St. Thomas is a top-rated Caribbean destination in part because of its proximity to many nearby islands—more than a dozen in a 50-mile radius, including U.S. and British Virgin Isles. Savvy travelers maximize this multi-destination trip option via yacht, small plane, or helicopter.
Conveniently housed within the Standard Aviation complex at Cyril E. King Airport (STT/TIST), the Breeze Air charter fleet includes versatile Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft. With a capacity of six to nine passengers depending on configuration and cargo space desired, these planes have a long-standing reputation for safety and performance. An ideal connection to the British Virgin Islands and exclusive St. Barths, the Pilatus PC-12 can easily land and take-off on the short runways of many small Caribbean islands. Other popular destinations include Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and St. Maarten.
Another tenant of the Standard Aviation facility, Caribbean Buzz helicopters, have swiftly connected travelers to their yachts and neighboring islands for many years. The only FAA-certified rotor-wing operator in the territory, Caribbean Buzz, utilizes the Airbus H145 to accommodate up to nine passengers. The most expedient flight option is a 10-minute charter from St. Thomas to St. John, to experience the most naturally stunning of the U.S. Virgin Islands. If the British Virgin Islands is the final destination of a jet owner or charter guest, they may quickly transfer from plane to a Caribbean Buzz helicopter. Jets will be hangared securely and shielded from the elements in St. Thomas, while passengers enjoy a brief half-hour flight to the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Caribbean Buzz also offers flights to Puerto Rico, the Spanish Virgin Islands, and St. Croix.
Named part of the Air Elite group by World Fuel Services, Standard Aviation ranks among the top 75 FBOs in the WFS portfolio of more than 8,000 locations in 145 countries. Selected for superior facilities and unparalleled customer service, the Standard Aviation team proudly maintains the brand standards expected of the Air Elite group. Recognized as a preferred FBO of the Corporate Aircraft Association (CAA) and by National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Standard Aviation is a trusted partner of the most discerning groups of professional aviators.
An aviation powerhouse in the Virgin Islands, the massive Standard Aviation facility at TIST/STT includes operational headquarters for Breeze Air Charters and Caribbean Buzz. These are the exclusive St. Thomas-based fixed- and rotor-wing charter operators, which expedite transfers throughout the Virgin Islands and beyond.