Group 7 participates in 7th annual SAFEE at Opa-Locka Airport
Over the two days of April 20 and 21, 2018, CAP members from FLWG Group 7 participated in the South Florida Aviator Fly-In and Educational Exposition (SAFEE) held its seventh annual expo at the Signature Flight Support hanger in the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.
The first day of the event, Friday, 20 April 2018, billed as SAFEE K-12 STEM Day, members from Miami Senior Squadron One manned the static display of the CAP aircraft and the recruiting table, and played hosts to more than 2,000 students of the Miami-Dade and Broward school systems, who had been bussed in for the event.
The second day was open to the public and featured an aviation career fair, $25 discovery flights, drone exhibits, flight simulators, a touch and go flying competition, fly-in and aircraft displays, food trucks, and a family fun zone. These activities were supported by thirty-eight (38) seniors and cadets from Group 7 Headquarters, Senior Squadron One, Opa Locka Cadet Squadron, Tamiami Composite Squadron, and Homestead ARB Cadet Squadron.
Before being dispatched to their duty stations for the event, CAP members were briefed by the Group 7 Commander, Lt Col Negron. They were then assigned, in rotation, to the recruiting table, aircraft guard duty, flight simulator mentoring, drone demonstration crowd control, kid zone monitoring, and ancillary tasks as requested by the SAFEE administration.
When called on to present of behalf of CAP, Group 7 Aerospace Education Officer, Major Bonnie Hinck-Baldatti, joined on the platform by Miami Senior’s Lt Col MJ Horowitz, gave an overview of the Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace educational program as delivered within Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
As the event ended, Cadet Master Sergeant Michael Kamaritis of the Opa Locka Cadet Squadron was overheard to say, “This is an outstanding event for CAP cadets to attend. Besides having fun, we explored learning opportunities, future career options, and practical aerospace education; gained leadership experience and earned community service hours.”
Lt Col Trevor H. Stewart, CAP
FLWG Group 7 Public Affairs Officer