Having flown Aerobell last week from Pavas to Tortuguero and back to Pavas, I'd like to share my experience with this wonderful company. Melissa at Aerobell was very helpful in coordinating our trip, she helped plan my itinerary and answer any questions I had regarding the flights and equipment (aircrafts) at aerobell. The fleet is listed on their website: www.Aerobell.com but I wanted to make sure that my aircraft the Piper Seneca was available for this trip. I like twin props, just my preference. The Pavas airport and their hangar at the airport was easy to spot with a big Aerobell sign outside their massive hangar. As we arrived by taxi for our 9:00 a.m. charter flight to Tortuguero we saw that our Piper was ready and the captain, Luiz was standing by his aircraft with a big welcoming smile. I stopped by their office at the hangar to thank Melissa for helping plan the trip and she walked my family to the aircraft. The aircraft was in excellent condition. As my wife and 3 kids hopped in to their seats in the main cabin, I got the co-pilot seat next to Captain Luiz in the cockpit. After a few minutes of comms and preflight checks we were pointing down the runway and at full throttle for a smooth run and takeoff. The flight was very smooth as we flew over the mountains and the lush green land. Captain Luiz pointed out some national parks, mountains and banana plantations along the way. My 3 kids enjoyed looking out the big windows of their seats as we climbed to 8000 feet cruising at 140 knots. 20 minutes later we were right above the Tortuguero village banking left for short final to the Tortuguero runway with the Caribbean sea on one side and the Tortuguero canal on the other. What a smooth landing!
Fast Forward: After 3 days and 2 nights in Tortuguero, Captain Luiz arrived right on time to pick us up on schedule. He greeted us on the tarmac as he got out of the Piper and help load the luggage and after a few minutes we were pointing down the Tortuguero runway for a powered takeoff. After another smooth 20 minute flight we circled the Pavas runway to lineup for a perfect landing. Captain Luiz has 30 years flying experience and it shows he really loves his job. My kids cant stop talking about Aerobell and the private charter we had with this wonderful company. Everyone at Aerobell was awesome. It was the first private aircraft charter we've had and they made us feel like Rock Stars.....Thanks for an awesome flight Aerobell....!!!