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.

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.