New Part-135 Seaplane Operator in FL, Five Now In State

Jones brosJones Brothers & Co. Air and Seaplane Adventures, in Central Florida used to be limited to flying scenic tours within a 25-mile radius of its base at Wooton Park under Part-91 provisions.

Not any more.

The company recently earned its Federal Aviation Administration Part 135 on-demand passenger air charter certification, meaning it can now fly unlimited distances for day trips and even multi-day excursions.

Jones Brothers has been working with the city to earn the FAA certification for two years. Pages of documentation were prepared and submitted to FAA officials, its aircraft were inspected, flight logs examined and pilots screened and tested. Both aircraft and pilots had to demonstrate fitness and competence to ensure the highest safety standards are being met.

Jones Brothers is based in Tavares, Florida, known as “America’s Seaplane City”.

“We have a truly mutually beneficial relationship with the city, which is key to survival, growth and success,” Rob Galloway, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Jones Brothers, said in the release. “Without the city’s total support, we would not be here.

Rob Galloway, who is responsible for day-to-day operations at Jones Brothers & Co. Air and Seaplane Adventures in Tavares, stands behind a seaplane.

Rob Galloway, who is responsible for day-to-day operations at Jones Brothers & Co. Air and Seaplane Adventures in Tavares FL, stands behind a seaplane.

“Without a seaplane operator willing to offer sightseeing, single and multi-engine seaplane instruction and on demand seaplane charter flights, Tavares couldn’t live the brand ‘America’s Seaplane City.’”

“Jones Brothers has partnered with over two dozen beautiful, waterfront resorts along the Atlantic coast, from South Carolina through the Florida Keys, and all the way up the west coast of Florida to Tampa and Homossassa,” the website states.

Story credit Scott Callahan and Daily Commercial

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