours. When pilots meet the required qualifications, they are eligible to interview for enrollment in the ACE Program with representatives from Tropic Ocean Airways. Tropic Ocean Airways’ pilots admitted into the ACE Program receive a guaranteed employment interview with Endeavor.
Tropic Ocean says its making a significant investment by preparing future pilots for the airlines through the ACE program. The ACE Program develops future captains using Tropic Ocean Airways’ training curriculum which has been developed to align with Endeavor Air’s Part 121 flight operations procedures. Its program is modeled after U.S. Navy flight training best practices. Pilots in the ACE Program receive prioritized flight training, professional development coaching, as well as career mentor-ship. To learn more, visit flytropic.com
In 2018, Tropic Ocean Air had filed a lawsuit against two of its former pilots as well as their competitor Tailwind Air, seeking to enforce its non compete and non disclosure agreements with its pilot staff. Pilots deciding to jump on with the airline sign agreements barring them from working for any competing seaplane airline within specific geographic boundaries for a time period of two years.