On Saturday, 10 February 2018, members of the Opa Locka Cadet Squadron, based at the Miami Gardens campus of the Florida Memorial University, visited the Trinity Air Ambulance facilities at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The group was led by Unit Commander, 1st Lt Miguel de la Fuente, and included C/MSgt M. Kamaritis, C/TSgt G. Herrera-Diaz, C/A1C C. Escobar, C/Amn B. Bustos, C/Amn D. Williams, and Cadet E. Fernandez.
They were welcomed by Trinity co-owner Tor Skroder, who introduced chief pilot Agustin Fuentes, himself a CAP Lt Col and the safety officer at the Miami Senior Squadron One.
Following an overview of airport and FBO operations in the lobby of the Sano Jet Center, the Trinity representatives guided the group onto the ramp, where they highlighted some of the more outstanding features of the private airplanes parked in the vicinity, and explained the intricacies involved in fueling and maintaining the aircraft.
The next stop was the Trinity hangar, where the group was able to view three of Trinity’s customized corporate jets used for air evacuations. Following this, in an interactive session, the hosts explained in detail the logistics involved in ground and flight operations when providing domestic and international air ambulance and medical evacuation services.
At the end of the tour, group members expressed their appreciation for the experience and it was Lt de la Fuente addressed the gratitude of the group to the Trinity team, and summed up by saying, “Thank you for hosting this tour for us today. The cadets and I have learned a great deal from the experience.”