Civil Air Patrol cadets from across southwest Florida
converged on Page Field in Fort Myers to support the annual Aviation Day hosted
by the Lee County Port Authority. The event featured aviation exhibits and
activities in addition to demonstrations by local first-responders. The cadets
provided safety resources for the static displays and parking lot.
Group 5 units represented by the cadets included: Charlotte
County Composite Squadron in Punta Gorda; Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron in
Cape Coral; Naples Cadet Squadron in Naples and Leadership Academy Cadet Squadron
and Venice Cadet Squadron both of Venice.
Page Field is a full-service general aviation airport. The annual
aviation outreach event benefited the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest
Florida. Static displays included helicopters, experimental and antique aircraft
that allowed the public an up-close look.
“Your team did an amazing job keeping everyone safe,
interacting with the public and making this a fun and worthwhile event for all,”
said Jonathan Buff
CAP cadets provide support for many aviation events in
Southwest Florida. In addition to event parking, the personnel are stationed among
the aircraft on the tarmac to interact with the public, provide information and
keep an alert-eye for safety issues such as heat injuries, hydration problems
and to direct attendees away from high-risk areas.
The cadets were rotated through duty positions. Each
received food vouchers in exchange for their community service. While on break,
the cadets enjoyed lunch and a tour the aircraft displays with an opportunity
to talk with the pilots and learn more about the history and performance characteristics
of the aircraft.
“It was a treat to see so many young people interested in
aviation, wanting to learn as much as they could with an eye toward a possible
career in the industry,” added Buff.
“You have done a great job educating and encouraging this
fine group of young people.”