About Us

Dolphin Aviation is a premier aviation services company
that creates safe and rewarding experiences for our industry partners
through service excellence and customer satisfaction.


Be globally recognized as a leading partner for sustainable and reliable ground support in the aviation industry.


Deliver unparalleled aviation services through innovation, ethical practices, customer satisfaction, and management excellence.

Dolphin Aviation

A little History About Dolphin Aviation

Dolphin Aviation is an all-around aviation services company in Sarasota, Florida, with over 50 years of experience.

Dolphin Aviation was established in 1969. Ten years later, Ron Ciaravella acquired the company and partnered with Phillips 66®, making it a branded Phillips 66® dealer.

Ron began his professional aviation career at the age of 19 as a flight instructor at Dolphin Aviation. He grew Dolphin’s size, scope, and services tremendously, tripling the footprint from 7 to 25 acres, multiplying hangar space by a factor of five and quadrupling the number of full-time employees. Ron helped many promising businesses launch and grow successful through creating the Dolphin Aviation Commerce Center.

Today, Dolphin Aviation is home to various businesses such as flight schools; FAA Airman testing services; aircraft sales, maintenance, avionics, detailing services and more. Each day, we continue to seek growth in our aviation services to serve our community better.

Our company is operated by a team of skilled and passionate professionals serving you with a smile every time you visit.

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Dolphin Aviation cares about our customers’ and employees’ well-being. For this reason, we have further enhanced our cleaning regime and practices. We also encourage and thank you in advance for your cooperation. As members of the general aviation community, let us work together to keep our facility safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To ensure security for you, your flight crew, your passengers, and our employees, we ask that you contact us before your arrival or departure. This way, we can help plan your trip and inform you of the most up-to-date information regarding our operations and safety protocols, so you can avoid inconveniences and enjoy a safe journey. We closely monitor and implement the latest protocols set by the CDC, NATA, WHO, and local, state, and federal health departments.