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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group in Conjunction With The Federal Aviation Reserve Creates a (5 1/2 x 4) Inch Collector Postcard To Commemorate The George T. Baker School USCG Grumman HU-16 Project Accomplishment

The visual progress from October 2012 to December 2013

Shown is the backside of the postcard as created by the graphic marketing specialist at the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) presenting the visual, restoration progress from October 2013 to December 2013, with a picture of a once, Miami based HU-16 at then Coast Guard AirStation Miami when it was located at Dinner Key on Biscayne Bay

Photo taken on 14th January 2013 Project Kick-off 

The front side of the postcard shows the team in which 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant (94th ACG) Group Founder and CEO Benny Benitez assembled. Shown from left to right are, Mr. Codi Diamond, FAA Certified Flight Instructor and 94thACG-Flight Department / Pilot, Dr. Sean Gagallan, Principle of the George T. Baker Aviation School, Captain Roberto Gomez-Pilot / Operation Manager at Miami-Seaplane base (X-44), Captain Andy Delgado-USCG (then) Executive Officer of Coast Air Station Miami, Mr.Benny F. Benitez, CEO-94th ACG-(HU-16 project creator), Mr.Allan Munoz Technical Instructor at George T. Baker School, AMT2 George Martinez-USCG, project liaison between the School and Air Station Miami and Mr.........Esq.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Is Recognized By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District As Commanded By Rear Admiral John H. Korn With An Award For Excellence In Supporting The U.S. Coast Guard

A photograph of Rear Admiral John H. "Jake" Korn, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander USCG 7th District Miami, Florida

Letter of Appreciation from USCG Rear Admiral John "Jake" Korn as presented to the George T. Baker Aviation School, Staff, Instructors and Students who took part in the HU-16 restoration project as presented by Captain Richard Kenin Chief of Staff USCG 7th District

The front side of the challenge coin presented to Benny F. Benitez the Founder and CEO of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group of Miami by Captain Richard Kenin, USCG, Coast Guard 7th District on behave of  Rear Admiral Korn for his vision and leadership in the creation and execution of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross project at the George T. Baker Aviation School

The back side of the award challenge coin showing the Rear Admiral two star flat and the U.S. Coast Guard motto of Semper Paratus meaning "Always Ready' a statement that the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group as adhered to and has lived by for the decade while operating worldwide

Shown from left to right along side the amazingly, cosmetically restored nose section of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross are Dr. Sean Gallagan, Principle of the George T. Baker Aviation School, Captain Joe Kimball, USCG and Commanding Office of Coast Guard Air Station Miami based at Opa Locka Airport, Captain Richard Kenin, USCG and Chief of Staff for Coast Guard 7th District Miami and Lt.Col. Rodrigo Huete UASF (Ret.) FAA D.E.R Test Pilot a friend and professional colleague of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group

A segment slide from the formal presentation conducted at the George T. Baker Aviation School library showing the venerable, Grumman HU-16 Albatross aircraft in U.S. Coast Guard colors
Another side showing the founder and creator of the restoration project and an advocate for U.S. Naval Aviation and the U.S. Coast Guard here within South Florida 

Shown speaking to the school student body present is U.S. Coast Guard Aviator, Captain Richard Kenin, Chief of Staff for U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Miami about the history of U.S. Coast Guard Aviation which commenced U.S. Coast Guard pilot No.1 Commander Elmer F. Stone

Shown listing to Captain Kenin's speech is fellow Aviator and colleagues Captain Joe Kimball, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Miami based at Opa Locka Airport

In attendance shown left to right is Senior Chief Petty Officer Stephen Goyette (AMTCS) and Aviation Maintenance Technician 2nd Class (AMT2) George Martinez. Petty Officer Martinez was the liaison between the school and the Air Station for logistical support as well as providing the students inside knowledge of Coast Guard aviation maintenance practices and standards which he employs to maintain Coast Guard aircraft's

Shown listing to Captain Kenin speech are two of the students who participated with the project and school instructor Mr. Dan Salcedo who was instrumental is fabricating the tow trailer mounts which securely holds the noses section for display and road transportation

Miami, Florida 12th December 2013: For those who have followed this story within the various posting concerning this project from its official kick off back on January 14th 2013 and have seen the visual progress, we are happy to report that complete TEAM effort was officially recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District under the Command of U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral John H. Korn.
An official dedication ceremony was held at the George T. Baker Aviation School to honor the many students and dedicated instructors who made the project a total success. Speaking on behave of U.S. Coast Guard 7th District was their Chief of Staff, Captain Richard Kenin who commended the undertaking, dedication and professional results that the students achieved. He shared with the students the history U.S. Coast Guard Aviation and proudly stated that the students and school are now for ever connected to Coast Guard Aviation.
Also present was Captain Joe Kimball, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Miami located at Opa Locka airport who also praised the students and instructors for an amazing, cosmetic restoration on something that was originally headed for the scrappers torch. A great deal of thanks goes out to Captain Kimball, as his personal were instrumental in assisting the students and providing logistical support. Aviation Maintenance Technician 2nd Class AMT2 George Martinez was the lead Petty Officer who acted as the liaison by and between the school and the air station.
Captain Kenin on behave of Rear Admiral presented Dr. Sean Gallagan the Principle of George T. Baker with an official letter of appreciation for actions performed to promote, foster and encourage U.S. Naval Aviation in South Florida.
Equally, Benny F. Benitez was also called front and center so as to be awarded a U.S. Coast Guard 7th District challenge coin for his vision and creativity for creating all the synergy that brought all of the elements together for a success TEAM effort.
In closing, Benny advised that he has set his sights to hopefully secure and obtain for the school a U.S. Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon Jet, which the U.S. Coast Guard are activity retiring.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Salvages Certain Parts From A Boeing 767 Slated For Demolition For A Threat Analysis Project With Federal Agencies

Shown basking within the warm sunlight of South Florida is the former Gulf Air Boeing 767-300ER awaits the final days at Opa Locka Airport (KOPF) before scrapping
N181AQ a Boeing 767-300 Extended Range (ER) was manufactured in 1989 with its last registered owner being the Bank of Utah Trustee. The aircraft has been picked cleaned of the choice parts for re-use, such as the engines, landing gears, avionics and auxiliary power unit (APU) before the full scrapping of the hull

The 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) having established, professional and personal relationships with various U.S., Federal Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies seizes such opportunities to obtain certain commercial aircraft parts for threat analysis / proof of concept research projects  

Do to the sensitivity of certain projects, particularly this project details can not be released as to the nature of various parts that are being harvested, but the Passenger Service Unit (PSU) is one area of concerns that the 94th ACG has identified and has expressed concern and are seeking yet another Federal / Department  of Homeland Security (DHLS) Threat Analysis grant
An over view of what once was the economy section of N181AQ. As mentioned this aircraft operated with Gulf Air within the Middle East and flew to many destinations within the region and now its parts are becoming instruments to explore and study means of protecting our Citizens and added to the defense of future in flight terrorist actions  

Opa Locka, Florida 17th October 2013: For well over a decade now, the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) under the leadership of its Founder and CEO Benny F. Benitez has not only served, advised and assisted the many, global commercial clients, but has exported the group expertise to various U.S. Federal Agencies for the protection of our nation infrastructure. Lending the group technical creativity and vision within the realm of threats and threat analyses application to the aviation sector, the group is once again formulating new ideas to share with their partners agencies for review and consideration. Without the disclosure of details, the (94th ACG) harvest certain parts from an ex-Gulf Air Boeing 767-300ER for analyses. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Reports On The George T. Baker Aviation School Project Concerning An MRAP Vehicle For Miami Gardens Police Department

The Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle which arrived at the George T. Baker Aviation School belongs to the Miami Garden Police Department which has acquired the vehicle from the U.S. Govt. for US$2,000.00 and brought it to the school for certain modifications
Shown on the vehicle identification U.S. Government label is the "per unit price" which the U.S. Government paid US$658,000.00 worth of our hard tax dollars paid to Uncle Sam  
The MRAP is equipped with pneumatic assisted rear crew boarding door. Shown here is the rear door while opening up and going through its operation cycle
Not a strange to military vehicles and hardware shown is Benny F. Benitez, Founder of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group sitting inside of the crew / passenger seat
The MRAP has a high body frame, which is a key factor toward land mine protection. The out skin of the vehicle as many segmented section of new age body armor which once done by the school students the desert paint scheme, shall be fully flat black in color 
A Cumming diesel engine that powers this behemoth is ringed with protective, ballistic plates providing ample protection. Despite its size and weight, driving the MRAP in handling its steering control has a feather touch which could be compared the common yellow school bus or the everyday delivery truck
Shown is what an MRAP vehicle is capable of withstanding in an extreme condition. We do not anticipate this level of protection shall be required by the Miami Gardens Police Department, but should thing in Miami Garden get to such a point, the Police Department shall be capable to within what ever may be thrown at them

U.S. Department of Defense 1033 Program
The Militarization of Local / Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies 

Miami, Florida 2nd October 2013: With the draw down of U.S. forces and operation in such places as Iraq and Afghanistan our proud and distinguished veterans are returning home. But not only are large number of personnel coming back home, but a vast array of military hardware as well. 
Aircraft, ground vehicles and support equipment which have serve our troops are being transferred back to the States and into the hands of many local / civilian law enforcement departments under the U.S. Department of Defense 1033 program, the militarization of civilian law enforcement. 
The MRAP shown above was purchased as surplus equipment by the Miami-Gardens Police Department under the U.S. DoD 1033 program for a price of about US$2,000.00 according to department officials. With the exception of the its defensive weapons and radio / communication equipment this MRAP is fully combat functional to operate within our civilian population.
The Miami Gardens Police Department has brought their newly acquired MRAP to the George T. Baker Aviation School for certain modifications suitable for 'Urban Operation". The school shall re-paint the MRAP in a flat black, tactical paint scheme, remove a few of the external radio antenna mounting and re-configure the interior seating configuration. All this being done by the highly motivated students at the school.
Under the leadership of the instructors who led our U.S. Coast Guard HU-16 Albatross, nose section cosmetic restoration are at it again. The turn time is tight, as the Miami Garden Police Department requested a 30 day turn time so as to place their new MRAP into operational use within their jurisdiction.
This is a good example of our tax dollars still at work and benefiting our Nation, as far too often such equipment is scrapped, or left within their theaters of operation and donated to the host Nation.
But one has to ponder the query are things within Miami Garden that serious that a combat vehicle is required or is it a question of boys showing off their toys to other local law enforcement agencies. We shall follow this story and report with further updates and project completion. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Observes And Reports On American Airlines and Miami International Airport Aircraft Recovery Drill Conducted With A Former, Donated Fedex Boeing 727-200

Former Fedex Boeing 727-223 N277FE, serial number 22042 serving Miami-Dade County Aviation Department at Miami International Airport as a trainer aircraft
The master blaster of Miami International Airport air side operation Mr. Lonny Carvin giving a last minute review of the events as to how they shall play out with Miami-Dade airport fire fighters 
The 2013 aircraft recovery drill in process with Miami-Dade fire rescue boarding N277FE through the L-1 cabin door and dealing with the evac-slide which was deployed to add a sense of operational realism toward the drill, which encompassed various Miami-Dade County first responses units 
94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Company Founder and CEO Benny Benitez standing next to the Miami-Dade fire rescue Bell 412 helicopter which took part in the aircraft recovery drill in the medical evacuation of a George T. Baker Aviation student who played the roll of seriously injured passenger
Shown is George T. Baker Aviation School Principle, Dr. Sean Gallagan and Ms. Viviana Jordan from the Miami-Dade School Board who witness and observed the aircraft recovery with the participation of the George T. Baker Aviation School students who acted as airline evacuation passengers during the drill
The recovery aircraft with its nose gear purposely stowed, as the nose section rests upon sandbags so as to simulate an aircraft that land, ran off the runway and embedded itself within runway surface area
Dr. Gallagen shown center with a white ball cap surrounded by his students who played a roll within the aircraft recovery drill. Once the students played there role as the passengers and were rescued by Miami-Dade fire rescue, they observed the aircraft recovery from the observation bench on the side lines 
Shown are the many air control valves used to inflate the air-recovery bag that will stabilize the rear of the aircraft while the forward position airbag shall raise the nose section, thus allowing the nose gear to be dropped (free fall) and locked into place
The many air fill lines leading to the forward / nose section airbags are properly separate and spread out, as each lines leads to various sections and individual air compartments within the airbag unit and which are filled one at time and which will lead to a fully deployed / inflated airbags underneath the aircraft 
Positioned above atop of maintenance stand shows a birds eye view of N277FE as she sits with her nose purposely collapsed in simulating an incident requiring the application of a recovery 
With the nose section recovery airbag slowly filling up compartment by internal compartment the nose section of N277FE is slowly raised and will be raised to an optimal height in which the nose will be dropped and will clear the ground so as to swing into place

Miami International Airport Miami, Florida 24th September 2013: With the sense of low humidity in the morning air and the warm rays of the South Florida sun gleaming down on Miami International Airport, the stage was set to what was going to be a successful aircraft recovery drill, which was being conducted by American Airlines. The 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Group was present to observe and report on this event, which brought together various Miami-Dade County rescue / first responses agencies working in unison. 
Under the watchful and coordinated eye of Miami-Dade County Aviation Department as represented by their on site team leader Mr. Lonny Carvin, we observed nothing less than a shear display of utmost professionalism and true command and control for what could one day be a real world situation at the airport, but thankfully this time it was a finely choreographed training event.
American Airlines being the largest operator at Miami International Airport (MIA) with over 300 daily departures is responsible with the ground recovery of not only their own fleet aircraft, but any aircraft which may succumb to such an incident as simulated in the above photos.
The aircraft used for the event was a former Fedex Boeing 727-223, which was donated to Miami-Dade County by Fedex who in the recent years has purged their fleet of the venerable Boeing 727. The George T. Baker Aviation School under the leadership of their Principle Dr. Sean Gallagan are also beneficiaries of "donated commercial aircraft's" such as American Airlines MD-82, N234AA (with no engines) in 2010 and the fully equipped Boeing 737-200, N205AU as provided by the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group in 2011 also participated in the aircraft recovery drill. Eager and willing adult students from the school participated in acting as airline passengers who needed to be evacuated from the simulated stricken aircraft. One lucky students was deemed as the most "simulated" severe medical case and got a ride on board the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Bell 412 Helicopter.  Finally, once the rescue of the passengers was accomplished the technical prowlers of American Airlines recovery team took over to secure the aircraft by placing air recovery bags and raising the nose of the Boeing 727 and getting the aircraft back onto its nose landing gear.
All in all a successful training event for all who participated and great exposure for the student who took part in the drill.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group in Joint Efforts with the Federal Aviation Reserve, Has Formulated A Project & Assembled An A-Team To Bring U.A.V's To George T. Baker Aviation School Students

Being shown from right to left is the newly established Miami UAV Team that Benny Benitez, the Founder and CEO of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group has assembled. Shown are Mr. Joe Martinez, the Founder and CEO of West Palm Beach, Florida based Armatech Group as accompany by their CFO, Ms. Cherie Garrison sitting next to Dr. Sean Gallagan, Principle of the George T Baker Aviation School. Also present at the UAV kick off meeting by Dr. Gallagen invite was Mrs. Pamela J. Johnson, District Supervisor, Miami-Dade School Operations-Adult Education
Shown are a few of Benny's hand picked members so as to fill the ranks of what is being dubbed the "Miami UAV Group" Shown from left to right are Mr. Guillermo Cueto a Executive level expert concerning National Security issues, Mr. Alex Munoz and Mr. Jimmy Perez the principles of Mach-One Aviation Services who shall facilitate all related and required liaising with the FAA on a local, region and if need be a Washington D.C. / Headquarters level during the development toward the project
Shown conversing with Mr. Cueto the project national security group expert is Mr. Codi Diamond, the group flight department leader. Codi is an FAA license and rated commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI pilot who has experience flying the Cessna Citation I jet and the Pilatus PC-12 turbo-prop aircraft. Codi also serves as the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group corporate pilot and is currently studying for his Law degree and to specialize in aviation litigation and contracts
Leading the effort and flanked by top notch personnel is Benny Benitez who vision to bring Armatech creative design capabilities and well founded experience with radio control aircraft designs and real world, high risk experience within the Middle East as led by its founder Mr.Joe Martinez.
Shown from left to right is Mrs. Maria Peterson and U.S. Naval Aviator, Commander Larry Harvey, USN (Ret.) representing the Center for Advance Aerospace Platforms and Applications (CAAPA) and a key team members concerning their experience within the U.A.V industry and their advocacy abilities. Shown next to Commander Harvey is Mrs. Pamela Johnson of  the Miami-Dade School District 
Position by the School Boeing 737-200, N205AU are Guillermo Cueto, Dr. Sean Gallagan and Benny Benitez who's efforts, contacts and relentless organization resulted in the school having their first fully operational, commercial aircraft beneficial for the students
The CGS Hawk ultra light, which shall be provided to the school on behave of Armtech, Corp. on a long term loan and shall serve the proof of concept / demonstrator platform for the project.
The group in full focus as Commander Harvey speaks in detail about the many applications that the CGS Hawk could serve as a demonstrator UAV aircraft
Show from left to right is Mr. Alex Munoz one of the principle of Mach One Aviation Services and Mr. Joe Martinez of Armatech. Having managed production teams within Northrope / Grumman on the USAF B-2 program, Alex is no stranger to complex projects. Joe real world operational experience within the Middle East are true and time tested and a force multiplier to the team
Engaged in a conversation concerning U.A.V implementation on a global scale is Mach One Aviation Service second principle, Mr. Jimmy Perez as he speaks with Mrs. Maria Peterson from the Center for Advance Aerospace Platforms and Applications (CAAPA)
Shown all in one photograph is the entire Miami UAV Team who will usher in the concept, awareness and creation of Miami-Dade first ever locally constructed and operated Unmanned Air Vehicle within the whole of South Florida to be created by the students at George T. Baker, truly a cutting edge project

Miami, Florida 18th September 2013: Earth is becoming a drone planet. By 2020 some experts predict that as many as 20,000 drones could patrol our skies. We will farm with drones, conduct scientific research with drones, engineer with drones, sell real estate with drones, flight fires with drones, and do just about anything else that could benefit from an eye in the sky.
with that said and under the visionary approach of Benny F. Benitez, Founder and CEO of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG), drones are coming to Miami, Florida. In a first, one of kind project the (94th ACG) has assembled a hand picked team of aviation professionals to create what is being dubbed the Miami UAV Team. The mission, to bring Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) awareness and exposure to the students of the George T. Baker Aviation School. The core of the project is centered with West Palm Beach based ArmaTech, Corporation, which is led by Mr. Joe Martinez and Ms. Cherie Garrison who are providing the school with a CGS Hawk ultra-light, which shall serve as the project demonstrator, proof of concept aircraft. The ultra-light shall be assembled by the school, test flown with a pilot for airworthiness than a series of test flights both manned and unmanned shall develop the CGS Hawk ultra-light into Miami first home made UAV.
Coupled into this undertaking is the Florida based Center for Advance Aerospace Platforms and Application (CAAPA) under the direction of Larry Harvey, U.S. Navy Commander (Ret.) and Mrs. Maria Peterson. Local FAA regulatory consultant firm known as Mach One Aviation Services, Inc. is another force multiplier within the project. Talents in flight training and national security are also issues being factored into the equation with the presence of Mr. Codi Diamond, team, FAA certified commercially rated pilot and flight instructor. The very nature of  U.A.Vs playing vital day to day role in the defense of our Nation and upon the request of Benny an expert within the executive level of National Security, Mr. Guillermo Cueto has been enlisted to lead and advise as needed within his area of expertise and contacts as the project process.
The newly assembled Miami U.A.V Team is bringing the future of aviation to Miami, Florida. Future project posting and development updates shall follow.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group Reports on the George T. Baker USCG HU-16 Nose Section Restoration Project Roll Out

After a total of eight months within the School paint bay, the nose section of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross finally sees the light of day as its rolled out in its new, dazzling and amazing United States Coast Guard, 1960 era color scheme of Coast Guard operational aircraft's
The HU-16 nose section looks factory new and museum quality all do to the results and efforts of the George T. Baker Aviation Schools students who were led and supervised by the School corp of dedicated and professional instructors like Mr. Alan Munoz and Mr. Rick Flores
Saved from the scrappers torch at Opa Locka Airport by Captain. Roberto Gomez from the Miami Sea Plan Base (X-44) and the vision that Benny Benitez, the Founder and CEO of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group had along with the dedication of the School, as well as with the technical and material support from the Coast Guard Air Station at Opa Locka, the combined effort resulted in this amazing piece 
The last part of the external / exterior cosmetic restoration, the installation of the "Snoopy" type nose radome being installed by the Students. The nose tip radome unit was removed for restoration and to accommodate the tight quarters within the School paint bay during the restoration period
The full effect of an amazing restoration effort as the final attachment screws to the radome unit are installed and checked for their secured placement. In the light of the day sunshine one could see the gleam of the double coat of clear top which was applied to protect against the harsh and relentless South Florida sun  
From this vantage point one could notice the nose gear landing gear doors missing and still require to be fitted onto the aircraft. The illusion of a complete HU-16 is almost self evident as it appears
An archived photo researched by Benny Benitez of aircraft # 1267 shows as she looked like back in the late 1960's when stationed in Oregon. It should be noted that the nose section restored by the School is NOT that of the actual 1267 aircraft, but a side number selected by the Students and thus applied

Miami, Florida 6th September, 2013: Yet another fine example of the local Miami aviation industry working in joint effort with the school concerning the preservation of naval aviation history, which years ago was prevalent in Miami. The vision that Benny Benitez, Founder & CEO of the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group (94th ACG) had back in December 2012 and with the combined effort and dedication by all concern as mentioned above withing the picture captions has culminated into a wonder and motivating experience for the students of the George T Baker Aviation School.
Currently, Benny is directly working with his contacts within the United States Coast Guard (USCG) 7th District Chief of Staff here in Miami to organize an official USCG dedication ceremony to give the students and their instructors their well deserved "That A Boy" for a tremendous, museum quality restoration and preservation.  Plans are being made to temporary display the HU-16 nose section out in front of the George T. Baker School on Le June avenue along side the Douglas A-4 aircraft, another Naval Aviation aircraft at the school.
The final display place for the HU-16 would be down at the Miami Sea Plane base, X-44 located next to the Miami Children Museum.