Recipient of the 2014 Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA) Corporate Achievement Award
Recipient of the 2014 Miami-Dade Police Department Police Training Institute Training Award (Aviation)
Recipient of the 2015 Miami-Dade School Board Exemplary Dade Partner Award District Wide


Well over a decade ago on the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight, the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group was established as an efficient and dedicated team of aviation professionals geared to serve and assist in the needs of the clients so as to assist them achieve their regulatory, technical, operational and productivity goals by applying a broad range of professional services in a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Commences Air Operations Into Haiti Thus Kicking Off "OPERATION HAITIAN RESTORATION 2010"

Shown with Benny F. Benitez, Founder & CEO of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) uopn her return to Tamiami Airport is Doctor Natalie W. Geary a Pediatrics Specialist from West Palm Beach. Doctor Geary was grateful to the (94th ACG) for the free ride back to the U.S. after being in Haiti for two weeks. Present but not pictured was Doctor Larry Sherlie from Boston, Massachusetts who also was airlifted back to the U.S by the (94th ACG). It should be noted that currently there is no scheduled commercial air service to and from the besieged nation
Having "Boots On Ground" in Haiti elements of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group surveyed, observed and recorded the on going air activities in Haiti and noted the various Nations present. Shown is a Canadian Armed Forces Bell 412 Helicopter. All photographs within this article were taken by mission specialist Catherine Smallwood
The Airport at Port Au Prince, Haiti appears to look more like a front line combat theater as evident of the amount of Military hard ward present. Shown is an U.S. Air Force Special Operation MC-130. Despite being out of its element as its main mission concerns and deals with "Special Operations" nonetheless, its a C-130 that could haul food, medicine and supplies
An example of what matter for the support of the Haitian effort is "Airlift" Shown close to the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group aircraft while on the flight line is a Canadian Armed Forces Boeing C-17A Globemaster III cargo aircraft landing
Looking more like a Middle Eastern / African Sub Sahara region instead of a Caribbean, shown in this air / reconnaissance photo taken by the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group as they overflew downtown and outlaying of the Haitian Capital. NOTE: If you click on the photo to enlarge you could see a street filled with indigenous
An HH-60H helicopter belonging to U.S. Navy Squadron HS-15 "Red Lions" based out of Jacksonville, Florida and attached to the U.S. Navy Carrier, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson CVN-70, hovers over a large collection of relief material at the airport. One issue that the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group learned about the situation in Haiti while there is that despite the amount of relief supplies having arrived, local distribution is still a weak factor. This point was confirmed by Doctors in which the (94th ACG) ferried back to the U.S. who had been there for the past two weeks and experienced shortage of medical supplies
94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group hired aircraft, a Piper Chieftain, N4117K sits on the deck preparing to launch out from Haiti back to Tamiami. Note the "Jerry Cans" of extra fuel that were pre-position into Haiti by the crew in the event of low fuel status. Complement to our friend within the Department of Defense / USAF for the consideration and provision
Shown while in transit from Tamiami to Haiti are the passengers / clients who enjoyed the flight as the "client care" in which the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group and their strategic alliance partners provided toward the members of a well established U.S. National child adoption agencies was outstanding
After a proper pre-flight, 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) kicked off "OPERATION HAITIAN RESTORATION 2010" as N4117K commences its taxi roll out of Tamaimi Regional Airport (KTMB)
94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) Chief Pilot and Consultant Director of Flight Operation Catherine Smallwood FAA-CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold seal Flight Instructor, acts as the Second Officer / Mission Specialist of the Flight which included duties as Flight Observer and Reconnaissance Officer for the mission (Mission # HR-001)

Shown with Benny are members of a major U.S., national child adaption agency who for security and privacy reasons shall remain unnamed. They were flown to Haiti to commence what the (94th ACG) has coined as "OPERATION HAITIAN RESTORATION 2010"
Captain Chris Walston Mission Command for the flight reviews the weigh of each passenger item prior to loading and stowing on board the aircraft for the purpose of weight and balance
Mission One aircraft a Piper Chieftain N4117K shown basking in the soft golden glow of the morning sun as it raised over Tamiami airport on the morning of the mission
Miami, Florida / Port a Prince Haiti 28th January 2010: Being a highly diverse and flexible group of operators, the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) once again adapted to an ever changing environment and world requirements. After fifteen (15) days of careful mission planning, preparation and coordination with various governmental and private agencies and groups, both within the Continental United States (CONUS) and within Haiti, the (94th ACG) launched their first of many support flights for the benefit of Haitian cause.
Giving it the official name of "OPERATION HAITIAN RESTORATION 2010" the (94th ACG) sent an eight passenger seat Piper Chieftain flown by Mission Commander Mr. Chris Walston and accompanied by Mission Specialist Catherine Smallwood for the purpose of transporting their clients with a secondary mission to observe and record the facilities at the Haitian airport for future support flights for other clients.
An unexpected addition to the mission was the ferrying back of two U.S. Nationals, Doctors who had been in-country within Haiti since the day after the earthquake and were in need of a flight back home, as commercial air service to and from Haiti have been suspended. Its now a standing order for the aircrews and mission personnel of the (94th ACG) who in the next coming days and week shall return to Haiti to bring back any U.S. National either private citizen or governmental personnel in need of a flight back home. After a successful flight which was launched out of Tamiami Regional Airport at 08:06 the aircraft, its crew and the addition of the two doctors were safely recovered back home at 18:10 local time, thus ending the first successful mission for the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Reviews Miami-Dade Police Department New Eurocopter A350B3 Fleet

Shown is a close up of the forward starboard side of the aircraft. Note the large cockpit and entry door windows for improve visibility while on patrol
Pictured with Miami-Dade Police Department second ship N806MP delivered to the Departments back in December 2009 is 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Founder and CEO Benny F. Benitez
Viewing the aircraft from the forward port section note the IR / Video turret mounted below the port side cockpit entry door while slightly aft you will note the high intensity search light
A full starboard side view of the aircraft show its blended and flowing fuselage design common within the EADS / Eurocopter line of Helicopters

Opa Locka, Florida 25th January 2010: American Eurocopter delivered another AS350B3 helicopter (N806MP / s/n 4504) to the Miami-Dade Police Department’s (MDPD) Aviation Unit. This is the second of four AS350B3s that have been ordered. The aircraft will join the department’s Special Patrol Bureau’s Aviation Unit that includes a fleet of rotary and fixed wing aircraft. The first AS350B3 was delivered last December and the MDPD will continue to receive helicopters at a rate of one a year over the next two years.
The AS350B3 provides super visibility and, with its proven law enforcement integration, has become the platform of choice for the law enforcement community. It is a powerful and reliable aircraft that provides unmatched performance, the flexibility for extensive mission equipment options and the added safety of its multiple-redundancy system design.
The MDPD Aviation Unit chose the AS350B3 as the aircraft to rejuvenate the MDPD fleet and to meet the expanding mission scope and security needs of Miami-Dade county and the south Florida region. “The AS350B3 has given us the power, reliability and flexibility to meet our evolving mission platform,” said Sergeant Tom Turpin, pilot with the Special Patrol Bureau’s Aviation Unit. “With its advanced technology and adaptability, this helicopter delivers the capabilities we need to patrol our area and meet the security needs of our region.”
The AS350B3 is a single-engine helicopter known for its high-performance. It is equipped with a powerful 847 shp Turbomeca Arriel 2B1 engine. The AS350 family has established itself as the preferred platform for U.S. law enforcement agencies and it serves with 75 agencies across the nation, including major federal operators such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The MDPD Aviation Unit gave members of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consulting Group (94th ACG) to include their Founder & CEO Mr. Benny F. Benitez a detailed flight line familiarization review of the aircraft operational features, maintenance serving requirements and crew pre-flight procedures. Such training and familiarization ensures that the (94th ACG) stays on the cutting edge of hands on field operation training. A quality trait that is truly beneficial to their clients and adds toward the group technical diversity.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Supports The Women Interrnational Zion Organization (WIZO) and the Israeli Community

Shown above is an advertisement supporter page of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group and its subsidiary the Digital Aircraft Factory and their support for WIZO gala event program magazine
Miami, Florida 21st January 2010: As proof of their world wide presence and reorganization, the above is a sponsored / supporter page advertisement that shall be published within the pages of the Women International Zion Organization (WIZO) 2010 gala event program magazine for the WIZO event being held next month in South Florida.
As far East from Miami as Israel, the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) and the Digital Aircraft Factory (DAF) a subsidiary of the (94th ACG) are both known and appreciated for their support of Israel and the many worthy organizations, both here within the United States and overseas.
Both groups are looking forward toward to attending next month event so as to have the opportunity to meet the event / gala special guess speaker the former Speaker Of The House Mr. Newt Gingrich who shall be in attendance.

Monday, January 18, 2010

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Surveys Miami International Airport (KMIA) Avialable Aircraft Parking Space For Pending Haitian Relief

Rapid deployment Helicopter Technician Mr. Osvaldo "Ozzy" Moroillo preparing a Bell 206 for shipping. Ozzy will lead the team of techs that will stuff eight R-44's Robinson into the belly of either a C-130 or the cargo hold of an An-124 for shippment
No stranger to either improved or unimproved flight lines and airports within developed or third world countries under peaceful or hostile conditions, 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group enjoys their assignment onto Miami International Airport

With a left traffic pattern, a magnetic course bearing of 092 / 087 true North and with a slight wind gust, an USAF C-37A, ship number "10028" belonging to the 89th Airlift Wing, based out of Andrew Air Force Base departs Miami on runway 8R after their brief stop over and delivery of personal to Miami Int'l Airport, who were greeted by the 94th Aeroclaims-Aviation Consultant Group
Despite the various U.S. State Department clearances that all members of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group hold and have granted onto them, Miami-Dade Police escort was a required item whilst their time within the aircraft operating area (AOA) during their survey and observation of flight for the Haitian relief cause
Flexibility and adaptability are two virtues that makes the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group an attractive option to many of their global clients. Shown here is the Group Founder and CEO Benny F. Benitez conducting continuous business regardless of that fact that he was standing but a mere few hundred feet from an active runway at Miami Int'l Airport

Miami, Florida 15th January 2010: Ever since the occurrence of the Haitian earthquake on 12th January members of the 94thAeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) from Atlanta, Georgia, New York City, Alexandria, Louisiana and right here in Miami have been busy with requests and requirements from certain and top priority clients. From seeking and mustering an "unconventional" civilian fleet of cargo haulers to having boots on ground at Miami International Airport, so as to advise certain groups and agencies of available parking and staging areas at the airport, the (94th ACG) is earning ever bit of their retained / contract dollars.

The (94th ACG) is preparing for the arrival of eight Robinson R-44 light civilian helicopters that will be ferry flown from their various destinations within their radius of 400 miles to Miami so as to be made ready for transportation (airlift) to Haiti. These units have to be transported with the least amount of disassembly and must be ready to fly patrol and light support missions once they arrive into Haiti. In speaking to one of the group lead helicopter specialist, Mr. Osvaldo "Ozzy" Moroillo, he commented that at least here unlike other places that the group has sent folks to operate out of at least here all of the sand in Miami is in one place and next to the water, the Beach! a staunch contrast to some of the places the group have left their mark at for similar operations.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Renders Coordination Assistance to Relief Agencies For Air Assests Concerning Haitian Rescue Efforts

Cherry Aviation Lockheed C-130 (A-Model) with U.S Registration N131EC, based at Alexandria, Louisiana at the former English Air Force Base is one of four aircraft in the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Ready Reserve Air Asset Fleet (RRAAF)
Another C-130 (A-Model) is part of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Ready Reserve Air Asset Fleet (RRAAF) This C-130 also located in Louisiana belongs to a private citizen and was formerly a test / R&D aircraft for Snow Aviation of Ohio. The (94th ACG) recent, back in October 2009 carried out a full "ready" inspection and appraisal of the aircraft
With a National and Worldwide array of ready "up status" assets, the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group has in their own back yard of Miami, Florida at Opa Locka Airport a Douglas DC-6 with U.S. Tail No.N70BF, which is owned and operated by Carlos Gomez or TurksAir
Another South Florida air asset and also owned and operated by Turks Air is a Douglas DC-4 with a lifting weight of 20,000 lbs.

Miami, Florida 13th January 2010: Heeding the call from various groups and agencies, the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) and its complement of staff in Miami, Atlanta and in Louisiana were mobilized to assist in the location and securing of air assets for the required and deeply needed airlift from the United States to Haiti to assist in the post-earthquake rescue efforts.
Supporting the "BIG CROW" Programs, based out of Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico, calls went out company to clients and colleagues in search of aircraft's and within a matter of hours, the fleet pictured above consisting of two Lockheed C-130A's, a Douglas DC-6 and DC-4 were located and secured for service so as to assist in the rescue and relief effort for Haiti.
Basic Aircraft Data:
C-130, N131EC & N130SA, max payload 28,000 lbs., rear ramp cargo door Width 108 inches
DC-6, N70BF, max payload 29,000 lbs., Left hand side fuselage cargo door Height: 78 inches / Width 124 inches, fuselage length 623 inches.
DC-4, N406WA, max payload 20,000 lbs., Left hand side fuselage cargo door Height: 66 inches / Width: 94 inches, fuselage length 623 inches
(The above data toward these specific aircraft's were provided to the 94th ACG by their owner / operators)
Elements of the (94th ACG) at the end of the day consisting of consultant pilots, loadmaster and mechanics were calling to see about donating their time, talent and effort to assist in the effort.
The (94th ACG) is proud to be able to render, but a small effort to this cause and is planning to organize a "Aviation Community Can Food Drive" to assist in the efforts.
We at the (94th ACG) wish all the people and the entire of Haiti the best and shall keep them in our prays.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Founder and CEO Air Force Association Affiliation Is Recognized by U.S. Southern Command

As United States Marine Corp motto's goes "A Few Good Men" it holds true for Brigadier General David C. Garza, U.S. Southern Command Chief of Staff, as he posed with his staff at the Doral Resort / Southern Command event post New Year gathering
94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Founder & CEO Benny F.Benitez shared an informative and delightful conversation on the present status of aviation within the South American Country of Guyana with the Honorary Consul General, the Honorable Ramzan Roshanali
Shown with 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Founder & CEO is one of U.S. Southern Command Protocol Specialist Ms. Arlene York
With a firm and hardy Marine Corp handshake, 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Founder & CEO Benny F. Benitez is greeted by U.S. Southern Command Chief of Staff Brigadier General David C. Garza (USMC)
As the President of the Miami Chapter of the National, Washington based Air Force Association, Benny F. Benitez meets and converses with U.S. Southern Command, Commanding Officer, General Fraser

Shown upon arrival at the U.S. Southern Command post New Year event, 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Founder & CEO Benny F. Benitez is greeted and welcomed by General and Mrs. Fraser.

Doral. Florida 9th Jaunary 2010: For the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group the New Year started off with a heavy U.S. Department of Defesnese influence and exposure.
Despite the cold and frigged temperatures that has gripped and besieged the Miami area since the commencement of the New Year, all but the hardest of souls braved the elements to answer the invite call sent forth by the U.S. South Command Commanding General, General Fraser (USAF) to a post New Year gathering at the Doral Golf Resort.
Dignitaries from Foreign Allied Nations and Governments, as well as prominent local business leaders to include State, County and City officials were all in attendance to help General Fraser, his family and his Command celebrate the New Year!
Seizing the opportunity, Mr. Benitez was able to hold side bar conferences with various ranking officers and visiting dignitaries on many military and commercial aviation issues. One such conversation was held with U.S. Southern Command Chief of Staff, Brigadier General David C. Garza (USMC) concerning the Marine Corp aviation maintenance issues on the Marine Corp new Bell Textron Tilt-Rotor, V-22 Ospery .
Mr. Benitez explained to Brigadier General Garza as to how Commercial Aviation support could be used a stabilizing affect toward Latin American Allied Nations air commerce. The General was delighted on this insight and extended an open door visitation to his office, so as to forge a stronger link between the community and the Command. Other such conversations and exposure of the Miami Aviation Suuport Market were held with the Honorary Consul of the Country of Guyana, the Honorable Mr. Ramzan Roshanali.
Other notable mentioned included Mr. Brain C. Dawson of IBC Airways a locally based Miami Airline which operates the SAAB 340 and Fairchild Merlin II Turboprop aircraft's often in support of U.S. Southern Command.
All in all the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group under the leadership of its Founder & CEO Benny F. Benitez seized a tremendous opportunity to present itself to many and thus raising the awareness and value of the local Miami based Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO) community.

94th AeroClaims Aviation Consultant Group Brings Its Aviation Safety Expertise to Assist Coast Guard Air Station Miami During its 2010 Safety Stand Up

Speaking in conjuction with Eastern Airlines 401 was Captain Al Haynes, the Pilot in Command of United Airlines Flight 232 on July 19th 1989.
After a successful presentation concerning the heritage of Crew Resource Management (CRM) as presented by the Eastern Airlines Flight 401 Tribute Group that the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group supports and utilizes as one of its training tool, the audience of Coast Guard and Law Enforcement aircrewmen rendered their appreciation with a standing ovation

Benny F. Benitez is pictured nest to one of the Station Dassualt Falcon 20 aircraft which is known within the ranks of Coast Guard Aviation as the HU-25A, The HU-25A is utilized for long range open ocean patrols and is manned by a crew of four

Coast Guard Air Station Miami main and sole Rotary asset is the EADS HH-65 Daulphin Search and Rescue Helicopter of which the Station operates a contingency of six each

Sitting up front in the first row in their light blue short sleeve uniform shirts are Rear Admiral Steve Branham of Coast Guard 7th District and Captain Richard Kenin the Commanding Office of Coast Guard Air Station Miami alone with 220 member of the Station, Federal, State and Local Aviation Law Enforcement Aircrews, as they listen to the technical presentation of the lost of Eastern Flight 401 as explained by Benny F. Benitez

With microphone in hand Benny F. Benitez conveys onto the audience of aircrewmen the technical side of the crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401, as well as the technical attributes of the Lockheed L-1011 jumbo jet. Assisting in the operation portion of the presentation was the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Chief Pilot and Flight Instructor Catherine Smallwood

Opa Locka, Florida 5th January 2010: In their constant professional service and consultant relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense and various Agencies, as well as their professional forged relationship with the Coast Guard Air Station Miami, the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group in relationship with the Eastern Airlines Flight 401 Tribute Group (http://www.ealflt401.blogspot.com/) was called upon by the Station Commanding Officer, Captain Richard Kenin to enhance their annual aviation safety stand up period. In their constant support for all U.S Governmental Agencies, the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group answered the called. As a former Naval Aircrewman with over 1,500 logged Lockheed P-C Orion flight hours, Benny F. Benitez muster up a costumed tailored presentation to his fellow shipmates.

Aside of U.S. Coast Guard Aircrewmen, aircrews from Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement & Rescue Agencies were also present and took in the valuable training of the day. The presentation as to where Crew Resource Management (CRM) started within the industry was know to all present which was the legacy of the lost of Eastern Airlines Flight 401. Also in attendance to added the value of the training was Captain Al Haynes of United Airlines 1989, Sioux City, Iowa DC-10 crash. The lost of Eastern Airline Flight 401 aircraft N310EA a Lockheed L-1011 established Crew Resource Management and to date Captain Al Haynes experience with the handling of his aircraft N1819U, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 on 19th July 1989, which resulted in the saving of 111 lives out of 296 souls onboard is to date the ultimate in CRM and proved that CRM worked.